Membership Overview

The CIS membership community is a highly collaborative global network of higher education institutions, and primary and secondary international schools, committed to promoting internationalism and interculturalism in education. Members of CIS are characterized by a pursuit of high standards in leadership and global citizenship.

This membership community consists of over 735 schools and over 610 universities. Their profiles are available on our membership directory

We aim to support you in raising your institutional profile across our global membership community.

Achieve your international recruitment objectives. We focus on creating the space, opportunities, and events that enable you to focus on engaging with guidance counsellors and students. Increase your regional knowledge through a range of online and in-person events and resources.

Enrich your network with an international community of admissions and guidance professionals who seek to share knowledge and learn from one another. Our members are invested in the relationships they have gained through CIS, which are fundamentally based on collegiality and collaboration.

Access a wide range of resources that help you shape your recruitment and outreach strategies and expand your knowledge. Resources and events are carefully created and curated with our global network of members,  experts and consultants. Explore the CIS Community member-only portal for data and resources!

As a member of CIS, you get access to:

 

Membership criteria & requirements

To be considered for CIS membership, institutions must:
  • provide evidence that supports an institution's commitment to international education, global citizenship, and delivering programmes and services to international students
  • have the power to award their own degrees
  • hold university-level accreditation by a US regional accrediting organization, or hold official university-level recognition by the ministry of education in the country where the institution is located
  • agree to support and uphold the CIS Code of Ethics and the Guiding Principles for Higher Education
  • pay the annual membership fee noted on the application form
International university branch campuses which meet the following criteria may opt to have a separate CIS membership from their main campus:
  • Have their own distinct admissions/administrative offices rather than having admission and administrative decisions centralized through offices at the main campus
  • Are located in a different country than the main campus
  • Offer degrees which can be completed from start to finish at the branch campus location 
  • provide evidence that supports an institution's commitment to international education, global citizenship, and delivering programmes and services to international students
  • hold university-level accreditation by a US regional accrediting organization, or hold official university-level recognition by the ministry of education in the country where the institution is located
  • agree to support and uphold the CIS Code of Ethics and the Guiding Principles for Higher Education
  • pay the annual membership fee noted on the application form

Becoming a member

To begin the process of applying for membership, submit the university membership application form. A higher education services team member will contact you to discuss whether membership is possible and next steps. If you have any questions before applying, send an email to: highereducation@cois.org

Submit membership application form