In this Issue:
Welcome New Members:

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

Cultural Intelligence Center

Lord Fairfax Community College

Pratt Institute - School for Information and Library Science

University of Wisconsin - Stout

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

Thursday, January 30
Webinar: A Member’s Orientation to the Forum: Programs, Projects, Services and Benefits

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

Friday, February 7
Deadline to submit session proposals for the 2014 European Conference in Barcelona, Spain

Standards Guidelines Webinar: Volunteer, Internship Experience and Work Programs Abroad

Friday, February 21
Deadline for Forum members to submit nominations for the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award
Thursday, February 27
Full-day workshop in Indianapolis: Developing Supportive Programs & Improving Student Experiences Abroad

Wednesday, March 5
Full-day workshop at Claremont McKenna College: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Wednesday, March 12
Full-day workshop at Boston College: Implications of the New Clery Handbook - What Does It Mean for Education Abroad?

Thursday, March 27
Full-day workshop at St. Mary’s College: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Click here for more Forum events.

Announcing the Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad

The Forum is very pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new program: Professional Certification in Education Abroad. The Certification Program combines workshops, assignments and a culminating project which will provide colleagues with education and training, and certify that they are able to articulate and apply the field’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

Developed by education abroad professionals in collaboration with assessment and curriculum specialists, this professional credential is intended for any and all colleagues in the field. Whether experienced administrators, newcomers to the field, resident directors, and senior international officers, all will benefit from certification.

The Forum Certification in Education Abroad:
  • Is based upon recognized standards;
  • Supports quality education abroad at colleges, universities and program provider organizations;
  • Improves the education abroad field;
  • Enhances careers;
  • Promotes lifelong learning.
Martin Hogan, Chair of the Forum Council and a member of the Certification Team said, “The Certification Team, which included four Forum Council members, has done tremendous work in developing what will be an important way to enhance quality in the education abroad field. I and my Forum Council colleagues are excited to see this program launched!” Barbara Rowe, Chair of the Forum Board of Directors, commented on the new Certification Program: “At its meeting last week the Forum Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program.  Many colleagues within the Forum membership contributed to the careful and rigorous development process. We are pleased to launch it for the benefit of Forum members and the education abroad field as a whole.”

For full details, and to learn how to enroll, please visit


Start Certification at the Annual Conference! Early-Bird Registration for Workshops Extended

Many of the half-day workshops offered at the Annual Conference will count toward Forum Certification. To accommodate interest in this new program, the early-bird registration for these workshops has been extended until February 15. Note that these workshops are open to all colleagues, whether or not they are enrolled in the Certification Program.


Early-Bird Registration for the Tenth Annual Conference Ends!

The early-bird registration deadline for the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference is tomorrow, January 31. The conference, “New and Emerging Paradigms for Education Abroad,” will take place in San Diego, California, April 2-4, 2014 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

Register now!


European Conference: Session Proposal Deadline Extended!

In response to several requests, the deadline for submitting session proposals for the Forum’s Second European Conference has been extended to Friday, February 21. The conference, What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe, will be held in Barcelona, Spain, October 23-25, 2014 and hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The Forum encourages submissions from international education and faculty colleagues with experience in and knowledge of U.S. education abroad in Europe.

Read the full Call for Proposals for more information. Conference details will be posted at as they become available.


Standards Guidelines Webinar for Members: VIEW Programs

The first in this spring’s series of Standards Guidelines webinars is scheduled for February 7 at 12 p.m. (EST). Open to Forum members only, the webinar will cover the Guidelines for Volunteer, Internship Experience and Work (VIEW) programs abroad. Andrea Custodi, director of academic affairs at the Alliance for Global Education, will facilitate the webinar.

Click here to register for this webinar.


Upcoming Forum Workshops

Standards 4 & 5: Developing Supportive Programs & Improving Student Experiences Abroad
Date:  Thursday, February 27, 2014
Host:  IFSA Butler, in conjunction with its National Advisor’s Council Conference
Location:  Indianapolis, IN
Register:  here
Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols
Date:  Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Host:  Claremont McKenna College
Location:  Claremont, CA
Register:  here
Implications of the New Clery Handbook – What Does It Mean for Education Abroad?
Date:  Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Host:  Boston College
Location:  Chestnut Hill, MA
Register:  here
Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
Date:  Thursday, March 27, 2014
Host:  St. Mary’s College
Location:  Notre Dame, IN
Register:  here
For more information on the Forum’s upcoming workshops, click here.


Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award honors a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of the Forum's goals: standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design, and assessment. The award will be presented at the Tenth Annual Conference in San Diego, CA on Friday, April 4th.  Previous winners include Liam Ó Dochartaigh (2013), Jon Booth (2012), Michael Vande Berg (2012), Susan Pugh (2011), James Langridge (2010), David Larsen (2008), R. Michael Paige (2007), and Peter Wollitzer.

Click here to read more about the Wollitzer Award. Forum members may submit nominations for the award to by Friday, February 28.

*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from CET Academic Programs.
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