First-year Study Abroad Experience

William Snell Mar 28, 2019 12:06 pm

Study Abroad with a STAMP

It’s no secret that Arcadia loves to get students to study abroad. The Institute of International Education has ranked Arcadia number one in the nation for study abroad participation for a whopping nine years in a row. I’ve been fortunate enough to study abroad twice, with both of my experiences...

Nicholas Schiavo Mar 6, 2019 3:03 pm

Sweet Suitemates

As I was still enjoying my time in London, I started getting emails regarding the spring semester. One about housing stood out. I had to find a place and a roommate before the semester started. At first, I did not like the idea of having a roommate. I had a single in London, and I...

University Commons

Alura Neumyer Feb 20, 2019 9:36 am

Returning to an American University

As my first semester at Arcadia after being abroad in Scotland got closer and closer, I was wrapped up in the many unknowns. I knew there was going to be a lot of differences in the structure of college life in the States compared to overseas. For one, I went from living in an...

Blogger Heidi Specht's packing essentials for study abroad.

Heidi Specht Feb 20, 2019 9:11 am

How to Pack like a Study Abroad Pro

Anyone who has spent a semester abroad can relate when I say that the most stressful part of studying abroad happens before your semester begins, when you have to pack your suitcases for an entire semester. I used to stress over it for weeks—what to bring, what to leave at home, what to put in my...

Overhead photo of Haber Green, Grey Towers Castle, and University Commons.

William Snell Feb 19, 2019 4:52 pm

7 Things Arcadia Taught Me

Rewind four years ago: I was a high school senior who had no clue where he would end up. A high school senior with big dreams and lots of plans, but no means of executing those plans. I was about to make one of the most important decisions in my life by choosing Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa...

Alura Neumyer Dec 21, 2018 11:01 am

Humans Beyond Arcadia: Life-altering Experiences in Scotland

As our time in Scotland comes to a close, I thought it was important to highlight some of the people who make up FYSAE and illustrate the lives that we have lived while away from Arcadia. To do this, I gathered FYSAE students at the University of Stirling and asked them to share with me their...

Nicholas Schiavo Dec 19, 2018 7:00 pm

Kelsey VanVehcten ’22, London FYSAE Student

Kelsey VanVehcten ’22 is a first-year from Upstate New York, an Actuarial Science major, and a fellow FYSAE student. Here, she shares her thoughts on FYSAE and her three months in London. What made you do FYSAE? K: I got the message in the mail, and I chose fall because I figured...

Nicholas Schiavo Dec 7, 2018 4:51 pm

Centenary at the Cenotaph

November 11, 2018, was quite possibly the most memorable day of my experience so far in London. Sundays are usually quiet, but this Sunday was particularly special, as it marked the 100th year since the end of World War I. Understanding it was a huge milestone— especially in the United Kingdom— I...

Dec 5, 2018 Ashley Knueppel

Study Abroad Photo & Video Contest

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 19TH! Study Abroad Photo & Video Contest Send up to five submissions (photos and/or videos) of your semester abroad that you believe best reflect your study abroad experience. Think about what you learned, what you did, how you engaged with the local...

Dec 5, 2018 Ashley Knueppel

Study Abroad Welcome Back Dinner

DEADLINE TO RSVP HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 19TH Study Abroad Welcome Back Dinner The Office of Study Away will be hosting a Welcome Back Dinner for all students who studied abroad this fall. The theme will be Taco Tuesday so come hungry! This will be a great opportunity to...

Alura Neumyer Nov 28, 2018 8:22 pm

Not Forgetting the ‘Study’ in Study Abroad

A week-long break in the middle of the semester left most of us Stirling FYSAE students ready to travel as much as possible in that appealingly long time period. But, back to reality, most of our essays were due around this time period, and lots of stress ensued as we balanced academics and...

Nicholas Schiavo Nov 2, 2018 3:43 pm

To Tube or Not to Tube

During our FYSAE orientation in London, we were led by Arcadia staff into our local station of London’s subway system, the Underground or “tube.” They walked us through how to get to school, how to get back, and the area near Big Ben and Parliament (Westminster). I tried to memorize the weird...