International Education Acronyms

There are few fields with as many acronyms as International Education (IE). If you are new to the field, we have identified the most commonly used acronyms for your reference. This list reflects the terms and organizations referred to frequently within and outside of BC.

ACCC

Association of Canadian Community Colleges

ACE

American Council on Education

ACTFL

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

ADB

Asian Development Bank

AECBC

Advanced Education Council of BC

AIEA

Association of International Education Administrators (USA)

ALTE

Association of Language Testers in Europe

AMG

Asia Marketing Group LLC

AMPEI

Association Mexicana Para La Education International

APAIE

Asia-Pacific Association for International Education

APEC

Asia Pacific Economic Community

ARELS

Association of Recognized English Language Services

AUCC

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

AVED

Ministry of Advanced Education

BCCAT

BC Council on Admissions and Transfer

BCCIE

BC Council for International Education

CAIS

Canadian Association of Independent Schools

CALL

Computer Assisted Language Learning

CATS

Credit Accumulation and Transfer System

CBIE

Canadian Bureau for International Education

CEA

Canadian Education Association

CECN

Canadian Education Centre Network

CHEC

Canada Higher Education Committee

CIC

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

CICIC

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

CIDA

Canadian International Development Agency

CIEE

Council on International Educational Exchange

CIS

Council of International Schools

CMEC

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada

CONAHEC

Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration

CSFP

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

CSLP

Council of Second Language Programs

DAAD

German Academic Exchange Service

DFAIT

Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade

EAIE

European Association for International Education

EAL

English as an Additional Language

EAP

English for Academic Purposes

EC

European Community

ECIS

European Council of International Schools

ECTS

European Credit Transfers Scheme

ECU

European Currency Unit

EFL

English as a Foreign Language

EFTA

European Free Trade Area

ELT

English Language Training/Teaching

ERASMUS

EC Action Scheme for the Mobility of University students

ESL

English as a Second Language

ESOL

English for Speakers of Other Languages

ESP

English for Specific Purposes

EU

European Union

GATS

General Agreement on Trade in Services

GOC

Government of Canada

HRDC

Human Resources Development Canada

HRSDC

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

IC

Industry Canada

ICCS

International Council for Canadian Studies

ICEED

International Consortium for Education and Economic Development

ICES

International Credential Evaluation Service

IDB/IADB

Inter-American Development Bank

IDRC

International Development Research Centre

IEAC

International Educators Association of Canada

IELTS

International English Language Testing System

IFIS

International Financial Institutions

IIE

Institute of International Education (USA)

IMHEP

International Mobility in Higher Education Program

IPSEA

International Public Secondary Education Association

IQR

Internationalization Quality Review

JALT

Japanese Association for Language Teaching

JET

Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme

MERCOSUR

Southern Cone Common Market

MRC

Medical Research Council

NACAC

National Association for College Admission Counselling (USA)

NACC

National Association of Career Colleges

NAFSA

Association of International Educators (USA)

NAFTA

North American Free Trade Agreement

NGO

Non-Governmental Organization

NSERC

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council

Nuffic

Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education

OAS

Organization of American States

OECD

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

OLMP

Official-Language Monitor Programmes

PASBC

Post-Secondary Application Service of BC

PBEFHQ

Bourses d’été Pour Francophones Hors Québec

PELSA

Private English Language School Association

PNACAC

Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counselling (USA)

RAMP

Regional Academic Mobility Program

SLBP

Summer Language Bursary Programs

SSHRC

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

STEP

Science and Technology with European Partners

TEFL

Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

TESL

Teaching of English as A Second Language

TESOL

Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language

TOEIC

Test of English for International Communication

UCTS

University Credit Transfer System

UMAP

University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific

NESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

VSO

Voluntary Services Overseas

WB

World Bank