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Education Agents

On the ground presence

The decision to study abroad is not taken lightly. With so many destinations and institutions to consider as well as processes to navigate – from entry criteria to visa requirements – it’s no wonder that students and parents turn to student recruitment agencies for help along the way.

For decades, agents have been viewed as trusted advisors who know their culture from an insider’s perspective and speak the local language. They are especially important in student recruitment markets where word of mouth recommendations carry a tremendous amount of weight in a family’s decision making process.

And with each agency counselling hundreds or thousands of students and parents every year, this has made them a hugely influential audience for overseas institutions to work with, whether to establish their brand in a new market, to build upon a small base of enrolled students from a region, or to provide a steady stream of qualified student applicants and active alumni in a market.

Finding quality agents you can trust who share similar values and ethical standards is essential when creating long-term partnerships with overseas agencies. BMI’s agent workshops help you build rapport and relationships with agents who can work towards mutual goals when recruiting on your behalf. In developing a global network of agency partners, institutions will be able to achieve on-the-ground presence as agency staff help students and parents understand their options, follow procedures and ultimately, make the best institutional match for each pupil.

Meeting agents virtually in 2021

Given the current limitations around travel, BMI is running a series of four online events in March and April to help professionals in international education keep in contact and build new networks.

In fact, institutions can meet more than just agencies. Our Partnership Workshop Series provides you with a concise format to meet three different types of partners in one event, with each workshop focused on a different geographic region. Each event runs for two days and enables you to arrange meetings in advance with overseas universities, agents, and high school counsellors. Learn more about this new, convenient event format or register by adding the workshops to your cart below.

Save time and money - connect with dozens of agents in 1 location

BMI’s Agent Workshops are designed to help you save time by meeting new and current international agency partners all in one location. Held just before or after other BMI events taking place in the region, these events allow you to maximise your visit overseas since you’ll meet different types of recruitment audiences all in the same trip.

During our workshops, BMI gives you the opportunity to hold 21 private meetings over 2 days with pre-screened agents who are attending from a wide variety of cities around the world.

To support schools and universities in their goal to grow and diversify their international student body, our events are run in high growth markets, such as our Agent Workshop Asia (typically held in Spring and Fall) which brings together dozens of agencies from across 12 countries in Asia. Or if you’re looking to expand your agent network in Brazil, then be sure to join our BMI Agent and Higher Education Workshop in Sao Paulo.

Recognising the growing popularity of the UAE as a study destination, BMI also runs the Study in UAE Agent Workshop to specifically help UAE-based institutions meet and strengthen their relationships with recruiting agents from all over the world.

Meet and network with pre-screened agents from around the world

We have a strict vetting process which ensures that attending agencies adhere to a certain code of conduct and have a reputation for providing a quality service.

We also limit the number of institutions so you leave knowing every agent and, just as importantly, they know you.  A high ratio of agents per institution means that you only meet with the most relevant agents, leaving you with sufficient time for a full discussion of your programmes in your pre-arranged meetings and delivering a relaxed, cosy environment for networking during refreshment breaks, meals and receptions.

BMI Partnership Workshop Global Series

Get a customised package

BMI hosts 85+ events in 35+ cities every year. You can mix and match event types, dates and cities, plus ramp up brand exposure for audiences where you need it most. We’re happy to build a bespoke plan just for you.

Learn how BMI connects you to various audiences

BMI connects you to people from across the recruitment spectrum – from the parents and students who are planning their study abroad experience to senior level government representatives, school principals, counsellors, university staff and agents.