Our knowledge of the field of education abroad is unparalleled. So is our network.  

We are uniquely positioned as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. Our real strength, however, comes from the hundreds of voices engaged in the work of standards development, and the insights that come from their collective knowledge. Our consulting practice is grounded in the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and elevated by the experience of the people who use them. 

We are effective because we are skilled at bridging theory and practice. The Forum’s research and data collection efforts inform our consulting work. In turn, our research initiatives are informed by the insights we glean about professional practice through engaging with clients.  

When you engage with us, you are not just engaging with a consultant. You are engaging with a community that sets standards for the field, builds thought leadership, produces widely-cited research, provides must-have training and programs, and is focused on impact and outcomes. We provide a forum to discuss what matters to you. We are The Forum on Education Abroad.

We offer consulting services related to: 

Health, safety, security, and risk management

From high-level strategic guidance, to practical implementation, Forum consultants can assist you to manage unforeseen circumstances with confidence. 

  • Program development with an eye to risk mitigation and crisis management 
  • Developing policies, procedures, and sound decision-making protocols  
  • Developing, implementing, or improving crisis management plans 
  • Participant preparation 
  • Scenario planning 
  • Crisis debriefing and assessment of past crisis response efforts 
  • Reviewing waivers, contractual agreements, and/or informed consent documents 
  • Elevated-risk destination reviews and approvals 
  • Identifying reliable and relevant data and information sources to inform your risk management and crisis response processes 
  • Effective emergency communications 
  • Incident reporting 
  • Guidance on identifying, strengthening, and maintaining a strategic network of on- and off-campus subject matter experts. 
  • Identifying existing resources from which to leverage expertise 
  • Implementing the Guidelines for Conducting Education Abroad during COVID-19

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Developing and implementing an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan for your office, unit, or organization 
  • Inclusive and equitable program design 
  • Supporting diverse students 
  • Developing structures to examine, identify, and address in-justices, systemic biases and deficiencies in policies, practices, and programs 
  • Equitable approaches to hiring and retention

Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through Education Abroad

  • Implementing the guidelines for Advancing the UN SDGs through Education Abroad 
  • Education abroad for sustainable development 
  • Developing and implementing a climate action plan for education abroad 
  • Strategies to advocate for resources and support 
  • Customized training opportunities
Faculty-Led Program Support
  • Faculty learning and development based on the “Leading Short-Term Education Abroad Programs: Know the Standards” guide  
  • Curriculum integration strategies 
  • Assessment tools and resources

Strategic Planning

  • Preparation, facilitation, and implementation 
  • Mission, vision development 
  • Alignment with institutional mission, vision, and strategic planning 
  • Tailored to your institution/organization’s size, context, and complexity

Office administration

  • Capacity building 
  • Office restructuring 
  • Onboarding support 
  • Office efficiencies 
  • Funding models

Enrollment management

  • Marketing
  • Recruitment
  • Admissions

Advising and student support

  • Inquiry
  • Orientation
  • Integration, and reentry

Program design, development and management

Program evaluation and assessment

Forum Consulting Process

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