The GET AHEAD Program will be temporarily on hold and therefore will not be accepting applications for 2019-2020.

Please contact Collette Agnese at with any questions. 

Are you seeking to grow the international presence in your campus community?

Receiving applicants through IIE's Global Experience and Training (GET) - A Higher Education Academic (AHEAD) Program is a great way to add diversity to your campus by providing admission and scholarship to high-caliber international students. Each GET- AHEAD student is screened twice, first by their home advising office and second, by IIE to ensure high quality applications.

IIE surveys all colleges and universities nationwide each year to determine what the eligibility requirements and financial aid opportunities are for international students. We then research appropriate U.S. institutions and recommend participants to apply based on their academic interests and financial capabilities. Just like any international applicant, GET-AHEAD students apply to 5 institutions and then determine their final choice based on their admissions decisions.

Which colleges and universities accept students from this program?

We work with the full range of accredited post-secondary educational institutions. Schools do not have to be IIE member institutions and do not pay any fee to participate. IIE receives no commission to place students in any institution. ALL institutions are invited to review candidates through the program.

What services do institutions need to provide for GET- AHEAD applicants?

U.S. colleges and universities are responsible for sponsoring GET- AHEAD students' visas and issuing their I-20 documents. We ask that participating institutions review GET- AHEAD applicants for the maximum possible scholarship awards offered to international students at your college or university. In many cases, IIE works with schools to combine more than one award, enabling candidates who require significant aid to come to the United States for study. Any expenses not covered by institutional awards are covered directly by the student’s personal funds, not IIE or another institutional sponsor. Depending on their financial situation and the availability of other support, some candidates are able to accept partial awards, while others need full support covering tuition, fees, room and board.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My institution has worked with IIE before. Do we need to submit a new survey?

A: Yes. While the majority of questionnaires for certain programs may be consistent from previous years' application, much of the requested information (such as program dates, housing information, personnel contact details, etc.) changes from year to year. Additionally, this year’s survey features a new section for four-year degree programs. Please email to request the application and a link for the survey will be provided.

Q: Am I required to have cost-share options available at my University?

A: Cost-share is a requirement of some programs, but not all. You are not required to provide cost-share information, but it is very helpful to have a sense of what is possible in order to make the most promising matches.