Professional Affiliations

Since its inception in 1957, IAU has been at the forefront of study abroad opportunities for students and faculty. In an effort to stay up-to-date with the most current practices and offerings in international education, IAU has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations. Through active participation and attendance at regional, national and international conferences and fairs, IAU has been able to expand its program offerings and enhance its professional development and study abroad practices. Below is a list of organizations in which IAU is an active member. 

AAICU: The Association of American International Colleges and Universities
IAU is a founding member of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities (AAICU, 1971), a consortium of independent, non-for-profit, higher education institutions located outside the United States and based on the American liberal arts model. AAICU members adhere to the highest standards of institutional accountability and integrity. AAICU provides a distinctive forum for sharing best practices in international higher education, facilitates international and intercultural perspectives through student and faculty exchange, and promotes broader awareness of the educational, economic, social, and cultural contributions of member institutions to the regions of the world in which they are located. 

AIEA: The Association of International Education Administrators

The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), a membership organization formed in November 1982, is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. The purposes of the Association are to provide an effective voice on significant issues within international education at all levels, to improve and promote international education programming and administration within institutions of higher education, to establish and maintain a professional network among international education institutional leaders, and to cooperate in appropriate ways with other national and international groups having similar interests.

APUAF: The Association of American University Programs in France

APUAF was established in 2008 and represents the interests, concerns and vision of its roughly fifty institutional members throughout France. Its specific objectives include providing a forum and support network for directors and staff of U.S. programs in France, fostering collaboration by pooling resources and encouraging joint projects among members as well as with French partner institutions, facilitating administrative procedures through information-sharing and, if appropriate, lobbying on behalf of member institutions in France and the U.S. and representing members’ interests, viewpoints and general concerns through active participation in international organizations, conferences and committees focusing on study abroad issues.

CCIS: The College Consortium for International Studies

The College Consortium for International Studies, a partnership of colleges and universities -- two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign -- encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.

Recognizing the value of such experiences in fostering global understanding and peaceful cooperation among nations in an increasingly interdependent and rapidly changing world, CCIS is committed to developing international dimensions as an integral part of collegiate education. CCIS works to build collaborative arrangements among institutions who share this commitment, and to facilitate linkages between member institutions and international partners. In all of its programs and activities, CCIS strives for a high level of academic excellence.

Forum on Education Abroad

IAU is a National Charter Member of the Forum on Education Abroad, the leading professional organization for U.S.-based education abroad. The Forum is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as a Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad.  Its annual conferences offer members the opportunity to hold sessions and discussions with colleagues on present-day issues in the field.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

IAU is also a committed member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, which provides studies and research on study abroad practices, policy advocacy, and professional development as well as networking opportunities with its worldwide membership. IAU staff has taken advantage of NAFSA resources and participated in both NAFSA Academy and annual regional and national conferences.