Arcadia Abroad remains committed to our mission of providing impactful global experiences to our students. Today, that means promoting the health and safety of students on our programs abroad is even more critical as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the Spring 2021 semester, Arcadia is planning to offer study abroad opportunities in England, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Scotland, Spain, and Wales in addition to our Intern Philly program. Our Leadership and Crisis Management Teams are engaged in an ongoing extensive review of conditions in these locations as they relate to the pandemic and our ability to support students towards a safe and successful term abroad. While our review may result in additional changes to Spring offerings, we aim to provide every possible opportunity for students to study abroad. If conditions change requiring additional adjustments to our Spring programs, we will notify partners and students directly.
We have made the difficult decision to suspend on-site programming for the Spring 2021 semester in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa due to continuing travel restrictions and border closures that restrict U.S. citizens from studying in these countries. We look forward to welcoming students back to these programs in future terms. Our staff will be reaching out to current applicants directly impacted by this decision to discuss their options, including selecting an alternative program from a curated list of offerings based on the student’s academic needs, personal interests, and home university approval.
We have also updated our refund and withdrawal policies for the Spring and Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2021 to help students and their families in academic and financial planning.
Arcadia recognizes the pandemic has limited the opportunities for students to travel abroad. In response, we’ve expanded our portfolio of globally-focused virtual programming beyond our Virtual Europe and Virtual Europe Internship programs with the launch of our Semester of Code. These innovative programs provide students with an opportunity to earn credit while developing market-relevant technology skills.
We encourage you to join us on Tuesday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) for our Virtual Discussion Forum: Considerations and decision-making for study abroad during COVID-19. As part of our Virtual Engagement Series, the goal of this session is to provide insight into the factors Arcadia considers in our review process and to provide a venue to discuss ideas on your institution's approach.
Please reach out to your Institutional Relations representative with any questions or for more information.