With Arcadia, you learn beyond the classroom: While listening to the music of street performers you try to identify the unfamiliar aroma of local cooking wafting from the street vendors, and wonder about the ancient customs you see being played out before you in a community that’s embraced you as a friend. You don’t just visit a landmark or tour the city – you engage with the culture of the place; its people, its environment and its traditions – and we’ll be there to facilitate that integration. What will you learn about other ways of life? About the importance of understanding difference in today’s globalized society? About yourself?
Our Center staff and faculty will help you to look beneath the surface of everyday life and begin to understand what it means to be Scottish. While we intentionally emphasize opportunities to engage with the culture through your course options, there’s also a world of learning beyond the classroom. We’ll open the doors; but it’s up to you to grasp the opportunity and enjoy a life-changing experience.
Learning Beyond the Classroom – Dive into a wide range of learning activities, such as volunteer work, lectures, student clubs, new hobbies, and excursions. You can choose your own direction or follow our lead through the options we coordinate.
Co-curricular Learning Certificate (CLC) – Document this learning to demonstrate to potential graduate schools and employers how your activities have changed you.
During orientation, you’ll start your journey of discovery and learn about this year’s themes and the practical help we provide including discounts and deals for cultural activities, travel and accommodation.
If you're studying abroad with us for a semester or full academic year, you'll spend a few days following orientation living with a Scottish family to help you get to know the culture, people and way of life in this ancient yet modern country. You’ll become one of the family, not a merely a student and definitely not a tourist. Many homestay families host a number of students over a period of several years because they have found the experience to be so enjoyable. Some of our students maintain contact with their homestay families even after returning to the US.
If scheduling prohibits a homestay before classes begin, we will make sure to arrange this experience for you later in the semester. Our homestays are arranged by World Learning's British division, the Experiment in International Living (EIL), which houses visitors with families throughout Britain.
Beyond the Classroom: On-site Study & Excursions
Learning outside the classroom takes many shapes and forms, including on-site study or excursions to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses. The exact excursions you will participate on depend on your program choice, term of study and, in cases where extra non-program specific excursions are offered, your own personal preference.
Sample Excursions in Scotland
Scotland offers landscapes that have inspired people to embrace the outdoors. This theme will allow you to explore what sports and recreation mean in Scotland, their relationship to the Scottish landscapes, and its role in staying healthy.
Scotland has been for centuries the home of artists from a wide range of disciplines, from literature to painting, photography, sculpture and film. This theme will allow you to explore interesting features of artistic works and movements in Scotland or to create yourself.
Scotland has a strong identity within the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and the world, based on its past history, present politics and future prospects. This theme will allow you to explore the dynamic factors that shape this identity.
Since the 17th century, Scotland has been on the forefront of scientific research, thanks in part to the availability of natural resources. This theme will allow you to explore the achievements of Scottish scientists, inventors and industries as well as the natural world that influenced them.
Scotland is a very diverse nation, with strong regional specificities from north to south and east to west. This theme will allow you to explore the differences in languages, dialects and culture that you observe in the various parts of Scotland you will visit throughout your stay here.