In recognition of the unique circumstances of the global pandemic, The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University has amended and is clarifying its refund and withdrawal policies for the Spring and Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2021 terms as follows:
Program deposits and enrollment agreements should still be submitted within 10 days of acceptance to the program.
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 College program for the Spring and Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2021 terms is fully refundable through December 1, 2020*. Withdraws submitted after December 1, 2020 will be charged $500 plus any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on the student's behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
You may also choose to divert your application to, and apply any payments toward, another program during the same term or to a future term.
In all instances, you should speak with your program manager.
In the event that a program is cancelled prior to the start of the program, Arcadia will refund all payments made by, or on behalf of, any student toward participation in a College program.
In the event of a program suspension after the start of a program, our existing policies still apply.
Students who withdraw on or after submitting their Enrollment Agreement, but prior to the full payment due date, will be charged $500 plus any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on their behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
Students who withdraw on or after the full payment due date, but prior to the scheduled overseas arrival date for their program, will be charged $1,500 plus any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on their behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
The full payment due date for fall semester programs in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa is 1 June, while all other programs have a payment deadline of 1 July. For students studying for an academic year starting in the fall, 60% of the total is due by the payment dates listed above with the remainder due by 1 December. For students studying for a calendar year starting in the spring, 60% of the total is due by 1 December, with the remainder due by 1 May. Full payment due dates for any program starting in the spring is 1 December and full payment due dates for all summer programs is 1 May.
Students who withdraw on or after their scheduled overseas arrival date for their program will be charged $2,000 plus any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on their behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
Refunds are approved only after all relevant accounts are cleared. Upon approval, a refund will be issued within 20 working days. In the event that a student's charges exceed the amount paid, the student will be invoiced for the difference.
Students participating in multiple summer sessions are required to remit a $500 non-refundable deposit and confirm their enrollment by returning an Enrollment Agreement. Students who change their session enrollment selections after submitting their Enrollment Agreement will be charged any non-recoverable fees paid on their behalf associated with sessions in which they are no longer enrolled.
If you are participating in a full-year program and notify us in writing at least one month before the end of the first term or semester that you will not be returning for the second term or semester, you will be charged the published fee for the completed term or semester and any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on your behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University. If you are participating in a full-year program and notify us in writing during the month before the end of the first term or semester that you will not be returning for the second term or semester, you will be charged the published fee for the completed term or semester, plus $500 and any non-refundable deposits or fees paid on your behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
If you participate in a program that requires no less than a full year of study, you will be charged $2,000 plus all non-refundable deposits and fees paid on your behalf by The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University or 50 percent of the program fee, whichever is lower.
1. Program Cancellation: In the unlikely event that a program is cancelled prior to the start of the program, Arcadia will refund all payments.
2. Program Suspension: In the case of events arising after the start of a program which are beyond our reasonable control and which make program continuation impossible, impracticable, or incompatible with the maintenance of reasonable health, safety, and/or security expectations, including, but not limited to, natural disasters such as fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, or floods; acts of God; strikes, work stoppages, or other labor disturbances; riots or civil commotions; acts of terrorism or other hostilities including war; power of government or governmental agency (of the United States or the host country), including restrictions on travel or free movement in country; disease, epidemic, pandemic, or quarantine; or any other like or unlike cause, Arcadia will actively monitor relevant information such as travel restrictions and health policies in our own country and the countries in which we operate to arrive at reasoned and thoughtful decisions, which may include the suspension of programs. If programs are suspended after the program start date, Arcadia will actively work to identify all recoverable expenses paid directly on behalf of students by Arcadia.
In the event student accommodation is provided by a third party via an agreement that the third party has with Arcadia, students will be subject to the terms and conditions, including refund policies, stated therein. In the event student accommodation is provided by a third party via an agreement that the third party has with the student, students will be subject to the terms and conditions, including refund policies, stated therein. Arcadia reserves the right to suspend on-site programming for the health, safety, and security of our students regardless of whether on-site accommodations provided by a third party remain open or available. In such cases, should the third party provider of accommodations fail to provide refunds, or refunds satisfactory to students, Arcadia explicitly disclaims any liability and by accepting the terms of participation in the program, the student agrees to waive and hold Arcadia and its directors, trustees, officers, agents, faculty, volunteers, students, employees, and affiliates harmless against any and all claims, demands, causes of action, or damages related to any requirement to leave such housing.
Tuition expenses are non-refundable when there is a plan in place for students to continue earning anticipated credits, such as through remote instruction regardless of whether a student elects to participate in any changes method of program delivery. Arcadia’s program fees, which include such services as pre-program advisory services, on-site orientation, support services which are provided throughout the program, health and accident insurance, post-program follow-up, and transcript are non-separable and non-refundable. With respect to excursions, Arcadia will refund all pre-paid, cancelled optional excursions using the original form of payment. Arcadia will reimburse students up to $500 total for demonstrated costs of changes from a student’s original itinerary for flights home for students departing from suspended programs.
A credit will be applied for expenses that are recovered in the following manner. If you have been billed directly by Arcadia, any applicable credits will be issued to your student account. If you have been billed by your home school for your program, you will need to follow up with your home school’s Student Accounts/Bursar's Office to determine how any applicable credits will be applied to your student account at your home school.
Your decision to reside in Arcadia University-arranged housing, whether it is a residential or a family-stay situation, is an important one. Because we must make student housing arrangements long in advance of the start of each program, we treat your choice of accommodation as a serious commitment.
We encourage students to live in housing sponsored by the host university or Arcadia-arranged housing. However, we recognize that students may prefer to live with family members abroad or may opt to make their own living arrangements. Students may request to live independently while understanding their responsibility in this decision and the risks associated. Certain programs require students to live in Arcadia-arranged housing. Arcadia University makes the following choices available:
1. Students who have – or who are confident they will be able to secure – independent housing throughout their program may submit the independent housing waiver to decline program-arranged accommodation except for orientation (and homestay) before the deadlines listed below or your program specific housing deadline (whichever is earlier). Arcadia University will waive the housing portion of the Arcadia program fee and will have no obligation to provide housing for these students.
NOTE: Students who intend to exercise the above option must inform their Arcadia program manager of this decision by the following deadlines to avoid the imposition of a supplemental administrative charge (as stipulated in 2-A, below):
|Term||Southern Hemisphere Programs||Northern Hemisphere Programs|
|U.S. Academic Year and Fall||1 April||30 June|
|Spring or Southern Hemisphere Academic Year||15 November||20 November|
|U.S. Summer||15 March||31 March|
2. Students who decide to live independently after the deadline stated above:
There is no credit or refund for a student who is suspended or expelled from the program for any reason.