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International Associate Membership is for higher education institutions recognised by their local quality agency/regulator - for example, through a letter of approval or a quality assurance report. It is suitable for those institutions who have not yet achieved International Quality Review (IQR) accreditation from QAA. 


If your institution subsequently receives IQR accreditation status, you have the option to apply for Full International Membership in the current membership year, with the additional fee charged at a pro-rata rate for the remainder of that year.

Being part of QAA’s International Membership allows us to share and learn best practice with a likeminded community of similar institutions around the world. As members, we have found QAA’s guidance and good practice papers particularly useful to develop and enhance our own practices. We plan to continue to use QAA’s resources to inform our policies, practices and continue to enhance and build upon the quality of learning, teaching and assessment.

Emilia Todorova
Academic Quality & Learning Manager, University of Gibraltar

What does International Associate Membership include?

As a International Associate Member, all your staff and students will have access to a wide range of practical resources, briefings and presentations in our exclusive Membership Resources Site. These cover a broad area of activity centred on the themes chosen for the Membership year and will include:

  • papers and briefings on topics most pertinent to International Members
  • case studies and opinion pieces that build on these resources and briefings, including QAA’s publicly available Quality Compass series
  • access to events, workshops and briefings
  • international policy briefings
  • networking opportunities including an International Member Network
  • staff development and training opportunities
  • access to the QAA Membership Resources Site for all staff and students.

Calendar of events and publications for 2022-23

This calendar provides an indicative schedule of the key events and resources that are part of the International Associate  Membership Programme for 2022-23. Each theme includes a range of practical resources and development activity delivered throughout the year that will ensure you have the right information and tools at your fingertips. 


QAA International Associate Membership Calendar of Events and Publications 2022-23

Publication date: 20 Mar 2023

Lead a Collaborative Enhancement Project


QAA International Associate Members can also submit a proposal to lead a QAA Collaborative Enhancement Project, which offers funding for groups of member institutions to work together to explore areas of shared interest and engage students. The deadline to apply for the latest round of Collaborative Enhancement Project funding is Tuesday 1 November 2022. Further information and the application form are available below.


Find out more

More details of what you can expect from International Associate Membership can be found in our brochure. You can also watch our short film to find out more.

QAA International Associate Membership Brochure 2022-23

Publication date: 14 Jul 2022

International Associate Membership Fees

To become a QAA International Associate Member you will need to pay an annual fee. Membership fees reflect the number of students at your institution. The Membership year runs from 1 August to 31 July.


For more information about membership fees, please contact us.


How to become an International Associate Member

To become an International Associate Member, your institution will need to demonstrate that you are recognised by your local quality agency/regulator - for example, through a letter of approval or a quality assurance report.

The process for eligible institutions to join is quick and easy. If you are thinking about joining us, please contact our QAA Global Team who will be happy to discuss how we can help.

Below you will find the QAA International Associate Membership Terms and Conditions.