College of Arts and Sciences

IPCR International Experience Opportunities

Required Global Field Experiences

You are required to participate in two global field experiences to complete the IPCR degree. The first experience is the annual cohort trip, a component  of the required foundational course, A Case in Conflict. 

The second required experience can be completed in one of two ways: By taking a Global Field Study (GFS) course OR by conducting your required internship overseas. A travel purse is available to subsidize parts of your global experiences.

Travel Purse

Because it is essential for you to engage in field work abroad, you will receive a travel purse to offset the costs of your required global experiences. If you participate in an internship overseas, travel purse funds can be used for international flights, in-country lodging and in-country transportation. You are usually reimbursed by submitting your receipts for these costs. 

Most Global Field Study courses have travel fees of $2,000 to $3,000. Travel purse funds may be used towards those costs. 

The cost of the Annual Cohort Trip is largely subsidized by the program, with students contributing $500 to trip expenses. This cost is not covered by your travel purse. 

Annual Cohort Trip

Every year since 2002, IPCR students have had the exciting opportunity to participate in a highly subsidized trip to a post-conflict state. This week-long cohort trip is part of our Case in Conflict course.

During the week, you’ll meet with scholars, practitioners and local peacebuilders to learn about the conflict and its aftermath. We will engage in critical inquiry: gathering and evaluating information, ideas, and assumptions from multiple perspectives to produce well-reasoned analysis and understanding, and leads to new ideas, applications and questions. The trip also fosters team-building and networking to help you identify potential career aspirations and avenues of professional development.

Global Field Study

You may also take a Global Field Study (GFS) course, which is focused on learning about a specific case or example of conflict and then travelling with the class to experience the conflict case first hand. The course will provides you an opportunity to experience conflict settings, meet with peace practitioners, and see first-hand how conflict is managed, resolved and transformed in real world settings. 

Courses meet for one term (often spring term) at the Arcadia Glenside campus and include a seven-to-ten day field experience, typically at the end of the course. Options vary from year-to-year and reflect our faculty areas of expertise. Past GFS courses have traveled to Ukraine, Rwanda, Costa Rica, Kosovo and Cyprus.

Global Internship

You may choose to conduct your internship in the U.S. or overseas. If overseas travel is a component of your internship, you will fulfill your global experience requirement. You can  secure a global internship through our internship hub in Nicosia, Cyprus or with special permission, select another global internship location.

Nicosia, Cyprus

Our partner in Cyprus, H4C, assists with Arcadia faculty with the Divided Cities: Nicosia, Cyprus Global Field Study (GFS) course. To pursue this internship opportunity, you will  first take the GFS course spring semester, travel with the class to Cyprus in May, and then remain there for four-to-six weeks to conduct your internship. This is an excellent opportunity to develop cross-cultural communication skills, development and reconciliation expertise and work to build bridges between deeply divided communities.

Travel purse funds cover most GFS course fees and the return flight home. H4C will help you secure lodging, arrange any in-country transportation, and help you acclimate to the city of Nicosia.