First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE)

Through Arcadia's First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE), you will study abroad in either Stirling, Scotland, or London, England for your entire first or second semester of freshman year. You'll take courses just as you would on the Glenside campus, and all credits you earn are applicable towards your Arcadia degree. The FYSAE program provides extensive support from Arcadia faculty, overseas staff, and student mentors to engage you throughout the experience and help you stay connected for when you return to the Glenside campus.

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Take Your Scholarships With You

While participating in FYSAE, your tuition and housing costs are the same as a semester on the Glenside campus. You can also use your scholarships and financial aid to cover FYSAE costs.

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The Flight Is On Us

Arcadia covers the cost of round-trip airfare between Glenside and the UK for FYSAE participants.

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Experience the World

As a FYSAE Student, you get a rigorous educational experience in a unique academic structure while being introduced to many aspects of a different culture, preparing you for personal and professional success.

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Locations

Stirling, Scotland

If you are looking for a truly inspirational, scenic campus with vibrant student life and excellent academics, then a FYSAE semester at the University of Stirling is for you. The University of Stirling, located directly below the Ochil Hills and the National Wallace Monument. Stirling is a stone’s throw from the Trossach Hills and Trossach National Park, the setting for the movie Rob Roy, and encompasses Airthrey Loch and Airthrey Castle.

London, England

Experience all the culture and excitement this cosmopolitan city has to offer with thought-provoking lectures, engaging field study, inspiring excursions and cross-cultural activities at Arcadia's London Center. Arcadia faculty take you into the city streets bringing to life your studies. You'll visit galleries, theaters, historical sites, and markets in learning about this fascinating country, its diverse population, traditions and its rich culture.

Excursions

With Arcadia, you learn beyond the classroom: While listening to the music of street performers you try to identify the unfamiliar aroma of local cooking wafting from the street vendors and wonder about the ancient customs you see being played out before you in a community that’s embraced you as a friend. At Arcadia, you don’t just visit a landmark or tour a city – you engage with a place's culture, people, environment, and traditions. We’ll be there to facilitate that integration -- the rest is up to you!

Active Scotland (Explore what sports and recreation mean in Scotland)
Creating & Imagining Scotland (Explore interesting features of artistic works and movements)
Origins (Explore the dynamic factors that shape Scotland's identity)
Discovery & Invention in Scotland (Explore achievements of Scottish scientists, inventors, and industries)
Scotlands (Explore differences in languages, dialects, and culture)

 

Sample Excursions in Scotland

Active Scotland (Explore what sports and recreation mean in Scotland)
Creating & Imagining Scotland (Explore interesting features of artistic works and movements)
Origins (Explore the dynamic factors that shape Scotland's identity)
Discovery & Invention in Scotland (Explore achievements of Scottish scientists, inventors, and industries)
Scotlands (Explore differences in languages, dialects, and culture)

 

The Underground (Explore below the surface and discover the cultures, beliefs, locales, and contradictions of your new home)
Pop Culture (Explore the pulse of the city)
Tradition & Innovation (Explore historic innovations, now traditions, and looks at the traditions of the next generation)
Sensory (Explore your newly awakened senses from the noise of London to the deafening quiet of the national parks)
Total Immersion (Stop skimming the surface of British culture and dive right in as an active participant)

Sample Excursions in London

The Underground (Explore below the surface and discover the cultures, beliefs, locales, and contradictions of your new home)
Pop Culture (Explore the pulse of the city)
Tradition & Innovation (Explore historic innovations, now traditions, and looks at the traditions of the next generation)
Sensory (Explore your newly awakened senses from the noise of London to the deafening quiet of the national parks)
Total Immersion (Stop skimming the surface of British culture and dive right in as an active participant)


"Participating in FYSAE has gifted me with the opportunity to adopt a new culture as part of my identity. I love my tea, wellies, and munchy boxes."

- Kayla Sansevere, Psychology

Take the Next Steps

Academically talented students are invited to apply to FYSAE usually within two to three weeks after being admitted to the University overall. Selection for FYSAE is based on your application for admission and additional credentials. Students who are invited to apply to FYSAE will complete an additional admission form and have a phone interview with a counselor from our Office of Enrollment Management. 

Kevin McGann

Assistant Director of Enrollment Management

Let me know you're interested!