In this Issue:
Welcome New Members

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

St. Bonaventure University

University of Georgia

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

Monday, March 25
Registration opens for Standards of Good Practice Institute in June: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Wednesday, April 3
Standards of Good Practice Institute in Chicago: Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad

Wednesday, April 3 - Friday, April 5
The Forum's Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago, IL

Friday, April 5 - Saturday, April 6
Post-conference Fireside Dialogue: Language Learning and Education Abroad
Monday, May 6
Full-day workshop at Providence College: Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Wednesday, May 8
Full-day workshop in Austin, TX: Code of Ethics for Education Abroad and the Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs
Thursday, May 9
Half-day workshop in Florence, Italy: Standard 7: Organizational and Program Resources

Click here for more Forum events.

Ninth Annual Forum Conference is 3 Weeks Away

The Forum is looking forward to its upcoming Annual Conference! “Moving Beyond It Was Great: Student Learning and Development in Education Abroad,” will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago, IL, April 3-5, 2013. You may refer to the following links for helpful information and conference details:

Pre-Conference Offerings

If you plan to be in Chicago early on Wednesday, April 3rd, you may want to register for the Standards of Good Practice Institute on “Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad,” or choose from a selection of morning and afternoon pre-conference workshops to add to your conference registration, two of which are highlighted here:

Building Consortia to Enhance Student Learning and Address Institutional Needs  (8:30am-12pm)
How do you expand study abroad opportunities for your students in a way that is consonant with your institution's academic culture and yet minimizes the administrative demands and expenses? Consortia can be a means to achieving these goals. This workshop will provide participants with guidelines and tools for building and administering effective study abroad consortia.
Chicago-Style Theatrical Improvisation as a Means to Intercultural Communications and Student Development During Study Abroad  (1-4:30pm)
This participatory workshop demonstrates how improvisational theater techniques offer effective pedagogy for study abroad students seeking to achieve intercultural and developmental goals. We share new performance-based approaches that teach listening and observation, empathy and mindfulness, presence, play and proxemics - key communication skills that lead to everyday boundary-crossing performances for students.

To add pre-conference workshops or the Standards Institute to your existing conference registration, send your request via email to New registrants may sign up for these offerings by completing the conference registration form.

Registration Opens Soon for Standards Institute on Health and Safety

Registration for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,” will open on March 25. The Standards Institute will be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara on June 20, 2013.
This Institute is being offered for the fourth time and is again dedicated to the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. The practical, hands-on focus will include concurrent and plenary sessions that will assist participants to improve their institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation, and incident prevention and response. Additional details will be posted here as they become available.

Upcoming Forum Workshops

Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols
*Date: Monday, May 6, 2013
Location and Host: Providence, RI; Providence College
Facilitator: Natalie Mello (The Forum on Education Abroad) 
Register:  here
*This workshop was postponed from its original scheduled date of March 7. If you had previously registered for this workshop and are unable to attend on May 6, please send an email to

Code of Ethics for Education Abroad and the Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Location and Host: Austin, TX; Academic Programs International (API)
Facilitator: Natalie Mello (The Forum on Education Abroad); David Shallenberger  (SIT Study Abroad)
Register:  here

Standard 7: Organizational and Program Resources
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Location and Host: Florence, Italy; Syracuse University Florence
Facilitator: Brian Whalen (The Forum on Education Abroad)
Register:  here

For a full list of Forum events and trainings, go to

New Resource Available to Members

The Forum has a new resource available to its members: NACUA has provided an analysis of the Violence Against Women Act and changes to the Clery Act and Title IX compliance, which discusses the law and its impact on colleges and universities, and catalogs and analyzes each relevant change in the legislation. Forum member institutions may access this resource by visiting the Standards Toolbox here.

Host a 2013-14 Regional Workshop

Thanks to the generosity of our member institutions, this year the Forum has been able to make Forum training opportunities more accessible by offering regional workshops around the U.S. and overseas. During the 2012-2013 year, twenty workshops are being held in sixteen different locations around the world. In anticipation of planning the Forum’s regional workshop schedule for the 2013-2014 academic year, we are seeking nominations from potential host institutions.
If your institution or organization would like to host a regional workshop, click here for more details. To be considered for the 2013-2014 academic year, please respond before May 1, 2013.

*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from IIE.
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