In this Issue:
Welcome New Members:

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

Maximo Nivel International

Schiller International University

University of Aberdeen

For more information on joining the Forum, visit:
Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, December 13
Full-day workshop at VCU: Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework of Education Abroad
Deadline to submit lunchtime conversation topics for the Annual Conference
Friday, January 31
Early-bird registration deadline for Tenth Annual Forum Conference
Thursday, February 27
Full-day workshop in Indianapolis: Developing Supportive Programs & Improving Student Experiences Abroad

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Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Undergraduate Research Awards

The Forum is proud to announce the two winners of this year’s Undergraduate Research Awards: Madison Stevens of Franklin College (Switzerland) and Narintohn Luangrath of Boston College.
Nominating member: SIT Study Abroad
Student: Madison Stevens, Franklin College Switzerland
Program: Uganda: Post-Conflict Transformation, SIT Study Abroad, Gulu, Uganda          
Project: “Lara Ngom ii Acoli: Identifying Root Causes and the Impact of Cultural Cataclysm on Land Conflict Resolution in Nwoya District, Northern Uganda”                     
Nominating member: Boston College    
Student: Narintohn Luangrath, Boston College   
Program: Dublin Internship Program, Boston College
Project: “Tearmainn na héireann: Direct Provision Housing, Child Asylum Seekers, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child”
The Forum’s Undergraduate Research Award recognizes excellence in academic work completed by students as part of an education abroad program. The students will present their work in San Diego on April 4, 2014 at a plenary session at the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference. The students’ projects were judged by faculty from Forum member institutions, who found them to be the best examples of the highest quality academic achievements of undergraduates studying abroad.


State of the Field Survey Deadline Extended

The Forum’s State of the Field Survey is one of the most powerful data collection efforts in the education abroad field, and the only survey that takes into account all education abroad constituents. As the best longitudinal measure of issues and trends in education abroad, the field relies on the State of the Field survey to understand practices and challenges. 
The survey depends on a substantive response rate for its validity. In order to achieve a valid response set, we have extended the deadline for completing the survey until January 15, 2014.
If you need a new link to the survey, or have any questions, please contact the Forum at  or (717) 245-1031.


Workshop on Developing Supportive Programs & Improving Student Experiences Abroad

The Forum is pleased to announce a workshop to address Standards 4 and 5 of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, “Developing Supportive Programs & Improving Student Experiences Abroad,” which will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2014, in conjunction with IFSA-Butler’s National Advisor’s Council Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
This workshop focuses on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Student Support and will help participants to identify resources and design programming to assist in this effort. Time will be devoted to the presentation and explanation of a comprehensive judicial screening process. Participants will critically examine different preparation and returning support models and will develop strategies to improve upon those models so that they might be useful in participants’ specific contexts.
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Deadline to Submit Lunchtime Conversation Topics

The Forum is now accepting suggestions for lunchtime conversation topics for the Tenth Annual Conference in San Diego. Lunchtime conversations will be held on Thursday, April 3 from 12-1:30pm, and will offer the opportunity for conference attendees to meet in an informal setting to discuss topics of interest. Please send a short description of your proposed topic, along with facilitator names, to by Friday, December 13.


The Annual Conference Exhibit Hall is filled!

The Exhibit Hall for the Tenth Annual Conference in San Diego is already filled to capacity. A waitlist will be maintained in the event that tables become available. To be placed on this waitlist, please send an email to or call (717) 245-1031. Only current Forum members will be considered.


Standards Institute on Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad

The Forum was pleased to welcome more than 100 colleagues in Minneapolis last month at the Standards of Good Practice Institute. Reasons for attending varied:

This Standards Institute was dedicated to identifying and understanding an array of approaches to curriculum design and teaching in education abroad, and assisting participants to understand how to develop and improve their own education abroad curricula and enhance disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching. Plenary and concurrent sessions brought together professionals in instructional design, education abroad faculty and administrators and featured innovative ways in which Standard 3: Academic Framework may be applied to achieve excellence in curriculum design and teaching. Presentation slides and handouts from some of the sessions can be found here.
Here’s how colleagues evaluated the Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad," that was hosted by the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota, on November 19, 2013.


Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

Please join us in congratulating Alice Layton of Lesley University's Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester (GLASS) program, whose "Indigenous Natural Resource Ecology Course” was selected to receive the Forum's first Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design.

Alice accepted the award and gave a presentation on her course on November 19, 2013 at the Forum's Standards of Good Practice Institute on Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad, hosted by the University of Minnesota. View a preview of her presentation:

To view the full presentation, visit the Forum Curriculum Cooperative:

*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from University of St. Thomas: School for Field Studies wildlife management program in Tanzania
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