IELTS USA Best Practices Award

2022 Award Details Coming Soon!

Have you and your colleagues worked cross-departmentally to provide a seamless educational experience for international students on your campus?

Apply for the 2022 IELTS USA Best Practices Award and get recognized for your achievements!

English language proficiency is vital for the sociocultural adjustment of international students, therefore it should influence the student services offered on campus. 

IELTS understands the profound impact tests can have on the success of individuals and organizations that rely on English proficiency scores to make decisions, therefore, the IELTS USA Best Practices Award recognizes outstanding International Enrollment Management models that have provided a seamless educational experience for international students. It considers areas including academic and socioemotional support, mentoring, career development, language support, and cultural enrichment.

The following exemplifies the spirit of this award:

  • Admissions team partners with ESL staff to develop an extended orientation program to acclimate international students prior to arrival on campus
  • Admissions, International Student and Scholars Office, and Academic Advisors form a task force to share data and address academic and acculturation challenges for international students
  • Academic departments, Career Services, and ESL host a joint career boot camp for students and employers in support of career readiness

We are eager to celebrate the unique way(s) you are employing a ‘whole-institution’ approach to foster international student success at your institution. Learn more about applying.

  • NAFSA registration for two
  • Co-present with IELTS USA on featured webinar(s), regional, and national conferences
  • Plaque to recognize program and contributors
  • Promotion on IELTS USA’s website, newsletter, and social media channels.
  • Application available - 4 October 2021
  • Application deadline - 28 January 2022
  • Application review - February 2022
  • Award notification - March 2022
  • Applicants must be employed by an accredited, degree-granting higher education institution in the US or US territories that accepts IELTS
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate collaboration among 2 or more departments; one of the departments must predominantly support/advise international students
  • The selection committee is made up of IELTS USA’s Higher Education Advisory Council members, therefore, applicants employed at the same institution are not eligible;  you can find a list of current Advisory Committee members here

Complete the IELTS USA Best Practices Award application which includes a demographics form, an essay between 700 and 1000 words, and a letter of endorsement from the Chief Enrollment Manager or Chief International Officer.

The application will be made available on 4 October 2021.

The selection committee will evaluate proposals based on the following four criteria:

  1. The degree of innovation in the institution’s approach
  2. The extent of institutional collaboration and commitment
  3. Relevant impact on the student population
  4. Qualitative and/or quantitative research that supports outcomes

2020 Award Recipient - SEAS 360° Certificate of Professional Development University of Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

2020 Award Honorable Mention - International Education Alliance University of Wisconsin Whitewater