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Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, May 23
Deadline to submit Forum Council nominations

Thursday, June 5
Registration opens for the Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona

Thursday, June 19
Workshops in Denver, CO: Standards 4 & 5 and Standard 8
Friday, June 20
Standards of Good Practice Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Nominations due for 2014 Undergraduate Research Award

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Registration for the Forum’s European Conference is Now Open!

Register for the Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona! “What Does it Mean to be a ‘Traditional’ Destination? Challenges & Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe,” will be held October 23-25, 2014, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Early-bird registration pricing will be effective through August 27.
Click here to register! Conference details, including sessions, pre-conference workshops and sponsorship opportunities, can be found at


Health & Safety Standards Institute Offers Practical Strategies and Resources

The Forum’s 5th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management," will be held at the University of Denver in Colorado on June 20, 2014.

This annual Standards Institute offers practical strategies and resources at an advanced level, and includes sessions that are led by experts from within and outside of the education abroad field. The lunchtime plenary speaker, Deb Ajango, owner and director of  SafetyEd: Safety Education for Outdoor and Remote Work Environments, will present her talk, “Performing Under Pressure: Improving Performance and Decision-making in Leaders and Students,” which will provide audience members with an understanding of how the brain works under pressure, and how people tend to react, both cognitively and behaviorally, in stressful situations. By using case studies and citing research, Deb will describe how training can and does influence one's response. She will also offer suggestions on how one might modify his or her organizational emergency action plan so that desired behaviors are more likely.

Register and join us in Denver!


Time is Running Out! Register for Forum Workshops in Denver

Is your office struggling with the best ways to prepare your students to get the most out of their education abroad experience? Looking for ways to assess your health and safety protocols? Register for the Forum’s workshops on Standards 4 and 5 and Standard 8, hosted by the University of Denver on June 19, 2014, the day before the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice Institute. Both workshops also serve as required modules for participants in the Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad program.
Colleagues may register for the workshops and/or Institute at The deadline to register for the workshops is Monday, June 9 at 12 noon (EDT).


Have You Visited the Curriculum Cooperative Lately?

A number of video interviews conducted at the Forum’s Annual Conference have been added to the Curriculum Cooperative.  Log in to the site to listen to colleagues speak about their individual approaches to education abroad curriculum design, and to access profiles of education abroad courses, programs, and initiatives from Forum member organizations.

In this sample clip, Patti Brown of IFSA-Butler encourages us to do what we ask of our students:

Attention Faculty: Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design
The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design honors an individual or group of individuals at a Forum member institution or organization for excellence in the design of an education abroad course.  All courses submitted to the Curriculum Cooperative by September 15, 2014 will be considered for the award. View the award criteria here, and please share with any colleagues who may be eligible.


Travel Grant Application Deadline

A limited number of travel grants are available to education abroad professionals to help defray the costs of attending the Forum’s European Conference in Barcelona. Selection will be based on need and demonstrated benefit from attending the conference. Applicants must be employed by a Forum member institution, and grant awards are expected to range from US$100 to US$250.
Click here for more information. The deadline to submit a grant application is July 15.


*Photo credit: This issue's photo is from Salisbury University's faculty-led program in Paris.

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