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. Arcadia University also covers the cost of a local transportation pass for the duration of the London-based program.
Admission to the Program
The Office of Enrollment Management sends invitations to a select group of students who have been admitted to Arcadia University. Selection for FYSAE is based on your application for admission and additional credentials. Students who are invited to apply to FYSAE will have to complete an additional admission form and have a phone interview with an Enrollment Management.
London FYSAE gives you one of the worlds greatest cities as your campus. Few, if any cities offer the incredible diversity of culture, history, and modern vibrance of London. FYSAE students enroll in Arcadia’s London Now program and take courses taught through Arcadia University. There are also options to take a course at City University London.
You will be able to choose from a variety of classes offered through the Arcadia University London Center, and may elect to take a class offered at City University London.
Most Arcadia first-year students will take courses that fulfill Undergraduate Curriculum requirements for their degree. These include courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences. There are plenty to choose from in the London Now program. The credits you earn apply toward your Arcadia Bachelor’s degree and the grades are included in your Arcadia University GPA.
The courses offered vary from year to year, but you can see an example of what courses are currently being offered by clicking the link below.
View course descriptions for Fall 2014 (Note: Courses are subject to change.)
Living in London
FYSAE students live in Central London in Arcadia University owned residence halls with other American students who are studying in London. The residence halls are self catered and stocked with necessary utensils and dining wares.
Students participating in London FYSAE will have to commute to the London Center and City University Courses, but also experience the City through academic excursions throughout London.
Dates for Fall 2014 Semester
Aug. 25 Depart from the U.S.
Aug. 26 Arrival in London
Aug. 26 - Sept. 14
Sept. 15 Semester begins
Dec. 19 Semester ends
Dec. 20 Return to the U.S.
Dates for Spring 2015 Semester
Jan. Depart from the U.S.
Jan. Arrival in London
Jan. Arcadia Orientation
Jan. Semester begins
April Classes end
April Program Concludes/Return Flight to U.S.
FYSAE students experience campus life at the University of Stirling, located just outside the city of Stirling, Scotland. As part of FYSAE, you take a full course load at the university and live in on-campus residence halls with other first-year Scottish and international students.
As a FYSAE student studying as the University of Stirling, you will be able to choose from a variety of courses that are available to students participating in the program. These courses are offered in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The credits you earn apply toward your Arcadia Bachelor’s degree and the grades are included in your Arcadia University GPA.
The courses offered vary from year to year, but you can see a sample what courses are currently available to FYSAE students below.
Course descriptions for 2014 (Note: Courses are subject to change.)
The FYSAE program is fully integrated at the University of Stirling. Arcadia University staff members based in Edinburgh and London are in regular contact with you to monitor academic progress, facilitate cultural adjustment and assure an ongoing personal connection to Arcadia University.
Life at the University of Stirling
FYSAE students are housed in on-campus residence halls at the University of Stirling. You will live with Scottish and other international undergraduate students while participating in FYSAE. The residence halls are self-catered providing a kitchen on each floor for residents to share.
The University of Stirling offers you a lovely and safe campus setting. The park-like location is only a short bus ride away from the town of Stirling. The University of Stirling is well-known for excellence in teaching and a high-quality student experience.
Dates for Fall 2014 Semester
Aug. 25 Depart from U.S.
Aug. 26 Arrival in London
Aug. 26 - 30 Arcadia Orientation
Aug. 30 - Sept. 8 Orientation continues in Stirling
Sept. 8 - 10 Orientation continues in Edinburgh
Sept. 10-13 Homestay Experience
Sept. 13 - 14 University of Stirling Orientation
Sept.15 Semester begins
Dec. 22 Semester ends
Dec. 23 Program concludes
Fall FYSAE students get to know Arcadia’s Glenside campus by attending a two-day summer orientation and New Student Orientation in August before departing for England or Scotland. Spring FYSAE students attend FYSAE Orientation meetings throughout the fall while spending the first semester on the Glenside campus.
When you arrive in the United Kingdom, you take part in an “in-country” orientation that includes an introduction to your host city. Arcadia staff members based in England and Scotland lead the orientations and are in regular contact with all FYSAE students during the semester.
Arcadia staff help FYSAE students to monitor academic progress, facilitate cultural adjustment, and ensure an ongoing personal connection.
Life After FYSAE
As a Fall FYSAE student returning to the Glenside campus in January, you will re-connect with your peer mentor for a seminar program and Winter Welcome. In most cases, Fall students enroll in a First-Year Seminar when they return to campus in the spring. This facilitates your transition back to the Glenside campus and the American style of higher education.
As a Spring FYSAE student you will be able to stay in touch with your peer mentor throughout your semester abroad. When you return to Arcadia for the start of your sophomore year you will be able to reconnect with your peer mentor and classmates on the Glenside campus.
Read about student Jordan Cameron ’17 and her experience returning to campus after spending her first semester on FYSAE: I’m a sophomore English major from Conway, New Hampshire. I love to write and take photos, so I’m thrilled to get involved with the Arcadia community doing both.
Students who have been admitted to the First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) must submit the $595 FYSAE fee in addition to the $400 admission deposit to reserve a place in the class of 2019. The fee and deposit should be submitted online at www.arcadia.edu/depositnow or by a check payable to Arcadia University.
Please carefully review the First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) Student Agreement and return a signed copy to the Office of Enrollment Management when you submit your admission deposit and FYSAE fee.
Deposited students who have reserved their spot in FYSAE will be required to submit a number of forms. These students will have access to an online portal, the Arcadia Passport, through which they will be submit all forms electronically.
Fall and Spring FYSAE students will gain access to the Arcadia Passport in early June. Anna West, Program Manager, will contact students with log-in information at that time. If you have any questions, please e-mail Anna at email@example.com.