Leading Short-Term Education Abroad Programs Toolkit

The Leading Short-Term Education Abroad Programs Toolkit assists those involved in the administration of short-term programs by providing a framework for successful collaboration between stakeholders, along with practical resources to streamline short-term program development and delivery. It is built around Leading Short-Term Education Abroad Programs: Know the Standards, 2nd edition (2022).


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The Toolkit includes 54 pages of content to support short-term programming, and includes:

Leading Short-Term Education Abroad Programs: Know the Standards (e-book) 

Developed with program leaders as the target audience, these guidelines explain what they need to know before running an academic program abroad, and provides a planning framework to inform conversations between all those involved in the design and implementation of the program.  

Implementation Guide  

This guide assists those involved in the administration of short-term programs in implementing Leading Short-Term Education Abroad Programs with program leaders. The target audience includes education abroad offices, or anyone tasked with the oversight of short-term programming. 

Program Leader Practical Checklist 

This checklist addresses the components of the Administrative Framework that may include program leaders, organized into the same phases of program development and delivery as the Leading Short-Term Education Abroad Programs publication. It may be customized to your own institutional context. 

Program Leader Prompts for Reflection 

This workbook includes questions for reflection adapted from Meeting the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad: Prompts for Self Assessment, inviting leaders to reflect on ways in which designing a program is different from designing a course. 

Suggested Readings 

This suggested reading list includes recent research on short-term education abroad programming, and practical resources from The Forum which may be useful to you and your program leaders. 

Basic Budget Template for Program Leaders 

This simple Excel budget template can be shared with program leaders to help them understand the costs associated with their program. It is easily adaptable to meet the needs of your institution or of individual programs.  

Emergency Contact Card Template 

This template is designed to be adapted for each program and distributed to students and program leaders.