In this Issue:
Welcome New Member:

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

Winthrop University

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

Monday, October 28
Deadline to complete the Snapshot Survey
Thursday, October 31
Early-bird registration opens for Tenth Annual Conference

Wednesday, November 13
Free member webinar on Standards Guidelines: Study Abroad Advising
Tuesday, November 19
Standards Institute: Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad

Monday, November 25
Fireside Dialogue application deadline: Mental Health Concerns in Education Abroad
Friday, November 29
Standards Institute session proposal deadline: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
Wednesday, December 4
Travel grant application deadline: Tenth Annual Forum Conference
Friday, December 13
Full-day workshop at VCU: Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework of Education Abroad

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Call for Proposals: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

The Forum on Education Abroad announces a call for session proposals for the 5th Standards of Good Practice Institute on "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management," to be held at the University of Denver on June 20, 2014, immediately preceding the Annual National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Conference in Denver, CO.  For more information, and to submit a proposal, visit

Proposals are due by November 29, 2013.

Annual Conference Registration Opens Next Week!

Early bird registration for the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference will open on Thursday, October 31. “New and Emerging Paradigms for Education Abroad” will be held April 2-4, 2014, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA.

For conference details, including registration pricing, hotel information and session offerings, go to:

Session Spotlight: Standards Institute on Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad

Companions on the Road Less Travelled
Martha Johnson, Nanette Hanks, Amy Muse, June Nobbe
While the idea of "place" is central to education abroad, how can we better engage ideas of place, space, and geopsychology through the use of sites that are sacred, isolated, or that offer a unique opportunity for reflection? And if education abroad program design is overly focused on disrupting "the group," do we lose opportunities to use cohort building as a tool for learning? In this session four instructors will share experiences from teaching short-term programs in Greece, Ireland, and Spain with intentional use of sacred and unique spaces as a tool for both individual reflection and for group cohort building.
This Standards of Good Practice Institute is being hosted by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on November 19, 2013. There is still time to register!

Brian Whalen Donates Materials to the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection

Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen recently donated several boxes of materials to the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection. Whalen’s gift includes correspondence, meeting agendas and materials from events of historical importance, and a number of publications related to the history and development of education abroad, many of which are out of print.
The Forum is currently accepting contributions, such as documents, correspondence, publications, manuscripts, photographs and other material relating to the history of U.S. education abroad from its beginnings until and including the 1990s. Click here for more information.

Forum Council News

The Forum Council has established a revised leadership structure and finalized appointments for the standing committees. Vice Chair roles have been created in order to ensure greater continuity from year to year. The 2013-14 Forum Council and Committee leadership roles are:

Martin Hogan, DIS – Danish Institute for Study Abroad

Vice Chair
Martha Johnson, University of Minnesota

Standards Committee
Chair: Andrea Custodi, The Alliance for Global Education
Vice Chair: Mark Lenhart, CET Academic Programs

Data Committee
Chair: Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Kalamazoo College
Vice Chair: Sarah Spencer, The University of St. Thomas

Outcomes Assessment and Research Committee
Chair: Kelly McLaughlin; Yale University
Vice Chair: Nick Gozik, Boston College

Curriculum Committee
Chair: Steven Duke, Wake Forest University
Vice Chair: Joan Gillespie, Associated Colleges of the Midwest

Advocacy Committee
Chair: Heather Barclay Hamir, The University of Texas at Austin
Vice Chair: Anne Haberkern, Portland Community College District

If you are interested in contributing to the work of the Forum through a committee or working group, send an email to

Snapshot Survey Deadline

The Forum is once again collaborating with IIE to gather early data on U.S. study abroad enrollments for the 2012-13 academic year in the Snapshot Survey. This survey is conducted in anticipation of International Education Week in November and the data will also be used to supplement the more detailed Open Doors Report that will be released early next year.
The link to complete the survey has been sent via email to institutional representatives, and the deadline for submitting responses is Monday, October 28. Please provide best estimates, even if the numbers for your institution are not yet final. Questions may be directed to

How do you view the relationship between e-learning and education abroad?

The Forum surveyed 470 of its institutional members on this subject earlier this year, and 151 institutions (32%) responded, revealing that e-learning is seen as an opportunity by most institutions. A summary of findings is available to the public on the Forum website, and Forum members may log in to the Standards Toolbox to access the full report.

*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from College Year in Athens.
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