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December 1, 2016

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Application Deadline:
Annual Conference Grants and Award

The Forum supports member attendance at the Annual Conference through two funding opportunities. Education abroad professionals from Forum member institutions may apply for a conference travel grant. Selection is based on need and demonstrated benefit from attending the conference. Travel grant awards are limited and range from $200 to $500.
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. The award is named in honor of long-time education abroad innovator, Ron Koehn, who has played a significant role in advancing the education abroad field.
The deadline to apply for both of these opportunities is tomorrow, December 2.
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Universitat Pompeu Fabra Earns Recognition for Meeting Standards of Good Practice

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Universitat Pompeu Fabra recently received recognition for being in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice by successfully completing The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP).

The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad is a rigorous process of self-study and peer review that recognizes institutions and organizations for meeting the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad while offering suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement.

Congratulations to Universitat Pompeu Fabra!

Certified Professional Spotlight:
Paige Butler

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Paige Butler of Middlebury Institute of International Studies has successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Paige joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.
Congratulations to Paige!

“The Professional Certification assignments really afforded me the opportunity to think critically about my role and institution and how we approach The Forum’s Standards. I utilized the assignments to improve my own faculty-led program and the culminating project gave me a good opportunity to find new ways to effect change on my campus. I’m pleased that the assignments aligned well with my day-to-day responsibilities and helped me enhance my work to clearly align with Standards of Good Practice.”
- Paige Butler

Join the Outcomes Committee

The Outcomes Assessment and Research Committee is seeking new members. The Committee supports research on education abroad and makes resources available to assist Forum members in assessing education abroad outcomes. The Committee welcomes colleagues to join and contribute to their work on new resources and publications, the Outcomes Assessment Toolbox, and the annual Award for Academic Achievement Abroad.
Interested in joining The Forum’s Outcomes Assessment and Research Committee? Complete the online form.

Reserve an Exhibit Table for the 13th Annual Conference

Achieve maximum exposure for your institution or organization at The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference by reserving a table in the Exhibit Hall. More than 1,200 conference attendees are expected and exhibiting provides an excellent opportunity for you to make connections and market your programs and services to colleagues in the field.
The Conference, Creating and Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum, will take place in Seattle, WA, March 29-31, 2017 at The Westin Seattle. Take advantage of early-bird pricing and register now.
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Annual Conference Spotlight: Pre-Conference Workshop on Mental Health

Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 9 a.m.4 p.m.
The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in developing experience in handling mental health issues that may arise with students on an education abroad experience. This workshop will review trends in college mental health with specific focus on high risk behaviors, identify certain mental health reactions to stress that can be problematic, and will discuss and explore philosophical, legal, and practical concerns. Facilitators will also discuss models for pre-departure screening, lay out appropriate roles to play when concerned about a student’s mental health distress, and provide strategies for managing mental health concerns when they occur.
Register for this workshop via the conference registration form, or add it to your existing registration by sending an email to

Resources for Your Week:
Preparing Students for Re-Entry

As the end of the fall semester nears, many of your students are beginning to think about their return to the U.S. You might consider sharing the Jim Citron and Vija Mendelson’s article, “Coming Home: Relationships, Roots, and Unpacking” (Transitions Abroad, July/August 2005) with students who will return this month. This Standard 4 Toolbox Resource stands the test of time, and will help returnees process their feelings about re-entry.
If you are seeking to integrate re-entry activities into the curriculum at your institution, the “Culture in Culture” assignment from “Preparing to Work in a Global Economy,” available in the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center,* provides one possible model.
Looking for some recent research on re-entry to inform your programming? Check out Kelsey M. Gray and Victor Savicki’s, “Study Abroad Reentry: Behavior, Affect, and Cultural Distance” in Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. 
*The Education Abroad Digital Resource Center is a members-only resource. You must log in to view this content. If you work at a Forum member institution/organization and do not have log-in access to our website, email to request access.

Upcoming Workshop

Tuesday, December 13
University of California - Santa Cruz, CA
Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad

Dates and Deadlines:

Thursday, December 1: Deadline for proposals to the Frontiers Special Issue on Religion and Education Abroad
Friday, December 2: Application deadline for conference travel grants
Tuesday, December 13: Forum Workshop in Santa Cruz, CA
Friday, December 16: Deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 Wollitzer Award

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