Professional Certification: Application & Eligibility


The Forum Certification Program is intended for professionals who are active in the education abroad field.


To apply, complete the online application form.

Complete Application


For Institutional Teams, use this online application form.

Application Deadline

Applicants may apply to the program at any time; acceptance will be on a rolling admission basis. However, there are registration deadlines for each workshop. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program within two weeks of receipt of their application and application cost.

Application Cost

A non-refundable application payment is required and serves as a deposit credited to the total cost of the program.

  • $200 application cost for participants from Forum member institutions
  • $300 application cost for participants from non-member institutions

Applicants will be invoiced for the application cost after their application has been received.

Applicants are also encouraged to register to the Accelerated Residency, as it is included in the Program fee

For more information about The Accelerated Residency visit Accelerated Residency page.

Forum Fellowship

The Forum Fellowship supports education abroad professionals from HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Up to five Fellowships are awarded each year. Fellows are enrolled in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program and can participate in the summer Accelerated Residency. Accommodation for three nights is provided as part of the fellowship. Candidates or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel and meals not included.

Candidates unable to travel to the summer Accelerated Residency can opt to be part of the Professional Certification Virtual Cohort. This opportunity allows participants to complete their Certification Program by attending all live-virtual workshops that compose the program. Three workshops are provided in the fall and three in the spring. In addition to attending the six live virtual workshops, fellows have the opportunity to connect during virtual office hours to discuss their assignments.

For more information about The Forum Fellowship and application deadlines visit The Forum Fellowship page.


Logo of Sara's Wish Foundation, which includes the name of the organization and a photo of Sara Schewe smiling

Scholarships are available to help fund the participation of colleagues from member institutions who otherwise could not afford to enroll because of lack of institutional resources or support. To be considered for a scholarship, indicate your interest and provide the requested information on the Professional Certification application form. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate financial need and how certification will benefit them and their organization. Scholarship awards may range from $250 to $500, depending on applicant need, and will be applied to program tuition. No more than two scholarships will be awarded to any organization/institution.

Scholarship support for the Professional Certification Program is provided by membership and a generous donation from Sara’s Wish Foundation.