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CIS Member Schools

All CIS member schools are committed to incorporating international and intercultural perspectives into their programmes so that students can move forward with the attitudes and understanding that will provide them with a solid base wherever their studies or work may take them.

To become members of CIS, schools participate in a rigorous application process which includes a visit to the school by a CIS staff member. Schools must agree to support and uphold the CIS Code of Ethics.

CIS Accredited Schools

CIS member schools further commit to undertaking an ongoing quality assurance process such as CIS International Accreditation to enhance student learning. 570 of the 735 member schools currently hold or are in the process of obtaining accreditation from CIS. Schools may choose to pursue an ongoing quality assurance process with another recognized organization or joint accreditation with CIS and another organization. 

CIS Accreditation ensures that the school meets the CIS standards for accreditation which examines the areas of school philosophy and objectives, teaching and learning, governance and management, faculty and support staff, student support services, facilities and resources and student and community life. 

The award of CIS International Accreditation demonstrates that:

  • is devoted to its mission and vision for students
  • has thought deeply about the services it offers to students, family and community.
  • invests the time and resources for validation from a globally-recognized accreditation authority
  • focuses on the quality of teaching, student learning, as well as student safeguarding and well-being
  • is committed to the development of the students’ global citizenship
  • has a suitable philosophy of education suitable for its students
  • promises only what it can deliver
  • is open to regular evaluation by its own school community and peer evaluators
  • constantly seeks improvement in all areas of the school plans strategically for the future.

Higher education institutions recognize immediately that a CIS Accredited school meets globally-recognized standards and promotes values and skills that they are seeking in students. CIS International Accreditation is recognized by various government and non-government agencies in a number of countries. 

Search the Membership Directory for CIS member and CIS Accredited schools.

CIS Higher Education Members

CIS higher education members are colleges and universities from around the world that are dedicated to international education. Their primary interests in joining CIS are:

  • to recruit globally-minded students from CIS member schools
  • to be part of a membership community that brings together school and higher education professionals in the field of international university admission and guidance.

CIS higher education members demonstrate their commitment to building vibrant international education communities on their campuses through their membership, their participation in CIS events around the world, and the support and services they provide to international students. In order become a member, colleges and universities must be accredited by their ministry of education and/or a US regional accrediting organization, provide evidence that supports the institution’s commitment to international education and international students, and agree to support and uphold the CIS Code of Ethics for Higher Education.

Search the membership directory for CIS higher education members.

CIS University Connection Registry


If your child is interested in pursuing higher education outside of their home country or finding a university in their country that can provide an international education, consider having them sign up with the CIS University Connection Registry. Over 500 member universities around the globe will have the opportunity to review the information your child submits. Based on your child’s expressed interests and financial aid needs, these fully-accredited universities will provide information about their application process, school programmes and financial aid directly to your child.

All participating members sign a statement that they will use contact details only to send their own information. This is a free service available to all students (who will be graduating in the next three years) who are looking to learn more about international higher education opportunities. To explore which universities have access to the CIS University Connection Registry, visit our membership directory.

For more information about the CIS University Connection Registry, talk to your child’s university guidance counsellor.

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