Education Abroad

Web Resources

Diversity in Study Abroad: Resources (NAFSA, 2014): NAFSA is committed to identifying resources to address diversity and underrepresentation in Education Abroad. This Web page connects to further resources to support diversity.

Health, Safety and Crisis Response(NAFSA):  a listing of resources available to education abroad administrators, campus risk managers, students, parents, and faculty to better prepare for an experience abroad in terms of overall risk management, health, and safety abroad. These resources are grouped according to their similar nature.

IIE Resources for Study Abroad (IIE): This resource offers a single point of entry to access valuable study abroad information, including policy research, data on study abroad trends, news coverage of new developments, fact sheets for students, and dates and deadlines for major scholarship and fellowship programs.

Institutional Financial Commitment and Models for Program Financing (NAFSA & APLU):  These two resources provide guidelines and case studies of institutions’ approaches to financing study abroad institutionally, and of specific programs.

Integrating Study Abroad Into Institutional Mission: Institutional Examples (NAFSA & APLU):  The resources in this area include mission statements and strategic plans from three universities that have successfully integrated study abroad into their institutional missions.

Measuring the Impact of Study Abroad (NAFSA, 2012)  Recent studies have begun to measure the learning outcomes and long-term impact of study abroad and other international learning experiences.  This resource lists currently available large scale studies that encompass multiple institutions.

Standards Toolbox(Forum on Education Abroad): A collection of study abroad resources, available to Forum members only, with examples of best practices, drafts for member comments, special communications and proprietary access to materials developed by the Forum on Education Abroad for use by its members.

Strengthening Study Abroad(NAFSA & APLU): Case studies and presentations about how to build an effective study abroad organization on campus are included; resources are added to this page from time to time.

Study Abroad Funding(IIE): This comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants allows students to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information they need.

Publications (Free)

Code of Ethics for Education Abroad (2011) (Forum on Education Abroad):  The Code of Ethics for Education Abroad provides direction to institutions and organizations involved in education abroad, assisting organizations to provide services in accord with the highest ethical standards. The  Code is the culmination of exhaustive research, discussion, and consensus-building among education abroad, legal and ethics professionals.

Education Abroad Glossary (Forum on Education Abroad, second edition, 2011):  The Forum Glossary provides the first agreed-upon set of definitions for education abroad, useful in  data collection, grant and funding applications or effective outcomes assessment.

Financial Strategies for Expanding Study Abroad: Models, Mission, Management, and Means for Growth(NAFSA and APLU, 2010): Expanding study abroad in tight financial times is a challenge—and this paper provides a framework for college and university leaders that ensures that students, particularly those from low-income and middle-class families, can enroll in affordable, high-quality programs.

Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Education Abroad(Forum on Education Abroad):Frontiers publishes thought-provoking research articles, insightful essays, and concise book reviews that documents some of the best thinking, assessment,  and innovative programming in the  education abroad field. After one year of publication, all content is available as a free download.

Handbook for Financial Aid for Education Abroad, Revised Edition(NAFSA, 2015): addresses the ins-and-outs of managing aid.

IIE Study Abroad White Paper Series(IIE): Through a series of surveys and dialogs, the Institute of International Education in 2007 launched a new policy research initiative to address the issue of capacity abroad (especially in non-traditional destinations) to host a greatly increased number of U.S. students, and to assure that U.S. campuses have the resources and structures available to prepare and send them. As part of this initiative, IIE periodically releases white papers on expanding study abroad participation, which can be downloaded here.

Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Education Abroad (Forum on Education Abroad) In early Fall of 2009, the Forum conducted a survey of its members to assess the impact of the global economic crisis on education abroad. The results provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date data on how the economic crisis is impacting U.S. education abroad activity.

Incident Database Pilot Project: Preliminary Report (Forum on Education Abroad) The Incident Database represents the field’s first serious effort to collect comprehensive data on the range and number of incidents that occur on education abroad programs.  The goal of the project is to understand better the range, types, and frequency of education abroad incidents and the factors that contribute to them. By documenting and learning what incidents occur in education abroad, the field will be better prepared to refine protocols for health, safety, security, and risk management, and continue to develop and disseminate effective best practices.

Peer Review, Vol. 11, No. 4 (AAC&U): This issue focuses on study abroad, global learning, and the importance of intentionally connecting the two practices.

Preliminary Report: 2013 Institutional and Program Resources Survey(The Forum on Education Abroad): This report provides preliminary data from responses to the Individual set of survey questions in the 2013 Institutional and Program Resources Survey.  Additional analysis and a report of data from the Organizational survey will be published at a later date.

Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad (5th edition, 2015)  (Forum on Education Abroad): Recognized by the U.S. federal government as the Standards Development Organization for education  abroad, the goal of the Forum’s  Standards  of Good Practice is to improve practices in education abroad, so that  students’ international educational experiences are as rich and meaningful as possible.

Strengthening Study Abroad: Recommendations for Effective Institutional Management(NAFSA): The 2008 report of the presidential task force outlines the key questions every institution must ask.  Endorsed by six higher education associations, the report covers questions of establishing institutional commitment, building infrastructure for study abroad, providing adequate resources, and addressing clarity and accountability.

StudentPoll: College-Bound Students’ Interest in Study Abroad and Other International Activities(ACE): This 2008 study, developed in collaboration with Art & Science Group and the College Board, demonstrates that college-bound high school students have strong interest in study abroad and international learning.

Study Abroad in U.S. Business Management Education (NAFSA, 2012) Internationalization is exerting a powerful influence on business and management education, and this paper examines emerging trends, based on four business and management institutions: University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Duke University Fuqua School of Business, UCLA Center for International Business Education and Research, and Kennesaw State University and the Coles College of Business.

Ten quick tips for working with education abroad provider organizations (2015) (AIEA): The proliferation of provider organizations working in the broadly-defined “industry” of U.S. education abroad, has made it increasingly challenging for even the most experienced education abroad professional to differentiate organizations and to determine with whom to partner.  Long-standing affiliations and professional loyalties are being tested by the arrival of a new cadre of innovative and entrepreneurial organizations and without doubt competition for students and attention is intensifying. This AIEA issue brief provides ten quick tips for working with study abroad providers.

The Forum Pathways Survey: Report and Results  (2008) (Forum on Education Abroad):  This  project examines the professional development of the field by gathering data  about salaries, workload, and other job-related topics.

The Forum State of the Field Survey (Forum on Education Abroad, 2013):  Since 2006, the Forum on Education Abroad has collected data through its State of the Field Surveys in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013. The goal of each of these surveys has been to take the pulse of the field on key issues and trends. The Forum uses the responses from the State of the Field Surveys to report out important data that is useful to the field at large; to shape the Forum’s research and program agenda; and to inform the projects of its committees and working groups.

The Forum Survey on Program Management in Education Abroad (2007)  (Forum on Education Abroad):  A survey of current practices in the field, it assesses types of programs offered, institution and program provider relations, policies for awarding academic credit, structuring of study abroad program fees, systems for funding the study abroad office, program evaluation methods, and other areas of  education abroad program management.

Publications for Purchase

Developing an International Internship Program(NAFSA, 2013):  A downloadable webinar provides practical tips on how to establish an internship program and work strategically with partners across the campus and globe.  Includes best practices for different campus environments, including offices with limited resources.

Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators (4th Ed., 2014): NAFSA’s flagship guide for the field of education abroad, the most comprehensive resource in the field of education abroad planning, administration, and program operations.

A Guide to Outcomes Assessment in Education Abroad (Forum on Education Abroad, 2007):  provides  tools for implementing outcomes assessment of education abroad learning, including methodology, design, instruments, funding, and employing results.

Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad (AAC&U, 2009): This book is a comprehensive survey of the study abroad and global learning fields. The volume brings together the insights of expert academics, senior administrators, practitioners of study abroad, and policy makers from around the world. This book is an indispensable reference volume for scholars, higher education faculty, study abroad professionals, policy makers, and the academic libraries that serve these audiences.

A History of Education Abroad: Beginnings to 1965, by Willam Hoffa (Forum on Education Abroad, 2007):   A special publication in partnership with Frontiers journal, this work examines the evolution of the field of education abroad, bringing greater meaning to the field through its documentation of its past.

A History of U. S. Study Abroad: 1965-Present, Stephen C. DePaul and William W. Hoffa, Co-editors (Frontiers Journal, March 2010)

IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories (Institute of International Education, 2010) are now available in four separate regional volumes, for study abroad programs in Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and Oceania, and Europe. Together, they feature more than 9,500 programs offered by U.S. and foreign universities and providers, making them the most comprehensive resource to planning study abroad for students, as well as their parents and study abroad advisers. The volumes feature content from Lonely Planet and are available for purchase individually or as a set

International Partnerships: Guidelines for Colleges and Universities(ACE): This 2008 publication describes the fundamentals of planning, developing, and implementing international partnerships.

Internships, Service Learning, & Volunteering Abroad (NAFSA, 2013).  Edited by William Nolting, Debbie Donohue, Cheryl Matherly, and Martin Tillman, provides specific resources to help in developing comprehensive work abroad programs as part of the changing nature of education abroad offerings.

Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange(IIE): Open Doors provides a comprehensive statistical analysis of academic mobility between the United States and the nations of the world, with support from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The print edition features graphic displays, data tables and figures, and to-the-point policy-oriented analysis.

Student Health and Safety Abroad: Collaborations Between Staff and Faculty(NAFSA, 2013): This downloadable webinar ($) examines best practices for health and safety in programs led or managed by on-site faculty members, as well as outlines concrete steps for preparing faculty to deal with crises.


Navigating the Intersections: The Cultures of Education Abroad (Forum on Education Abroad): the Forum’s 12th Annual Conference (Atlanta, April 6-8, 2016) will examine

Forum on Education Abroad Workshops and Training (Forum on Education Abroad) The Forum on Education Abroad offers a full calendar of workshop and training opportunities throughout the year, on topics specifically related to education abroad, at locations across the U.S.  and internationally.

Programs & Institutes

The Fulbright Scholar Program (IIE): offers numerous opportunities for students to teach, study, and conduct research abroad.  Faculty and professionals teach and conduct research and, upon return to their home institutions, serve as on-site resources for understanding structures, programs, conditions and opportunities abroad.

QUIP (Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad) (Forum on Education Abroad): is a guided self-study and peer review process, resulting in a comprehensive report and recommendations in the areas of program design, evaluation and assessment, marketing and promotion, student advising, and resources and operations. QUIP’s three types of reviews support an institution’s own quality assurance initiatives and is easily adapted to organizations with different philosophies and infrastructures.

Standards Institutes (Forum on Education Abroad) The Forum’s Standards Institutes provide a full-day in depth exploration of one of the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. The practical, hands-on focus for this day includes multiple concurrent and plenary sessions. Standards Institute sessions are geared to experienced professionals, and assume participants have a level of knowledge “beyond the basics” of education abroad policy and practice.