Training & Events

It is our mission to cultivate educators who champion high-quality education abroad experiences that ignite curiosity, impact lives, and contribute to a better world. To make our vision a reality, we strive to provide international educators with opportunities to learn, grow, and bond as a community so that they have the tools to offer students the best possible experiences abroad.

The Forum hosts events and trainings across the United States, overseas, and online to all international educators:

Annual Conference»

Held every year, this multi-day event includes an ideal mix of upskilling and networking opportunities, complete with plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, community connections, and more. The annual conference is esteemed for its high-quality content, its critical conversations focused exclusively on education abroad, and the pathways it presents for partnership-building. This must-attend event also includes a celebration of colleagues and students with the presentation of Forum awards.

European Conference»

Held every other year, the European Conference is a more intimate event than the Annual Conference with a European focus. This multi-day event is an excellent opportunity for open dialogue, updates, and upskilling for European staff and education abroad institutions and organizations from around the globe.


These small-scale, one-day conferences include plenary and concurrent sessions that focus on a specific topic or area within education abroad. The primary purpose of an Institute is to offer participants the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice and to engage with other colleagues with expertise in the topic area.


The Forum’s webinars offer participants an opportunity to gather virtually to learn about and discuss timely and important topics in the field of education abroad. Our webinars, which can be a single one-hour event or a segment of a larger series, give attendees the chance to gain knowledge from experts for free or a minimal fee.


For educators and administrators who are looking to enhance their knowledge of best practices in education abroad, our Forum Workshops are an excellent way to learn how to apply the Standards of Good Practice in real-world situations and share best practices with colleagues in the field.

Digital Badge for Professional Certification in Education Abroad

Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program»

The Professional Certification in Education Abroad program is intended for all colleagues in the field who want to certify their knowledge and expertise in the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Participants complete six modules based on the nine Standards of Good Practice and a Culminating Project. Attending Forum Workshops is included in the certification cost.

Forum Credentials»

Forum Credentials provide advanced professional training, based on the Standards of Good Practice, and demonstrate that you can articulate and apply the Standards in context. Credentials can stand on their own or can be applied towards the Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. They are earned by attending the workshop associated with the credential and successfully completing the accompanying Standards Assignments. Upon completion, a digital badge is issued for three years describing the skills confirmed by the Forum Credential, which can be displayed on resumes, curricula vitae, email signatures, business cards and websites.