In this Issue:

Welcome New Members

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

College of Lake County

North Park University

Oregon State University

St. Ambrose University

Western Illinois University

For more information on joining the Forum, visit:

Dates and Deadlines

Friday, November 30
Session proposal deadline: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management Standards Institute

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

Saturday, December 8
Post-conference Fireside Dialogue in Dublin: Issues and Topics for On-Site Resident Directors
Tuesday, January 15
Full-day workshop: Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad in Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, January 16
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 5: Student Selection and Code of Conduct

Friday, January 18
Application deadline for Fireside Dialogue in Chicago: Language Learning and Education Abroad

Tuesday, January 22
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 6: Policies and Procedures

Thursday, January 31
Early-bird registration deadline: Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago

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President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to Welcome Attendees at the Forum’s European Conference

Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, will welcome the nearly 400 attendees at the Forum’s first European Conference in Dublin next week. “The Forum is honored and thrilled that President Higgins will be greeting our attendees at the opening reception,” said Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen.  “He knows well through his own experience the enduring value of education abroad and has been a strong advocate for international education.”

The conference, “Reinventing the European Experience: Culture, Politics and Diversity in U.S. Education Abroad,” is being hosted at the University College Dublin, December 5-7.

Registrants may refer to the following links for important conference details, including location and travel information.

Proposal Deadline: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

The Forum is accepting session proposals for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,” to be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara on June 20, 2013.
This Institute is being offered for the fourth time and is again dedicated to the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. The practical, hands-on focus will include concurrent and plenary sessions that will assist participants in improving their institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation and incident prevention and response.
The full call for proposals can be read here. The deadline for submitting proposals is today, Friday, November 30.

Standards of Good Practice Workshop at Georgia Institute of Technology

The Forum is pleased to announce a full-day workshop on the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad to be held on January 15th at Georgia Tech. The Standards provide a means to assess all areas of education abroad programming and offer guidance in how to ensure quality in areas such as academic programming, student conduct, resources and personnel, and policies and procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, the workshop facilitator will assist the participants in examining their own capabilities at their respective universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive through the use of case studies and the opportunity to discuss the participants’ issues of interest.

For more information on this workshop and to register, click here.

Forum Annual Conference Travel Grant

A limited number of travel grants are available to education abroad professionals to help defray the costs of participating in the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago. Selection will be based on need and demonstrated benefit from attending the conference and applicants must be Forum members in good standing. Grant awards are expected to range from US$200 to US$500.
Click here for more information and to submit an application. Grant applications must be submitted to the Forum by Monday, December 3, 2012.

Call for Student Photos

Each issue of the Forum News features a student photo from one of our member institutions. We encourage our members to continue submitting photos of students engaged in learning abroad for use in our newsletter. Many of our members have annual photo contests, and this is a great way to showcase these visual highlights from your students. Photos should be 600 pixels wide by no more than 400 pixels tall, and have a strong horizontal orientation. The institution or organization will receive photo credit if its photo is used.

For full specifications and submission instructions, go to

*Photo credit: (c) 2010 by Ullisan, Flickr.

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