Working with Sponsoring Organizations and Embassies

Working with Sponsoring Organizations and Embassies & Strategic IEM 101: A Toolbox for Success

Washington, D.C. | February 7-8, 2019

Strengthen Your International Enrollment Management (IEM) Plan and Diversity with Sponsored International Students

Join us for our 12th annual WES workshop—Working with Sponsoring Organizations and Embassies & Strategic IEM 101: A Toolbox for Success—for two dynamic days of training and networking.

On day one, connect with representatives looking to identify U.S. university placements for their fully or partially-sponsored students. Also, exchange ideas with your peers, participate in our “speed networking” session, listen to current sponsored/placed international students share their academic journeys, and continue the conversation at our reception.

On day two, at our Strategic IEM 101 - A Toolbox for Success workshop, you will learn the tools, strategies, and best practices you need to devise a collaborative IEM plan that includes sponsored and non-sponsored international undergraduate, graduate and short-term students; as well as international secondary students studying at U.S. high schools.

Who Should Attend?

If you answer yes to any of the below, these workshops are for you:

  • Is your institution seeking to increase and diversify its international student populations?
  • Are you involved in international student admissions, enrollment management, or strategy?
  • Have you just been hired to increase international student enrollment ASAP, but you aren’t sure of your campus’s resources, allies, and readiness?
  • Do you currently work in ISSS, ESL, the registrar’s office, study abroad, or domestic or international admissions?
  • Have your responsibilities expanded to include international marketing, recruitment, admissions, and IEM?


Evelyn Levinson
Evelyn Levinson
Evelyn has worked to promote international education opportunities for over 30 years. Her global experience as the EducationUSA advising director at Fulbright Foundation in Israel; higher education specialist at USAID in West Bank/Gaza; associate director of international admissions at USF Tampa in Florida; and current director of international admissions at American University in Washington, D.C., has strengthened her commitment...

Julie Sinclair
Julie Sinclair
Julie Sinclair has worked in the field of international education for more than 20 years and is currently the associate director in the Office of International Studies in Education at Michigan State University. She previously worked with sponsored international student recruitment at Michigan State University and in international student admissions and services at Oklahoma City University. Julie completed her PhD in higher, adult, and lifelong education...

Organizations Confirmed to Date:

Ajyal Talent Management
American Councils for International Education
EducationUSA / U.S. State Department
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi Police Division
Institute of International Education (IIE)
World Learning


NACAC, Division of International Initiatives

Workshop Program

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast & Networking

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Welcome & Introduction

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Opening Remarks and Overview of Workshop Day

9:00 am - 9:30 am

U.S. & Foreign Government Sponsored Programs: Understanding the Sponsor-Placement Organization Relationship

9:30 am - 10:45 am

Updates on Sponsored Programs

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Short Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Deal Makers & Deal Breakers:” Benefits, Best Practices, Recommendations and Tips for Working with Sponsored Students

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch (on site)

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Speed Networking, Sponsored Student Style! Your Chance to Interact with Workshop Presenters for Possible Institution Program ‘Matches.’

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Q & A, Instant Issues, Wrap-up on Afternoon Segment

4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Wine & Cheese Reception for Presenters and Participants to Unwind and Network!

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast & Networking

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Several embassy and placement organization representatives from Thursday’s workshop will be available on site to answer your questions and further explore possible institution-program ‘matches.’ Early morning segment will also include an interactive student panel presentation.

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Welcome, Introductions, Workshop Overview, Components, & Goals

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Ice Breaker Exercise

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Grab Box Lunches (Working Lunch)

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Why Are We Here? Needs, Challenges, Issues, Internal & External Forces

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Framing the Conversation: What is SIEM? Identifying IEM Resources

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Using Evidence-Based Data to Make Informed IEM Decisions

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Recruiting International Undergraduate Students in your own Backyard

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Planning an Actionable IEM Strategy - Where Do I Begin? Key Questions to Ask Before Launching Your Strategic IEM Plan

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Coffee Break

2:45 pm - 3:40 pm

Building an SIEM Plan & Advocating to the Decision Makers, Getting Buy In from the Graduate Departments

3:40 pm - 3:45 pm

5 Minute Stretch Break

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

The IEM Doctor is In! Group “HMO” approach - Q&A with presenters on your specific SIEM needs

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Wrap Up, Evaluations, & Conclusion

NB: This workshop will require advance readings of a few short articles on SIEM. Participants will also be asked to bring copies of current international enrollment plans, institutional data, org charts, and international materials if available.

**Times are subject to change.

Workshop Location

Courtyard Chevy Chase
5520 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
Mayfair Ballroom


Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase is offering a discounted rate for WES workshop participants who register by January 6th, 2019. Please mention World Education Services during booking for discount.


Free parking is available at the hotel during the day.
Overnight parking is $18 per night.

What Past Attendees Say About the Workshop:

“I'm grateful for the time, experience, and knowledge that Evelyn and Julie shared with us”.
Amelia Lushia
Assistant Director, Global Education Office,
SUNY Plattsburgh,
(2018 Participant)
“Excellent workshop as always! Evelyn has the rare ability to pull so many resources together for a concentrated and extremely valuable workshop which yields long term results”.
Heidi Gregori-Gahan
Assistant Provost,
University of Southern Indiana,
(2017 Participant)
“I was able to find out which organizations to actively pursue and which would not work for my university. This is an excellent relationship-building event and I plan to attend it again”.
Lisa Hauck
Assistant Dean for Recruitment, Admissions, and International Initiatives,
The Graduate School, North Dakota State University
(2018 Participant)


This workshop is for individuals working at U.S. regionally-accredited universities only.

Email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or comments.


Workshop Registration Fee
Working with Sponsoring Organizations and Embassies $575
Strategic IEM 101 - A Toolbox for Success $375
Working with Sponsoring Organizations and Embassies AND
Strategic IEM 101 - A Toolbox for Success
(15% discount)

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