The Study Abroad and International Student SIG seeks to create a professional network of researchers and practitioners working to understand the issues and challenges as well as share the best practices related to international student mobility in K-12 and beyond, education abroad, and exchange programs globally. The mission of this SIG is to promote interdisciplinary scholarship opportunities and critical dialogues by connecting professionals and academics who are involved in serving the international student population.

The idea of this SIG started from a group of enthusiastic scholars and practitioners who have been regularly writing and publishing on international student studies. They also met in 2015 CIES conference to establish a scholarly platform for sharing and presenting recent research, innovative practices to address the issues and challenges of international students and scholars. As a part of further discussion from September 10, 2016 to April 20, 2017, this group organized several webinars where a panel of speakers discuss, share ideas, and learn how colleges and universities currently support these students, how they could promote best practices from their institutions and experiences and what professional development opportunities they could create for themselves by having ongoing conversations. From our professional contacts in these past academic engagements, the following scholars have agreed to support in establishing this SIG.