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Full Title: Forum on Education Abroad 2nd European Conference

Short Title: Forum Barcelona
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Start Date: 23-Oct-2014 - 25-Oct-2014
Contact: Elizabeth Frohlich
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What Does it Mean to be a 'Traditional' Destination?
Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe

The Forum on Education Abroad's second European conference focuses on the education abroad destination that has been and continues to be the most popular for U.S. students: Europe.

Europe's position as a leading destination for U.S. education abroad students remains strong. In recent years, however, the field of education abroad has been witness to the emerging trend of education abroad in 'exotic' or 'non-traditional' destinations. While Europe may seem a traditional and familiar destination, it offers diversity of cultures, communities, and program models.

This conference seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities for education abroad in the European context. What connotations are evoked by Europe's status as a traditional destination? How has education abroad in Europe evolved over the years, and how will it continue to evolve in the future? How can we prepare students for the realities of the contemporary 'European experience?'

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. Preference will be given to sessions that offer several perspectives on a topic, rather than a single personal or institutional view. The European conference is intentionally smaller in scale and shorter in duration than the Forum's annual conference. The dynamic campus of the 2014 host institution, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, will provide a fitting venue to address the topic of education abroad in Europe.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.338

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