International Experiences

Heidi Specht Apr 25, 2019 3:55 pm

Conservative Wave Rises in Spain

While Americans experience the rise of Trumpism in the United States, I’ve been able to witness firsthand the rise of a similar conservative movement in Spain. In December 2018, history was made in Spain when, for the first time in decades, a far-right party won seats in a Spanish regional...

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...

Heidi Specht Apr 2, 2019 3:35 pm

Comparing Spanish-Speaking Programs

For someone wanting to learn Spanish, Arcadia has a variety of diverse study abroad options: Chile in South America, Cuba in North America in the Caribbean, and Spain in Europe. As a Spanish major, I decided to try all three programs before I graduated. I’m a junior, and so far, I have made it to...

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...

Alura Neumyer Mar 28, 2019 10:40 am

Preview Broadens My Perspective of the World

Soon after returning home from studying abroad, I am jet-setting again through Arcadia’s Preview program. My Preview class is headed Ethiopia. The first part of Preview is learning about the country before we step foot these, which is always an important step when traveling to a new place. It...

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...

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...

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...

Alura Neumyer Oct 24, 2018 12:00 pm

Travel Jitters

Before I left for FYSAE, this quote pushed me past my fears of living in another country during my first semester of college. It has encouraged me to overcome many obstacles: leaving friends and family behind, boarding a plane, traveling with strangers, and going on...