Best Practice

Autumn Workshop: Encouraging Resilience and Independence in Study Abroad

How can study abroad professionals bring our perspective - which particularly values the opportunities presented by discomfort, ambiguity, and struggle in developing intercultural skills - to helping today’s young adults develop the resilience and independence that past generations were given the opportunity to learn at a much younger age?

Emergency Services Workshop...and afters

ASAPI is partnering with the Embassy of the United States of America to hold an Emergency Services Workshop on Thursday, 27 April from 4-6 pm. Space is strictly limited and invitations and the guest list are managed by the Embassy. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please email

Forum's 3rd European Conference - Athens

The Forum on Education Abroad is holding its third European conference in Athens on October 5-7, 2016. ASAPI will be represented by Co-chair Rebecca Woolf and Committee Member Stephen Robinson. ASAPI and the Forum have a reciprocal membership arrangement, so ASAPI members can avail of the discounted rate for the conference as well as pre-conference workshops. Let us know at info (at) if you are planning to attend!

Forum on Education Abroad Standards of Good Practice Workshops

Standards of Good Practice Workshops

Friday, February 5, 2016 CEA Study Abroad Barcelona Center, Spain

Student Learning, Development & Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3) | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CET)

Wrestling with how to bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience? This workshop focuses on Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework for Education Abroad and will help you to identify the resources and design programming to assist in this effort. Through simulations involving specific examples, participants will address critical issues often introduced by colleagues in higher education who are unfamiliar with the importance of tying these two areas together in education abroad.

Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8) | 2 - 6 p.m. (CET)

This Standards of Good Practice workshop, with a focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.

Register for both workshops and receive a $50 discount.
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Title IX Information Session

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ASAPI Title IX Information Session Thursday 15th October, 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Boston College, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 ASAPI invites its members to an introduction and discussion of Title IX, the US law under which all American institutions must abide, and where it intersects with Irish law. Topics will cover data collection and reporting, privacy, consent, direct response to students, bullying in the academic setting and in the internship workplace.

The format is an afternoon of panelists representing US and Irish third-level institutions and partners, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, the Anti-Bullying Centre and others to be confirmed.  There will be Q&A for each panelist, as well as a moderated members roundtable in the final session.

Although we all learn so much from our peers and from comparative experiences in our different institutions, this session is not a formal training workshop. Rather we hope at its conclusion to have formulated some core questions and common scenarios that can be presented to legal experts for clear guidance about Title IX and Irish law.

Space is limited to 45. Please register your interest with Thea Gilien.

ICOS launches Diverse Voices - training for working with international students

Our colleagues at The Irish Council for Overseas Students (ICOS), an independent, national membership-based organisation that advocates for the rights of international students who choose Ireland as a study destination, have developed a training resource called "Diverse Voices," comprising a video and guide for higher education professionals working with international students in Ireland. The video looks wonderful. It is composed of short, thematic sections exploring topics such as cross-cultural adaptation, culture shock and homesickness; cultural difference and cross cultural communication; adapting to a new academic environment (including language, intercultural classroom, approaches to assessment); and advice on supporting international students. ICOS interviewed over 35 international students and staff (both academics and support staff) from five higher education institutions as part of the video project. It includes a genuinely diverse range of participants.

The resource pack is being made available free-of-charge to ICOS member institutions and also is available for purchase – see

Forum on Education Abroad Standards Workshops at UCD

The Forum on Education Abroad, a non-profit organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad, will be holding two workshops on their Standards of Good Practice at UCD on 21 November 2014. The first workshop will be an overview of the Standards, and the second will focus on Focus on Standard 4 (Student Preparation for the Learning Abroad Environment & Returning Student Support) and Standard 5 (Student Selection and Code of Conduct). For more details, see