In this Issue:
Welcome New Members:

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to Standards of Good Practice:
The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies

CHE Consult GmbH

Queen Mary University of London

Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA)

Westmont College

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

Wednesday, December 11
Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award deadline for Tenth Annual Forum Conference
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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Whalen speaks at BASAA
meeting on December 5.

NOW AVAILABLE: Guidelines for Volunteer, Internship Experience and Work (VIEW) Programs Abroad

The Standards Committee is pleased to make available Guidelines for Volunteer, Internship Experience and Work (VIEW) Programs Abroad. Where the Standards provide a broad structure for excellence, assessment and quality improvement, Guidelines contextualize the Standards in specific areas of education abroad practice.
Andrea Custodi, Standards Committee co-chair said, "The process of discussing, drafting, and reviewing this document was truly a collaborative one, and I extend my gratitude to the many colleagues who participated in it. We're delighted with the final product, and are confident that these guidelines will serve as a timely and valuable resource to the Forum membership as this area garners increasing interest and attention within the field."


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.
Click here for more information and to register.


Deadline to Apply for the Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award

A long time education abroad innovator, Ron Koehn has played a significant role in advancing the education abroad field, especially through his contributions to innovations in program design. In this spirit, the Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award is given to faculty members or education abroad colleagues who have been especially effective in contributing to innovations in education abroad program design. Award winners receive a stipend that helps to underwrite the costs of their attendance at the Forum’s Annual Conference.
Click here to submit an application for the Grant Award. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 11.


Deadline to Submit Lunchtime Conversations

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.


2013 State of the Field Survey: Closing Soon

All institutional representatives are encouraged to complete the 2013 State of the Field Survey before it closes on Friday, December 13.

This is the fifth State of the Field Survey, allowing responses to be set in a longitudinal context. The State of the Field Survey also indicates current trends in important issues and topics of interest. In order to do that, the Survey needs as large a sample as possible, from all of our education abroad partners.


Read the Latest Volume of the Frontiers Journal Online

The latest volume of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad  is now available. This volume inaugurates Frontiers as an exclusively online, open access journal. Articles take up a range of topics, including underrepresentation of students of color in study abroad, assessment of global awareness outcomes in short-term study abroad, the long-term impact of study abroad, and the impact of study abroad on academic success.

Access the current volume, and past volumes, at


Whalen Speaks at Boston Area Study Abroad Advisors (BASAA) Meeting

Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen spoke on December 5th at the meeting of the Boston Area Study Abroad Advisors (BASAA) which was hosted by Boston College. Whalen, who was one of the founders of BASAA in the 1990s, spoke about its origins. He also spoke about current initiatives and projects of the Forum and trends impacting the education abroad field. The group also engaged in a Forum-style roundtable discussion to brainstorm and share ideas on the latest challenges and issues for education abroad.

*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from Salisbury University: faculty-led program in South Africa
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