Professional Certification: Accelerated Residency


“It’s a short, intense experience that provides the opportunity to make significant headway in terms of internalizing best practices for the field and incorporating them into one’s own work. Also, the residency provides a special opportunity to meet and share ideas with like-minded colleagues.”
“I will and have already recommended the Accelerated Residency program to colleagues. While it was an intense experience it proved invaluable to me. I do not believe I would have come away with the same amount of clarity had I done this program any other way.”

The Accelerated Residency provides you with a unique opportunity to learn and collaborate with colleagues in the field. During this three-day intensive program, you will focus on your professional development and attend all Standards of Good Practice workshops that make up the Professional Certification Program. By the end of the residency, you return home to complete the accompanying Standards Assignments.

The Accelerated Residency program is open to all participants who have applied and are enrolled in the Professional Certification Program. The cost of the Accelerated Residency is the same and attendees are responsible for covering transportation to/from the host site, lodging, and dinners.


June 22-24, 2020 | The Forum on Education Abroad | Carlisle, PA

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

The Accelerated Residency program will take place in Carlisle, PA, on the Dickinson College campus located 30 minutes from Harrisburg, PA. To apply for the Accelerated Residency program, submit an application and indicate your interest in the Accelerated program. If you are already enrolled in the Professional Certification Program, you may indicate your interest in attending the Accelerated Residency by emailing

Attendees are invited to stay an extra day (Thursday, June 25) to work on Standards Assignments. Forum staff and workshop facilitators will be available to answer questions and provide feedback on assignments. The hotel block includes the extended day and meals are not included on Thursday.

Accelerated Residency Schedule

The schedule for the 2020 Accelerated Residency is currently being finalized. We hope to provide you with an updated schedule soon.

Logistical Details

Transportation to Carlisle, PA

Harrisburg International Airport MDT
Amtrak to Harrisburg, PA
Carlisle Car and Driver Service
Rent a car from the airport
Driving directions to Carlisle, PA


COMFORT SUITES* | 717-960-1000
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Comfort Suites, a short walk to campus. You must call the hotel and ask for “The Forum on Education Abroad” block. The deadline to reserve a room in this block is May 15, 2020. The room rate is $109/night plus tax.

COMFORT INN PA TURNPIKE I-81 | 717-706-3400
Carlisle’s newest hotel is located just three miles from The Forum and is easily accessible from I-76 and I-81.




FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES | 717-243-2080

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS | 717-240-0080

*Walking distance to campus

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“It was overwhelming to do it all at once but also great to be able to focus on all of them. I also like that I’ll be able to do finish the certification sooner rather than over a few years.”
“I think the Accelerated Residency is the best way to become certified. Learning from not only Forum staff and facilitators, but from our colleagues around the world was fantastic.”
“The various backgrounds, experience and levels of responsibility of the participants helped bring different points of view to all the discussions.”

Cost of the Program

The cost of the accelerated residency is the same as the Professional Certification Program:

  • $1,850 for Forum member institution employees, less the application fee ($200)
  • $2,550 for non-member employees, less the application fee ($300)

The fee includes the following:

  • All Standards of Good Practice workshops
  • Assessment of Standards Assignments, including the Culminating Project
  • Certificate and digital badges upon successful completion of the Program; use of “Certified Professional” mark
  • Ongoing certification maintenance for as long as the individual is employed in the field of education abroad at a Forum member institution or organization

Please note that attendees are responsible for covering transportation to/from the host site, lodging, and dinners.

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Scholarship support for the Professional Certification Program is provided by membership and a generous donation from Sara’s Wish Foundation.


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