In this Issue:

Welcome New Member

The Forum welcomes the following institutional member committed to Standards of Good Practice:

Knox College

For more information on joining the Forum, visit:

Dates and Deadlines

Tuesday, November 6
Regular registration ends for European Conference in Dublin

Monday, November 19
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 4: Student Preparation for the Learning Environment

Wednesday, December 5 - Friday, December 7
The Forum's First European Conference in Dublin, Ireland

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Registration for the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference is Now Open

Early-bird registration for the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference, “Moving Beyond It Was Great: Student Learning and Development in Education Abroad,” is now open. The conference will take place in Chicago, Illinois, April 3-5, 2013 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Host institutions include:

Associated Colleges of the Midwest
Bradley University
Case Western Reserve University
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
DePauw University
Earlham College
Elmhurst College
Grand Valley State University
Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)
IES Abroad
Illinois State University
Institute for American Universities (IAU College)
Ivy Tech Community College
Kalamazoo College
Loyola University Chicago
Miami University (Ohio)
Murray State University
Northern Kentucky University
Northwestern University
Seminars International
The Education Abroad Network
University of Illinois - Chicago
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Washington University in St. Louis
Webster University
Wheaton College (Illinois)
More information, including hotel and transportation details, session schedule and pre-conference workshop descriptions, is now available on the website. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also still available to Forum members and can be reserved online here.

To register for the annual conference, click here.

Announcing Fireside Dialogue, “Language Learning and Education Abroad”

The Forum is pleased to offer a Fireside Dialogue for education abroad professionals and language faculty to be held in conjunction with the 9th Annual Forum Conference in Chicago, IL in April, 2013. "Language Learning and Education Abroad” will increase participants’ understanding of the role of foreign language learning in education abroad. This Fireside Dialogue will bring together no more than 30 participants, facilitators and thought leaders in an informal setting for in-depth collegial discussion that leads to practical solutions, which participants can put into action. The leaders, representing diverse areas of higher education and language learning, will share their experience and expertise and engage participants in an open, frank dialogue.

Applications to participate in the Fireside Dialogue will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You may apply by submitting this form, or visit for more information.

European Conference: Early Registration ends November 6

Your last chance to take advantage of the regular registration rates for the Forum’s First European Conference is Tuesday, November 6. After Tuesday, late registration fees will apply. The conference, "Reinventing the European Experience: Culture, Politics and Diversity in U.S. Education Abroad," will be held at the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, December 5-7. Register here.

European Conference’s Plenary Speakers: Dr. Colin Ireland and Gudrun Paulsdottir

The Forum is pleased to introduce Dr. Colin Ireland and Gudrun Paulsdottir as the plenary speakers for next month’s European conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Delivering the lunch plenary, "How Ireland Became the World: Perspectives on Difference in Education Abroad, " on Thursday, December 6, Colin Ireland is an accomplished scholar and author who has been a resident of Ireland for over 25 years. Colin retired from Arcadia University in 2011 after serving as Director of Irish Programs for 19 years. Colin has co-edited essays for the American Conference for Irish Studies and a special volume of the journal Éire-Ireland and has taught as an adjunct in the English department at University College Dublin and presented at a wide variety of conferences related to Irish and Celtic studies. He currently serves as an associate editor for Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.

Gudrun Paulsdottir will deliver the morning plenary session, "Study Destination Europe - Making the Most of Mobility Cooperation," on Friday, December 7. Gudrun is the International Strategist at Mälardalen University, Sweden, where she has been employed since 1992. Since September 2011, Gudrun has worked at the Division for Education and Research with expertise in internationalization of higher education, university management and intercultural communication. She has been involved in a number of international development projects and has been an expert for the European Commission and the Nordic Council on a number of occasions. Gudrun is currently President of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), for which she has served on the Executive Board, Conference Programme Committee and Professional Development Committee.

Click here to read full biographies for Colin and Gudrun and learn more about their plenary topics.

Forum Joins International Quality Group

The Forum is an inaugural member of the Center for Higher Education’s (CHEA) International Quality Group, a new forum for colleges, universities, accrediting and quality assurance organizations and others worldwide to address issues and challenges focused on quality and quality assurance in an international setting.  According to President and CEO Brian Whalen, “joining this group will allow  the Forum to have an active voice in the global conversation about quality assurance, and to learn more about how the Forum can support its member institutions to meet the challenges of accreditation requirements.”
For more information about the CHEA International Quality Group, visit

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