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Forum on Education Aboard


Forum on Education Aboard 

UCD is the University Host of the first European Forum on Education Abroad Conference, which is being held on the campus from 5th - 7th December 2012. Attracting more than 400 professionals involved in international higher education, this is the first time the Conference has taken place outside the US. The conference theme for 2012 is ‘ “Reinventing the European Experience: Culture, Politics and Diversity in US Education Abroad'' The Forum on Education Abroad is a non-profit, member-led organisation serving individuals actively involved in the internationalisation of their institutions.

Conference theme: "“Reinventing the European Experience: Culture, Politics and Diversity in US Education Abroad”

The Forum on Education Abroad’s first European conference focuses on the education abroad destination that has been and continues to be the most popular for U.S. students: Europe. This conference seeks to understand how a changing and evolving Europe creates new realities for U.S. education abroad. The conference will address the interests of education abroad administrators and faculty who work and teach in Europe, as well as colleagues from the U.S. who work with European programs and universities. The common goal of the conference will be to share ideas for model practices for U.S. education abroad in Europe, including program design and curriculum, teaching, and a wide range of administrative issues and topics. Conference sessions will maintain the distinctive format of the Forum's annual conference by promoting collegial dialogue and the lively exchange of ideas through attendee participation.

Conference programme

The 2012 Forum on Education Abroad programme has been designed to provide maximum learning and networking opportunities for international professionals involved in education abroad. Participants will debate topical issues, discover best practices, and learn from experts in the field during the dynamic Forum on Education Abroad Conference.

Programme highlights include:

  • Conference opening by President Higgins at a Welcome Reception in the O'Reilly Hall
  • A range of interesting, informative and interactive sessions
  • Hands-on workshops for intensive learning
  • A fireside dialogue session instigating profound participant debate
  • UCD Campus Tour and Information Day
  • Networking events every evening

The Forum on Education Abroad

The Forum on Education Abroad is recognized by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for education abroad, the Forum's Standards of Good Practice are recognized as the definitive means by which the quality of education abroad programs may be judged.Forum members include US colleges and universities, overseas institutions, consortia, agencies, and provider organizations. The Forum focuses on developing and implementing standards of good practice, encouraging and supporting research initiatives, and offering educational programs and resources to its members.  Its mission is to help to improve education abroad programs to benefit the students that participate in them. It is achieving this goal by establishing standards of good practice, improving education abroad curricula, and promoting data collection and outcomes assessment, all to advocate for high quality education abroad programs.

To find out more about the Forum on Education Abroad Conference, please visit the website

The Forum on Education Abroad Conference in December represents an excellent opportunity to showcase our campus and for UCD staff to get engaged with international study abroad networks.  
To find out more on how you can get involved contact Enda Carroll