Mission, Vision & Foundational Principles


The Forum on Education Abroad serves as the collective voice of U.S. post-secondary education abroad. To benefit students, The Forum develops and disseminates comprehensive standards of good practice, resources and training, advocates for education abroad and its value, and engages the field in critical dialogue.


The Forum envisions a future in which education abroad is integral to the mission of higher education, meets Standards of Good Practice, and is accessible to all students.

Foundational Principles

We, The Forum, believe that:

  • Through education abroad, students of every background benefit from their experiences with other peoples, cultures, and countries, in ways not available on their home campus. Together these experiences advance students’ personal, academic, and professional growth. In return, host communities and home institutions benefit from students participating in education abroad.
  • Widely-accepted standards, sustained by best practices and implemented by well-informed professionals, are critical to education abroad as a field of professional practice. The Forum’s Standards must remain adaptable to the unique mission and operational model of each institution or organization engaged in education abroad.
  • The Forum, as a leading source of intellectual inquiry and innovative research in education abroad, depends on the knowledge, experience and voices of all education abroad stakeholders and on collaboration with professions outside the field.