CIES 2019 San Francisco (April 14-18, 2019)



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Conference registration for CIES 2019 San Francisco is managed by Indiana University Conferences (IUC). For inquiries related to registration and visa invitation letters, please contact


Members and Student Members
To be eligible for registration at “CIES Member” rates, you must be a current member of CIES for the 2019 calendar year. We encourage all conference registrants to become members in order to get connected, get access, get involved, and get savings. To learn more about benefits of joining CIES or to renew your membership, please click here.

Emeritus Members
To be eligible for registration at “CIES Emeritus Member” rates, you must have approved “Emeritus Member” status for your current CIES membership. This requires (1) being aged 65 or older, (2) retired or not working full-time, and (3) having been a member of CIES for at least 10 consecutive years; all three requirements must be met in order to receive the discounted rate.

Members and Student Members from Low Income Countries
To be eligible for registration at “Low Income Country” CIES Member rates, you (1) must have residency in, (2) must be currently living in, and (3) must be a citizen of a qualifying country. All three requirements must be met in order to receive the discounted rate. Please note that CIES uses World Bank classifications for 2019 to identify qualifying countries, such that registrants from all “low-income” or “lower-middle-income economies” are eligible for discounted registration rates.




Pre-conference Workshops
Pre-conference Workshops, to be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019, are intended to offer a space for conference attendees to engage with experts on important issues and questions related to research, policy, and practice in comparative and international education. Capacity is limited and registration is required. The registration fee for pre-conference workshops is $45 USD for the entire day; attendees can participate in two separate 3-hour workshops (Morning & Afternoon Sessions) or one extended 6-hour workshop (Whole-Day Session). To review workshop descriptions and organizers, please click here.

Keynote Lecture at Herbst Theatre
On the evening of Monday, April 15, 2019, a special ticketed Keynote Lecture will feature Jeffrey Sachs, Prof. of Sustainable Development at Columbia University and special adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will be preceded by a panel discussion on the work of UNESCO in the era of SDGs. The event invites conference participants to the Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave), distinguished site of the UN Charter signing in 1945. While the Keynote Lecture will be livestreamed at the conference hotel free of charge, purchased tickets to attend the event off-site include (1) reserved seating at the Herbst Theatre, (2) roundtrip bus transportation from the conference venue, and (3) access to a reception at the event. Tickets are available for $20 USD; half price student tickets are available at $10 USD. Once theatre seating reaches capacity, you may register for our event waitlist (in the event of cancellations).

Printed Program Book
As CIES is committed to making our conference as sustainable as possible, we will offer free digital (PDF) versions of our conference program via our conference website and official mobile app. Alternatively, a complete CIES 2019 San Francisco program book (250-300 pages) is available for purchase in printed form at a cost of $20 USD.

Gift Registrations
CIES is committed to supporting its scholarly community and in particular aims to promote inclusion of its members from diverse cultures and career stages. You can help an early career scholar and/or scholar from a Low Income Country to attend the conference by sponsoring a conference registration fee, which will be administered by the CIES New Scholars Committee to qualified persons in need. Donations in any amount are welcome, and all charitable gifts are tax deductible.

Guest Registration
Each conference registrant will be allowed one “guest” to gain access to CIES 2019 San Francisco and its associated venues for a fee of $95. This type of registration is designed for the spouse, partner, or family members of the registrant. Guests may visit the exhibit hall and attend the session(s) in which the registrant is presenting. Guest registration is not applicable for professionals in the field of comparative and international education (including students), who are attending sessions or presenting papers. Guest registration must be completed on-site in conjunction with non-guest registration of another conference attendee. Only one guest is allowed per registrant.


Partnership Opportunities
Collaboration with external organizations and institutions furthers the mission of CIES in advancing the field of comparative and international education — and creates more meaningful experiences for our conference participants. With an extensive network of education scholars and stakeholders, CIES welcomes sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers to engage with its global audience. CIES 2019 San Francisco will also mark the introduction of formalized opportunities for Sustaining Partnerships. For more detailed information, please click here.

Visa Invitation Letters
CIES 2019 San Francisco participants may request official visa invitation letters to help facilitate their travel to the United States. Visa invitation letters guarantee that participation in CIES 2019 San Francisco is unpaid. When applying for visas, conference participants must have adequate funds in their possession, as well as confirmed accommodations and return transportation.

In order to be eligible for a personalized visa letter, you must first confirm your participation in CIES 2019 San Francisco by either (a) registering for the conference AND paying registration fees in full; or (b) receiving acceptance notification for a proposal that identifies you as a presenter (decisions on proposal submissions will be made in December 2018). To request a PDF visa invitation letter, please email with a copy of your paid registration and/or CIES 2019 San Francisco acceptance letter.

Participation Certificates
All registered conference participants will receive a participation certificate on-site when they check in at the registration desk. We understand that such documentation may be used by your institution as evidence of your participation in order to justify reimbursement of expenses. As our participation certificates verify your registration and attendance at CIES 2019 San Francisco, you must accept your participation certification in person. Unlike acceptance notifications distributed via the All Academic online proposal system, participation certificates do not contain any specific information about presentations as part of the conference program.

In an effort to facilitate the participation of CIES members with children, CIES 2019 San Francisco welcomes participants to bring academically-minded accompanying children to sessions and conference events. We are also able to offer subsidized on-site childcare, to be managed by a nationally-recognized and fully accredited childcare provider offering high-quality activities for children ranging in age from infants to pre-teens. There will be a flat registration fee per child and an additional subsidized rate per hour. More information will soon be posted here.

Conference Hotel
A block of rooms has been reserved for CIES 2019 San Francisco participants at the primary conference venue, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. A special discounted room rate is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, until the group block is sold out. Check-in and check-out dates between Friday, April 12, 2019, and Saturday, April 20, 2019, qualify for the discounted rate. Visit the CIES 2019 San Francisco venue page to read more about the Hyatt Regency San Francisco and its surroundings, or click on the button below to go directly to the Hyatt reservation portal.



Cancellation requests must be made in writing to no later than March 14, 2019 to be eligible for a refund, less a $35 cancellation charge. For individuals registered at Low Income Country rates, this cancellation fee will be waived if the request is received by March 14, 2019. No refunds will be issued after this date. Refunds will be issued in the same form in which they were received. In the case where a refund by wire transfer is necessary, a $20 wire fee will be withheld from the amount of the refund.