The Annual Conference webpages are currently under construction. The information below was for the 13th Annual Conference which took place in March 2017. Information for the 14th Annual Conference in Boston is coming soon!


Call For Proposals

Creating and Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum

Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 13th Annual Conference.

The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference focuses on the student’s education abroad experience.

Ideally, the education abroad experience is a continuum that begins long before the student arrives in the host country and carries on after their return, integrating the academic and experiential, supported by fair policies and ethical programming. While this ideal of a continuum may not be the reality for all students, education abroad can take practical steps toward achieving it.

How can students make connections between their experience abroad and their lives at home—before, during, and after their time abroad?

How can we facilitate the integration of the education abroad experience into students’ personal development, academic curriculum, and future career?

What can we do to ensure that we and our students build reciprocal relationships with the host community that are respectful, sustainable, and mutually beneficial?

What strategies can we use to identify and address existing gaps in the continuum, which may occur before, during, or after the education abroad experience?

The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference seeks to address these and other questions unique to education abroad. Preference will be given to proposals showcasing diverse voices and perspectives crossing multiple institutions, organizations, and programs.

Topics and areas of interest include:

Connecting the International and Domestic: the Global-Local Continuum

  • What are the boundaries of the education abroad experience?
  • How far is far? What connections can be made between education abroad and students’ local communities in the U.S.?
  • How do students understand the cultures in which they study as their own local communities?
  • How is, for example, service learning at home understood in a global context?  How is service abroad understood in terms of local community needs?

Ethics, Awareness, and Responsibility

  • Access: what tactics can lower barriers to access, whether financial, curricular, or other?
  • Equity: how can we meet the varying needs of individual students?
  • Inclusive Excellence: how can we link diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to academic excellence abroad?
  • Stewardship: how do programs responsibly allocate resources at home and abroad?
  • Reciprocity: how do students engage with hosts in respectful and mutually beneficial ways?
  • Sustainability: how do we ensure that programs are responsibly sustainable?

Building the Continuum through Collaborations:

  • Informing, engaging and involving collaborators across campuses or organizations in all stages of program development.
  • Creating continuity in collaborations with partners, affiliates, and host sites.

Quality Assessment, Improvement, and Assurance

  • How do the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad inform the creation of the education abroad continuum?
  • Strategies for continuous assessment and improvement of education abroad.

Continuity from the Student Perspective

  • Making education abroad as affordable as possible for students.
  • Integrating education abroad coursework into the home curriculum.
  • Career Development.
  • Intercultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence.

Internationalizing the Campus

  • Engaging returnees as ambassadors.
  • Creating links between education abroad participants and the campus international student community before, during, and after the education abroad experience.

The Technology Continuum

  • Managing the constant connection to home via technology.
  • Leveraging available technology to construct connections to the host community before, during, and after the education abroad experience.


Session Proposal Tips and Suggestions

What makes a session proposal work?

  • Diverse points of view and multiple voices on the session topic: this can mean different institutions and organizations, and/or types of education abroad colleagues and partners, or contributors from outside the field of education abroad;
  • A plan for creating an interactive atmosphere that stimulates dialogue or small group discussions among attendees;
  • Ample time for comments and/or questions from the attendees;
  • A topic that clearly relates to the conference theme;
  • A balance of theory and practice;
  • Concrete conclusions: sessions offering specific tips and tools, applications of theory, or lessons learned provide valuable ‘take-aways’ for colleagues;
  • Consideration for the different constituencies in education abroad;
  • Demonstrated professionalism, preparation, and personality.

What doesn’t work?

  • Panels that focus on the accomplishments of only one institution, organization, or program;
  • Panels of more than 4 presenters;
  • Proposals lacking planned audience engagement and interaction;
  • Reading scholarly papers.


Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 13th Annual Conference.