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Join us for a day-long seminar on recruiting and hosting international students and issues surrounding the internationalization of U.S. campuses. The event is taking place on September 25, 2019, in Montgomery, Alabama, and is hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA global educational advising network in collaboration with Alabama State University in partnership with Study Alabama.  Share best practices with other higher education institutions, learn about U.S. government resources for promoting U.S. colleges and universities to students overseas, and discuss ways to build networks for both student recruitment and student support. Speakers will include U.S. Department of State officials, U.S. Department of Commerce officials, representatives from higher education associations, college and university leaders as well as other experts in the field.


Agenda is subject to adjustments as speakers and panelists are confirmed.  Please check back regularly.

8:00 – 8:30 Registration – Coffee/Juices/pastries (hosted)
8:30 – 9:30 Welcome with Opening Remarks and Goals for the Day
9:30 – 10:15 Strategies for International Student Outreach: Governmental Entities 
10:15 – 10:30 Break – Coffee and snacks (hosted)
10:30 – 11:15 Strategies for International Student Outreach: Professional Associations Panel 
11:15 – 12:00 Strategies for International Student Outreach: The Use of Agents
12:00 – 1:30 Networking Lunch (hosted)
1:30 – 2:30 Best Practices in International Student Support  – Panel
2:30 – 2:45 Break – Coffee and snacks (hosted)
2:45 – 3:45 Breakout Panels – Discussion
3:45 – 4:30 Wrap-up, Closing Remarks, Participant Feedback

Updated 7/24/2109


This event is open and free of charge to all accredited higher education institutions located primarily in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida; however others from the Southeast Region are welcome to apply.  Attendance is limited to two representatives per campus.  Campuses with additional needs should contact us directly (see contact information below).

The event REGISTRATION form is available here via a Google Form (see link). If you have any questions or problems with the form email

For local information on Montgomery area  accommodations, driving directions and seminar parking information (see link).

For additional assistance with questions, program information, etc. please contact us:
EducationUSA – Susana Guzman 202-632-3226
Alabama State University – Dr. Linwood Whitten, 334-229-4713
Study AlabamaDr. Jim Ellis, Executive Director, 251-404-8601


EducationUSA is the U.S. Department of State’s global network of over 435 international student advising centers in over 180 countries and territories. EducationUSA promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited U.S. colleges and universities. It also provides services to the U.S.  higher education community to help meet recruitment and campus internationalization goals. EducationUSA’s basic services for students are free of charge and are aimed at helping students find the “right fit” in a U.S. institution. Learn more at  contact: Susana Guzman 202-632-3226


The U.S. Commercial Service, has a global network of 100 offices located in every state throughout the U.S. and over 100 offices located in more than 75 countries. Education services is a critical element of our trade relationships with countries worldwide. Promoting study in the United States strengthens our economic development through innovation, workforce development, and attracting foreign direct investment. Increasing trade and investment opportunities for U.S. educational institutions and entities is, therefore, a top priority at the U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.  The Global Education and Training Services team provides support for international outreach to students, potential partners, and agents.  For more on your LOCAL U.S. Commercial Service offices located in your state see information at the following links: Alabama office, Florida office, Georgia office, Mississippi office, Tennessee office, and across the US.


Alabama State University is a comprehensive diverse student- centered public HBCU committed to global excellence in teaching, research and service. Alabama State University was founded in 1867, in Marion, Alabama, as a school for African-Americans. The school started as the Lincoln Normal School with $500 raised by nine freed slaves now known as the Marion Nine, making ASU one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education founded for black Americans.  Today, Alabama State University, located in Montgomery, Alabama, is a widely respected, world-class institution of higher learning which welcomes students of all races. It offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, from its historic teacher education program to its new, high-demand programs in health sciences, new Ph.D. in microbiology and minor in international business.  The students who attend ASU are as diverse as its academic offerings, with students from more than 40 states and various countries seeking a top-notch education that extends far beyond the walls of a classroom. With a 20 to 1 student-faculty ratio, students receive the personal attention, mentoring, encouragement and knowledge needed to achieve their dreams. For more on Alabama State University contact: Dr. Linwood Whitten, 334-229-4713


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Study Alabama is a nonprofit State of Alabama and US IRS recognized 501(c)3 (as of 2015) consortia of Alabama K-12, community colleges and universities established in collaboration with the State of Alabama Department of Commerce International Trade Division (Made in Alabama) , U.S. Commercial Service, Alabama Commission for Higher Education (ACHE) and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).  Study Alabama has as its objectives:  to raise the profile of the State of Alabama higher education sector as a global study/research destination with a focus on international student enrollment, the education abroad goals of the member institutions, to foster awareness of the role of the Alabama Higher Education members in supporting economic development and international trade throughout the of State of Alabama, and to encourage collaboration with the higher education sector by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Alabama Department of Commerce and other local and regional commerce and economic development entities in the State of Alabama.  For more on Study Alabama contact:


If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact

EducationUSA – Susana Guzman 202-632-3226
Alabama State University – Dr. Linwood Whitten, 334-229-4713
Study AlabamaDr. Jim Ellis, Executive Director, 251-404-8601

updated 7/30/2019