Join ICDE’s thriving community of educational leaders. All institutions engaged in online, open, and flexible education are welcome to apply for institutional membership. Click below to apply now:


The institutional membership includes special benefits:

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• Unlimited number of staff members and faculty who may benefit from institutional membership
• Access to ICDE Quality Review services and chance to serve as a reviewer
• Opportunity to publish scholarly articles on ICDE’s Open Praxis Journal
• Host the Open Praxis Journal at your institution with ICDE support
• Appointment to serve in the ICDE Election Committee and Board of Trustees and shape the future of the organization
• Voting rights in Executive Committee elections
• Discounted access to ICDE conferences, summits, and events
• Opportunity to host ICDE World Conferences and other international conferences
• Make contributions to the ICDE Insider blog on online education
• Dissemination of key initiatives and opportunities from your institution on ICDE's Facebook, LinkedIn, and newsletters
• Role in the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4
• Nominate partners for UNESCO prizes and collaborate on SDG4-oriented projects
• Institutional nominations for securing an ICDE Chair in Open Education Resources (OER)
• Partnerships tailored to your institution's specific needs and objectives
• Join ICDE working groups to write reports on emerging topics in the field of online education

Annual Fee

Institutional members pay an annual membership fee of 950 to 5,000 EUR depending on their institutional budget size and student population number. The Secretariat determines the official fee after an official application review.

Curious about how much the fee would cost for your institution? We encourage you to use our Fee Calculator.

Application Timeline


Step 1: Fill out the application form (Time Estimate: 10min)

Applications are accepted from the 1st through the 20th of every
month. Only complete applications are reviewed. Keep in mind to:

  • Follow the instructions provided for filling out certain fields.

  • Gather electronic copies of accreditation or other
    supporting documents to be emailed to the ICDE Secretariat.


Step 2: Pay the application fee (Time Estimate: 5min)

After submitting the application form, the applicant pays a 75 EUR
application fee. Payment instructions appear immediately after you
click on the submit button. Bank card and PayPal payments are
accepted. Applications are processed upon receipt of the application
fee payment.


Step 3: Secretariat Application review (Time Estimate: 1 week)

The ICDE Secretariat reviews all online applications and selects
eligible candidates. If needed, the Secretariat requests supporting
documents, such as proof of accreditation, via email.


Step 4: Executive Committee review (Time estimate: 1 week)

The Secretariat sends pre-approved applications for official
approval by the ICDE Executive Committee (EC). The EC reviews:

  • Institutional accreditation and overall lawful standing

  • Student population size and budget

  • Relevance to ICDE

A majority vote determines whether the institution is accepted.


Step 5: Pay Membership Fee (Time Estimate: 30-day deadline)

The Secretariat notifies applicants who have received EC approval
and sends them an electronic invoice for the annual membership fee
payment. The member is given one month to process payment.
Please note that newly approved applicants only become official
ICDE members upon receipt of the annual membership fee payment.


Step 6: Sign Letter of commitment and Receive Welcome Letter
(Time estimate: 30-day deadline)

Along with the membership fee invoice, the newly approved applicant
receives a Letter of Commitment via email and signs it to officialize
ICDE membership. The letter must be emailed back to the ICDE
Secretariat with an official institutional signature. Afterwards, the new
member receives a Welcome Letter with practical information about
membership services and benefits.