Housing Refund Policy

Your decision to reside in Arcadia University-arranged housing, whether it is a residential or a family-stay situation, is an important one. Because we must make student housing arrangements long in advance of the start of each program, we treat your choice of accommodation as a serious commitment.

We encourage students to live in housing sponsored by the host university or Arcadia-arranged housing. However, we recognizes that students may prefer to live with family members abroad or may opt to make their own living arrangements. Students may request to live independently, while understanding their responsibility in this decision and the risks associated. Certain programs require students to live in Arcadia-arranged housing. Arcadia University makes the following choices available:

1. Students who have – or who are confident they will be able to secure – independent housing throughout their program may decline program-arranged accommodation except for orientation (and homestay) before the deadlines listed below or your program specific housing deadline (which ever is earlier) . Arcadia University will waive the housing portion of the Arcadia program fee and will have no obligation to provide housing for these students.

NOTE: Students who intend to exercise the above option must inform their Arcadia program manager of this decision by the following deadlines to avoid the imposition of a supplemental administrative charge (as stipulated in 2-A, below):

TermSouthern Hemisphere ProgramsNorthern Hemisphere Programs
U.S. Academic Year and Fall 30 April 30 June
Spring or Southern Hemisphere Academic Year 1 December 20 November
U.S. Summer 31 March 31 March

2. Students who live in housing provided or arranged by Arcadia University:

  • A) May decide to live independently after the deadline stated above but before taking up residence abroad. For these students, Arcadia will waive the housing portion of the program fee minus a $500 administrative charge and any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on their behalf by Arcadia University College of Global Studies not to exceed the full cost of program housing.
  • B) May decide to leave Arcadia-arranged accommodation (to live independently) during the first five days of its availability. For these students, Arcadia will waive the housing portion of the program fee except for a $1,000 administrative charge and any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on their behalf by Arcadia University College of Global Studies not to exceed the full cost of program housing.

Early Withdrawal Policy

Students who withdraw on or after confirming their intent to enroll, but prior to the full payment due date, will be charged $500 plus any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on their behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Students who withdraw on or after the full payment due date, but prior to the scheduled overseas arrival date for their program, will be charged $1,500 plus any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on their behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

The full payment due date for fall semester programs in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa is 1 June, while all other programs have a payment deadline of 1 July. For students studying for an academic year starting in the fall, 60% of the total is due by the payment dates listed above with the remainder due by 1 December. For students studying for a calendar year starting in the spring, 60% of the total is due by 1 December, with the remainder due by 1 May. Full payment due dates for any program starting in the spring is 1 December and full payment due dates for all summer programs is 1 May.

Students who withdraw on or after their scheduled overseas arrival date for their program will be charged $2,000 plus any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on their behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Refunds are approved only after all relevant accounts are cleared. Upon approval, a refund will be issued within 20 working days. In the event that a student's charges exceed the amount paid, the student will be invoiced for the difference.

Full-Year Students Withdrawing after One Term/Semester

If you are participating in a full-year program and notify us in writing at least one month before the end of the first term or semester that you will not be returning for the second term or semester, you will be charged the published fee for the completed term or semester and any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on your behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University. If you are participating in a full-year program and notify us in writing during the month before the end of the first term or semester that you will not be returning for the second term or semester, you will be charged the published fee for the completed term or semester, plus $500 and any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on your behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

If you participate in a program that requires no less than a full year of study, you will be charged $2,000 plus all non-refundable deposits and fees paid on your behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University or 50 percent of the program fee, whichever is lower.


Suspension or Expulsion

There is no credit or refund for a student who is suspended or expelled from the program for any reason.