The Forum’s Institutes are small-scale, one-day conferences with 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.

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2nd Annual Virtual Institute on Online Global Learning

April 2022

Join international educators from around the globe for a two-day virtual institute to strengthen skillsets for developing and supporting online global learning experiences. This institute will allow you to start thinking ahead to a hybrid future where online global learning experiences and international student mobility work together to deepen the impact on student learning and development. You will attend two workshops of your choice with emphasis on helping international educators design, sustain, improve, and innovate your virtual program portfolio. The institute will also include a program showcase where you will be able to meet colleagues, share ideas, and draw inspiration for different online and hybrid program models.



Registration Type Early-Bird Fee
(ends January 15)
Regular Fee
(ends February 9)
Late Fee
MEMBER $149 $199 $225
NON-MEMBER $249 $299 $325
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*To register for the Institute, you’ll need to sign into our online portal. If you haven’t yet set up your account in the portal, you can follow the instructions here

Refund Policy:

  • Refund requested > 21 days prior to event start date = 90% refund
  • Refund requested ≤ 21 days and > 7 days prior to event start date = 50% refund
  • Refund requested ≤ 7 days prior to event start date = No refund



More information on schedule and presenters forthcoming.

13th Annual Standards Institute on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management: New Directions for Student Success

Thursday, June 23 & Friday, June 24, 2022
Location TBD

The Forum on Education Abroad announces a call for session proposals for the 13th Standards Institute, “Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management: New Directions for Student Success.” The deadline for submitting proposals is February 11, 2022.

Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. Professionals in a variety of roles who are involved in managing international educational activities and associated risks gather each year at this Standards Institute to debrief, train, improve and learn the latest in best practices in education abroad risk management, including regulatory compliance.

The practical, hands-on approach will include concurrent and plenary sessions that will provide participants with a wealth of tools to review, strengthen, and improve institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation, incident prevention, and emergency response.

The goals of the Institute are to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad by analyzing requirements and sharing examples of best practices;
  • Explore approaches from within as well as outside the field of education abroad; and
  • Enhance the overall safety and security of education abroad for the benefit of all participants.

The Institute Planning Committee designed this event to address the needs of practitioners responsible for risk management in education abroad. In order to get the most out of the Institute, participants should be in a position of direct responsibility for health, safety, security and risk management. Therefore, proposals should reflect an advanced level of understanding and practice.

Particular themes of interest to this year’s Institute include:

  • Re-examining risk management related to COVID-19 mitigation and adapting crisis management practices (academic continuity, financial planning and resources, decision making, etc.)
  • Best practices in engaging students as partners in risk management
  • Issues of power and privilege in health and safety practices: ethical considerations when operating across cultures and/or lower-resourced communities
  • How to empower and educate students and staff on mental health concerns and overall well-being
  • Best practices and resources for supporting the health & safety of historically underserved and/or underrepresented populations in education abroad
  • Identifying technology that supports our health & safety efforts and practical applications


Session Format and Proposals

The majority of sessions should follow The Forum’s distinctive roundtable format, which are highly interactive, discussion-based, and involve small group activities or break-out groups. The Institute Planning Committee will, however, consider session proposals that utilize other formats, including, 20-minute “quick briefs” in which one presenter gives an audience a very succinct summary of their idea or work, followed by a short question and answer dialogue. Successful proposals for all types of sessions will describe in detail how the proposed session will broaden and deepen participants’ knowledge and understanding of health, safety, security and risk management and hone their skills in implementing such knowledge. Preference will be given to proposals that feature presenters from multiple institutions.


How to Submit a Proposal

Submit session proposals using this form (link coming soon!) before midnight (11:59pm EST) February 11, 2022.


Proposal Form coming soon!


Note: All presenters are required to register for the Institute by the early-bird deadline. Registration will open in March 2022.


2022 Standards Institute Planning Committee:

Kevin Dostal Dauer, University of Minnesota
Jason Kinnear, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Marissa Lombardi, The Forum on Education Abroad
Patrick Morgan, University of Michigan
Courtney Niebrzydowski, University of Denver
Laura Palma, EF Education First
Mathew Rader, IES Abroad (co-chair)
Kyle Rausch, University of Illinois Chicago
Alexandra Roman, Northeastern University
Sabrina Starke, Absolute Internship
Seth Tucker, Syracuse University
Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Kalamazoo College (co-chair)