In this Issue:

Welcome New Members

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

Academic Experiences Abroad

California Lutheran University

Gustolab Institute - Center for Food and Culture

ILYC, Intercambios Linguisticos

Roanoke College

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Roma

The University of Western Australia

For more information on joining the Forum, visit:

Early Bird Registration for 8th Annual Conference Ends This Friday

Early Bird registration rates for the Forum’s 8th Annual Conference end this Friday, January 20. Early Bird registration provides a savings of $100 per person on the full conference fee. Early Bird rates also apply to the Standards of Good Practice Institute and Pre-conference Workshops. For full information on the Forum’s 8th Annual Conference in Denver, including how to register, please visit

Spotlight on Sessions

The Forum’s Annual Conference sessions cover a range of topics from every area of education abroad that will be of interest to participants. Sessions this year include the following:
  • “Walking the Walk: U.S. Faculty and the International Academic Experience”
  • “The Role of Resident Directors in Students' Experience Abroad: International Perspectives”
  • “Adjunct Instruction in Education Abroad: A Town-Hall Discussion”
  • “Sharing a Common Language: Building Alliances with Human Resources Professionals”
  • “Owning Privilege and Avoiding Paternalism: Case Studies of U.S. Students in India, Bosnia and Cambodia”
For full descriptions of these and dozens of other sessions, visit

New Advocacy Resources

The Forum is pleased to announce the following new advocacy resources and updates:

Using Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits for Study Abroad
In response to member requests, the Forum has researched the use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for study abroad. Forum members may access the report, which clarifies the regulations, and provides suggestions for implementing the Post-9/11 GI Bill for study abroad, here: Using Post-9/11 GI Benefits for Study Abroad
Update: The Impact of the New U.S. Federal Financial Aid Regulations on Study Abroad
The Forum has researched the new U.S. Financial Aid Regulations and their potential impact, and issued a memo to assist Forum members who are impacted by the new regulations or may simply want to learn more about the issue. Recently, the Forum conducted a survey of its education abroad program provider and Australian university members to learn more about the impact of and responses to the new regulations. The results may be found here: Update: The Impact of the New U.S. Federal Financial Aid Regulations on Study Abroad
Update: Cuba
The Forum has been working to support a number of its education abroad program provider members that have applied for licenses to develop and implement academic programming in Cuba. Unfortunately, as many as 10 or more education abroad program provider organizations have applied for licenses to develop programs in Cuba, but have heard little or nothing about their applications. Some organizations applied almost as long as one year ago. The Forum has been in contact with officials at the Departments of State and Treasury to advocate on behalf of its members that have applied for licenses. Read the latest communication from the Forum here: Update: Cuba

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