The Forum on Education Abroad is the only Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. Recognized as an SDO by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, The Forum develops and disseminates Standards of Good Practice in order to promote quality education abroad for students who participate in programs.

Standards workshops offer an in-depth focus on and exploration of The Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. They are led by experienced Forum-trained facilitators and are designed to be highly interactive, timely and informative, providing participants with current best practices and how these practices can be implemented to meet the Standards of Good Practice.


6th Edition

The 6th edition of the Standards was released on March 25, 2020. Since June 2020, the following workshops are being offered in conjunction with this edition.

6th Edition Workshops

Framing the Standards of Good Practice

This workshop provides an understanding of the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice, its structure, and how to use it within all contexts of education abroad. The following four Guiding Principles that provide the foundation of the 6th edition are emphasized:

  1. Mission & Goals
  2. Collaboration & Transparency
  3. Ethics
  4. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Through a variety of interactive activities, participants will understand the evolution of the Standards of Good Practice, discuss the importance of the Guiding Principles and learn how to apply them.


Program Design

This interactive workshop provides you with the tools and steps necessary to design and evaluate programs using the Standards of Good Practice as a roadmap. Topics covered by this workshop include:

  • Identifying and evaluating the safety of a program location
  • Ensuring the sustainability of a program
  • Constructing an academic framework and learning outcomes
  • Identifying appropriate program resources

Whether you are someone leading a group of students for the first time or an education abroad professional who is evaluating and vetting program proposals, you will leave this workshop with both the theory and practice needed to develop a new program intentionally and thoughtfully.


Program Management: From Implementation to Evaluation

The Standards of Good Practice can be used as the guide for the operational and logistical components of a program. This workshop provides the guidance you need when managing and evaluating a program either on the ground or within an education abroad office. Topics covered by this workshop include:

  • Identifying constituents and meeting their needs
  • Establishing program policies and procedures
  • Developing guidelines for partnerships, internship, and research
  • Allocating appropriate program resources
  • Evaluating processes and outcomes

Participants will use interactive case studies to reveal the tools and knowledge needed to ensure your program meets the Standards of Good Practice.


Health, Safety and Well-Being

The 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice takes a fresh look at health, safety, security, and risk management. Throughout the Standards, statements dictating minimal requirements speak to these issues and well-being. You will practice using strategies to mitigate risk and learn where to find resources to assist your efforts.

Topics covered by this workshop include:

  • Well-being – what is it and how do we support it?
  • Why do we care about risk management?
  • What can we do to mitigate risk?

This workshop addresses the needs of education abroad administrators, faculty leaders, on-site staff and anyone else responsible for participants’ health, safety and well-being.


Student Learning & Development I: Advising & Orientations

This workshop focuses on advising and orientations as an educational endeavor for students as they prepare for their experience abroad. Using different scenarios and group work activities, you will learn how the Standards of Good Practice can assist in developing or improving advising techniques and student orientations. Topics covered by this workshop include:

  • Discovering the needs of students
  • Advising as a matchmaking process
  • Structuring effective orientations
  • Objectives and learning outcomes

This workshop is designed for you to share best practices while also learning from colleagues in the field. It also addresses the needs of inbound and outbound student advisors.


Student Learning & Development II: Reflection, Integration & Assessment

Designed as a sequel to Student Learning & Development I, this workshop focuses on reflection, integration, and assessment as part of an overall approach to student learning and development. Using case studies and group work activities, you will learn how the Standards of Good Practice can help you develop or improve your practices for fostering student learning throughout the education abroad process, beginning before students leave campus and finishing upon their return. Topics covered by this workshop include:

  • Integration
  • Engagement
  • Reflection
  • Assessment

This workshop addresses the needs of inbound and outbound student advisors, faculty leaders, and onsite staff.


5th Edition

The 5th edition of the Standards was released on May 2015.

The last workshop under this edition was offered in May 2020.

5th Edition Workshops

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice

The Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad provide a means to assess all areas of education abroad programming and offer guidance in how to ensure quality in areas such as academic programming, student conduct, resources and personnel and policies and procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, the workshop trainers will assist the participants to examine their own capabilities at their respective universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive through the use of case studies and an opportunity to discuss issues of interest to the participants.


Mission, Ethics and Integrity (Standards 1, 9 and The Code of Ethics)

This workshop focuses on Mission, Ethics, and The Code of Ethics for Education Abroad, to assist education abroad professionals in connecting these Standards. Participants will discuss the importance of mission and ethics in the field, and will delve deeply into The Code of Ethics by understanding its history and application through a variety of case studies.


Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support (Standards 4 and 5)

This workshop focuses on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support and will help you to identify resources and design programming to assist in this effort. Time will be devoted to the presentation and explanation of a comprehensive judicial screening process. Participants will critically examine different preparation and returning support models and will develop strategies to improve upon them so that they might be useful in their specific context.


Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)

The Standards of Good Practice workshop, with a focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) can provide you with the tools you need to do just that. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying three different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.


Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 and 3)

This workshop focuses on Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework for Education Abroad and will help you to identify the resources and design programming to assist in this effort. Through simulations involving specific examples, participants will address critical issues often introduced by colleagues in higher education who are unfamiliar with the importance of tying these two areas together in education abroad.


Program Resources, Policies and Procedures (Standards 6 and 7)

This workshop provides the answers you need by focusing on Policies and Procedures (Standard 6) and the Organizational and Program Resources (Standard 7). The Forum on Education Abroad’s workshops focus on issues of concern to the field of education abroad. Through discussion and analysis of specific case studies participants will explore how these two Standards can assist an organization in attaining more effective use of resources through the proper implementation of policies.