Professional Certification: Accelerated Residency


“It’s a short, intense experience that provides the opportunity to make significant headway in terms of internalizing best practices for the field and incorporating them into one’s own work. Also, the residency provides a special opportunity to meet and share ideas with like-minded colleagues.”
“I will and have already recommended the Accelerated Residency to colleagues. While it was an intense experience it proved invaluable to me. I do not believe I would have come away with the same amount of clarity had I done this program any other way.”

The Accelerated Residency provides you with a unique opportunity to learn and collaborate with colleagues in the field. During this intensive residency, you will focus on your professional development and attend all Standards of Good Practice workshops that make up the Professional Certification Program. By the end of the residency, you will complete the accompanying Standards Assignments.

The Accelerated Residency is open to all participants who have applied and are enrolled in the Professional Certification Program. There is no additional cost to participate in the Accelerated Residency.


2023 Summer Accelerated Residency
Hosted by The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Columbus, Ohio
June 26 – 28

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Individuals not currently enrolled in the Professional Certification Program are invited to register for selected workshops.

Workshop Schedule

The 2023 Summer Accelerated Residency will offer the six Standards of Good Practice workshops based on the 6th Edition of the Standards.

Below is a tentative schedule for the Summer Accelerated Residency.

Date Time Workshop
Monday, June 26 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Introduction to the Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad
Monday, June 26 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Designing Education Abroad Using The Standards of Good Practice
Tuesday, June 27 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Managing Education Abroad: Program Implementation to Evaluation
Tuesday, June 27 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Health, Safety and Well-Being
Wednesday, June 28 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Student Learning & Development I: Advising & Orientations
Wednesday, June 28 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Student Learning & Development II: Reflection, Integration & Assessment

Please note that the order of these workshops may change due to conditions beyond The Forum’s control.


“It was overwhelming to do it all at once but also great to be able to focus on all of them. I also like that I’ll be able to do finish the certification sooner rather than over a few years.”
“I think the Accelerated Residency is the best way to become certified. Learning from not only Forum staff and facilitators, but from our colleagues around the world was fantastic.”
“The various backgrounds, experience and levels of responsibility of the participants helped bring different points of view to all the discussions.”

Accelerated Residency Cost

  • $2,250 for an individual employed by a Forum member institution,
    ($200 application cost included in total program cost)
  • $2,999 for a non-member,
    ($300 application cost included in total program cost)


The cost includes the following:

  • All Standards of Good Practice workshops – 6th edition.
  • Assessment of Standards Assignments, including the Culminating Project
  • Certificate and digital badges upon successful completion of the program; use of “Certified Professional” mark
  • Ongoing certification maintenance for as long as the individual is employed in the field of education abroad at a Forum member institution or organization

Please note that attendees are required to pay the Professional Certification Program in full before the beginning of the Accelerated Residency. Attendees participating in the in-person Accelerated Residency are responsible for covering transportation to/from the host site, lodging, and dinners.


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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 are expected to 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. Fellows are also matched with an experienced mentor throughout their certification process. Candidates with at least 3 years of experience in education abroad are encouraged to apply. For more information about The Forum Fellowship and application deadlines visit The Forum Fellowship page.

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


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