In this Issue:
Welcome New Members:

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

Wayne State University

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Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, January 31
Early-bird registration deadline for Tenth Annual Forum Conference

Friday, February 7
Deadline to submit session proposals for the 2014 European Conference in Barcelona, Spain
Thursday, February 27
Full-day workshop in Indianapolis: Developing Supportive Programs & Improving Student Experiences Abroad

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The Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona, Spain: Call for Proposals

The Forum will convene its Second European Conference, What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe, in Barcelona, Spain, October 23-25, 2014. The conference will be hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the European Associations of U.S. education abroad will serve as co-sponsors: The Forum on Education Abroad’s second European conference focuses on the education abroad destination that has been and continues to be the most popular for U.S. students: Europe. Europe’s position as a leading destination for U.S. education abroad students remains strong. In recent years, however, the field of education abroad has been witness to the emerging trend of education abroad in “exotic” or “non-traditional” destinations. While Europe may seem a traditional and familiar destination, it offers diversity of cultures, communities, and program models. This conference seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities for education abroad in the European context. What connotations are evoked by Europe’s status as a traditional destination? How has education abroad in Europe evolved over the years, and how will it continue to evolve in the future? How can we prepare students for the realities of the contemporary “European experience?”

The Call for Proposals is now open, and proposals must be submitted by Friday, February 7. The Forum encourages submissions from international education and faculty colleagues with experience in and knowledge of U.S. education abroad in Europe.

More details about the conference will be posted at as they become available.

Thank you to the Barcelona Conference Committee:
  • Sara López Selga, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Chair)
  • José B. Alvarez, CEA StudyAbroad
  • Laurie Black, SIT Graduate Institute
  • Shelley Cavaness, Central College France
  • J. Kline Harrison, Wake Forest University
  • Liam Ó Dochartaigh (First European Conference Chair)
  • Archontis L. Pantsios, The American College of Thessaloniki
  • Portia Prebys, Saint Mary's College, Rome Program
  • Almendra Staffa-Healey, EUSA Academic Internship Programs
  • Malene Torp, DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad
  • Donna Vinter, Danenberg Oberlin-in-London Program; Grinnell-in-London

Reminder: State of the Field Survey Deadline Extended

The Forum has extended the deadline for completing the State of the Field survey until January 15, 2014.
Your response is important to the field. 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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Add Crazy Like Us to Your Holiday Reading

Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters will be the focal point of the Big Think, a new feature of the Forum conference. The Big Think is designed to prompt participants to broaden their horizons by engaging in frank dialogue on a contemporary topic directly related to education abroad, but not strictly ‘in the field.’ Watters’ work has implications for understanding the context of mental illness abroad, especially when working with resident staff when student issues arise.
Get a head start on the reading! Crazy Like Us is readily available through online vendors, in paperback and e-book formats.

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