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

Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe


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


Host Institution: Universitat Pompeu Fabra



EXTENDED Deadline: February 21, 2014


The Forum on Education Abroad’s second European conference focuses on the education abroad destination that has been and continues to be the most popular for U.S. students: Europe.


Europe’s position as a leading destination for U.S. education abroad students remains strong. In recent years, however, the field of education abroad has been witness to the emerging trend of education abroad in “exotic” or “non-traditional” destinations. While Europe may seem a traditional and familiar destination, it offers diversity of cultures, communities, and program models.


This conference seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities for education abroad in the European context. What connotations are evoked by Europe’s status as a traditional destination? How has education abroad in Europe evolved over the years, and how will it continue to evolve in the future? How can we prepare students for the realities of the contemporary “European experience?”


The conference will address the interests of education abroad administrators and faculty who work and teach in Europe, as well as colleagues from the U.S. who work with European programs and universities. The common goal of the conference will be to share ideas for model practices for U.S. education abroad in Europe, including program design and curriculum, teaching, and a wide range of administrative issues and topics. Conference sessions will maintain the distinctive format of the Forum’s annual conference by promoting collegial dialogue and the lively exchange of ideas through attendee participation. Preference will be given to sessions that offer several perspectives on a topic, rather than a single personal or institutional view. The European conference is intentionally smaller in scale and shorter in duration than the Forum’s annual conference. 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.


The Forum encourages session proposals from international education and faculty colleagues with experience in and knowledge of U.S. education abroad in Europe. Topics of interest include:




A PDF version of the Call for Proposals is available here.




To Submit: Session proposals will be accepted electronically via this online form.

If you are new to the Forum conference, we encourage you to review this list of suggestions, based on past conference session evaluations, to assist you in planning a successful session proposal.


Deadline (extended): Friday, February 21, 2014




Conference Co-Sponsors:

Association of American Colleges in Greece (AACG)

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

Association of American Programs in Spain (APUNE/AAPS)

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

Association of American University Programs in France (APUAF)


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



Photo by Moyan Brenn


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