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 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 residency, 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 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 will take place in Carlisle, PA, on the Dickinson College campus located 30 minutes from Harrisburg, PA. To apply for the Accelerated Residency , submit an application  for the Professional Certification Program and indicate your interest in the Accelerated Residency. 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
Car Rental
Driving directions to Carlisle, PA


A block of rooms has been reserved for participants attending the residency at:

Allenberry Resort
1559 Boiling Springs Rd,
Boiling Springs, PA 17007

To receive The Forum group rate ($149/night + tax), please contact the hotel before May 11, 2020, to make your reservation.

Other lodging options in the area include:

Comfort Suites* | 717-960-1000
Comfort Inn PA Turnpike I-81 | 717-706-3400
Carlisle House Bed & Breakfast* | 717-249-0350
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson – Carlisle | 717-241-4900
Hampton Inn Carlisle | 717-240-0200
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.”

Accelerated Residency Cost

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

The cost includes the following:

  • All Standards of Good Practice workshops – 6th edition.
  • 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 required to pay in full before the beginning of the Accelerated Residency. Attendees are also responsible for covering transportation to/from the host site, lodging, and dinners.

Forum Fellowship

The Forum Fellowship supports education abroad professionals from HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Up to five Fellowships are awarded each year. Fellows are enrolled in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program and are expected to participate in the summer Accelerated Residency. Accommodation for three nights is provided as part of the fellowship. Candidates or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel and meals not included. Fellows are also matched with an experienced mentor throughout their certification process. Candidates with at least 3 years of experience in education abroad are encouraged to apply. For more information about The Forum Fellowship and application deadlines visit The Forum Fellowship page.

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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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