Study Abroad and International Students SIG 

The Study Abroad and International Student SIG seeks to create a professional network of researchers and practitioners working to understand the issues and challenges as well as share the best practices related to international student mobility in K-12 and beyond, education abroad, and exchange programs globally. The mission of this SIG is to promote interdisciplinary scholarship opportunities and critical dialogues by connecting professionals and academics who are involved in serving the international student population. Contact us on Facebookand LinkedIn.


2020 Business Meeting and Award Ceremony at CIES Annual  Conference

Wed, March 25 || Los Angles at 8:00 am || New York at 11am || Berlin at 4:00 pm || London @ 3:00 pm || Sydney at 2:00 am || Moscow at 6:00 pm || Singapore 11:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom Webinar

Click this link for registration and joining directions. Meeting ID: 417 130 707

Dial in number: (US East) || (China) || (India Mumbai) || (Australia) || (Hong Kong)  || (Brazil) || (Canada) || (Japan)

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with details for logging into the Zoom meeting. You may use your phone, iPad or computer to join this meeting.


We would like to invite you to fill out this quick online form regarding the openings of our  SIG within the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and your thoughts on new projects.

The idea of this SIG started from a group of enthusiastic scholars and practitioners who have been regularly writing and publishing on international student studies including in the Journal of International Students. They also met in 2015 CIES conference to establish a scholarly platform for sharing and presenting recent research, innovative practices to address the issues and challenges of international students and scholars. As a part of further discussion from September 10, 2016 to April 20, 2017, we organized several webinars where a panel of speakers discuss, share ideas, and learn how colleges and universities currently support these students, how they could promote best practices from their institutions and experiences and what professional development opportunities they could create for themselves by having ongoing conversations. From our professional contacts in these past academic engagements, the following scholars have agreed to support in establishing this SIG.


Committee (2018-2020)

  • Founding Chair – Dr. Krishna Bista (active)
  • Chair-Elect – Dr. Uttam Gaulee (Active)
  • SIG Program Co-Chair-Dr. Shuning Liu (Active)
  • SIG Book Project Editor – Dr. Chris R. Glass
  • Treasurer –Ms. Manca Sustarsic
  • Secretary –Dr. Baoyan Cheng
  • Janet Gao, MentorshipCommittee Chair
  • SIG Conference Program Chair – Dr. Rosalind L. Raby/Dr. Chris R. Glass
    • Marguerite Dennis - Proposal Review Committee Member

Are you interested in reviewing conference proposal for CIES Study Abroad and International Students SIG? Please fill out this brief form

  • NewsletterCo-Editors (2018-2021)
    • Louise Michelle Vital, Northeastern University (Active)
    • Susan Boafo-Arthur, Assumption College (Active)
  • Awards Committee Chair — 
    • Co-Chair – Roy Y. Chen, Indiana University (Books/Articles)
    • Co-Chair - Ryan M. Allen, Teachers College, Columbia University (dissertations)
    • Member- Garett Gietzen, University of California, Merced
    • Member- David Lausch, University of Wyoming
    • Member- Jason Li, Wichita State University
    • Member- Cody J Perry, University of Wyoming
    • Member- Michelle Morais  Silva, University of Oklahoma
    • Member, Yanjuan Hu, Southwest University in China
    • Member, Stephanie Kim, Georgetown University

We are accepting award nominationsfor the 2018-2019 CIES Study Abroad and International Students SIG. Please share this links with your colleagues and students interested in comparative and international education.

  • Associate Editors
    • Helen Forbes-Mewett, Monash University
    • Yi Leaf Zhang, University of Texas at Arlington
    • Padam Chauhan, Minnesota State University
    • Prashanti Chennamsetti, Texas A & M University
    • Lisa Piasecki, Tiffin University
    • Enakshi Sengupta, The American University of Kurdistan
    • Rosalyn Eder, University of Fribourg
    • Rebekah Granger Ellis, University of New Orleans
    • Ryan M. Allen, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Communication Chair —Jianhui Zhang , University of Hawaii at Manoa
    • Olga Mun, IOE University College of London
    • M.O. Thirunarayanan, Florida International University
  •  Membership Director — OPEN
  • Webinar/Social Media Coordinator (doc) —Emily Schell, Stanford University
    • Member- Shyam Sharma, Stony Brook University, USA
    • Member -Janet Gao, The George Washington University, USA
    • Member- Yue Dang, The University of Akron, USA
  • Historian — L. Erika Saito, Pepperdine University, CA
  • Student Representative — OPEN
    • Suzan Kommers, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA (Director)
    • Ahmed M. Mukhtar, University of Missouri, USA
    • Taylor Woodman, University of Maryland
    • Courtney Belmonte, Old Dominion University
    • Tosin Adebayo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    • William Geibel, UCLA
    • Emily Schell, Stanford University
    • Manca Sustarsic, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    • Jianhui Zhang, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    • Santiago Castiello-Gutierrez, University of Arizona (Active)
    • Natalie Cruz, Old Dominion University
  • University Associate– OPEN
    • Kandy K. Turner, Ed.D., Director of International Student Services and Programs, Widener, University, PA, USA
    • Kelly A. Pengelly, Maryland USA
    • Mutiara Mohamad, Director, PLCPA, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, USA
    • Jay R. Ligon, Director of International Student and Scholars Services at Louisiana Tech University, USA
    • Lili Yang, the University of Oxford, UK
  • Country Coordinators — OPEN
    • Ireland, Holly Cowman, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland
    • Nepal – Pitambar Acharya, Tribhuvan University
    • ________ Shahrman Khattak, University of Toronto
    • India-- Ashwini Tiwari, University of Houston-Downtown
    • New Zealand--Sherrie Lee, University of Waikato (Regional Director)
    • ________ Lillian Butungi Niwagaba, New York Institute of Technology
    • Taiwan, Chia-Ming, Hsueh, Boston College
    • China -- Xiaoli Jing, McGill University
    • Honduras--Ricardo Morales-Ulloa, Universidad Nacional Francisco Morazn
    • ________ Aisi Li, Nazarbayev University
    • ________ VernicaGottau, Universidad de San Andres
    • Nepal--Yadu Prasad Gyawali, Mid-Western University
    • Iraq --Enakshi Sengupta, The American University of Kurdistan
  • Research Director - Jeevan Khanal, Nepal Open University
  • Research Assistant, Werede Tareke, Central China Normal University, China

SIG Legal Advisor

SIG Membership for 2018 Calendar Year

The CIES Office of the Executive Director (OED) will soon be running elections for all our Special Interest Groups (SIGs). However, only current SIG members for the 2018 calendar year will be eligible to vote for their officers. Even if you are a current CIES member, take a moment to ensure that you have paid your SIG dues for 2018.


Among the topics that this SIG focuses on are:

  • Emerging trends and issues of international student mobility and study abroad in K-12 and postsecondary institutions
  • Campus support services and international student engagement
  • Academic support services for international students and scholars
  • International student retention, admissions, and transfer
  • Support and resources for integration of international and domestic students
  • Immigration issues and visa policies for international students
  • Cross-cultural experience in faculty/staff exchange programs
  • Higher education policies of sending and hosting countries
  • International student career preparation and post-study employability
  • Domestic students as international students and study abroad programs
  • International student success and role of student affairs
  • Internships and service learning centers for international students
  • International student leaders and leadership development
  • Globally mobile LGBTQ+ students
  • Intercultural communication and competence for international students and their counterparts

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As an interdisciplinary scholarly venue, this SIG welcomes new ideas and best practices related to international student mobility, study abroad, exchange programs, student affairs from the US and around the world, and from a wide range of academic fields, including student affairs, international education, and cultural studies. The audience of this SIG includes international and domestic students, faculty, administrators, policymakers, and educators engaged in research and practices in colleges and universities.


In our work as a SIG we strive to be mindful of: Collaborating with educators and practitioners from different cultures, languages, and nationalities who are interested in researching about international students and scholars; Promoting new research and mentoring scholars who are directly/indirectly working with international student and scholars, offices of international education/student affairs, student exchange programs, and other organizations of cross-cultural studies; Sharing best practices and values on international student studies that emerge from collaborative engagement and professional growth in the field of international education

How To Join

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