Join Us Virtually for The Forum’s 5th European Conference

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to personally invite you to attend The Forum’s 5th European Conference, which will be held online on October 26-30, 2020.

With everything impacting us this year—a global pandemic, an economic crisis, the uncertainty surrounding the reopening of education abroad—it may seem like you don’t have time to attend a conference. You have undoubtedly been working harder than ever in what seems like one never-ending workday that began sometime in early March. I want to explain why these factors are exactly why you should register today and plan to join us in October.

Things will look quite different for our field tomorrow, a month from now, and certainly three months from now. That is why we need to come together—now more than ever—to share, discuss, and support each other during these challenging times because, together, we can make a difference in how we prepare for the future of education abroad.

Our European Conference is open to all colleagues, including faculty, resident directors, and other international educators and program facilitators. Whether you’re new to the field of international education or a seasoned professional, you’ll be sure to benefit from attending the European Conference. Some benefits include:

  • Premium programming filled with practical takeaways (including tools and best practice examples from other colleagues) that will influence and improve your work;
  • Learning about pandemic planning in various countries;
  • The opportunity to network with new colleagues or catch up with old friends;
  • On-demand sessions accessible in the platform for 90 days after the conference has ended, enabling you to attend many more sessions than a traditional conference;
  • Time to focus on your own professional development; and
  • Culturally immersive events to enlighten and inspire you.

Whether you are in the United States or in Europe, you are welcome to join colleagues and be part of the conversation. Because this invitation is extended globally, it allows for a focus on themes and issues that are important and relevant on a larger scale. You can expect sessions on topics like:

  • Partnerships between home and host institutions and communities;
  • How to apply the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice (which went into effect July 1, 2020) outside the United States;
  • Instruction design and virtual learning in education abroad;
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion, both at your home institution and abroad;
  • Study abroad and employability; and
  • The impact of COVID-19 and how to move forward as a field.

This is just a glimpse at the high-quality programming we have in store for you at the European Conference—we hope you are as excited as we are to discuss these ever-important issues in our international education community!

Registration is open now, so please make sure you secure your spot and mark your calendar to attend the European Conference on October 26-30, 2020. If your calendar is anything like mine, it’s important to get these dates in the calendar now in order to safeguard the time.

Should you have any questions about the European Conference, please be sure to reach out to Forum staff at

We look forward to seeing you (virtually) in October!

Best regards,

Melissa Torres
President & CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad


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