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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.

What does International Associate Membership include?

As a International Associate Member, you will have access to a wide range of practical resources, recordings 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 be available to all your staff and students.

Your membership will also include:

  • access to resources including 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, designed to help members navigate and respond to future challenges and opportunities
  • 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.


Full details of what you can expect from International Associate Membership, including this year’s membership themes and activities, can be found in our brochure. You can also watch our short film to find out more.

QAA International Associate Membership Brochure 2021-22

Publication date: 22 Apr 2022

You can also see the International Membership themes and programme of activities for 2021-22 on our dedicated web pages.

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.


In this, the first year of International Associate Membership, we have included the remaining months of the 2021-22 membership year pro-rata in the annual fee for the membership year 2022-23.


For more information about membership fees, please contact us.


How to become a QAA 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.