Application deadline: February 15 

Application instructions:

Please note that once you start this application, you must complete it in one sitting. We recommend answering the following questions first in a word processor and copying/pasting the responses into the application. Please also save a copy of your responses, as you will not have access to them after submitting the survey and moving on to the next page.

1) Why do you wish to participate in this Academy (max 75 words)?

2) Please list two expectations you have for the Academy (max 75 words).

3) Please describe a particular challenge or project of special interest related to internationalization that you hope to explore during the Academy (max 300 words).

4) Please enter your 75-word (max!) biography that follows the format at this link. If you are accepted, this bio will be shared with faculty and other Academy participants. 

The application process is competitive and space is limited.

NOTE: The most common reason applicants were not accepted previously were: 

  • Applicants were not Senior International Officers at higher education institutions with multiple areas of responsibility for internationalization. 
  • Applicants were not in the first five years of their current positions. 
If you have questions as to your eligibility, please contact the AIEA Secretariat at or (919) 893-4980.


The Association of International Education Administrators is pleased to offer the 2019 AIEA Academy for new senior international officers. The Academy will take place in Durham, NC, from April 29-May 3, 2019. This training program is designed for administrators in the first five years of their current appointment.

The program will accept up to 17 Senior International Officers (SIOs) at higher education institutions with less than 5 years in their current position. Each participant will be asked to identify a specific challenge or topic of particular interest to them as SIOs, and to write a brief 1-page essay (max 300 words) about this as part of the application process. Upon successful completion of the Academy, participants will receive a certificate of completion issued by AIEA. Applicants will be accepted through the
February 15 application deadline. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by March 15.

The participants will be housed together in the Kings Daughter’s Inn, a small five-star boutique hotel on edge of Duke
University’s East Campus. There will be four faculty members for the Academy, all current or former SIOs, who will be
present for all sessions.

The Academy will cover nine thematic topics that are relevant for leaders in international higher education:
Relations with the Administration
Involving Faculty
Making Alliances
Programs and Partnerships
Making the Case for Internationalization
Strategic Planning
Career Decisions

The Academy faculty are Pia Wood (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Penelope Pynes (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Riall Nolan (Purdue University), and Harvey Charles (University at Albany, State University of New York). Additional speakers will include Darla Deardorff (AIEA). Each faculty member will chair two topical sessions, but all will comment on each topic. There will also be three sessions set aside for presentations and small group discussions among the participants to apply the knowledge to their own contexts. Through the Academy, participants will gain valuable knowledge and insights into how to lead comprehensive internationalization at their institutions.

Participants will be asked to arrive on Monday afternoon, April 29 in time for an opening dinner at the Kings Daughter’s Inn. The following Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will feature two working sessions each morning and two in the afternoon. Breakfasts and lunches are provided. No dinners are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a closing dinner on Thursday night at a leading restaurant in downtown Durham. Friday morning will feature a session for presentations by participants and the awarding of certificates of completion, after which people will be free
to depart.

The fee for the 2019 Academy is $1750 per person for AIEA members, and $2450 for non-members. This fee covers the cost of lodging (Mon-Thurs nights), materials, breakfasts, break snacks and beverages, lunches (Tues.-Thurs.), and the opening and closing dinners. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses, airport transfers, two dinners (and The Sage Handbook of International Higher Education, which is a recommended text for the Academy). Full payment is due within 5 business days of notification.