This fully funded initiative is designed to increase the capacity for community colleges to develop education abroad programs and to develop a workforce with a global perspective by providing comprehensive, wraparound support. 

Institutions selected for participation will identify a team of two or three administrators and/or faculty members who will commit to formulating a strategic action plan to move education abroad efforts forward at their institution for the next 12-18 months. The institutional team must contain at least one faculty member. While not required, preference will be given to schools whose participant team includes a faculty member who teaches business or economics.  

Through a series of specially designed workshops, webinars, and networking meetings, participating individuals will be introduced to resources, experienced education abroad practitioners, and fellow community college peers to assist them to create and implement their strategic action plan. Participants will be matched with an experienced mentor who will work closely with them during this intensive program. 

Cost to Participating Community Colleges

Free! This initiative is fully funded by a consortium of The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and facilitated by The Forum on Education Abroad 

The combined elements of this program equate to approximately $3,500 in value!! 

Who should participate? 

Community College administrators and faculty who are interested in increasing education abroad programming at their institution. Each school is required to identify at least 2, preferably 3 team members who agree to participate throughout the 6-month duration of the program.

The program also includes complimentary institutional membership in the Forum on Education Abroad from January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024, so the entire institution will have access to Forum resources and member benefits for a total of 18 months! 


The active portion of the program will occur between January – August 2023 and includes a mandatory series of webinars, workshops, and networking meetings. Please ensure that at least one member of your team is available to attend each of the listed events.    

In addition to the activities listed below, participants are encouraged to attend some of the numerous events available to all Forum Members. Participating team members will receive priority enrollment and discounted registration fees throughout the period of membership (i.e. until June 30, 2024). 

Note: Dates may change based on cohort feedback and speaker availability. Publicly available events are subject to minimum enrollment and may be changed or cancelled at The Forum’s discretion.  

See schedule here
Date  Time Type  Title 
January 10, 2022 1 – 2 PM ET Welcome Event (Zoom) Introduction to Forum team and to cohort members; program overview, goals, action plan, and timeline review
January 17, 2023 1 – 2 PM ET Webinar (Zoom) Introduction to The Forum on Education Abroad and CIBER Resources
February 2, 2023 12-1 PM ET Networking (Zoom) Introduction to Funding Models
February 23, 2023 1-4 PM ET Workshop Introduction to the Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad for Community Colleges
March 14-15, 2023 Annual Conference – Virtual *Optional Event* The Forum’s 19th Annual Conference. (Fee waived for participants; meet mentors & participants)
March 22-24, 2023 Annual Conference & meet up in Seattle, WA *Optional Event* The Forum’s 19th Annual Conference. (Fee waived for participants; meet mentors & participants)
April 25, 2023 1 – 4 PM ET Workshop Health, Safety & Well-being
May 9, 2023 1 – 4 PM ET Workshop Short-Term Faculty-Led Programming
May-June-July Dates vary based on option selected  Program Global Learning Launchpad OR Accelerated Residency (1 participant from each institution)
August 29, 2023 2 – 4 PM ET Action Plan Showcase & Closing Celebration  

Action Plan Presentations

Application is Closed. 

Benefits for you and your institution 

  • Guidance formulating a strategic action plan to move education abroad efforts forward at your institution 
  • Access to a network of experienced practitioners and fellow community college peers  
  • Free membership in The Forum on Education Abroad for 19 months  
  • Free webinars, workshops, and networking meetings  
  • Discounted registration fees on numerous events available to all Forum Members throughout the period of membership

Questions? Contact Annette Mares-Duran at maresdua@forumea.org