Supporting Members

CIS supporting members are educational organizations whose purposes and objectives are aligned with our own and whose services complement those we provide to our higher education and school members. We work cooperatively with these organizations to further our respective missions in the international education community through purposeful collaboration, mutual support, and the exchange of information. 

Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)

The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) began as a sprouting leaf from the Agency for International Development (AID) more than 50 years ago. Soon enough, AAIE grew into the innovative and international organization enjoyed today around the world by the hundreds of member schools, educational organizations, resource providers and the thousands of individuals within these organizations who actively participate with our global leadership community.


As a global community that connects diverse people, ideas, and resources, AAIE helps international educators lead with vision, wisdom, and integrity.


Executive Director: Yolanda Murphy-Barrena
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA)

AASSA's mission is to provide and promote programs and services to member schools whose primary language of instruction is English in order to enhance the quality of American and international education in the Americas.

Please refer to the AASSA website for further information and event dates.

key Contact:

Executive Director: Paul Poore
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

Twitter: @AASSA_SA

Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA)

The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) is a membership community committed to professional learning that transforms student learning.

Established in 1969, AISA offers a professional learning programme specifically designed to meet the unique needs of our diverse international-school body. In addition to our annual Leadership Conference in March and the annual Educators Conference in October, AISA also sponsors a wide variety of differentiated Professional Learning Institutes across the continent to foster greater professionalism and to improve teacher and leadership effectiveness.

AISA currently has a membership of 74 schools across 34 countries. Together, these schools serve approximately 27,000 students supported by over 3,000 teachers.

Our Mission

AISA is dedicated to transforming student learning by leading and supporting strategic thinking, professional growth and school effectiveness. 

Our Identity

AISA is a collaborative learning community of accredited, internationally-minded schools in Africa, which provides targeted services and relevant resources, facilitates innovative programmes, and connects people. 

Our Core Values

AISA believes that:

  • Being open to differences leads to knowledge and understanding
  • All individuals have intrinsic worth
  • Nurturing is necessary for growth and change
  • Personal fulfilment derives from defining a sense of purpose and making connections through service to others
  • A sense of belonging enables people and communities to thrive
  • All people want to learn, and people learn differently
  • When people work together better outcomes are more likely
  • The development of international-mindedness and cultural competence are fundamental to being successful in an interconnected world
Our Objectives

The strategic objectives of AISA specify that all AISA programmes, services, resources and networks exist to:

  • Support professional growth
  • Develop and implement strategic thinking and planning
  • Increase school effectiveness

Not a member of AISA?

Membership with AISA provides your school community with access to world-class learning events that ensures your team is up to date with the latest knowledge and trends to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Being a member of AISA connects you to a network of leaders and educators shaping international education in Africa.

To find out more, visit the AISA website.

Want to learn more about AISA learning events?

AISA's vision for Professional Learning is to deliver a world-class professional development programme to international school teachers and leaders across the African continent.

To find out more about what’s on offer with AISA, visit our website.

Need more information?

To find out more about membership with AISA, or anything else we can help you with, email

Executive Director: Peter Bateman
Nairobi, Kenya

British Schools in the Middle East (BSME)

Formed in 1982, British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) provides a quality-assured network of schools helping Heads and Teachers share best practice and keep abreast of the latest educational developments. BSME runs its own Accreditation System, Annual Headteachers' Conferences, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme of over 100 courses per year and a range of inter school sports, music, arts and other events.

Key contact:

Chief Executive Officer: Olivia Roth
Kingdom of Bahrain

Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge.

Our international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.

Our programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research. They provide a strong platform for learners to progress from one stage to the next, and are well supported by teaching and learning resources.

Our mission is to provide educational benefit through provision of international programmes and qualifications for school education and to be the world leader in this field. Together with schools, we develop Cambridge learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged – equipped for success in the modern world.

Every year, nearly a million Cambridge learners from 10,000 schools in 160 countries prepare for their future with an international education from Cambridge.

key Contacts:

Chief Executive: Michael O’Sullivan
Senior Recognitions Coordinator: Amanda Cator
Cambridge, United Kingdom

College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.

Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

key contacts:

Vice President: Linda Liu
Senior Director, International Strategy & Outreach: Clay Hensley
New York, USA


Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

Representing more than 475-member schools and organisations, COBIS is a responsive, innovative and growing global association for international British schools overseas. High-quality COBIS schools, which educate over 135,000 students and employ more than 15,000 teachers, can be found in 80 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. COBIS Supporting Members provide a wide range of services and resources to the international schools sector. COBIS provides high-quality professional development and networking opportunities for staff and has recently launched The Patron’s Accreditation – a new quality assurance scheme for international British schools overseas. COBIS represents all members with the British Government, Ministries of Education and educational bodies worldwide.

The COBIS Annual Conference is the essential global gathering for leaders of British international schools and has been the flagship event for Heads, Governors, Proprietors and Senior Leadership Teams in this sector for four decades.

The conference offers delegates the chance to hear from high-profile keynote speakers as well as a choice of insightful seminars and workshops all designed to challenge and inspire. Considering our schools operate in diverse geographical locations, the conference is a vital opportunity for attendees to explore the common issues we face a sector and to learn from experienced leaders as they reflect on the latest trends, technologies and approaches to teaching, learning and leadership. The event offers ample opportunity to network with colleagues, old and new, while Exhibitors are on hand to speak to you about how they can support your school.

COBIS assists schools with their development journey, offering support with staff recruitment as well as lobbying on behalf of our members to governments and educational bodies. Staff in COBIS schools have access to professional development events and seminars around the world and can keep up-to-date with the latest trends in UK education.

The academic and extracurricular achievements of students and young people in British schools overseas are celebrated through our international Interschool student competitions and events programme. Whether your talent is in art, poetry, science, sport or debate, you can shine on the global stage.

key contact:

Executive Director: Colin Bell
London, United Kingdom

ETS Global

At ETS®, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

The TOEFL® test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 10,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States. More than 30 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL® test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency.

Key contacts:

Princeton, NJ, USA

  • General inquiries from colleges, universities, English language programs and college counselors
  • Client Relations representative:

Other information about new initiatives or services that we should highlight to our members:

ETS® Data Manager: The ETS® Data Manager for official TOEFL® and GRE® score users offers easy, on-demand, secure access to score information and test-taker data, including a photo, for students that have designated your institution to receive their scores — free to institutions and organizations that have a GRE or TOEFL score reporting code. You can also access the TOEFL and GRE Search Services through the ETS Data Manager. Complete this form to request access to the ETS Data Manager.

TOEFL® Search Service: The TOEFL® Search Service helps you find the right international students for your undergraduate, graduate and English-language programs. It provides current, targeted mailing lists of prospective students to support your recruitment efforts. And it gives you access to a database of over one million prospects from over 180 countries.

TOEFL newsletter: Get the latest TOEFL news and information. Sign up now

TOEFL information for Institutions:

TOEFL information for test takers:

TOEFL MOOC: Register for the current self-paced TOEFL® free online course available August 9 – November 8: TOEFL® Test Preparation: The Insider’s Guide

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the Statement of Principles of Good Practice: NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (SPGP:CEPP).

Key Contacts:

Executive Director for Educational Content and Policy: David Hawkins
Associate Director of International Initiatives: Lindsay Mathers Addington, EdD

Arlington, VA, USA

The Common Application

The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership association committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process.

What began in 1975 as an experiment among fifteen US liberal arts colleges is today a robust and diverse organization of more than 750 colleges and universities in the US and overseas. In 2016-2017, over 1 million students used Common App to learn about higher education and apply to college. One One-third of these students were the first in their family to attend college, and over 100,000 applied from outside the US. Global use of the Common Application continues to grow, both among international applicants seeking to study in the US and also among international universities--currently more than 50--wishing to expand their recruitment footprint.

As a Supporting Member of the Council of International Schools, The Common Application seeks to better understand the needs of international applicants, advisors, and universities so we can continue to serve these important and growing constituent groups.

Resources for CIS Members
key Contact:

Scott Anderson
Senior Director, Access and Education

The Common Application
3003 Washington Blvd, Ste 1000
Arlington, VA 22201

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