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.”

Accelerated Residency is a three-day intensive program which allows Certification participants to attend all six Standards of Good Practice workshops that make up the Professional Certification Program; participants return home to complete 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 program is the same; participants additionally cover transportation to/from the host site, hotel, and dinners.

Accelerated Residency provides participants a unique opportunity to learn and collaborate with their colleagues in the field and intensely focus on their professional development.



June 10-12, 2019 | The Forum on Education Abroad | Carlisle, PA

Application Deadline: May 1, 2019

The Forum will offer an Accelerated Residency Program in Carlisle, PA, on the Dickinson College campus, 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 Certification program, you may indicate your interest in attending the Accelerated Residency by emailing The deadline to apply to participate in the June 2019 residency is May 1, 2019.

Attendees are invited to stay an extra day (Thursday, June 13) to work on Standards Assignments. Forum staff and workshop facilitators will be available to answer questions and provide immediate feedback on assignments. The hotel block includes the extended day; meals are not included on Thursday.

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


Please book early.
*Walking distance to campus

COMFORT SUITES* | 717-960-1000
A block of 25 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 10, 2019. The room rate is $106/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.The room rate is $106/night plus tax.




FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES | 717-243-2080

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS | 717-240-0080

Dining, Shopping, Attractions


“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

Certification Fees (includes breakfast and lunch)

  • $1850 for Participants from Member Institutions, plus travel and hotel
  • $1550 for three or more participants from a Member Institution, plus travel and hotel
  • $2250 for Non-Member Participants, plus travel and hotel

The fee includes the following:

  • All six 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

»Learn more about Certification Scholarships


Accelerated Residency Schedule


Workshop/Module Day Time
Module 1: Overview of the Standards of Good Practice Day One 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Module 2: Mission, Ethics and Integrity (Standards 1, 9 and The Code of Ethics) Day One 1-4:30 p.m.
Module 3: Program Resources, Policies and Procedures (Standards 6 & 7) Day Two 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Module 5: Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3) Day Two 1-4:30 p.m.
Module 6: Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5) Day Three 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Module 4: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) Day Three 1-4:30 p.m.


Logo of Sara's Wish Foundation, which includes the name of the organization and a photo of Sara Schewe smilingScholarship support for the Professional Certification Program is provided by membership and a generous donation from Sara’s Wish Foundation.