Open Doors 2011:FLTA 2011

IIE®: Who We Are

Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education® (IIE) is a private not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities and offers support to scholars in danger.

  • Mission and Values

    About Us

    Learn more about IIE's mission, vision, values and our impact around the world.

  • History


    The Institute was created in 1919 to counter growing isolationism in the United States and to facilitate educational exchange, serving U.S. higher education and those who wished to establish educational relations with the United States.

  • Governance


    IIE is governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees who bring a diverse set of skills from leadership positions in the public and private sectors, including colleges, universities, corporations, and philanthropy.

  • International Development

    Centers of Excellence

    IIE's Centers of Excellence represent the many ways in which the Institute promotes international higher education worldwide.

  • Awards


    Through the years, IIE has established a diverse set of honors to celebrate the achievements and leadership of individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to international education.

  • IIE Annual Report

    Annual Report

    Financial information about the Institute of International Education, including the most recent Annual Report.

  • News and Events

    News and Events

    Learn about our new publications and activities, as well as events and conferences IIE is hosting around the world. Explore IIE's press center for news coverage that features the Institute.

  • IIENetwork


    IIENetwork is IIE’s membership program with more than 1,300 member institutions around the world. Each IIENetwork designee is an important link in a network of over 7,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions.

Faces of IIE
  • Steven Rowe, Gilman Scholar

    The Gilman Scholarship offered Steven Rowe a life-changing opportunity.

  • Breezy Martinez Walls

    Breezy Martinez Walls learned critical skills in a MBA program that are helping her tackle poverty high in the Andes.

  • Lugano Sigalla, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

    Lugano Sigalla shares the Kiswahili language as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant.

  • Elaine Hillenmeyer, Whitaker International Fellow

    U.S. student Elaine Hillenmeyer pursued a doctorate in biomedical engineering with the help of a Whitaker International Fellowship.

  • Donny George

    A Scholar Rescue Fund fellowship has allowed this archeologist to teach in safety while he works to preserve Iraq’s heritage.

 IIE Recognitions
Media Contact

Sharon Witherell
Director, Public Affairs
Tel: +1 212.984.5380

Shana Childs
Public Affairs
Tel: +1 212.984.5360