The Forum has been working diligently to provide support and resources to colleagues during these uncertain times. To date, we have initiated a tool to track program cancellations; offered a complimentary membership opportunity to individuals who have experienced COVID-19-related job loss; conducted numerous webinars focused on COVID-19 response; pivoted an on-site conference to a virtual format to allow for colleagues to connect and engage in critical discussions; and developed additional financial and program-related resources. We have advocated and will advocate on behalf of education abroad and the professionals in our field as the crisis continues to unfold.
Last Update: June 17, 2020
Complimentary Crisis Management Consulting
The Forum is pleased to provide complimentary crisis management consulting to a limited number of Forum member institutions and organizations. The field of education abroad is facing unprecedented challenges, and the future is uncertain. Fortunately, The Forum has experienced risk management consultants available to help. Since we know that most offices are facing significant budget cuts, we are making it possible for a select group of Forum members to receive outside guidance from risk management professionals at no cost.
The application deadline for complimentary crisis management consulting is Friday, June 26.
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COVID-19 Program Status Tracker
The Forum is tracking information related to current and future program cancellations in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We hope this information will be useful to the field as you all work to respond to this unprecedented global situation. We encourage you to submit your programs to be included on the list.
The tracker provides the following information:
- Program closures/cancellations/moved to remote learning by Universities and Colleges
- Program closures/cancellations/moved to remote learning by Education Abroad Program Provider Organizations
- Which programs were not closed or cancelled due to COVID-19 during the Spring 2020 term
- Which programs are still able to welcome students displaced from other programs for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms
View the Program Status Tracker
Call for Submissions: Learning from COVID-19
Over the coming months and years, our field will look back on this period in education abroad history to learn from it. As the field looks ahead to recovery and seeks ways to improve upon and perhaps replace established practices, sharing our experiences will be an essential tool for growth.
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad invites practitioners and scholars of education abroad to submit case studies, think-pieces, and essays related to COVID-19 impact and response for immediate publication.
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COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Program: Individual Membership Opportunity
To support our colleagues during the COVID-19 crisis, The Forum invites education abroad professionals who have experienced job loss as a result of the pandemic to apply for complimentary individual membership. To qualify, the individual must have been employed by a Forum member institution in good standing at the time of separation, and separation must occur between January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 for the individual to be eligible. Membership will begin on the date the applicant is notified of acceptance and will continue until June 30, 2021. Additional benefits and services may be available throughout this period, including Annual Conference scholarships, Forum Fellowships, and member rates to attend Forum events and professional development opportunities.
Responding to COVID-19 Webinars
March 18, 2020: The Forum signs joint letter to Congress requesting assistance for international educational and cultural exchange community impacted by COVID-19
March 11, 2020: The Forum issues letter to the CDC in response to March 1 guidance
March 2, 2020: The Forum and Pulse issue a joint statement on COVID-19
State level financial assistance for COVID 19: List by State
PPP Loan Forgiveness
- Previously, the small business association has provided very little in the way of guidance regarding the inner workings of the Payroll Protection Program’s loan forgiveness. This information provides some important points to keep in mind as well as multiple suggestions that should prove to be helpful when securing the loan.
- As a non-profit organization, you will have to meet a specific set of criteria in order to be eligible for a PPP loan through The Cares Act. This page compiles questions that you may have as a non-profit borrower as well as answers that should help guide you through the application process. In addition, it covers some of the finer points regarding loan forgiveness and loan deferral, particularly for non-profits.
The Forum shares its members’ concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and the efforts being made to prevent its spread. The Forum encourages members with international programs to familiarize themselves with guidance provided by the CDC and governments abroad. We have provided links below to direct you to the most up-to-date and reliable external resources, and will continue to add to this list as additional resources become available (newest additions appear at the top of the list).
Diversity Abroad: 2020 Snapshot Survey: Student Study Abroad Experiences During COVID-19
NAFSA Financial Impact Survey
Returned Student/Re-Entry Resources for students/faculty/staff impacted by COVID-19, Sourced by Samantha Rommel at Ohio University via SECUSS-L
Johns Hopkins University & Medicine: Coronavirus Resource Center
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 27, 2020: “Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure”
U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Morocco, March 20, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Charter Flight Departing Morocco in Advance of Indefinite Moroccan Airspace Closure
U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Morocco, March 20, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Flights Leaving Marrakech on Friday to the United States
International Transportation Air Association: list of travel and entry restrictions
Education New Zealand: COVID-19 information for students, agents and the international education sector