Preview for Freshmen FAQs
When is Preview?
The Preview experience begins in late January and the off-campus component dates are during Spring Break.
Who is eligible?
Full and part time matriculated first-year students who enter the University in spring, summer or fall of 2012 participate in following spring semester (2013), provided they enter with less than 32 credits, maintain a minimum 1.75 GPA and remain in good disciplinary standing.
How do I sign up?
By application. Application dates to be announced.
How do I decide which experience to participate in?
First-years will indicate their top three preferences. Students are also asked to write a brief personal statement which explains their interest in a particular course. The statements will be reviewed and considered by Preview leaders.
Do I get credit?
Most Preview off-campus experiences are embedded within a two-credit course which begins in late January and culminates in April. Individual faculty lead the curriculum.
How is the non-credit experience different than the credit-bearing experience?
Non-credit Preview participants will have a full program of activities during the week. The preparatory meetings are educational, but not credit-bearing. There are no required readings or papers.
Who handles the accommodations and airfare?
The Office of International Affairs arranges logistics with the assistance of overseas staff in the Preview cities where The College of Global Studies is based. Student accommodations vary in each location, but are clean, basic and safe. Students will be housed with one to four roommates. Arcadia books regularly scheduled airlines and departs from nearby international airports.
Who accompanies the students off-campus?
Faculty directs the curriculum and are accompanied by other Arcadia employees who mentor students throughout the experience. Each mentor provides pre-departure guidance on the logistics, health and safety, passport and/or visa regulations, health concerns, costs, weather, and luggage.
How frequently do classes meet in spring semester?
Each faculty leader will announce class times and frequency in January, but expect to meet weekly between the end of January and mid-April.
How much does Preview cost and what does it cover?
First-Year Previews (Spring 2013) cost $495. Honor students are not required to pay the program fee, but they are responsible for passport/visa fees, meals, and incidental expenses. The fee covers air and ground transportation, programmed events, accommodations and some meals.
What expenses will I have to pay for while overseas and how can I budget?
Students cover the cost of their passport (and visa, where applicable), lunch, dinner, souvenirs and individual activities. Costs will vary among sites, but $50 per day is a modest budget. Students report spending $250 to $800, depending on their habits and preferences. Remember that Scotland and England use pounds, Berlin, Ireland, Italy, Paris and Spain utilize Euros, Mexico uses pesos, New Zealand uses the New Zealand Dollar, China uses RMB Yuan, Romania uses RON (Romanian leu), Israel uses New Israel Shekel and Cuba uses Cuban pesos. Check out the exchange rates (www.oanda.com) and talk with former participants.
How can I get my money while overseas?
Students should take an ATM card that is linked to a checking account for easy access to funds and for the best exchange rate. The U.S. bank will charge fees for foreign withdrawals and it's important to notify the bank of the country and dates abroad. Credit cards (VISA or Mastercard) are usually accepted everywhere except for smaller businesses; travelers checks are not advisable.
Will I need a visa?
At the time of writing, U.S. citizens do not require visas for short visits. Students who hold other passports need to check on requirements and the Office of International Affairs can help you. Note for U.S. "green card" holders, the passport determines visa requirements. *China is the exception – there will be a $110 group tourist visa.