Global Study Options

Global Study Options

You have made a great choice in attending Arcadia University with its global educational opportunities. Arcadia has 60+ years’ experience with study abroad and there are multiple options as an undergraduate. Arcadia offers:

  1. First year study semester abroad experience (FYSAE) to qualified incoming students for a semester in the UK. 
  2. Preview two-credit courses in each spring semester.  This signature program is offered to eligible first year and new transfer students in Spring, 2018.    Watch for publicity about Preview’s kick-off Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5.00pm on Haber Green.  Students can meet with faculty and staff leaders of the 14 spring courses.  
  3. Study abroad for a semester, academic year or summer term with The College of Global Studies (TCGS). TCGS has provided learning experiences for 30,000+ students from 350 North American universities since 1965. Arcadia offers  programs in Australia, Chile, Cuba, England, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and Wales. Consider internships, field research, service learning as well as traditional study programs. 
  4. University exchange semester programs in France, Mexico and South Korea.  
  5. Short-term global field study (GFS) courses.  These are four credit courses that are offered in spring and fall semesters with an off-campus component of 7-28 days.   The cost of each course varies, but can range from $2200 - $3000 on average and will include international transportation, some meals, housing, in-country travel, and activities that are required for the course.  

To get started, consult your academic adviser and the Office of International Affairs or stop by OIA at 6 Royal Avenue, Wyncote (entrance opposite Oak Summit). OIA organizes weekly info sessions to help guide students about choices, finances, academic content and applications. OIA can connect your with its STAMPS (study abroad peer mentors).   Comprehensive information about appropriate semester/academic year or summer programs is available from  (The College of Global Studies). TCGS staff are great resources and can be found at 1601 Church Road, but the process begins with OIA and your faculty adviser. 

Worried about financing? Students on a semester or year-long program under Arcadia’s affiliation will continue to receive all of the financial aid as if they were residents on the Glenside campus. International and local transportation, visas, food, books and personal expenses need to be budgeted separately. Like everything else that is worth doing, study abroad works best when it is well planned. Start asking questions of your academic adviser six to 12 months in advance of the semester, year or short-term experience. Eligibility for study abroad includes:

  1. At least one semester’s enrollment on the Glenside campus immediately prior to the overseas experience.
  2. A minimum  prerequisite GPA exists for each program.  Check the website for specifics.
  3. Good disciplinary, financial and academic standing at the time of the application and prior to going overseas. Students with a record of serious violations of the University’s Code of Conduct may be considered ineligible for study abroad.
  4. Satisfactory academic references and endorsement by an OIA study abroad adviser.
  5. Mandatory attendance at a pre-departure orientation in Glenside. 

Spring Previews

Matriculated first-year and new transfer students who enter the University with less than 32 credits are eligible to participate in these Spring semester two-credit courses that include international field study during spring break. Field study locations are tied to course themes and will be announced at the Preview kick-off September 21, 2017. Each course meets weekly beginning in January and ends in April with the Global Expo presentations. The cost for the travel portion of the course is $595 (in March 2018) which includes airfare, transportation, accommodation and programming. Those entering the University as Honors students pay $300 in 2018, but may incur an additional service fee.  Eligible students will be invited to apply for a Preview course in September and will be notified of their acceptance status in November.

To participate, first year students must complete the fall semester with a GPA of greater than 1.74, and be passing the Preview course prior to departure. Students on disciplinary probation at the time of departure will not be allowed to participate. Full-time transfer students are also eligible to participate in spring Preview after their first semester on the Glenside campus for $595 (March 2018). Eligibility conditions for transfer students vary slightly from first-year students and will be communicated at the time of program application.

Global Field Study Courses 

A variety of four-credit field study courses are offered each year, dependent upon faculty, research and study interests. These classes explore a topic of international or global interest which combines a theoretical perspective with an integrative approach. Courses are open to juniors/seniors and graduate students in Glenside and continue in an off-campus destination. This could be within the U.S. or outside the U.S. The overseas component occurs in early January, or May/June, typically for 7 – 28  days. A separate course fee is levied for each course for the off-campus portion of the course. . The cost of each course can range from $2200 - $3000 on average and will include international transportation, housing, in-country travel, and activities that are required for the course. Courses are announced during pre- registration for the fall and spring semester.


Here is a selection of courses that ran in 2016-17:

Divided Cities, Divided Island: Nicosia, Cyprus
Promoting Youth Leadership Development in the USA and South Africa

International Perspectives of Forensic Science (England)
Biodesign Atacama (Peru)