What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination?

Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe

The Forum on Education Abroad
Second European Conference
Barcelona, Spain
October 23-25, 2014



Host Institution:

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Host Partners:

Association of American Programs in Spain (APUNE/AAPS)

The Committee for the Internationalisation and Cooperation of Spanish Universities (CICUE)



Conference Co-Sponsors:

Association of American Colleges in Greece (AACG)

Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI)

Association of American Study Abroad Programmes/United Kingdom (AASAP/UK)

Association of American University Programs in France (APUAF)

Association for Study Abroad Providers in Ireland (ASAPI)



Photo by Moyan Brenn



The Forum on Education Abroad’s second European conference focuses on Europe as the ‘traditional’ leading destination for U.S. education abroad students.


In recent years, the field of education abroad has witnessed an emerging trend of increased education abroad programs located in “non-traditional” or “exotic” destinations. While Europe may seem traditional and familiar, its diversity of cultures and communities, and program models consistently forces programs and students to reexamine that perception.


This conference will explore the challenges and opportunities for education abroad in the context of the view of Europe as a traditional destination. How has education abroad in Europe evolved over the years? How will it continue to evolve? How can we prepare students to value the realities of the “contemporary” European experience?


The conference will bring together education abroad administrators, faculty, resident directors, and administrators from programs and universities based in Europe and the U.S. to share their diverse perspectives. Our common goal is to share model practices for U.S. education abroad in Europe, including program design and curriculum, teaching, and address a wide range of pressing issues and topics.

Conference sessions will feature the Forum’s signature format: promoting collegial dialogue and the lively exchange of ideas through attendee participation.

Intentionally smaller in scale than the Forum’s Annual Conference, the European Conference was created primarily to provide training and dialogue for education abroad professionals living and working in Europe.


The Forum European conference presents a range of professional activities: optional pre-conference Workshops, keyed to the Forum’s signature Professional Certification Program, more than 35 concurrent sessions, and the plenary speech. Social events include receptions and luncheons for networking, and a festive closing toast. Evenings allow ample opportunity to explore Barcelona.


The dynamic campus of the 2014 host institution, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, will provide a fitting venue to address the topic of education abroad in Europe.



Conference Committee:

Sara López Selga, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Chair)

Jose B. Alvarez, CEA StudyAbroad

Laurie Black, SIT Graduate Institute

Shelley Cavaness, Central College France

J. Kline Harrison, Wake Forest University
Liam Ó Dochartaigh (First European Conference Chair)

Archontis L. Pantsios, The American College of Thessaloniki

Portia Prebys, Saint Mary's College, Rome Program

Almendra Staffa-Healey , EUSA Academic Internship Programs

Malene Torp, DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad

Donna Vinter, Danenberg Oberlin-in-London Program; Grinnell-in-London



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