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September 15, 2016

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U.S. Department of State Partners with Airbnb to Support Gilman Scholarship Program

Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen attended a luncheon on Monday, September 12 at the U.S. Institute of Peace where Secretary of State John Kerry and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced that Airbnb is supporting the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The scholarship support by Airbnb will help to send more U.S. students on study abroad programs in China.
Secretary Kerry delivered remarks on the value of education abroad and the importance of public-private partnerships that help to support our collective international education goals. “It was a wonderful event,” said Whalen. “Secretary Kerry’s remarks were terrific, and it was impressive to see so many Gilman alumni in attendance, including Nathan Guerra, who studied abroad in China and spoke eloquently about this experience.”

Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: Call for Submissions

Submit an education abroad course to be considered for The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design. The award honors colleagues who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. It is the education abroad field’s only award presented to an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the design of an education abroad course.

The submission deadline for this year’s award is today, September 15.
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Apply to Become a QUIP Peer Reviewer

Peer Reviewers play a critical role in making The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) the only objective, independent review system in education abroad, based on the field’s Standards of Good Practice. Peer Reviewers, who are experienced international education professionals trained by The Forum, assess education abroad operations of organizations participating in QUIP Reviews. These reviewers provide suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement, and make the recommendation of whether the organization is in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
The deadline to apply is tomorrow, September 16.
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Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor

The Forum seeks experienced professionals in the field of education abroad to serve as Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad program. Assessors will be rigorously trained to review and evaluate Standards Assignments submitted by program participants. Qualified applicants will be experienced colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations who have consistently demonstrated their skill in the articulation and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
The deadline to apply is September 30.
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The Forum is also seeking applications for Forum Trained Facilitators. Learn more»

CYA Special Events for European Conference Participants

CYA, host of The Forum’s 3rd European Conference, is organizing the following special events for conference attendees. RSVP is required. Please click here for more information.

On Thursday, October 6, join the CYA Team for a glass of Ouzo and some Greek mezedes on CYA’s balconies. The event will take place 5-8 p.m. at the CYA Academic Center next to the Marble Stadium. Kindly RSVP before the event via email to
Daily life in Athens is intermingled with history, monuments, art, culture, and current affairs. Join one or more of these thematic walks and let CYA Faculty lead you through a unique experience in this vibrant city.

Free Webinar: A Member’s Orientation to The Forum

The Forum invites its members to participate in A Member’s Orientation to The Forum: Programs, Projects, Services and Benefits scheduled for Friday, September 23 at 12 p.m. (EDT). Facilitated by Forum staff, this free webinar will describe the benefits of membership and introduce ways to get involved in The Forum’s work. We welcome new members and new colleagues to participate, as well as anyone else from a Forum member institution interested in refreshing their knowledge of what The Forum has to offer.
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Welcome New Members:

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

City Internships
Philadelphia University

Interested in membership:
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Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, October 18
Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)

Thursday, October 20
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)

Monday, October 24
SIT Study Abroad/SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, VT
Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & The Code of Ethics)
Student Learning, Development & Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)

Friday, November 4
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)
Monday, November 14
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad


Dates and Deadlines:

Thursday, September 15: Submission Deadline for the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design
Friday, September 16: QUIP Peer Reviewer Application Deadline
Tuesday, September 20: Live Briefing for NASPA members
Friday, September 30: Forum Trained Facilitator Application Deadline
Friday, September 30: Forum Certification Assessor Application Deadline
Monday, October 3-Wednesday, October 5: Pre-Conference Workshops/Accelerated Residency
Wednesday, October 5-Friday, October 7: 3rd European Conference in Athens, Greece
Saturday, October 8: Post-Conference Workshop: After the Paris Attacks
Friday, November 4: Standards Workshops in Columbus, OH
Monday, November 14: Forum Workshop in Bozeman, MT
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