International Studies

Arcadia University graduate Jake McCrea

May 18, 2021 Caitlin Burns

Jake McCrea: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Major and minor: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in Political Science Favorite Arcadia memory: My favorite Arcadia memory was getting to know my life long friends Involvement on campus: I was a class officer for the Class of 2021, a member of Student Government...

Arcadia University alumna Alex Sims

Mar 31, 2021 Caitlin Burns

Sims ’18 Uses Arcadia Experience to Become First Responder in DC

Alexandria (Alex) Sims ’18, who helps keep residents, tourists, and commuters safe while they are in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, points to how her International Studies degree influenced her career path as a first responder in the nation’s capital.  “Arcadia taught me a lot...

Arcadia University alumna Isabela Secanechia

Mar 24, 2021 Caitlin Burns

Secanechia’s Experiences at Arcadia Fuel Passion to Educate Refugees

By Josephine Mueller ’21 Isabela Arena Secanechia ’17 knows how critical English is for social and professional opportunities, and is working to teach the language to adult refugees.   Secanechia is co-founder of the edtech start-up English Language Network of Refugees (ELNOR), the pilot...

Orientation leader at Arcadia

Garrett Davies Mar 24, 2021 12:00 am

Finding My Future

I recently did a video where I spoke about graduation and becoming an alumnus very soon. I talked a little bit about how I'm starting to develop my plans for the future, and thought that it might be beneficial to extend that to a full post here. I had only a very slight idea of what...

Arcadia University Dr. Jennifer Riggan

Mar 1, 2021 Caitlin Burns

Dr. Riggan Publishes on “Risky” Eritrean Migration to Europe

Arcadia University Professor of International Studies in Historical and Political Studies Dr. Jennifer Riggan has researched for years on Eritrea’s policies in terms of nationalism, education, and refugee migrations. Her most recent piece on the subject, about why refugees from the East Africa...

students playing video games in the esports arena

Garrett Davies Jan 26, 2021 7:00 pm

Video Games and Senior Thesis Leave Me Feeling Empowered

The climax of our academic careers here at Arcadia is our senior thesis project. This has been what’s occupying most of my time as a senior. I’m learning how to write a full academic paper over the course of two semesters.  Taking thesis from home has given me the experience of what it’s...

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Nov 20, 2020 Caitlin Burns

52 Students Inducted Into Phi Beta Delta Honors Society

Arcadia University recognized 52 undergraduate students at the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society annual induction ceremony on Nov. 19. Held virtually this year, the induction ceremony recognizes students for their academic excellence and international experiences.  This...

Ahmadi among a group of women with certificates in hand.

Aug 12, 2020 Caitlin Burns

Ahmadi ’17 Finds Calling Through Fulbright Program

When Zahara Ahmadi ’17 graduated as an International Studies major with a concentration in Middle Eastern and African studies, she imagined a career in diplomacy.  As one of the first Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award recipients, along with Cliff Long ’17, Ahmadi planned to...

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May 6, 2020 Caitlin Burns

Specht ’20 Awarded 2020 Fulbright for Brazil

COVID-19 isn’t stopping International Studies and Spanish double major Heidi Specht ’20 from fulfilling her goal of working in Brazil after graduation. In April, Specht was announced as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) recipient with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. In January 2021, Specht...

Specht with outstretched arms in front of Brazil's Jesus statue.

Jan 24, 2020 Caitlin Burns

Specht ’20 Announced as Fulbright and Critical Language Semi-Finalist

International Studies and Spanish double major Heidi Specht ’20 has her sights set on working in Brazil after graduation. This month, she’s moved one step closer to making it a reality. She learned that she’s a semi-finalist for both the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award and Critical...

Male student onstage in great room singing during glow karaoke.

Heidi Specht Jan 10, 2020 11:57 am

The Importance of Cross-Cultural Events on Campus

As a senior who lives off campus, I don’t have much time to attend on-campus events. Arcadia offers a variety of events, but I had to consider which were most important to me, the types that are really popular here, and what has attributed to those successes.  One major aspect came to mind...

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Jan 9, 2020 Andrea Walls

Dr. Parsons Dick Leads Research on Global Mobility and Immigration Policy

Dr. Hilary Parsons Dick Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker ’42 Endowed Chair Associate Professor of International Studies Director of International Studies Courses: Introduction to International Studies; Research Writing; Conflict and Inequality in Latin America; Migration Politics in the Americas...