Global Field Study

Global Field Studies (GFS) are semester-long courses with a global focus and planned travel component. They are open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Some courses may admit sophomores; please see course descriptions when available for more information. 


Enrolling in a GFS Course

Please watch for updates about upcoming GFS courses, eligibility requirements, application, and registration deposit. 

Tuition, Fees, and Payments

GFS Travel Fees

Global Field Study courses carry a travel fee, in addition to your regular tuition. The travel fee range for courses will be listed on the GFS Courses page. Payments can be made online via Self-Service/eBIll, or you may pay by cash or check at the Office of Student Accounts. Make checks payable to Arcadia University.

GFS travel fees vary by course and will be finalized early in the semester the course runs. Total fees depend on the location and the length of the field study. The travel fee typically includes:

  • Accommodations
  • In-country ground transportation
  • All tours, lectures, and group activities

Other cost details specific to your field study location will be outlined by your faculty leader.

Dropping a GFS Course

The drop period for GFS courses ends one day (24 hours) after your first class meeting.  At that time, you will be responsible for the entire amount of the travel fee for your GFS course, even if you later withdraw.


In the case of the total cancellation of your field study program by the University, all fees will be refunded to all participants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in the GFS courses?

  • Full and part-time matriculated juniors and seniors. 
  • Transfer students who have completed at least one semester (a minimum of 12 credits) of coursework at Arcadia.

Some courses are open to sophomores and graduate students as well. See the course descriptions of each course for eligibility details.

How do I apply for a GFS course?

Eligible students will receive application information by email.  

How many credits will I receive?

Most Global Field Study courses carry 4 credits for undergraduate students and 3 credits for graduate students.

How are the Field Study topics and location focuses chosen?

Each semester, Global Engagement puts out a call to Arcadia faculty and staff for Global Field Study course proposals. The courses we offer are based on the research interests and expertise of our faculty and staff who lead them. We strive to offer a varied slate of courses, based in different academic disciplines and in different corners of the world, including North America.