In a recent interview with Schools & Agents, Florian Meierhofer, Vice President of Membership explained how IALC recruits new members.
A school may not simply apply to IALC because the membership process is very selective. While the most important requirement for membership is quality, IALC also has a policy of slow growth and limits the number of members per destination. This means that only a small number of members can be recruited each year.
An annual expansion plan defines the destinations where IALC is seeking members in that year. To identify potential candidates in these destinations – countries or cities – IALC surveys agents and member schools as well as drawing on the expertise of its Secretariat staff. Where there is more than one strong candidate, a field trip may be organised.
The views of study travel agents are highly valued because they experience firsthand how schools operate and treat students.
The school completes a detailed application form and provides three agent references. The IALC Secretariat and Vice Presidents for Membership and Quality Assurance check that all conditions are fulfilled before organising an inspection. Any issues that arise from the inspection must be resolved before the application can be taken to the next step, which is a vote by all IALC members.
Read the interview published by Schools & Agents.