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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Categories, Levels & Annual Dues

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 $696
2 501-750 $927
3 751-1,000 $1,133
4 1,001-1,500 $1,288
5 1,501-2,000 $1,545
6 2,001-3,000 $1,803
7 >3,000 $2,060
Community College N/A $354

 

Non-U.S. Institutions

Universities located outside of the U.S. that 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

Note: For institutions located in a country classified by the World Bank as “low income,” “lower-middle income” or “upper-middle-income,” the annual membership dues are $258.

 

U.S. Providers

U.S. entities (either 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 Sent Abroad 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

 

Non-U.S. Providers

For-profit or non-profit entities, with main offices located outside of the U.S., that provide education abroad opportunities for students from U.S. colleges and universities.

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

Note: For provider organizations located in a country classified by the World Bank as “low income,” “lower-middle income” or “upper-middle-income,” the annual membership dues are $258.

 

Affiliates

Membership associations, businesses, or other entities (either for-profit or non-profit) that do not directly administer or sponsor education abroad opportunities for students but do provide a service in support of education abroad. The Forum maintains selective reciprocal membership arrangements with other membership associations to advance the strategic goals of each association.

All affiliate organizations join at the same level. The annual dues for an affiliate member is $1,030.

 

Charitable Foundations

Non-profit organizations that donate funds and/or supports through its activities the education abroad field. Please contact The Forum at membership@forumea.org for more information and the cost of annual dues.

 

Individual

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, works for a secondary education institution, is fully retired or 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.

*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.


Benefits of Membership:

  • Participation in setting the standards for the education abroad field
  • Discounted registration at The Forum’s annual and European conferences
  • Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities at Forum events
  • Discounted registration for The Forum’s workshops, Standards Institutes, and Fireside Dialogues
  • Participation in members-only webinars
  • Reduced fees for The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad, and no fee for Certification maintenance
  • The opportunity to apply for a Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) Review, The Forum’s signature quality assurance process that recognizes members for meeting the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
  • Full access to The Forum’s Standards Toolbox, which provides vetted materials contributed by members to aid your institution in implementing the Standards of Good Practice
  • Access to NYTimes.com and NYTimes Smartphone Apps for all students studying abroad at the cost of $1.10 per year, per student, with a minimum charge of $1,000
  • Full access to The Forum’s Curriculum Toolbox, an online resource center for faculty and administrators to share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad
  • Full access to The Education Abroad Digital Resource Center, a collaboration between The Forum and The New York Times in Education
  • Use of The Forum membership logo on your institution’s website and in publications
  • Participation in Forum-sponsored research projects and surveys
  • The ability to post on ForumJobs: The Forum’s online job board service
  • The opportunity to nominate students for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad
  • The opportunity to nominate colleagues for the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

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.