The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is responsible for providing services to all international students and scholars with nonimmigrant status (F-1 student visa and J-1 exchange visitor visas). OIA is committed to making international students and scholars feel at home while they pursue their academic goals at Arcadia. Services provided by OIA support international students and scholars throughout the year with pre-arrival, orientation, liaising with faculty and academic advisors and year-round programs and activities.
Once you've been admitted, start here to learn how to obtain your I-20 and Student Visa.
Next Steps for New International Students
Information on when to arrive, health forms, insurance and orientation.
Resources for Current International Students
Information on obtaining a social security number, driving in Pennsylvania, and work options.
Peer Associates League (I-PALs)
International Peer Associates League members (I-PALs) are trained students who help incoming international students adjust to college life at Arcadia University. I-PALs play a key role in helping the Office of International Affairs throughout the year in providing support services to students such as orientation, peer mentorship, and social and cultural programming.
English Language Support Services
English Language Support Services are located within the English Language Institute at 6 Royal Ave. Assistance is available during office hours or by appointment. Instructors and advisers are encouraged to refer students for whom English fluency is an obstacle to clear written or oral communication. Faculty workshops and consultations are also available.
The Writing Center provides help from ESL Specialists, graduate student peer consultants who have received instruction in working with non-native speakers.