Student Handbook

Global Study Options

Revised August 4, 2020

With over 60 years of experience in the field of international education, Arcadia has many study abroad opportunities, of various length, you can take advantage of as an undergraduate.

These include:

  1. Preview two-credit courses in each spring semester. This signature program is offered to eligible first year and new transfer students in Spring 2021. Watch for publicity about Preview’s kick-off on Thursday, September 18, 2020.  Students can meet and hear from faculty and staff leaders of the spring courses.  
  2. Study abroad for a year, semester, or summer with The College of Global Studies or an exchange partner. Starting sophomore year, these include internships, field research, service learning as well as major/minor course options.  Select students may be invited to kick start their global experiences at Arcadia through the FYSAE and SYSAE programs. The First year study semester abroad experience (FYSAE), allows students to spend the second semester of their first year in London. The Second year study abroad experience (SYSAE) allows students to study abroad in the fall semester of their sophomore year in one of six Arcadia centers around the world.   
  3. Short-term global field study (GFS) courses.  These are four credit domestic and international courses that are offered in spring and fall semesters with an off-campus component of 7-28 days. The cost of each course varies but can range from $2000 - $4000 on average and will include transportation, some meals,
    housing, in-country travel, and activities that are required for the course.

Spring Preview

The Office of International Programs (OIP) manages the Spring Preview programs.

Who is eligible?

  • Matriculated first-year and new transfer students who enter the University are eligible to participate in these Spring semester two-credit courses that include international field study during spring break.
  • To participate, first year students must complete the fall semester in good academic standing and be passing the Preview course prior to departure. Students on disciplinary probation at the time of departure will not be allowed to participate. Full-time transfer students are also eligible to participate in spring Preview after their first semester on the Glenside campus. Eligibility conditions for transfer students vary slightly from first-year students and will be communicated at the time of program application.

How can I find out more? 

  • Field study locations are tied to course themes and will be announced at the Preview kick-off in September. Eligible students will be invited to apply for a Preview course in September and will be notified of their acceptance status in November.
  • Each course meets weekly beginning in January and ends in April with the Global Expo presentations. 

How much does a Preview cost? 

  • The cost for the travel portion of the course is $595 which includes airfare, transportation, accommodation and programming. 

Year-long, Semester, and Summer Study Abroad

If you are interested in studying abroad for a year, semester, or summer, consult your academic adviser along with the Office of Study Away, Taylor Hall. The Office of Study Away provides major-based advising to help support you with selecting a program, starting an application, getting courses approved, scholarships, along with a Pre-Departure Orientation and support once you return from your study abroad experience. We can connect you with a STAMP (study abroad peer mentors) to hear first-hand what study abroad is all about.  Like everything else that is worth doing, study abroad works best when it is well planned. We suggest meeting with a study abroad adviser 6-12 months in advance of your planned experience.  Start researching your program options today.

Eligibility for study abroad includes:

  • A minimum of 12 credits in the semester prior to studying abroad. 
  • A minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5 (various by program). 
  • Being in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing prior to departure. 
  • Endorsement from your academic and study abroad adviser.
  • Mandatory attendance at a pre-departure orientation in Glenside. 

Global Field Study Courses 

The Office of International Programs manages the Global Field Study (GFS) programs. A variety of four-credit field study courses are offered each year, dependent upon faculty, research and study interests. These classes explore a topic of international or global interest which combines a theoretical perspective with an integrative approach. Courses are open to juniors/seniors and graduate students in Glenside and continue in an off-campus destination. This could be within the U.S. or outside the U.S. The overseas component occurs in early January, or May/June, typically for 7 – 28  days. A separate course fee is levied for each course for the off-campus portion of the course. The cost of each course can range from $2000 - $4000 on average and will include transportation, housing, in-country travel, and activities that are required for the course. Courses are announced during pre-registration for the fall and spring semester.

Here are a selection of courses that ran in 2018-2019:

  •  Exploring National Identity in Central Europe (Poland, Hungary, and Austria)
  •  Promoting Youth Leadership Development in the USA and South Africa
  •  Marine Biology and Cultural History of the Fijian Archipelago (Fiji)
  •  Inspired by the View:  Beauty and Boldness of Ireland
  •  Baroque Art (Italy)
  •  Bio Design Machu Picchu (Peru)