Last modified: 16 January 2017
The UKCISA network
As a UKCISA member, you’re part of the UK’s leading network of international education professionals working with and supporting international students.
This network spans the education sector and our current membership includes every UK university, a range of public and private colleges, schools, students’ unions, and other specialist organisations.
Through UKCISA, you’re connected and represented.
UKCISA’s experience and expertise
We’ve been supporting international education since 1968 and our members benefit from direct and privileged access to UKCISA’s independent experience and expertise.
We provide advice, support and information on all aspects of the international student experience and have specialist knowledge and expertise on the rules and regulations, including visas and fees.
Your professional development
Our members get great discounts and reduced rates on UKCISA’s national training programme, special events and annual conference - plus a range of free services, information and resources.
Our training courses evolve each year to ensure they are up to date, accurate and relevant to your work. We believe the best way to ensure international students have access to high quality support and advice is to develop members' capacity to provide it.
Our membership offer
We want to reach, connect and support as many professionals working with international students as we can.
And that’s why our membership offer is to provide unlimited access to our full range of services for all staff working at any of our member institutions.
So, if you work at a school, college, university or students’ union with UKCISA membership, you and all your colleagues automatically have access to our full range of member services.
What are our services for members?*
• Members’ Advice Line
Specialist advice, support and information on international student rules and regulations from the team of experts on our dedicated Advice Line. Members also have access to the Tier 4 Compliance Helpline run by Penningtons Manches LLP. See our advice line page on how to contact us.
• The UKCISA Manual
Our Manual is the essential guide to international student rules and regulations, covering immigration, fees and Student Support. The 2017 version is currently under development and will soon be available in a greatly enhanced online version and all members will have unlimited access. This means you can be confident that you have access to the latest changes to legislation affecting international students.
• E-news, blogs, updates and analysis
Stay in the loop and on the ball with our exclusive e-news mailings, online news, updates, analysis and special briefings on international student issues, including the latest in government and education sector policy, and changes to the rules and regulations. We also publish regular blogs: a monthly update from the Chief Exec and features for and (often) by members and students.
• Publications and professional resources
A wide range of free publications and professional resources, including good practice guides, cultural awareness training resources, and research reports.
• UKCISA’s training programme
Reduced rates and discounts on our national programme of participative training courses designed and run by our specialist training team. Members also have unlimited free access to our online self-study resource Understanding International (which includes a module on immigration).
• The UKCISA Annual Conference
Reduced rates for our three-day annual conference where hundreds of international education professionals enjoy a packed programme of more than 50 sessions covering a wide range of student support issues – plus the chance to network and socialise.
• Members-only area of website
Exclusive access to the latest updates and detailed information in the members-only area of our website, including the lively discussion Forum for peer-to-peer professional support, to raise issues, and to share information and good practice.
Within the Forum you can also post any vacancies free of charge, this is a great opportunity to reach peers within the sector.
• Grants for projects and research
We are occasionally in a position to offer small grants for members to run pilot projects or research to support international students. This support enables members to get projects off the ground in their institutions and findings are then disseminated for the benefit of all members. You can
view current projects on the UKCISA Grants Scheme page.
You can also view many more good practice projects which were funded during the Prime Minister's Initiative and other members' projects on the Student Experience and Projects page.
• Policy and lobbying activities
Inform and participate in our policy and lobbying work to influence government and education sector decision-makers, represent and protect the interests of international students, and provide a strong, authoritative, independent voice on international student issues.
• Professional support networks
Members are eligible to join the Association of International Student Advisers (AISA) and the Immigration Compliance Network (ICN).
* Students’ unions in the free ‘Internationalisation’ membership category do not have access to the Advice Line or receive copies of the Manual; organisations in the ‘Subscriber’ membership category do not have access to the discussion Forum.
Find out more about our membership categories and fees.
• International partnerships
Our links with international organisations help us to keep our members informed of global policy developments in policy and best practice in international education. We maintain links with: