First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE)


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Begin Your Arcadia Education Abroad

Through the First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE), you could begin an education with a global perspective in your first or second semester of freshman year. FYSAE includes a full semester of study in either Stirling, Scotland or London, England.

Academically talented students are invited to apply to the First-Year Study Abroad Experience, usually within two to three weeks after being admitted to the University overall.

In the London program you will make the city your campus, while taking courses offered by Arcadia and City University. In Scotland, you would be enrolled at the University of Stirling and have a traditional campus experience.

Extensive  support is provided by Arcadia faculty and staff to prepareyou before departure and by Arcadia staff and resources while overseas. Student mentors engage you throughout the experience and stay connected  when  you return. Individualized advising help you make the most of your study abroad experience. Many FYSAE students study abroad again during their time at Arcadia.

Make the World Your Classroom

Taking Classes Abroad

As a FYSAE student you earn a full semester of credit toward your Arcadia University degree. During the semester you will enroll in 17 to 18 credits  that may include the Global Connections Reflection. As a FYSAE Student you get a rigorous educational experience in a different academic structure and are introduced to many aspects and nuances of the culture in which you live. This is a unique preparation for your life and professional career. FYSAE also develops a level of independence and perspective that will help guide the rest of your academic experience, and often, your career choices.

The Global Connections Experience

The Global Connections Experience and Reflection provide you with opportunities to explore new places and cultures. In a sustained cross-cultural experience, you will meet people and learn about a society different from that in which you have lived. During the Global Connections Experience, you will participate in a Reflection course in which you will document and analyze your experiences.

Take Your Scholarships with You

While participating in FYSAE your tuition and housing costs will be the same as a semester on the Glenside campus. You will also be able to use your merit scholarships and financial aid, with the exception of work study, to cover your FYSAE costs.   

In addition, Arcadia University covers the cost of round-trip air transportation between Glenside and England or Scotland for FYSAE participants.