The pre-cursor to IECA, Taiwan Overseas Study Association (TOSA),
was established in 1994 under the Ministry of Interior Taipei.
TOSA later became recognized by the Taiwan Ministry of
Education and Ministry of Interior, and it laid the ground
work for the establishment of the nation-wide agents
association, IECA. TOSA was also instrumental in promoting the
concept of study abroad in Taiwan by organizing the first
multi-national education fairs, publishing generic study
abroad materials, as well as maintaining a comprehensive study
abroad information web site. Most importantly, TOSA and later
IECA provided an impartial platform for agents in the industry
to communicate with each other, government agencies and
receive input from students, parents and consumers.
IECA was officially established in 2005. It built on, and took
over, all of the previous work done by TOSA, and today IECA is
the sole, government-recognized voice for agents in Taiwan. To
avoid misuse of its former name and to facilitate relations
with organizations in mainland China, TOSA retains a legal
structure; however, all other work on behalf of member
agencies is conducted through IECA.