Course
Student Member
$275
Member
$375
Nonmember
$500
Event Date Event Time Registration Deadline Registration
September 1 - 30, 2020 12:00 am - 11:59 pm Register Today
October 1 - 31, 2020 12:00 am - 11:59 pm Register Today

Please sign up for the course before registration end date. All end dates are final due to migrations of cohorts into the courses.


This four-week, self-paced course provides an overview of institutional policies and procedures that impact short-term education abroad programs, program models, preparing for emergencies, handling logistics, finances and budgets, preparing students and faculty for the international experience, manage student support, and interaction with campus partners.

Some key topics and tools covered: travel abroad costs; legal liability and risk management; a bag of marketing tricks; and predeparture orientation and preparation. Each of these is fundamental to a successful experience abroad for students, faculty, and staff.

Who Should Register?

Education abroad professionals interested in designing effective and successful short-term education abroad programs.

Please purchase this course with your credit card through the NAFSA Shop. Please note that we are no longer able to process paper registrations and payments submitted via fax due to strict stay-at-home orders recently issued for Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Course Objectives

  • Develop a short-term program from the initial idea through all phases of its development.
  • Employ strategies that will help you avoid the pitfalls of planning at various stages.
  • Apply best practices for developing short-term programs to those that fit your institution's needs.

Modules and Learning Outcomes

Ten self-paced modules guide those new to managing short-term education abroad programs through the basics of designing effective short-term experiences, eliminating the need to learn through trial and error. Glossaries, frequently asked questions, a companion workbook, and self tests are also included. In addition, you will learn where to find and access key resources to continue your learning after the conclusion of the course.

Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Options and Realities
Module 3: Defining Program Expectations
Module 4: Impacts on Program Budgets
Module 5: Program Logistics
Module 6: Crisis Planning and Prevention
Module 7: Program Evaluation
Module 8: Student Preparation Programs
Module 9: Marketing the Program
Module 10: Course Review and Conclusion