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Forum to Convene Conference in Dublin in December 2012

The Forum is pleased to announce that it will convene its first European Conference, Reinventing the European Experience: Culture, Politics and Diversity in U.S. Education Abroad, in Dublin, Ireland, December 5-7, 2012.  The conference will be hosted by University College Dublin and the six European Associations of U.S. education abroad will serve as co-sponsors:
Association of American Colleges in Greece (AACG)
Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI)
Association of American College and University Programs in Switzerland (AACUPS)
Association of American Programs in Spain (APUNE/AAPS)
Association of American Study Abroad Programmes/United Kingdom (AASAP/UK)
Association of American University Programs in France (APUAF)
The Forum’s first European conference focuses on the education abroad destination that has been and continues to be the most popular for U.S. students: Europe, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.  The conference seeks to understand how a changing and evolving Europe creates new realities for U.S. education abroad.  What attracts students to study abroad in Europe?  How can we best maximize their learning opportunities by drawing on the distinctive opportunities that Europe offers?  What are the special challenges of developing, implementing and sustaining education abroad in Europe?
According to the Chair of the Conference Committee, Liam Ó Dochartaigh, “this is a pivotal time for us to have this important conference.”  He noted, “Europe is changing and so too is education abroad.  Coming together to share ideas and good practices will help our universities, programs and students.”
“This is a wonderful collaborative effort involving the Forum’s European members, the education abroad associations in Europe, and our host, University College Dublin,” said Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen.  He added that “the conference committee has done a truly outstanding job in discussing and deciding on a compelling theme for this conference, and deserves our thanks.”
The Dublin Conference Committee Members are: Liam Ó Dochartaigh, formerly of the University of Limerick (Chair); Elaine Breckenridge, IES Abroad London Center; Tim Carlson, IFE - French Field Study and Internship; Enda Carroll. University College Dublin; Alexis Phylactopoulos, College Year in Athens/DIKEMES; Portia Prebys, Saint Mary’s College Rome Program; Carlos A. Vega, Wellesley College; Ray Vernon, ACCENT; Jessica Williams, Davidson College.

The conference will address the interests of education abroad administrators and faculty who work and teach in Europe, as well as colleagues from the U.S. who work with European programs and universities.  The common goal of the conference will be to share ideas for model practices for U.S. education abroad in Europe, including program design and curriculum, teaching, the student experience, and a wide range of administrative issues and topics. Conference sessions will maintain the distinctive format of the Forum's annual conference by promoting collegial dialogue and the lively exchange of ideas through attendee participation.  Preference will be given to sessions that offer several perspectives on a topic, rather than a single personal or institutional view.
The Forum Dublin conference will feature an opening reception, a day and a half of sessions, and a plenary luncheon, all to be held on the UCD campus.  Optional Fireside Dialogues are expected to be offered following the conference.
The Forum encourages session proposals from international education and faculty colleagues with experience in and knowledge of U.S. education abroad in Europe.  The Call for Proposals is now open.  Proposals will be accepted until June 1, 2012.  To read the complete Call for Proposals, please visit:
More details about the conference, including information about registration and accommodations, will be available in May 2012.

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