Wendy Allen has worked in higher education nationally and internationally for over 30 years. Most recently, from 1998 to 2007, she was the Director of a CIDA-bilateral project involving McGill University and Indonesia’s Islamic higher education network, a three-phase institutional development project spanning two decades. The project brought hundreds of Indonesian academics and administrators to Montreal for graduate studies and short-term training and sent Canadian professors and graduate students to Indonesia. She also worked with TECSULT, a Montreal engineering firm, as the Academic Coordinator and Deputy Director of the CIDA-funded General Training Program for Indonesia. In 1977, she went to China for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada on an international exchange and returned with her family in 1979 for two years to develop a language training program with professors from the Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages (now the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies).
Her first foray into the world of higher education abroad was as an undergraduate student at the University of Chile. She returned to Chile as a graduate student in Linguistics and later completed her Masters in Linguistics at McGill University.