Benefits & Criteria

Global Reach of CIS Members

CIS connects affiliate consultant members with more than 730 schools and 590 universities in over 116 countries and gives them the opportunity to expand their network. 

Working with Quality Schools and Organizations

When you work with our members, you work with reputable institutions dedicated to high standards of international education. Each member school and university has completed an extensive membership application process.


Affiliated consultant membership is available to individuals who provide consulting and counselling services to primary and secondary schools with international programmes and the students and families who attend these schools. Individuals applying for membership may be working independently or as part of a consulting group or organization. The number of individuals who are offered an affiliated consultant membership is limited to ensure the number of members available matches the demand by CIS members. Applications are accepted if the individual meets the criteria for membership.  

Each individual applying for membership must meet the following criteria:

  • Areas of expertise match identified areas of need
  • At least two years of current, relevant consulting experience
  • A complete resume and motivation letter
  • Two references/recommendations are required from CIS member schools or universities that have engaged with the consultant
  • A clear criminal record check from each country that an individual has lived and worked in for more than 6 months from the age of 18 years
  • All members are required to follow the CIS Code of Ethics for Affiliated Consultants
  • Up to three memberships are allowed under one organization
  • Independent university counsellors who are members of professional organizations for independent educational consultants will be looked upon favorably (i.e. Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Professional members, Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA))
  • Independent university consultants who partner with colleges and universities for recruitment services and receive financial compensation from colleges/universities are not eligible for affiliated consultant membership
The consulting categories for affiliated consultants are:  
  • Appraisal and professional development
  • Curriculum design and delivery
  • Identification and application of technology
  • Independent university counselling
  • Intercultural competence
  • Leadership training and school governance
  • Marketing and communications strategy
  • Strategic planning
  • Student well-being: Protection, safety, & security

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CIS is a membership community working collaboratively to shape international education through professional services to schools,
higher education institutions, and individuals. Global citizenship is the centre of everything we do at CIS to support our members.
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