Preparing for your Study Experience

What should I expect out of a study Abroad program with Arcadia?

While we can’t tell precisely what the future holds, we can promise that Arcadia Abroad is committed to providing compelling, globally-focused study abroad opportunities that will have you exploring and engaging with the diverse communities of your new host country.

We’ve collected a series of frequently asked questions here; however, you should always feel free to reach out to your program manager with any additional questions or to discuss your program. We’re here to help.


FAQs

Arcadia Abroad Financial Information:

Health, Safety and Security:

Arcadia Abroad Program Availability and Program Details:


Arcadia Abroad Financial Information

 

If my program is cancelled and I paid my deposit, will I get a refund?

Please see our refund and withdrawal policy

If your program is canceled by Arcadia Abroad on or before your program start date, you get your deposit back.

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If my program runs as scheduled and I confirmed my spot but now decide I do not want to participate, can I get a refund?

Please see our refund and withdrawal policy

If you choose to withdraw from your program, or your home institution suspends support for student participation, any deposits or program payments made by, or on behalf of, any student toward participation in a program for the Summer, Fall or Academic Year 2021 terms is fully refundable as outlined below.

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If I defer my application to a future term, what happens to my program deposit?

If you have already paid your deposit and choose to defer your application to a future term, your deposit will be applied to that term.

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I have received a scholarship from Arcadia. How will this scholarship be affected if the program moves to partial or full online delivery of courses?

Arcadia is committed to maintaining our regular scholarship program, including Arcadia Abroad scholarships, for individual students and institutional programs. Awards will apply regardless of whether we deliver our programs completely in-country, completely on-line, or through a combination of both modes. Arcadia Abroad scholarships are no longer applicable and will not be awarded for partner programs that Arcadia has suspended.

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Health, Safety and Security

 

How is Arcadia monitoring and evaluating whether a program can operate in-person?

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 resume on-site programs when it is reasonable to do so and we are confident the program can be completed abroad as planned.

At the country level, we consider the following in our assessment. Arcadia will run all scheduled programs:

  • Where borders are open
  • Access to healthcare is predictable
  • Where COVID-19 is being managed in a way that allows our students to experience their host country
  • Where there is a documented academic contingency/distance learning plan and guaranteed completion of academic credit
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Do I need a covid-19 test to enter my host country?

The entry requirements vary by country but at this time, many countries do require you to show proof that you tested negative for COVID-19 within the three days prior to departure. For more information, visit your destination country’s official COVID-19 webpage, listed here.

Everyone will need a COVID-19 test taken at the end of your term in order to re-enter the United States.

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How is Arcadia preparing to promote student well-being for in-person Intern Philly placements?

Our teams are engaged in an extensive planning process to ensure we, and our partner employers, are prepared to offer students the most effective support possible in the new normal of living with COVID-19.

  • All students in Arcadia-arranged housing will be guaranteed a single bedroom
  • We will have protocols in place to support students through two weeks of self-quarantine or isolation should it be required at any time during the semester. This support will include food delivery, online course access, etc.
  • Student events and excursions will be delivered online.
  • We will increase the frequency of scheduled professional cleaning for all Arcadia buildings as needed and determined by local professional guidelines.
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WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER AS I PREPARE FOR AN ON-SITE EXPERIENCE?

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.

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.
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DO I NEED TO RECEIVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE?

At this time, this is not a requirement for participation. Arcadia will continue evaluating whether host
countries will require inoculation to enter the country and update participants accordingly.

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CAN I RECEIVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE WHILE I’M ABROAD?

It is unlikely you will be able to receive the vaccine while abroad. Most countries are still vaccinating
vulnerable populations, much like the US. If circumstances change, we will update students.

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Arcadia Abroad Program Availability and Program Details

 

WILL MY COURSES BE IN-PERSON, ONLINE, OR BOTH?

Academic delivery methods may vary. You can, and should, expect an invigorating and rewarding academic experience. Our overseas partner institutions are prepared to adapt to an ever-changing reality by mixing in-person, and online learning approaches depending on the circumstances.

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WILL I BE ABLE TO JOIN CLUBS AND SOCIETIES AT MY HOST UNIVERSITY?

Yes, our partner universities abroad are as eager to host clubs and activities as you are to join them. Social distancing is enforced and the ability to gather and attend events is dependent on the current local restrictions.

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WHAT CAN I EXPECT WITH A VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP?

There are a broad variety of placements, from social media assignments for businesses and web content creation, to providing research to support business development projects or developing communication plans and content for non-profit organizations, and many more. You can expect to have a blend of time spent working online at the same time as the 'home office' and time spent independently working on projects for your placement. Check out this video about Virtual London Internships with Arcadia. Guest lectures from industry professionals and a digital resume workshop is also included.

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WHAT TECH SUPPORT WILL I HAVE FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING?

Arcadia is committed to All Modes education through Canvas, Zoom and other online platforms. Our goal is to ensure that student learning is seamless, whether in-person, online, or somewhere in the middle. Support for students is available both on-site at the London Center and from Arcadia’s U.S. campus. Students are expected to utilize their own devices to participate in our virtual learning opportunities.

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WHAT EXCURSIONS OR CO-CURRICULAR EVENTS/ACTIVITIES CAN I EXPECT IN A VIRTUAL PROGRAM?

You’ll enjoy many fun and rewarding online activities and events hosted by Arcadia, bringing our virtual community of students together with program faculty, staff and guest presenters. Check out our virtual Activities and Events for Virtual Global Internships for some examples of the virtual activities on offer. You can also check out our student and center blogs.

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Additionally, we've outlined expectations for students traveling abroad.

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.