Program FAQ

In light of the evolving global pandemic, you probably have a number of questions about your opportunities to study abroad. There are still exciting Arcadia options to pursue either this summer or in the future, so we’ve created this FAQ to help as you plan your next steps..

We will continue to update this page on a regular basis, so check back often.


Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Arcadia Programs


Is Arcadia still planning to run summer and fall programs this year?

Yes, we are currently planning to offer a limited number of programs in summer 2020 and all of our fall 2020 programs. For an updated list of our summer 2020 options, please visit our Arcadia Summer Programs 2020 page.

Please note that some summer program dates have changed. You’ll find more information on the program pages.

While the situation remains fluid, we expect that all fall 2020 programs will run as planned. We are also planning to offer all of our semester and summer programs again in 2021. In the event of any additional program changes, we will notify students and advisors with specific information.


If my program has been cancelled for summer 2020, are there still options for me to go abroad?

Yes. Students will have the option of either participating in one of the other summer 2020 or fall 2020 programs being offered, defer their current application to summer 2021, or apply to one of our fall or spring semester programs. For more options, please visit our updated Summer programs page, use our Program Finder to learn more about all Arcadia Abroad programs, or explore Intern Philly.


Have the summer and fall application deadlines been extended?

Many of our application deadlines have been extended for Fall 2020. Please see this list of Summer 2020 programs and their application deadlines and this list for Fall 2020 programs with new deadlines. As you explore our fall program offerings, you’ll find all application deadlines on the individual program pages.

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Application and Financial Questions


If I defer my summer 2020 application to a future semester or summer term (i.e. summer 2021), what happens to my program deposit?

We will transfer your deposit to the application for the future term.


If my summer 2020 program hasn’t been cancelled, or I choose to enroll in another summer 2020 program, but my home school has suspended summer study abroad programs, what are my options?

This will be dependent on your home school’s updated study abroad policies for summer 2020. Some institutions may allow you to go abroad with us independently, but many won’t. We deeply value our U.S. college and university partnerships and want to make sure that we all work together to provide summer options to students while supporting our institutional partners’ policies.


If my summer 2020 program was/is cancelled and I paid my deposit, will I get a refund?

If your program has been suspended or canceled on or before your program start date, and you have confirmed your participation, you have options:

  • You can choose to participate in another program in a different location or defer your program to a different term, same location. Your scholarships or grants will move with you.
  • If you decide not to change to another program and would prefer not to study abroad with us, your program fee, including your deposit, is fully refundable as outlined in our refund and withdrawal policies.


I’ve applied for, or am planning to apply for, a fall program but am unsure about confirming my participation and paying my deposit.  What is the refund policy?

Arcadia understands that the fluid nature of the current COVID-19 pandemic is making many students nervous about confirming their plans for study abroad in summer or fall 2020. While we continue to follow our normal program deposit and financial policies, we recognize that the current extraordinary circumstances require us to provide students and their families with some additional peace of mind during uncertain times.

Therefore, we will refund program deposits to students who withdraw their application prior to the deadlines listed below:

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Health and Safety Considerations


What is Arcadia’s approach to health, safety, and security?

Arcadia has full-time resident staff in each country and a Health and Safety team that provides 24/7 support for all of our students. They work closely with our host university partners and other members of our U.S. based team to help ensure the health, safety, and security of Arcadia program participants.

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