Working with Sponsoring Organizations and Embassies

13th Annual Workshop on Sponsored International Students and Strategic IEM

Washington, D.C. | February 6-7, 2020

Create New Partnerships and Build Your Strategic IEM Plan

Join our two-day interactive workshop to connect with sponsoring organizations and embassies, exchange ideas and network with colleagues, and discover the latest tools and strategies for building a strategic IEM plan. Register for one day or both to get a discount.

Day 1: Working with Sponsoring Organizations & Embassies
Connect with representatives looking to identify U.S. university placements for their fully or partially sponsored students. Exchange ideas, participate in “speed networking,” listen to current sponsored or placed international students share their academic journeys, and continue the conversation at our networking reception.

Day 2: Strategic IEM 101 - A Toolbox for Success
Building on Day 1, this interactive workshop provides you with the tools and strategies you need to create or enhance your institution's IEM plan, one that includes sponsored and non-sponsored international undergraduate and graduate students, as well as international secondary students studying at U.S. high schools.

Who Should Attend?

If you answer yes to any of the questions 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 your responsibilities expanded to include international marketing, recruitment, admissions, and IEM?


Evelyn Levinson
Evelyn Levinson
Levinson has been an active member and leader of NAFSA since 1988. She is the recipient of the 2015 NAFSA Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Enrollment Management (IEM); and the 2007 NAFSA Homer Higbee Award for at least 10 years of distinguished service to NAFSA as a mentor to colleagues in all aspects of the field....

Julie Sinclair
Julie Sinclair
Julie has been involved in international education for more than 20 years. She is currently the associate director in the Office of International Studies in Education at Michigan State University (MSU). In this role she works with international student support, study abroad, faculty support, international development, and internationalization of curriculum....

Participating Organizations and Embassies

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

Workshop Program

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Welcome and Introduction

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Opening Remarks and Overview of Workshop Day

9:00 am - 9:30 am

U.S. and 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 and 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 and Cheese Reception

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast and 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." This early morning segment will also include an interactive student panel presentation.

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Welcome, Introductions, Workshop Overview, Components, and Goals

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Icebreaker 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, and 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

Developing an SIEM Plan and Promoting it to the Decision Makers, Getting Buy-In from 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, and 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.

Note:All times are subject to change.

Workshop Location

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


We recommend that you make a reservation at the Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase. You can also check for other options and special rates.


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

What Past Attendees Say About the Workshop:

“This is an extremely informative, comprehensive workshop that covers everything one would need to know about sponsoring organizations.”
Alexandra DeStefano
Associate Director of International Recruitment,
Concordia College New York
(2019 Participant)
“Overall, it’s a great opportunity for continued professional development and the chance to connect with valued colleagues and contacts."
Kathleen Joyce
Assistant Dean, College of Engineering and CS,
Syracuse University
(2019 Participant)
“I gained a better understanding of how to work with sponsors and programming organizations and of the issues they face. The ‘Deal Breakers’ and ‘Tips’ discussions were the best!”
Matt Sacco
Director of International Enrollment Partnerships,
George Mason University
(2019 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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