Institute of International Education

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Institute of International Education
NYC Headquarters
Founded 1919
Founder Nicholas Murray Butler
Elihu Root
Stephen Duggan, Sr.
Type Charitable organization
501(c)(3) non profit[1]
Focus International Student Exchange and Aid, Foreign Affairs, International Peace and Security[1]
Area served
Method Endowment fund, Financial services, Fundraising[1]
Key people
Dr. Allan E. Goodman[1]
(President and CEO)
369.5 million USD (2011)
Slogan The Power of International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a 501(c) organization[1] which focuses on International Student Exchange and Aid, Foreign Affairs, and International Peace and Security. IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from various sectors. The organization says its mission is to "build more peaceful and equitable societies by advancing scholarship, building economies and promoting access to opportunity".[2] Some of its most recognized programs include the flagship Fulbright Program; and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. It also awards the Andrew Heiskell Award.

IIE is also well known for its Open Doors Report, which is released each fall and is a widely cited resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at colleges and universities in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.[3]


The institute was established in 1919 at the cessation of World War I. Nobel Peace Prize winners Nicholas Murray Butler, President of Columbia University, and Elihu Root, former Secretary of State, and Stephen Duggan, Sr., Professor of Political Science at the College of the City of New York (and IIE's first President) formed the Institute of International Education with the outlook that educational exchange would incite understanding between nations.[4]

(In 1946, Duggan's son, Laurence Duggan became president of the IIE, after serving in the U.S. Department of State. In early December 1948, FBI agents questioned him on his involvement in the Hiss-Chambers Case. on December 15, 1948, he appeared to commit suicide by jumping from the window of his IIE office on the 16th floor.[5][6][7])

In 2009, the institute celebrated its 90th anniversary. Over the years it has developed into one of the largest references for international exchange in the world. IIE began as an organized student, faculty and teacher exchange with several European governments. At the time, IIE President Stephen Duggan influenced the U.S. government to create a new category of nonimmigrant student visas, bypassing post-war quotas set by the Immigration Act of 1921. In the 1930s, IIE began expanding its activities beyond Europe, opening the first exchanges with the Soviet Union and Latin America. After World War II, the Institute facilitated the establishment of what is now NAFSA and the CIEE. In the 1940s, IIE aided more than 4,000 U.S. students to study and work on reconstruction projects at European universities devastated by the war.[4]

By the 1950s the number of foreign students to the United States nearly doubled. As a result, the institute formed a network of U.S. offices to serve the growing number of students under its administration. Additionally, IIE began producing an annual statistical analysis of the foreign student population in the United States and named the study, Open Doors. In the 1960s, the Institute opened overseas offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America.[4]

In 1979, the IIE joined the White House and USIA to develop the innovative Hubert H. Humphrey North-South Fellowships, which brings mid-career professionals in public service fields from developing countries and East Central Europe to the U.S. for a year of academic study and practical professional experience. The International Education Information Center opened at IIE’s New York headquarters in the 1980s and new offices in Budapest and Hanoi were established in the 90s.[4]

In 2008, IIE President Allan Goodman led the Institute’s first U.S. higher education delegation. Eleven delegates representing seven U.S. colleges and universities traveled to Southeast Asia to enhance and expand linkages with institutions in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. IIE has since led U.S. higher education delegations to countries such as Brazil, China, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, and Russia with the aim of expanding educational ties with the United States.[4]

In the 2010s, the Institute established the IIE Centers of Excellence and launched the Emergency Student Fund (ESF). In 2011, IIE hosted the first in a series of conferences in Iraq designed to engage key stakeholders in advancing higher education discussions and development efforts in Iraq.[4]

In 2012, IIE began administering the Government of Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program, which provides scholarships to Brazilian undergraduate students primarily in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.[4]

IIE Global Network

The Institute of International Education's Global Network is composed of 19 offices and affiliates, 650 staff, and 1,200 member institutions worldwide. Each office networks local colleges, universities, and NGOs to administer regional programs as well as ensure the goals of sponsors are fulfilled. The IIE Headquarters are located in New York City; regional offices are located in Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, Houston and San Francisco in the United States. International offices and affiliates are located in: Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beijing, Budapest, Cairo, Dili, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kyiv, Moscow and New Delhi.

IIE also administers 14 Regional Educational Advising Coordinators who provide training, resources and mentoring to support the U.S. Department of State's network of EducationUSA advisers. Current REACs are located in the following cities around the world: Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Budapest, Kyiv, Bratislava, Amman, Accra, Johannesburg, Lahore, Delhi, Beijing, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur.

Current programs and services

The Institute (IIE) governs more than 250 programs serving more than 29,000 persons from 175 nations each year. The focal point of the programs include: Fellowship and Scholarship Management, Higher Education Institutional Development, Emergency Student and Scholar Assistance, Leadership Development, and International Development.

Some of the current programs include: 911 Armed Forces Scholarship Fund, ACE for Women's Leadership, BP Workforce Readiness Program, Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES, Cargill Global Scholars, Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Program, Central Europe Summer Research Institute (CESRI), Chevron International REACH Scholarship Program, International Scholarship Program, IIE Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, FMC Technologies, Inc. International Scholarship Program, Freeman-ASIA, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, Fulbright Program for Non-US Students, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program, Fulbright US Student Programs, Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, GE Foundation TECH Award, Generation Study Abroad, Global Innovation Initiative, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative, Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Program, Global Travel and Learning Fund (GTLF), Higher Education Readiness (HER), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Programs, The Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowship, Hilton Teacher Treks Program, Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Program, International Human Rights Internship Program (IHRIP), International Academic Partnership Program, Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Japan IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies, Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness, Mattel Global Scholarship Program, Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, ROTC Language and Culture Project, The Scholar Rescue Fund, Toyota International Teacher Program, USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants Program, USIPP Consortium, U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support, Women's Enterprise for Sustainability, Young Leaders Dialogue with America (YLDA)

The programs involve participation in the USA and abroad.[8][9]

Research and publications

IIE conducts applied research and policy analysis in the field of international student mobility. Through research and program evaluations, IIE is provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.[10] IIE's publications, reports and policy papers also provide resources for students and advisers, domestic and international governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and foundations. Through the production IIE's research, policy dialogue has been promoted. Most recently, IIE brought together delegates from 15 countries and the EU in Washington, DC for the 2012 International Education Summit on the Occasion of the G8, to discuss national priorities and educational cooperation among nations.[11]

Some of IIE's research projects include: Open Doors, Project Atlas and the Global Education Research Reports. [11]


In the year of 2015, the institute's revenue totalled $840 million.[11] This was a large increase in revenue over previous years, mostly due to the Institute's administration of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. [12]


IIE is governed by a Board of Trustees with input from advisory bodies and executive staff. The current president and CEO is Allan E. Goodman. The current advisory bodies include: The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), New Leaders Group, international counselors and is monitored by the U.S government. [13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Charity Navigator - America's Largest Charity Evaluator". 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mission". Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Open Doors". Retrieved 2017-08-17. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "History". Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  5. ^ "The Man in the Window", Time, January 3, 1949.
  6. ^ John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999; pp. 201-204.
  7. ^ Chambers, Whittaker (1952). Witness. New York: Random House. p. 339. 
  8. ^ "Study Abroad Funding". Study Abroad Funding. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  9. ^ "Fulbright Online". 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  10. ^ "About IIE". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  11. ^ a b c "Publications". Retrieved 2014-02-10.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Publications" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Publications" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  12. ^ "Brazil's scientific mobility scholarship program keeps growing". Retrieved 2017-08-17. 
  13. ^ "Governance". Institute of International Education. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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