Membership

The Forum on Education Abroad is an institutional membership association and welcomes as members all institutions of higher learning, consortia, agencies, and organizations who are committed to improving education abroad for U.S. students. Members join a community of dynamic, thoughtful dialogue about the issues facing the field of education abroad. Questions about membership can be submitted to membership@forumea.org.

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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. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply»

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Categories, Levels & Annual Dues

The Forum sincerely grateful to its members for your efforts to ensure quality education abroad experiences for all students. It has been heartbreaking to see the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our field, yet we feel so much pride in the care and consideration demonstrated for students, including both their physical safety and academic continuity. While student mobility may be paused for the time being, our advocacy for the field and hard work must continue, and The Forum is committed to supporting you through the challenges ahead. We understand that our member institutions and organizations are managing priorities, restricting budgets, and facing difficult decisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our hope that you will prioritize your Forum membership and the value that it provides your institution.

In support of our members, there will be no increase in membership dues for the 2020-2021 membership year. In addition, fees for all events and trainings will remain the same or be reduced as appropriate for virtual formats and experiences.

 

U.S. Institutions/Community Colleges

U.S. colleges, universities, state systems, or consortiums, that offer students access to education abroad opportunities, whether managed by the applicant institution itself, or by other entities. Students enrolled in education abroad programs who are from other institutions must comprise no more than 30% of the total enrollment in the education abroad programs of the applicant. (If enrollment from other institutions exceeds 30%, applicants are considered to be a Provider Organization.)

Level Number of U.S. Students Sent Abroad Annually Annual Dues
1 </= 500 $800
2 501-1,000 $1,100
3 >/= 1,001 $1,500
Community College N/A $400

U.S. Institutions with a need for financial assistance have the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help defray the cost of membership.

 

Institutions outside of the U.S.

Universities located outside of the U.S. that engage in outbound mobility or host U.S. students in education abroad opportunities such as study abroad programs, courses, or on exchanges.

Level Number of U.S. Students Received* Annually Annual Dues
1 <150 $696
2 151-300 $1,236
3 301-500 $1,545
4 501-750 $2,060
5 751-1,000 $2,576
6 1,001-1,500 $3,091
7 >1,500 $3,606

*If an institution outside of the U.S. does not receive U.S. students but does engage in outbound mobility, the membership level will be determined by the number of its students that go abroad as outlined above.

Institutions outside of the U.S. with a need for financial assistance have the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help defray the cost of membership.

 

Providers

Organizations (for-profit or non-profit) that provide education abroad opportunities for students from U.S. colleges and universities. If a U.S. college or university enrolls students from other institutions and these students comprise more than 30% of the total enrolled in the education abroad programs of the applicant, the applicant institution is considered a Provider Organization.

Level Number of U.S. Students Received/Sent Abroad Annually Annual Dues
1 </= 150 $766
2 151-500 $1,700
3 501-1,000 $2,835
4 1,001-5,000 $3,967
5 >/= 5,001 $4,449

Provider organizations with a need for financial assistance will have the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help defray the cost of membership.

 

Affiliates

Membership associations, businesses, or other entities (either for-profit or non-profit) that do not directly administer or sponsor education abroad opportunities for college- level students but do provide a service in support of education abroad.

Annual dues: $1,030

This category also includes secondary institutions (ie, high schools). While The Forum does not currently serve secondary education abroad directly, we recognize that The Forum’s resources and training opportunities can be of benefit to professionals and institutions that send high-school students abroad. For this reason, The Forum welcomes secondary institutions to join as affiliate members, but caution them that the resources and services provided by The Forum are developed by higher education professionals and specifically for students at the college level.

Select non-profit foundations that donate funds and/or supports through its activities the education abroad field may qualify for a reduced fee in the Affiliate category. Please contact The Forum at membership@forumea.org for more information and the cost of annual dues.

The Forum maintains selective reciprocal membership arrangements with other membership associations to advance the strategic goals of each association.

 

Individuals

While The Forum is an institutional membership association, individuals who are not affiliated with an institution of higher education or an organization that services/supports U.S. higher education study abroad, may apply to receive some of the benefits of membership. An Individual will only be considered for Individual membership if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • The individual is between jobs;
  • The individual works for a secondary education institution;
  • The individual is fully retired;
  • The individual is a full-time graduate student enrolled at a non-member institution*

Acceptance of Individual memberships is at the sole discretion of The Forum. Annual dues for an Individual member is $155.

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. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply»

*Graduate students enrolled at a member institution are permitted to take advantage of the institutional membership benefits. Graduate students will be asked to provide expected date of graduation before access to benefits is granted. For more information about this option, send an email to membership@forumea.org.

 


COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Program: Individual Membership Application

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.

 

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Forum Membership Pathway Grant

Grant funding is available to renewing and new Forum members who demonstrate a financial need and/or represent an underrepresented student population or member group.

 

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Benefits of Membership:

Quality Assurance & Professional Development

Resources & Research

  • Ability for all faculty and staff members at the institution/organization to have log-in access to The Forum’s online resources, which include:
    • Standards Toolboxes, which provide vetted materials contributed by members to aid your institution in implementing the Standards of Good Practice;
    • The Curriculum Toolbox, an online resource center for faculty and administrators to share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad;
    • The Education Abroad Digital Resource Center, a collaboration between The Forum and The New York Times in Education;
  • Free access to the Critical Incident Database (CID), a secure, user-friendly tool that can be used to track critical incidents that occur while students are off-campus, including reportable information as required by the Clery Act, Title IX, and VAWA;
  • Access to NYTimes.com and NYTimes Smartphone Apps for all of your students studying abroad at the cost of $1.10 per year, per student, with a minimum charge of $1,000;
  • The ability to post open positions on ForumJobs: The Forum’s online job board service;
  • Participation in Forum-sponsored research projects and surveys;
  • Free subscription service to the DailyChatter to share with staff, faculty and students at your institution or organization;

Participation & Visibility

  • Participation in a community of institutions and organizations committed to applying best practices in the field and advocating for quality education abroad for students;
  • Participation in a network of colleagues and peers committed to learning best practices, discussing common challenges, and networking with other professionals in the field;
  • Participation in the development of standards and guidelines for the field of education abroad;
  • Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities at Forum events;
  • Opportunities to host regional Forum workshops;
  • The opportunity for staff members to apply to be a Forum Trained Facilitator, Certification Assessor, or QUIP Peer Reviewer;
  • The opportunity to nominate students for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad;
  • The opportunity to nominate colleagues for the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award;
  • Use of The Forum membership logo on your institution’s website and in publications.

In April 2015, The Forum conducted a survey of its members in an effort to improve its member relations and communications. A full report of the data can be viewed here.