Program Updates: Safety as a core value

Arcadia Abroad remains committed to our mission of providing impactful global experiences to our students in a safe and responsible manner. It is one of our core values that is even more critical today as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

To achieve our mission, we must work to identify new opportunities for students, remain nimble in our approach and make complicated, and often difficult decisions.

Our Leadership and Crisis Management Teams remain engaged in an ongoing extensive review of conditions in all of the locations in which we operate as they relate to the pandemic and our ability to support students towards a safe and successful term abroad. This ongoing review may result in additional changes to our portfolio as we aim to provide every possible opportunity for students to study abroad.

Term Specific Updates:

Fall & AY 2020  |  Spring & AYSH 2021  |  Summer 2021  |  Fall & AY 2021

As additional changes are made, we will list the updates here and our staff will reach out to current applicants directly impacted 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. 

Spring and Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2021 Updates

For the Spring 2021 semester, Arcadia is planning to offer study abroad opportunities in EnglandIrelandItalyScotlandSpain, and Wales in addition to our Intern Philly program. 

  • King’s College London has suspended the King's College London Health and Society program for Spring.
  • The Glasgow School of Art has suspended all study abroad programming for Spring 2021. 
  • We have made the decision to suspend on-site programming for the Spring and Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2021 terms 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 are no longer accepting applications for Arcadia in Barcelona, Arcadia in Rome, and Arcadia in Greece.

  • The Umbra Institute has suspended the following programs for Spring: Umbra Institute, Umbra Institute Intensive Italian, Food & Sustainability Studies, Universita degli Studi di Perugia.

We look forward to welcoming students back to these programs in future terms. 

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.

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Summer 2021 Updates

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Fall and Academic Year 2021 Updates

  • We are no longer accepting applications for Arcadia in Barcelona, Arcadia in Rome, and Arcadia in Greece.
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As the pandemic has limited the opportunities for students to travel abroad, we’ve expanded our portfolio with Arcadia Abroad Online. Arcadia Abroad Online offers the flexibility of online learning while emphasizing the importance of meaningful engagement with the local cultural and learning contexts of your courses. Through Arcadia Abroad Online, we invite students to build their own experience from across our worldwide curriculum based on their individual goals.

Please reach out to your Institutional Relations representative with any questions or for more information.

Health, Safety and Security Questions:


Our Health and Safety team in the U.S., along with our resident directors and on-site staff, are closely monitoring the conditions in each of our host countries as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Arcadia will only move forward with on-site programs when it is reasonable to do so and with consideration of how conditions may change during the term. Our considerations include:

  • The ability for free movement in and out of the host country, as well as resumption of predictable flights
  • Status of community transmission of COVID-19, availability of testing, and contact tracing
  • Local governmental plans, recommendations and and progress toward reopening in each country
  • In-country efforts to mitigate spread, including local restrictions and recommendations
  • Government advisories and advice from our security assistance company, International SOS
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Our ability to promote student well-being relies as much on your actions as it does on our preparedness. Your ability and willingness to be flexible and act as a responsible, socially-conscious global citizen is required for a successful experience more than ever.

When participating in a program on-site, you will be expected to:

  • Immediately report to Arcadia staff if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms, and stay home from class or program activities.
  • Practice social distancing at all times.
  • Carry and wear a mask as required or recommended.
  • Comply with all local laws or restrictions that may be introduced in relation to COVID-19.

Our program managers and Health and Safety Team are available to provide additional support if you or members of your family have questions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your concerns.

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