ASAPI, represented by co-Chair Stephen Robinson of Champlain College, attended a meeting of European Country Study Abroad associations recently. The meeting was hosted by Webster University in Geneva, and was attended by representatives of country associations from Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Ireland. Delegates discussed the development of a Europe-wide study abroad association to share information, provide training, and lobby the EU government, and to provide support for all of those who affect the study abroad experience in Europe. The group will be presenting at the CIEE Conference in Berlin in November, and will hold another group meeting at the conference. For more information, please contact Stephen Robinson at srobinson (at) champlain.edu.
The development and rollout of the International Education Mark mandated by Irish legislation (particulary its expected use as a prerequisite for leave to remain in Ireland) will affect the vast majority of study abroad providers in Ireland. The community which has evolved into ASAPI has been active in engaging QQI and the Department of Education in a discussion about the breadth and variety of the study abroad community in Ireland, international best practice in the field of study abroad, and ensuring the continued vibrancy and variety of quality study abroad opportunities for students.