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How do I join or renew membership with AIEA?
What makes AIEA valuable to its members?
Who are AIEA members?
Who can join AIEA? 
What are the benefits of AIEA membership?
What types of AIEA memberships are available, and what are the fees?
What is AIEA fee funding option? 
Can multiple staff members use the institutionally funded option? 
My membership is funded by an organization, which fee funding option should I select? 
I am a 2021-2022 member; when can I join AIEA for 2022-2023? 
When will my 2022-2023 membership expire?
I signed up for a 2022-2023 membership. When does my membership get activated?
Does an AIEA member at my institution mean that anyone at that institution / organization belongs to AIEA?
How should I join AIEA if I am paying for membership myself and not from departmental or institutional funding?
I am not an SIO; can I still join AIEA? 
Is there an AIEA student membership category?
Is there special pricing for under-resourced institutions? 
What is the AIEA membership cycle?
It’s already December and I’d like to join AIEA. Can my membership fee be pro-rated since the year is already half over?
I forgot my username and password. How do I find it?
Do my membership benefits take effect immediately?
What is my AIEA member number?
How do I change my contact information with AIEA?
Can I cancel my membership?
How do I transfer my AIEA membership to a different institution / organization?
Is there a full list of AIEA member institutions and organizations?
What happens if I pay out of pocket for my individual membership and then switch institutions? 
I’m a paid member, but I’m not receiving e-mails from the AIEA listserv.
How do I post messages on the AIEA members-only listserv?
How do I subscribe, unsubscribe or change my e-mail address on the members-only listserv?
I am receiving emails from AIEA; how did I get on the list? 
I'm not a member but my institution / organization is a member – can I access the members-only section of the website?
What if I have membership questions not answered in the FAQs?

How do I join or renew membership with AIEA?

If you are joining AIEA for the first time, please submit a new member application form.  
If you are renewing your AIEA membership, please submit a member renewal form

What makes AIEA valuable to its members?

AIEA nurtures international education leadership, providing a collegial network for the sharing of information, issues and ideas among senior international leaders from around the world. For information on member benefits, please visit the Why AIEA? page. You can also read testimonials from senior leaders in international education.

Who are AIEA members?

AIEA members are leaders in international higher education. In the U.S., the term most often used to describe these individuals in higher education institutions is Senior International Officers (SIOs), or those who are leading comprehensive internationalization at their institution.  AIEA focuses on the strategic-level issues for administrators leading comprehensive internationalization, and professional development opportunities are targeted for leaders with these multiple responsibilities.

AIEA recognizes that many other terms may be used to reference these leaders, depending on the context and country. In Europe, for example, the International Relations Manager (IRM) is the equivalent to the SIO position; in Canada, a title often used "International Liaison Officer" (ILO). In other parts of the world, this position may be  "Vice-Rector, International," "Director of Internationalization," "Senior Internationalization Officer," or "Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International." 

Who can join AIEA?

AIEA convenes conversations around international education leadership and strategy. Anyone who wants to be a part of these conversations is welcome to join AIEA.

AIEA welcomes international education leaders from a variety of institutional types: large research institutions, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, private universities, law schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), etc. Additionally, around a quarter of our members are based outside the U.S. 

AIEA will provide partial funding (50% of the member cost) to members in the following situations:
-Community colleges, HBCUs, or other MSIs.
-Institutions in countries that the World Bank designates as low-income or low-middle income.
-Retirees who have been AIEA members for at least 3 years prior to retirement and are not currently earning an income in international education.

What are the benefits of AIEA membership?

AIEA works by bringing international education leaders into dialogue with each other, their counterparts around the world, organizations that promote international education, and organizations concerned with the shaping and management of higher education. Some benefits of membership include: 
  • Extensive networking and dialogue with senior internationalization leaders around the world
  • Complimentary subscription to The Journal of Studies in International Education
  • Free posting of open positions through the AIEA listserv and Job Board
  • Participation in the members-only listserv, an active forum for discussion of mutual interests and issues
  • Access to the membership directory
  • Access to Town Hall Discussions on relevant issues in international education
  • An informed perspective on the development of policy on international education
  • Eligibility to apply for AIEA programs such as the Presidential Fellows Program, the AIEA Thematic Forum Program, Peer Learning Circles, and the AIEA Senior Advisers Program
  • Substantial discounts to AIEA professional development programs including the annual conference– an important, focused gathering of internationalization leaders and organizations from around the world.

What types of AIEA memberships are available, and what are the fees?

AIEA now only has one-member type: AIEA Member.  The member fee is $350 annually for the academic year (June 30-July 1).

What is AIEA fee funding option?

AIEA understands that some member fees are paid directly by the institution or organization and some member fees are paid by the individual person with their own funds. With this in consideration we require members to select how their membership is funded.

With the new membership model AIEA provides two membership fee funding options. Institutionally Funded Membership or Individually Funded Membership. These options are particularly relevant for:   

  • AIEA members whose institutions only fund an “Institutional Membership” 

  • AIEA members who leave their institution or organization during the membership year 

Institutionally Funded membership- fee to be paid by the institution or organization. This is not a member type. Institutionally-funded memberships stay with the institution/organization and do not move with an individual. The membership is transferrable to another individual employed at the institution/organization. *Note: This membership does not cover all staff employed at the institution/organization. Each individual staff member must join in order to be an AIEA member and be eligible for member benefits.

Multiple staff members can select the institutionally funding option if the institution/organization is funding their membership. There is no longer any requirement for a designated person that holds the membership in order for other staff members to join.

Individually Funded Membership- fee to be paid by the individual person. This membership stays with the individual and remains active throughout the member term regardless of where the member is employed.

Can multiple staff members use the institutionally funded option? 

Yes, multiple staff member are eligible to use this fee funding option. It is not a member type, only an indicator of how the membership is funded. In addition, this funding option would require the membership stay with the institution.

My membership is funded by an organization, which fee funding option should I select? 

If your membership is funded by your organization, you should select the "institutionally funded membership" option. This option covers both institutionally and organizationally funded memberships. 

I am a 2021-2022 member; when can I join AIEA for 2022-2023? 

If you have a 2021-2022 Institutional, Organization, or Unaffiliated Individual membership, you are welcome to renew your AIEA membership now. All membership types have been changed to AIEA Member. Your membership will be renewed under the new “AIEA member” type.

When will my 2022-2023 membership expire?

The AIEA membership year runs from July 1 to June 30. The expiration date for the 2022-2023 year is June 30, 2023. (2021-2022 memberships expire on June 30, 2022.). AIEA does not pro-rate memberships.

I signed up for a 2022-2023 membership. When does my membership get activated?

All eligible memberships will be activated once AIEA receives payment. Please allow 10 business days for processing after AIEA receives payment; this applies to all membership types.

Does an AIEA member at my institution mean that anyone at that institution/organization belongs to AIEA?

No, each staff member must join individually, and pay their membership fee. Fees can be paid with funds from the institution/organization or individually.

How should I join AIEA if I am paying for membership myself? 

AIEA memberships are often paid for by an organization or institution, and to reflect this, the membership remains with the institution even when an individual member moves before the membership has expired. If your institution or organization does not pay your membership dues, you should select the individually funded membership option. With this option your membership transfers with you if you change positions or institutions.

I am not an SIO; can I still join AIEA? 

Yes. Staff at any institution or an organization in international higher education can join AIEA.

Is there an AIEA student membership category? 

No. There is only one-member type: AIEA Member.

Is there special pricing for under-resourced institutions? 

AIEA will provide partial funding (50% of the member cost) upon request to members in the following situations:
  • Community colleges, HBCUs, or other MSIs. The member’s current institution must be listed as a community college, historically black college or Minority Serving Institution according to the Carnegie Classification. The Carnegie Classification (of Institutions of Higher Education). is a taxonomy of U.S. colleges and universities. The categories are based on information about the institutions, such as types of degrees conferred, academic disciplines offered, and specialization.*Institutions from outside the U.S. must provide confirmation that their institution is an equivalent institution type in their system.
  • Members who currently reside in countries which are defined as low-income economies or as lower-middle-income economies as defined by The World Bank Group.
  • Retired AIEA members: You must have been an AIEA member for at least 3 years prior to retirement and are not currently earning an income in international education (including consulting).
If you believe you fit the criteria for partial funding, please submit a request. Please allow us 14 business days from the date submitted to provide feedback on your request. Note: Please do not submit a renewal form until you receive feedback on your partial funding request.   

 Submit a partial funding request form

What is the AIEA membership cycle?

  • AIEA’s membership cycle corresponds with the U.S. academic year and runs from July 1 through June 30. 
  • It is not possible to pro-rate membership fees.

It’s already December and I’d like to join AIEA. Can my membership fee be pro-rated since the year is already half over?

Please note that it is not possible to pro-rate membership fees.

I forgot my username and password. How do I find it?

Member usernames are generally the full email address affiliated with AIEA membership. Passwords are automatically generated by the system when an account is created. Please click here and enter your AIEA username to have your password emailed to you. If you do not remember your username or password, please email [email protected] for more information. 

Do my membership benefits take effect immediately?

Please allow 10 business days for AIEA to process your application after your payment has been received. If you pay by check or wire transfer, membership will be activated within 10 business days from when payment is received at the AIEA Secretariat.

What is my AIEA member number?

AIEA does not issue member numbers. Memberships are identified by e-mail address and/or name of institution/organization.

How do I change my contact information with AIEA?

You can easily update your profile online. Simply simply go to our website (aieaworld.org) and click on LOG IN in the upper right-hand corner, followed by Existing User Login, Edit Account Details and/or Edit Profile. You will not be able to change your e-mail address or institution/organization. If you are now at a different institution/organization, you will need to apply for a new membership. 

Can I cancel my membership?

No, AIEA membership cannot be canceled or refunded. It is possible to transfer your membership to someone else at your institution or organization. 

How do I transfer my AIEA membership to a different institution / organization?

If your membership was individually funded by you, you will be able to transfer your membership to another institution/organization. Please send your updated details to [email protected].

If your membership fee was funded by your institution/organization your membership is not eligible to be transferred to another institution/organization. The membership can be transferred to another staff at the institution/organization. You will need to join at your new institution or organization. In the case that your new institution/organization may have a membership that is institutionally funded that membership can be transferred to you. That membership transfer would be valid through the end of the membership term unless notified otherwise. 

Is there a full list of AIEA member institutions and organizations?

Yes. Please view the Member Institution and Organization List.

What happens if I pay for my individual membership out of pocket and then switch institutions? 

Individually-funded memberships remain with the member, regardless of where the member is employed.

I’m a paid member, but I’m not receiving e-mails from the AIEA listserv.

Sometimes an e-mail alias is used to set up an account. Our system only recognizes exact e-mail address attached to the account. If you find you are not receiving e-mails from AIEA, please contact [email protected]

How do I post messages on the AIEA members-only listserv?

Simply send an e-mail to [email protected] The message must be sent from the email address affiliated with your AIEA membership (generally also the member's default username). 

Note: The members-only listserv is for discussion of relevant issues, not for promotion of programs, products or services. To read the listserv policies, please click here.

How do I subscribe, unsubscribe or change my e-mail address on the members-only listserv?

One of the great benefits of membership is the members-only listserv. Members are automatically subscribed to the AIEA listserv upon receipt of payment of member dues, using the email address entered in the member profile. (Note that email addresses must match the institution/organization name; generic email addresses are not accepted). You cannot change your e-mail address from what is listed on the AIEA account. Email [email protected] if you wish to unsubscribe; however ,please note that all communication with members is done via email, so upon unsubscribing, you will no longer be made aware of member-only opportunities including special member discounts.

I am receiving emails from AIEA; how did I get on the list? 

AIEA members are automatically added to the members-only listserv, as well as AIEA email updates list (sent once a week at the most). If you have created an AIEA account on the www.aieaworld.org website for membership or to access forms on the website, you will also receive regular updates from AIEA. To unsubscribe, please contact [email protected]

I'm not a member but my institution / organization is a member – can I access the members-only section of the website?

No. Only current members are allowed access.

What if I have membership questions not answered in the FAQs?

Email [email protected] or call 1.919.893.4980 (Eastern Standard – New York Time).