Learning Beyond The Classroom
One of the most important and potentially challenging aspects of the study-abroad experience is creating a meaningful engagement with the culture of your host country. Arcadia’s Co-curricular Learning Certificate (CLC) offers you a formal incentive for your not-for-credit development. This is our way of recognizing your thoughtful participation, reflection and rich learning achieved from getting involved in the local culture and communities.
- Choose an Arcadia theme or create your own – Are you interested in volunteering at a local shelter? Do you want to join the Kayak club or investigate local cuisine? You decide where your passion is, engage with the local community and document your experience to earn a CLC.
- Tell us about your experience – Earn a CLC by submitting a reflective essay, video, blog, video diary or photo journal illustrating the learning and development you achieved over 15+ hours of participation in your chosen activity.
- Boost your resume – The CLC Certificate highlights the out of class learning you’ve gained and shows employers how you have developed critical thinking and analysis skills that will set you apart from other candidates.
Read about other student’s CLCs in our blogs, on the site or as published works in Hear Their Voices: From Chinese & Zumba to Urban Farming with Papi.
CLC Themes – New Zealand
The New Zealand Landscape
Gain a greater understanding of the diverse and unique natural landscapes in New Zealand, and further understand the diversity of flora and fauna and the realities associated with changing climatic conditions.
Sport and Recreation in New Zealand
Discover the significant role that sport plays in the development of the New Zealand culture, including maintaining health, experiencing nature and the landscape, and building a sense of community in team sports.
Multicultural New Zealand
Learn about the importance of New Zealand’s location within the greater Pacific Rim community, and the effect this has on its cultural population. With significant Pacific Islander and Asian communities, you’ll discover the multicultural make up of this island nation.
Create Your Own!
Use the CLC program as an incubator for your own passions. Activities: Singing in a local choir? Joining a football team? Becoming a regular at an independent book shop? Tutoring? Follow your interests and aspirations.