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October 27, 2016

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13th Annual Conference Registration
is Now Open!

Early bird registration for The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference is now open! The conference, Creating and Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum, will be held March 29-31, at The Westin Seattle in Seattle, WA. This is the education abroad conference of the year that you cannot afford to miss—the prime venue for networking and collecting resources that meet all of your needs.

Click here for additional details, including hotel information, pre-conference workshops, plenary speaker, available sponsorships and instructions on how to apply for a conference travel grant. The list of session offerings will be available soon.
Register Now
13 colleagues began working toward becoming Certified Professionals in Education Abroad by attending Standards of Good Practice Workshops prior to The Forum’s 3rd European Conference in Athens, Greece. Standards of Good Practice Workshops will also be offered prior to the 13th Annual Conference in Seattle, WA.

Two Professional Certification Accelerated Residencies Offered in 2017

The Accelerated Residency program is the fastest and most comprehensive way to pursue the Certified Professional in Education Abroad credential. Participants attend all six Standards of Good Practice Workshops in three days with a cohort of colleagues focused on learning and applying the Standards for the field. Participants return home to complete the Standards Assignments at their own pace. You must be enrolled in the Professional Certification program to attend. Scholarships are available.
May 22-24, 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
Application Deadline: April 7
June 12-14, 2017
The Forum on Education Abroad at Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA
Application Deadline: April 21
Fast Facts:
  • Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program Launched in 2014
  • 184 in the Certification Program (100 have participated in Accelerated Residencies)
  • 23 Currently Certified Professionals
Learn the Value of Certification

Certified Professional Spotlight:
Amelia Dietrich

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Amelia Dietrich, Assistant Director for Digital Resources at The Forum on Education Abroad and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, has successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Amelia joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.
Congratulations to Amelia!

“As a relatively new professional in the field, the Certification program encouraged me to consider possibilities and challenges that I haven’t yet faced in my career and prepared me to use the Standards as my guide for future policy development and problem-solving. I now feel confident to take my career to the next level.”
- Amelia Dietrich

The Forum Collaborates with 32 NCSI

The Forum is pleased to announce a new collaboration with 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI), a flagship program of the VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV), that invests in college and university campus communities so that better informed decisions about campus safety are made. VTV is a non-profit organization founded by many of the survivors and surviving family members impacted by the mass shooting on the Virginia Tech campus on April 16, 2007. As a living memorial to the thirty-two community members, 32 NCSI exists to foster safe learning, living and working environments on all campuses nationwide.
The Forum supports the mission of 32 NCSI, and specifically the goal of doing all that we can to make education abroad as safe as possible for students, staff and faculty who participate in programs, faculty and administrators who plan and manage programs, and the institutions and organizations that sponsor and oversee them. Collaborating with 32 NCSI to advance this goal will broaden the influence and impact of both of our organizations, thereby enhancing health and safety of education abroad for all participants.
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Mark Your Calendars for the 8th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

The Forum’s 8th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, will be offered at the University of Texas, Austin, on Thursday, June 22, 2017. The call for proposals will be announced soon!
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RFP Open for Hosting The Forum’s 4th European Conference

The Forum welcomes member institutions/organizations to submit a proposal to serve as host of its 2018 European Conference. The Forum plans to conduct its 4th European Conference in October 2018 for an expected 400-500 participants. The conference will span three days with an in-depth focus on and exploration of a theme that will be selected by The Forum’s European conference committee. Successful proposals will describe how the institution/organization can successfully meet the host requirements.
View the Request for Proposals

The Forum Focus: Call for Submissions

The Forum Focus is an online publication that provides perspectives on current education abroad topics and issues in the field. The Forum invites colleagues to submit articles for consideration and ideas for future topics. The word limit for articles is 1,200 and is strictly enforced. The submission deadline for the next issue is November 4. Please send submissions to:
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Welcome New Member:

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

Lycoming College

Interested in membership:
Join The Forum

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, November 4
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)
Monday, November 14
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad

Tuesday, December 6
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)
Tuesday, December 13
University of California - Santa Cruz, CA
Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad


Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, November 4: Standards Workshops in Columbus, OH
Friday, November 4: Submission deadline for The Forum Focus
Monday, November 14: Forum Workshop in Bozeman, MT
Monday, November 14-Friday, November 18: International Education Week
Friday, December 2: Application deadline for conference travel grants
Tuesday, December 6: Standards Workshops in Mississippi State, MS
Tuesday, December 13: Forum Workshop in Santa Cruz, CA
Friday, December 16: Deadline to submit nominations for 2017 Wollitzer Award

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