Registration for CIES 2021 will open on December 14, 2020 here. Early bird rates will be available until January 31, 2021, with regular rates on and after February 1, 2021. Registration is required for all participants and attendees. CIES membership is required for all participants (anyone listed on the program). Please update your membership first, and then, using the same log-in credentials, register for the conference here. Your membership must be current before you can register as a member.

CIES 2021 will be 100% virtual – vCIES-2021 – due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are offering a variety of ways to engage in sessions, including mostly synchronous and livestreamed sessions, with some asynchronous sessions. The registration rates are designed to cover costs of setting up a full conference experience for participants; as such, they are lower than they would have been for an on-site conference. Registration is required to gain access to sessions. Zoom sessions will be monitored by professional hosts to avoid security and technical challenges. vCIES-2021 will also have book exhibits, coffee breaks, the usual business meetings, institutional receptions, the annual Film Festivalette, and many other events, creating a full conference experience.

All participants who are named in the program (presenters, discussants, chairs, etc.) must register on or before March 1, 2021 (Please do not wait until the last minute). On March 2, 2021 anyone who is named in the program but not registered will be dropped from the program.

CIES is committed to providing universal access to our event attendees. Please contact to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. Some of the accommodations being provided include automated closed caption and live transcription.


  Early Registration Rates Regular Registration Rates
  (through January 31, 2021) (February 1, 2020, and after)
Member $200 $280
Non-member 305 420
Student Member 75 125
Student Non-member 135 195
Emeritus Member 105 120
Low Income Country Member 100 100
Low Income Country Student Member 65 65
One Day Pass (Select day for presenters and non-presenters) 95 95
CIES Honorary Fellows Complimentary Complimentary
Pre-Conference Workshops (In addition to registration, above. Flat fee for one or two workshops.) 55 55
Gift Registrations (donation) Any amount Any amount

A limited number of need-based discounts are available to CIES members experiencing financial hardship. The application is due January 27. 


The registration system will know which rate you qualify for if you update your membership prior to registering. (You will not be able to select different categories on the Registration page – you need to have a current CIES membership with updated information first.)

Members and Student Members

To be eligible for registration at “CIES Member” rates, you must be a current member of CIES for the 2021 calendar year. We encourage all conference registrants to become members in order to get connected, get access, get involved, and save money. To learn more about benefits of joining CIES or to renew your membership, please click here. In order to get the member rates for vCIES-2021, you
must join or renew your membership before you register for the conference.

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 2021 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 will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021. They 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 a flat rate of $55 USD. Attendees can participate in one or two separate 3-hour workshops (morning & afternoon sessions) or one extended 6-hour workshop (a full day session). Full Workshop descriptions and organizers are here. Please note that the Registration page does not include full descriptions – it is recommended that you read the Workshop descriptions here before you register so you know which ones you want to attend. 


Cancellation requests must be made in writing no later than March 24, 2021, to be eligible for a refund. Refunds will incur a $35 cancellation charge, which will be deducted from the refundable amount due. For individuals registered at Low Income Country rates, this cancellation fee will be waived if the request is received by March 24, 2021. 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. No refunds will be issued after March 24, 2021.


  • Gift Registrations are very much appreciated, especially during these challenging times when many have lost jobs or are experiencing reduced incomes.
  • Conference programs will not be printed for 2021. However, PDFs will be available for download and the program will be online.
  • Visa letters will not be needed for 2021 since the conference will be held virtually.
  • Conference Participation Certificates will be sent to all presenters after the conference ends.