Preview FAQs

When is Preview?

Preview classes begin in the Spring term which is in January, and the field component occurs during Spring Break.

Who is eligible?

Full-time, matriculated first-year students and full-time transfer students who enter the University in spring, summer or fall participate in Preview during the following spring semester.  You must maintain good academic and disciplinary standing prior to departure.

How do I sign up and choose a course?

If eligible, you will be notified by email in early fall about online registration.  You will need to indicate your top three preferences. You will be asked to write a brief personal statement which explains your interest in a particular course and your statements will be reviewed and considered as part of your placement.  You will receive specific details about deadlines and payment by email.

Do I get credit?

All Preview field experiences are embedded within a two-credit course which begins in January and culminates in April. Individual faculty lead the curriculum. Preview is open to first-year and transfer students in all majors.

Who handles the accommodations and airfare?

The Office of International Affairs arranges logistics, often with the assistance of overseas staff in the Preview cities where The College of Global Studies is based. Your accommodations vary in each location, but are clean, basic and safe. You will be housed with one to four roommates. Arcadia books regularly scheduled airlines and departs from nearby international airports.

How are courses taught in the U.S. and then overseas?

Each faculty leader will announce class times and frequency in January, but expect to meet weekly between January and mid-April.

Faculty direct the curriculum and are accompanied by other Arcadia employees who mentor you throughout the experience. The Office of International Affairs provides pre-departure guidance on the logistics, health and safety, passport and/or visa regulations, health concerns, costs, weather, and luggage.

How much does Preview cost and what does it cover?

Preview program fees are $595. The fee covers air and ground transportation, programmed events, accommodations and some meals. Students who enter the University as a member of the Honors program and are active at the time of application pay a $300 Preview fee.

You are responsible for passport/visa fees, meals and incidental expenses including the cost of a passport (and visa, where applicable), lunch, dinner, souvenirs and individual activities. Costs will vary among sites, but $50 per day is a modest budget. Past students report spending $250 to $800, depending on their habits and preferences. 

How can I get my money while overseas?

You should take an ATM card that is linked to a checking account for easy access to funds and for the best exchange rate. The U.S. bank will charge fees for foreign withdrawals and it's important to notify the bank of the country and dates abroad. Credit cards (VISA or Mastercard) are usually accepted in most locations except for smaller businesses; travelers checks are not advisable.

Will I need a Passport or a visa?

Passports

You will be required to provide a copy of your passport to travel on Preview. The deadline for providing a passport copy is typically late November. Please allow 4-6 weeks for passport processing of new passport applications and renewals. If you currently have a passport be sure it expires at least 6 months after your return date.

Visas

U.S. citizens do not require visas for short visits to most locations. If you hold another passport you need to check on requirements and the Office of International Affairs can help you. Note for U.S. "green card" holders, the passport determines visa requirements. Locations requiring a Visa for U.S. citizens will be noted in the Preview announcement and course description.

Do I need to know the language of the country to participate?

This opportunity is open to you with or without language competency.

Refund and Withdrawal Policy

Students who withdraw on or after the 12/1 deadline will not be refunded their Preview fee. Students who are placed on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible for a refund. All withdrawals should be communicated in a timely manner to the Office International Affairs.