First-year Study Abroad Experience

Students departing for FYSAE

Aug 29, 2019 Jennifer Retter

Fall FYSAE Cohort Departs for London and Stirling for the Last Time

The 19 first-year students who boarded buses headed to the airport on Aug. 28 could hardly contain their excitement to study abroad in London, England and Stirling, Scotland through Arcadia’s First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) program. This fall, 13 students will study at the Arcadia...

Nick Schiavo and his family

Nicholas Schiavo Aug 9, 2019 9:42 am

Home Is Where You Make It

When you leave home for college or to study abroad, you leave a lot behind. And when you come back, the things you left might not be the same.  While these may seem like reasons to be apprehensive about moving away or going abroad, I am going to try my best to clear your doubts so the only...

London Eye

Nicholas Schiavo Jun 19, 2019 9:55 am

Nick’s Declassified FYSAE Survival Guide

So, you decided to study abroad. First off, I can assure you that no matter how nervous or excited you are, you made the right choice (I mean, it is a “global” college after all). If you’re reading this, you probably want to know exactly what you just got yourself into. If you’re on the fence...

Student Posing in the city of London

May 29, 2019 Farrah Bradley

FYSAE: Sample Excursions

Kathryn Jones Apr 22, 2019 10:03 pm

Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank

Spring break is an exciting time around Arcadia: Midterms are over, you’ll finally have some time to relax, and if you’re a freshman, you most likely will be going on Preview. Although I didn’t get to go on Preview because I participated in Spring FYSAE, we upperclassmen sometimes get an ache in...

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...