cies logoStudy 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 Facebook and LinkedIn.


Committee (2018-2020)

  • 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, Mentorship Committee 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

  • Newsletter Co-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 nominations for 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
    • Kelly A. Pengelly, Taylor University, Indiana, USA
    • Mutiara Mohamad, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, 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

To join a SIG, you must log into your CIES membership/CER subscription account through the University of Chicago Press (UCP) website. Once you are logged in, you will see different tabs on the right side of the page. Navigate to the “Manage Subscriptions” tab. You will see a table that should show your subscription to the Comparative Education Review. Click the blue link that is located right next to the title that reads “Join SIG or Donate to CIES” (see graphic below for reference).

You will then be sent to a webpage with two sections: one for contributions and another for CIES SIG dues. Scroll down to the second section and click the corresponding SIGs you wish to join. Afterwards, you will be asked for payment once you hit the submit button. As a reminder, each SIG you join costs $10 (e.g. 3 SIGs will cost $30).

For more in-depth instructions or if you require assistance with the transaction, please contact UCP subscriptions directly at or call (773) 702-7700.
To revisit all daily recaps for CIES 2018, click here. You can also view CIES 2018 in Photos.

CIES 2019: Call for Contributions

The CIES 2019 San Francisco Call for Contributions is now available!

CIES 2019 San Francisco will accept proposals for contributions in several session formats. Proposals in certain formats will undergo double blind-peer review via an online submission system, while those in other formats will need to be submitted by email for review by the CIES 2019 Program Committee.

The CIES 2019 online submission system will open in August 2018 and close in October 2018 via the official conference website, The following kinds of proposals will need to be submitted for peer review via the online submission system:

  • Refereed Round-Table Presentation (Individual Submission)
  • Refereed Round-Table Session (Group Submission)
  • Poster Presentation (Individual Submission)
  • Formal Paper Presentation (Individual Submission)
  • Formal Panel Session (Group Submission)

Four other kinds of contributions should be emailed directly to the CIES 2019 Program Committee (, which will make decisions based on quality and available space. Please note that these kinds of proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis and have an earlier submission deadline of Friday, September 14, 2018.

  • Round-Table Session or Panel Session in Chinese or Spanish
  • PechaKucha Presentation
  • Book Launch
  • Pre-conference Workshop

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