Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, 6th Edition

6. Student Learning and Development

6.2. During Program

Responsible parties shall support student learning and development to achieve portfolio and/or program learning goals.

6.2.1. Responsible parties shall communicate to students their responsibilities for managing program logistics including travel, housing, and group dynamics.

6.2.2. Responsible parties shall communicate expectations for conduct, consequences of behaviors, and appeals processes.

6.2.2.1. Responsible parties can develop strategies to support conduct and behavior improvement, including reflective activities or restorative justice programming.

6.2.3. Responsible parties shall support students’ understanding of the social, historical, political, economic, linguistic, cultural, and environmental context(s) for each program and location.

6.2.4. Responsible parties shall support students’ participation in the curricular and co-curricular aspects of the program.

6.2.4.1. Responsible parties should support students in relating the experience to personal career goals.

6.2.5. Responsible parties shall support students to interact in a respectful, ethical, mindful, and sustainable way in the local community.

6.2.5.1. Responsible parties can provide students with opportunities to reflect on the social, cultural, economic, and environmental impact of their activities.

6.2.6. Responsible parties shall support students as they navigate identities including race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, religion, ability, and socioeconomic status in the local context.

6.2.7. Responsible parties shall support students in accessing physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being services.

6.2.8. Responsible parties shall support students in managing their safety by providing resources related to concerns including:

    • physical risks
    • behavior
    • property crime
    • liability and legal issues
    • sexual misconduct
    • identity-based discrimination
    • communication, social media use, and freedom of expression
    • country-specific recommendations

6.2.9. Responsible parties shall support students with accommodation needs related to disability status and identity and determine how their needs may be met in the program.

6.2.10. Responsible parties shall support students in obtaining and maintaining legal immigration status or direct them to appropriate resources.


Shall = minimum requirement | Should = recommendation | Can = possibility


Prompts for Self Assessment
  1. How do you support student learning and development to achieve goals?
  2. How do you support participants’ understanding of the social, historical, political, economic, linguistic, cultural and environmental context?
  3. How do you support the students’ participation in both the curricular and co-curricular programming at each site?
  4. How do you support participants so they interact in a respectful, ethical, mindful, and sustainable way in the local community?
  5. How do you address discrimination abroad, both in the local community and among program participants?
  6. How do you help students manage personal health, safety, and wellbeing issues that might arise and access support services if needed?
  7. Do historically underrepresented students perceive the climate on the host campus/in the host country differently than well-represented students?
  8. In what ways do your on-site offerings support the continuity of student learning and development?
  9. How does your on-site orientation equip students to achieve academic success and broader program goals?
  10. How does on-site advising encourage academic and professional planning?
  11. How do you offer all students structured or unstructured opportunities to reflect on diversity, equity and inclusion/exclusion issues that occur on-site?
  12. How do you offer all students structured or unstructured opportunities to reflect on diversity, equity and inclusion/exclusion issues that occur among program participants?
  13. How do you measure student learning and development outcomes?
  14. How do you support students in obtaining and maintaining legal immigration status throughout the program?