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Global Perspectives: The Classroom and Beyond
The Institute of International Education (IIE) ranks Arcadia University #1 for the percentage of undergraduate students participating in a study abroad experience of master’s level schools (November 2012). Arcadia has been in the top ten each year since 2004. More.
Arcadia’s vision is that students—including many who are the first generation in their families to attend college—should have firsthand knowledge of other countries and their cultures. Making that vision a reality requires an institutional commitment to supporting students who want to study abroad and innovative new programs to get large numbers of students involved, including the following:
- Preview was established in 1994 to introduce students to study abroad and has expanded to Scotland, Spain, Italy and other previews.
- The First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) began in 2003 and has expanded to two semesters and three countries.
- More recently, faculty in many disciplines have developed Major Abroad Programs (MAPs), which require a year of study abroad.
- Arcadia’s Undergraduate Curriculum (www.arcadia.edu/curriculum) requires a Global Connections Experience and Reflection—study abroad or study away domestically—of every student.
Key to making study abroad accessible is Arcadia’s commitment that scholarships and grants and all other financial aid except work study “travel” with the student who studies at one of Arcadia’s programs around the world. More.