Sixty-seven years of excellence in global education began on the saddle of a bicycle, for two dollars a day. In the summer of 1948, the world looked ahead to a brighter future. Gone was the extreme cataclysm and privation of the Second World War, but deep scars remained for the nations of Europe and their people. Moreover, the cooperative spirit of educational exchange between nations, which had flourished modestly prior to the war’s advent, was all but nonexistent.
Study Abroad in Post-WWII Europe
Into this landscape arrived a Beaver College economics instructor, his wife, and seventeen undergraduate women. The group had sailed from New York to Southampton, England, on a mission of education and discovery. An interest in post-war rebuilding efforts would carry this small but determined cohort through a summer’s-worth of adventures. Cycling through England, Belgium, and France, in weathers both benign and challenging, they studied diligently, lived prudently, and lodged frugally. And they learned much more than they ever thought they would.
I remember the trip like it was yesterday and it was 61 years ago. It was the most exciting part of the entire college education.
- Beverly Goldberg, Biology Major, Class of 1953, Study Abroad Supporter
This program was the precursor to what would become one of the largest and most prestigious international study operations in the United States. The success of that summer study initiative spawned several more programs in other disciplines, so for the next several summers both Beaver College students and those invited from neighboring institutions took part in Beaver's European study tours.
Then in 1965, the Center for Education Abroad was established to enable American undergraduates to study for credit in fully-integrated programs in Great Britain, Austria and elsewhere. Soon thereafter, the Beaver College London Center was founded. Over the years, Arcadia has expanded both its curricular offerings and the locations of its programming. Arcadia University is now recognized as one of the oldest and most prestigious education abroad programs in the U.S. and continues to be a national leader in international education.
First to Establish a Full-Fledged College Dedicated to Global Studies
In 2009, the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad transformed into The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University through a total restructuring of the University Academic Affairs. It is the first College of its kind dedicated to the delivery and development of education abroad.
The College of Global Studies provides undergraduates access to programs abroad in Australia, Chile, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Wales. Nearly 3,000 students from over 300 colleges and universities participate in Arcadia University's programs abroad each year. Arcadia continuously strives to provide the highest level of support and service to its program participants wherever they are in the world.