About the Program

Over the course of the program, institutions participate in a number of training activities focused on implementing and sustaining partnerships with higher education institutions in a focus country. They commit to forming a campus task force to work on prospective partnerships, conducting an institution-wide inventory of activities pertaining to these countries, and developing a strategic plan focused on partnership.

Five Core Partnership Program Services

  1. Strategic planning process, including guidelines for assessing on-campus international partnership capacity and developing practical strategic plans for partnership activities in the focus country.
  2. Expert advice and guidance on developing or expanding a strategic plan for partnerships with the focus country by one of the members of the IAPP Advisory Group and IIE staff in the U.S. and the focus country.
  3. A week-long study tour to the focus country that will include visits to select higher education institutions, U.S. embassy, EducationUSA centers, the Fulbright Commission, and other educational exchange organizations. All in-country expenses for one representative from each institution will be covered as part of the program fees. Participants are responsible for covering their international airfare.
  4. A series of training webinars, focused on topics such as implementing strategic partnerships, faculty engagement, developing a consolidated partnership strategy, and higher education in the focus country.
  5. A suite of information resources on the higher education systems in the focus country, and IIE publications and policy research reports.

For information about the IIE Partnership Program, please contact iapp@iie.org.


The Colombia and Morocco programs are open exclusively to accredited U.S. colleges and universities. IIE especially invites institutions who are relatively new to international activities or may have less installed capacity in international education. IIE is committed to partnering with minority serving institutions and community colleges, for information on special pricing opportunities please contact us. Institutions must demonstrate a commitment to pursue international linkages.

If selected, participating campuses agree to the following:

  • Form an on-campus task force of faculty/administrators that will work on prospective partnerships with institutions in the partner country
  • Conduct an institution-wide inventory of activities pertaining to the partner country
  • Develop a strategic plan focused on partnership with the country
  • Participate in multiple Partnership Program webinars
  • Attend a one-week study tour in the partner country. All in-country expenses will be covered by the program, but participants are responsible for covering their international airfare and visa costs
  • Share best practices with other campuses participating in the Partnership Program

For information about the IIE Partnership Program, please contact iapp@iie.org.

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