Help us do the research you’ve been asking for.


Penn State University, The Forum on Education Abroad, and the American Councils for International Education are collaborating on a large-scale research project to explore the longitudinal effects of language learning and study abroad on career outcomes. The project is being funded by the Department of Education’s International Research and Studies grant program.


We invite you to join our efforts! Here’s how:


Take the survey.

Yes, that’s right — we want you!

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Share the survey on your personal social media.

Use the hashtag #LanguageStudyAbroad.

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Tag us @ForumOnEducationAbroad @ForumEA 

Reach out to your networks on your professional social media, e-newsletters, and listservs.

 Here’s a social media packet to get you started.


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Help us contact your education abroad alumni directly.

We need to reach a lot of former ed abroad participants from all walks of life and across generations. The best way to do that is with a personal touch.

Contact Amelia Dietrich,
Director for Research and Resources, to find out how she can help you help her reach your alums.



February 2019 Official Project Launch
January-April 2019 Ongoing Recruitment of Project Partners for Phase 1: Alumni Survey
February 11, 2019 The Forum begins social media promotion
February 2019 Partners begin email outreach to education abroad program alumni
March – May 2019 Ongoing outreach to education abroad program alumni by The Forum and partners (see Partner Info Packet for details)
May 15, 2019 Survey closes*
Early 2020 Survey results published*
Nov. 2019 – Mar. 2020 Presentations at ACTFL, The Forum’s Annual Conference, AAAL
January 2020 Phase 2: Language History Interviews and documentary project begins*
July 2020 Target release date for general readership book and documentary*

*Dates are approximations pending participant recruitment outcomes.


The following institutions and organizations have already signed on to support this project:

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     ISEP logo             George Washington University wordmark                  University of Minnesota logo

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