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Welcome New Members:

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

Minds Abroad

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Dates and Deadlines:

Monday, November 25
Fireside Dialogue application deadline: Mental Health Concerns in Education Abroad
Friday, November 29
Standards Institute session proposal deadline: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
Wednesday, December 4
Travel grant application deadline for Tenth Annual Forum Conference

Wednesday, December 11
Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award deadline for Tenth Annual Forum Conference
Friday, December 13
Full-day workshop at VCU: Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework of Education Abroad

Deadline to submit lunchtime conversation topics for the Annual Conference

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

Thursday, February 27
Full-day workshop in Indianapolis: Developing Supportive Programs & Improving Student Experiences Abroad

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New & Emerging Paradigms for Education Abroad

Join us at the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference, “New and Emerging Paradigms for Education Abroad,” at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA, April 2-4, 2014

Collegial…dynamic…challenging…focused… The Forum’s annual conference is charged by an intellectual energy and a passion for ideas that advance the field of education abroad.

This year’s sessions address an impressive range of topics that balance theory and practice, and promise to encourage rigorous reflection, stimulate lively dialogue, and explore the new and emerging paradigms shaping education abroad. As the premier gathering for education abroad professionals and faculty, the annual conference brings together colleagues who value critical thinking, enriching conversation, and a strong commitment to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

Registration is Open!

Register now for the Tenth Annual Conference. Early-bird registration rates end January 31!

New this Year…

The Forum is pleased to announce several new features for this year’s annual conference! Expanded Exhibit Hall hours will include 2 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday. The Big Think will take place during facilitated lunchtime conversations and a conference session on Thursday, and will be based on the book, Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters (New Press, 2010). New to the annual conference, The Big Think prompts participants to broaden their horizons by engaging in open dialogue on a contemporary topic related to education abroad, but not strictly “in the field.”

Also new this year, join the general session on Friday afternoon during which senior representatives of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education will discuss major new efforts that seek to expand the number of U.S. students studying abroad, followed immediately by a celebration toast in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Forum’s annual conference!

Application Deadline: Fireside Dialogue on Mental Health Concerns

The Fireside Dialogue, “Mental Health Concerns in Education Abroad,” will be held April 4-5, 2014, in conjunction with the Annual Forum Conference in San Diego. This Fireside Dialogue will bring together no more than 30 participants in an informal setting for a full day of facilitated, collegial discussion on mental health topics. It is intended for education abroad professionals seeking to understand mental health concerns that can impact students abroad and how institutions can best prepare for and respond to them.

Click here for more information and to submit an application to participate. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 25.

Travel Grant Application Deadline

A limited number of travel grants are available to education abroad professionals to help defray the costs of attending the Forum’s Annual Conference in San Diego. Selection will be based on need and demonstrated benefit from attending the conference. Applicants must be employed by a Forum member institution, and grant awards are expected to range from US$200 to US$500.
Click here for more information. The deadline to submit a grant application is December 4.

Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award

A long time education abroad innovator, Ron Koehn has played a significant role in advancing the education abroad field, especially through his contributions to innovations in program design. In this spirit, 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. Award winners receive a stipend that helps to underwrite the costs of their attendance at the Forum’s Annual Conference.
Click here to submit an application for the Grant Award. The deadline to apply is December 11.

Call for Lunchtime Conversations

The Forum is now accepting suggestions for lunchtime conversation topics! Lunchtime conversations will be held during the annual conference on Thursday, April 3 from 12-1:30pm, and will offer the opportunity for conference attendees to meet in an informal setting to discuss topics of interest. Please send a short description of your proposed topic, along with facilitator names, to by Friday, December 13.

Limited Meeting Space Available

The Forum has set aside a limited number of meeting rooms for private use during the Tenth Annual Conference. To reserve a space, please contact Jen Brown at Meeting rooms are available to Forum members only.

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