A Leader in International Education

Recognition for Excellence

Arcadia University is nationally recognized as a leader in study abroad and a pioneer in international education through our Office of International Affairs and The College of Global Studies. 

International Recognition for Excellence in Overseas Education

IIE Open Doors—The Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors Report ranks Arcadia University #1 for the percentage of undergraduate students participating in a study abroad experience of master’s level schools (November 2017). Arcadia has been at the top of the list the last eight years.

About the Open Doors Report

The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange is published by the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of campuses regarding the international students in the United States since 1919, and with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The census is based on a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. Open Doors also conducts and reports on separate surveys on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit (since 1985), and on international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs.

U.S. Department of State OSAC

The Overseas Security Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of State selected Arcadia University as the host for its renowned College and University Health, Safety, and Security Seminar, recognizing Arcadia’s leadership in these fields. Arcadia has led educational programs for the Department of State for many years.


Arcadia’s College of Global Studies was selected by Japan’s Long-term Educational Administration Program (LEAP) to host an intern from the Japanese Ministry of Education.

American Association of University Administrators (AUAA)

The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University was awarded the 2012 Nikolai N. Khaladjan International Award for its assessment initiative Arcadia ATLAS™ (Assessment, Teaching, Learning and Scholarship).

ACE At Home in the World

The American Council on Education (ACE) recently honored Arcadia by naming us as just one of just eight universities in the country to participate in a cutting edge program focused on integrating international and domestic diversity funded  by the Henry Luce Foundation called At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments. A decade ago, ACE honored Arcadia by recognizing The College of Global Studies and the London Preview Experience as best practices. 


Arcadia was one of the very first universities in the country to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award from NAFSA, the Association of International Educators (2006); the Award is presented for overall excellence in internationalization efforts for our universities, practices, structures, philosophies, and policies. Several Arcadia University staff and faculty have served in NAFSA initiatives. 

European Association for International Education

This association presented its highest award, for Transatlantic Leadership, to the Founding Dean of The College of Global Studies, Dr. Dennis Dutschke.


Arcadia University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Global Studies, as one of the academic units of the institution, recently sponsored the accrediting team to visit and review our London Center.