Bill Durden, Opening Plenary Speaker at Tenth Annual Forum Conference

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Monday, October 21
Free member webinar on Standards Guidelines: Institutional Relations
Half-day workshop at NAFSA Region III Conference: Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad

Monday, October 28
Deadline to complete the Snapshot Survey

Thursday, October 31
Early-bird registration opens for Tenth Annual Conference

Tuesday, November 19
Standards Institute: Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad

Monday, November 25
Fireside Dialogue application deadline: Mental Health Concerns in Education Abroad
Friday, December 13
Full-day workshop at VCU: Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework of Education Abroad

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Tenth Annual Conference: Opening Plenary

The Forum is very pleased to announce that well-known internationalist, Dr. William G. Durden, will give the Opening Plenary Address at the Tenth Annual Conference in San Diego. His address, “Embracing the New Globalism: A Challenge to Rethink Education Abroad,” will be delivered on Wednesday evening, April 2, prior to the Welcome Reception.
President Emeritus of Dickinson College, Bill Durden currently serves as chair of the advisory board of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (the Senior Fulbright program) and is a member of the board of trustees of the Institute of International Education (IIE). He was a member of the German Department at Johns Hopkins University and Executive Director of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for 16 years, during which time he was also a senior education consultant to the U.S. Department of State.  
In his keynote address, Durden will challenge the assumptions of the education abroad field and inspire debate and discussion on how to move beyond outdated models that are out of touch with students’ experiences and expectations. His talk will challenge the field of education abroad to embrace a wider view of international learning that moves beyond the restrictive ways in which it is organized within higher education.
The Tenth Annual Conference, “New and Emerging Paradigms for Education Abroad,” will take place in San Diego, CA, April 2-4, 2014 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Registration for the conference will open on October 31.

QUIP Congratulations!

The Forum is very pleased to announce that two institutions have recently received recognition for being in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice by successfully completing the Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP): Providence College and Middlebury College’s C.V. Starr School in France.

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 while offering collegial advice for quality improvement.

Congratulations to both Providence College and Middlebury College’s C.V. Starr School in France! For more information about QUIP, including the institutions that have received recognition for meeting the Standards, visit

Fireside Dialogue on Mental Health Concerns in Education Abroad

The Forum is pleased to offer a Fireside Dialogue for education abroad professionals to be held in conjunction with the 10th Annual Forum Conference in San Diego, CA, in April 2014. Mental Health Concerns in Education Abroad is intended for education abroad professionals seeking to understand mental health concerns that can impact students studying abroad and how institutions can best prepare for and respond to these concerns. This Fireside Dialogue will bring together no more than 30 participants in an informal setting for a full day of facilitated, collegial discussion focusing on issues of concern to the field. Click here for more details!

Applications to participate in the Fireside Dialogue will be accepted through November 25.

Register for Standards Institute on Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad

Don’t delay—regular registration pricing for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, “Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad,” ends on Monday, October 21. This Institute, which is being held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on November 19, will feature sessions on an array of approaches to curriculum design and teaching, lunch plenary by University of Minnesota professor, Akosua Obuo Addo, and presentation of the first Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design to Alice Layton of Lesley University. Click here to register.

Listen to David Shallenberger of SIT Graduate Institute discuss his approach to education abroad curriculum design.

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Next Webinar in the Standards Guidelines Series: Institutional Relations

The next webinar in this fall’s Standards Guidelines series is scheduled for October 21at 12 p.m. (EDT). Open to Forum members only, the webinar will cover the Guidelines for institutional relations and marketing of education abroad on campuses. Irene Gawel, vice president and director of university relations at the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), will facilitate the session.

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The Forum to deliver Standards Workshop at NAFSA Region III Conference

The Forum will be conducting a workshop hosted by NAFSA Region III in Rogers, Arkansas on Monday October 21. The Standards provide a means to assess all areas of education abroad programming and offer guidance in how to ensure quality in areas such as academic programming, student conduct, health and safety, resources and personnel and policies and procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, Kline Harrison of Wake Forest University and Forum workshop facilitator will assist the participants to examine their own capabilities at their respective universities, colleges or organizations.

Education Abroad Data and Research

The Forum’s data, surveys and research projects have built a substantial set of resources from which education abroad professionals may draw for answers to a wide range of questions. The Forum’s data collection and research agenda is driven by the field and resources represent the collective interest of the membership. From ethical practices, to short-term programming models and course approvals processes, answers to questions large and small can be found in reports and data sets available on the Forum website:
If you find that there’s an area that the Forum has not yet addressed, please let us know at

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