Welcome to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s website for U.S. Educational Institutions and Intensive English Programs. This site is your resource for market research reports, international student recruitment events, and study consortia information.

Our division of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service, has a global network of 100 offices located throughout the U.S. and over 100 offices located in more than 70 countries. Our worldwide team of education specialists is here to assist with your international outreach to students, potential partners, and agents. To find your local education specialist, please click on the link to the left titled “Local USDOC Offices”.

Our Education Team members can assist you with the following:

  • International Market Research – our overseas education specialists generate reports on the education sectors of target markets around the world. You can see three reports highlighted below, but you can also access more of them at in our Market Research Library under the Services section.
  • Recruitment Fairs – we can help you identify the right international education fairs for your institution.
  • Webinars – learn about the education sector in a market of interest without leaving your desk.
  • Virtual Education Events – showcase your school to a potential partner institution and/or agents using a powerpoint presentation live over the internet.
  • Gold Key Service – we will set up in-country meetings for you with possible partner educational institutions, identify qualified recruiting agents, find companies that require specialized training for their employees and/or connect you with the Ministry of Education.
  • Single School Promotion – we will organize an event featuring your institution/program and invite the country’s key players in the education sector.


For more about the Education Team and our services, please click here for our team flyer.

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Detailed Event Information For European Union Virtual Education Fair Detailed Event Information For European Union Virtual Education Fair
European Union Virtual Education Fair -- Education/Training Services
Pre-Register for this event
Location/Date: Paris, France 02/06/2014 - 02/06/2014
Event Summary:
Are you interested in an excellent opportunity to recruit international students from the European market, specifically France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Denmark? How would you like to recruit without ever setting foot on a plane? Participants will be given a low cost opportunity to introduce their school to education agents in the European Union. Join a unique, virtual opportunity to introduce accredited U.S. English as a Second Language and other short-term programs to pre-qualified international student recruitment agencies. The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is organizing this event that will be held on Febuary 6th, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. EST/7:00 a.m. PST. Only six (6) participants will be showcased from those educational institutions that express interest. These institutions will present their school to potential European student recruitment partners through a live internet conference call connection from their office or home. The cost to participate is $650, which is a fraction of the cost of traveling to Europe to introduce your institution. The deadline for registering is Januaray 2014 (note: may sell out earlier). Upon receipt of institutional information, the U.S. Commercial Service will review your academic program offerings, accreditations, etc. to ensure an appropriate match. If selected to participate, we will contact you regarding the required registration and request payment by credit card. Once payment is fulfilled, we will send you the conference call and webinar participation information, along with dates and times for the web-based training programs. If you are not chosen to participate, you will be notified with an explation of why your institution was not chosen to participate in this event. If you are interested in participating, please contact David Edmiston at

Alan Ras, The Hague
Head of Section
Phone: +31-70-3102418
Elizabeth Walsh, Frankfurt
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 49-69-7535-3167
Greg Thompson, North Texas
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 214-712-1932
Ira Bel, Brussels
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: +32-2-811-5116
Pedro Ferreira, Lisbon
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: [351] (21) 770-2572
Isabelle Singletary, Paris
Commercial Information Mgmt Specialist
Phone: [33] (0)1 43 12 70 63
Jesus Garcia, Madrid
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: 34-91-3081578
Anna Flaaten, Phoenix
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 480-884-1673
Gabriela Zelaya, San Jose CA
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 408-535-2757, ext. 107; Work Cell: 408-335-9202
Sabina Kroigaard, Copenhagen
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +4533417202
Elisa Martucci, Rome
Commercial Assistant
Phone: +39 06 4674 2252
David Edmiston, Minneapolis
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 612-348-1644