Arcadia University believes in building a community of learners committed to the high-impact learning that occurs with a global experience as part of a student’s academic career. 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 by offering programs like:
Preview was established in 1994 to introduce students to study abroad by offering global experiences in one of 17 countries.
Arcadia’s commitment is to ensure our students have the opportunity to have a global experience. We do this by subsidizing programs, providing a robust scholarship and grant pool, and other financial aid support to attend one of Arcadia’s centers or programs around the world.
This leadership in pioneering programming is why 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. Arcadia has been number one for the past five years.
Every Arcadia student gets numerous opportunities to integrate classroom learning with real-world issues. Connecting liberal arts learning and theory with professional skills and abilities prepares Arcadia graduates to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world.
Artists produce paintings, sculptures and designs to exhibit in the Gallery. Communications students get internships at local papers and in foreign countries. Business majors compete with simulated corporations. Psychology majors learn about evidence-based research. Education students practice new techniques while student teaching.
Generation after generation of Arcadia alumni tell the same story—the personal attention they received from a professor or staff member that inspired them, helped them, guided them. It’s the hallmark of an Arcadia education. Faculty and staff get to know students and work with them to achieve their educational goals. Students benefit from strong mentorships that foster advanced learning and development. Involvement in campus life broadens each student’s circle of experiences.
Dozens of clubs, an array of cultural and arts events, a multicultural menu of social, cultural and religious activities, residence hall activities and intercollegiate and intramural sports provide opportunities for involvement and leadership.