The Institute of International Education (IIE) created the Heiskell awards in 2001 to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives that are being conducted in international higher education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. By recognizing excellence and innovation, the Institute hopes to support IIENetwork members in their endeavors and to signal a new and important role for international education on campus.

IIE's Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international partnership programs in practice today. We are particularly interested in highlighting initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning on campus. 

The goals of IIE's Heiskell Awards are: 

  • To foster innovative ideas that will help international education professionals create and sustain new opportunities for students and faculty
  • To bring international education to the forefront of education policy
  • To stimulate public awareness of the benefits of study abroad and international educational exchange

The 2020 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award Winners

CATEGORY: Internationalizing the Campus

Advancing curriculum development, fostering international opportunities and creatively integrating international students into university life.

Winner:  Rice University, Brasil@Rice: A Corner/"Cantinho" of Brazil
Honorable Mention:  Texas A&M International University, Reading the Globe


CATEGORY: Study Abroad

Providing innovative programs and services to make study abroad more accessible to a broader student population.

Winner:  University of Tulsa, Jumpstart TU
Honorable Mention:  University of Otago, New Zealand, A Place to Stand, A World to Explore


CATEGORY: International Partnerships

Recognizing strategic, comprehensive and innovative international partnership efforts.

Winner:  Lehigh University, United Nations Partnership
Honorable Mention:  Kansas State University, Australian Initiative and Oz-to-Oz Program


CATEGORY: Internationalizing the Community College

Creating innovative programs and services, including study abroad, to make international opportunities accessible to community college students.

Winner:  Harper College, Global Region of Focus Initiative