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Eligibility

Am I eligible to study abroad?

Sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible to study abroad. A minimum GPA of 2.3 is usually required to study abroad, but each program has different GPA requirements. Students from any major are eligible to study abroad.

Note: If you are interested in studying abroad during your first year, you may be eligible for FYSAE - you can find more information about this program here

I am a transfer student. Am I eligible to study abroad?

Yes, but it is important to plan ahead. You may find it difficult to study abroad in your senior year due to Senior Seminar requirements. Transfer students are required to complete 16 credits at Arcadia before studying abroad.

Can someone who studies abroad still graduate on time?

Yes, with advanced planning and appropriate expectations. Faculty advisors and staff in the Office of Study Away will help you identify a program that fits your educational goals and enables you to stay on track.

Arcadia's Undergraduate Curriculum makes it easier than ever to meet graduation requirements when studying abroad. Rather than a checklist of required courses, Arcadia's curriculum encourages you to explore a wide range of subject across disciplines.

How many semesters can a student study abroad?

You have multiple options for international experiences. Students in the First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) or Second Year Study Abroad Experience (SYSAE) often spend another semester abroad during junior year. Arcadia's Majors Abroad Programs (MAPS) require two semesters abroad. You can explore all of your short, medium and long-term options with faculty advisors and your Study Away advisor.

Where do I start?

A great place to start is by doing some research on the various programs available to you. Then, book an appointment with your study away advisor to discuss your options and how to begin your application.

How do I apply for a passport?

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the program end date. US citizens can find information on how to apply for a passport here. Keep in mind that it may take 6-8 weeks to receive your passport, so don't delay! If you are not a US citizen, you should contact your consulate if you need to renew your passport.

Choosing a Program

When can I study abroad?

The Office of Study Away supports students studying on long-term programs: summer, semester, and academic year. When you choose to study abroad will likely be based on your personal interests and academic goals. Be sure to talk with your academic advisor as early as possible to integrate studying abroad into your academic plan.

If you are looking to study abroad for a shorter amount of time, Arcadia offers options including Spring Preview and Global Field Studies courses. These programs are run by the Office of International Programs. You can find their contact information here.

What programs can I go on?

As long as students are eligible (based on their GPA and other requirements) and have followed the OSA policies and procedures, students can study abroad on pre-approved programs, which can be found here.

What should I consider when choosing a program?

  1. Academics: consider your program choice in regards to your major and academic goals. There are many programs that can complement your major studies at Arcadia, or offer unique classes that you cannot take in Glenside. What are your goals?
  2. GPA: each program will have its own GPA requirement. You can find this on the program page of each program. There may be two different GPAs listed:
    1. Recommended: This is the recommended GPA that students are generally required to have in order to be accepted.
    2. Consideration: This is the GPA that the program may consider. Whether or not you are accepted will likely be dependent on additional materials like a GPA statement and a letter of reference.
  3. Location: think about what kind of location you would most enjoy. Big city or small town? Coastal region or rural area? Field research or travel? It is worthwhile to consider your personal goals as well - do you want to be more adventurous? Learn how to surf? Live in a bustling international city? Be surrounded by art?
  4. Language: you may want to consider your language proficiency as well. Many Arcadia programs offer students the opportunity to improve their language skills, whatever their current level.
  5. Cost: while students who participate in an Arcadia University pre-approved program pay the same tuition as in Glenside, some regions of the world have a higher cost of living, as well as currency that is worth more than the US dollar. All programs have an estimate of additional expenses, which can be found on The College of Global Studies website. Go to the program page of interest, scroll down to the "fees and scholarship details" then select "more info."

Are there internship or research options?

Yes. There are many programs that include an internship or research opportunity over the semester and summer. Ask your Study Away Advisor for more information if you are interested in one of these options.

What if I am not sure about spending a whole semester abroad?

Arcadia has pioneered a number of programs designed to introduce students to study abroad and give them a taste of what an entire semester would be like:

  • Spring Preview: offered during spring term to eligible first year and transfer students for a low cost that includes transportation, housing and programmed activities.
  • Global Field Study: may be offered in fall, spring, or summer semesters and available to juniors and seniors with some open to graduate students as well.  GFSs are taken over the course of a semester on the Glenside campus and include an additional off-campus field study, typically lasting 1-2 weeks.
  • Summer Programs: The College of Global Studies offers a variety of summer programs where students can take a few courses, participate in an internship or in research. Note: if students study abroad over a summer, their financial aid will not be carried over.

Courses

Will the grades and courses count?

Yes! All students who study on Arcadia pre-approved programs will receive letter grades that count towards your undergraduate GPA. Pre-departure advising guarantees that all credits will count and transfer.

How do I pick my courses?

  1. Start by thinking about what classes you need to take, which ones you want to take, and which classes you can be flexible about. Look over your academic plan and discuss options with your academic adviser. Once you have a list of requirements you still need to fill, you can begin figuring out what classes you should take abroad.
  2. You can then begin to explore The College of Global Studies website for Arcadia students.  Each program has a link for courses which bring you to a page that explains how to choose classes and the credit values for your chosen program.
  3. Most foreign universities have different academic credit systems so it’s important to understand how the credits of your program match up with the Arcadia system so that you pick appropriate classes.
  4. Once you have selected a few programs of interest, make an appointment with a study away adviser to review your program options and course selections.
  5. The final step is to have your academic adviser approve them. Fill out the Course Approval Form with the courses you and your adviser select. Be sure to list if the courses are for a major/minor requirement, or if they are an elective. If they are directly replacing a required Arcadia course, please list that course on the form as well. Make sure that your academic advisor signs the form to indicate his/her approval and return the form to Taylor Hall.

What do I do with the Course Approval Form once my academic advisor(s) have signed it?

Please drop the signed Course Approval Form off to your study away advisor in Taylor Hall. 
Important: you will not be formally approved to study abroad until this has been received. 

What is a Global Connections Reflections course?

This is a key Integrative Learning Experience in Arcadia's Undergraduate Curriculum. All students complete this course while engaging in an experience in a cultural context different from the one in which they grew up. This course assists students in reflecting on the interconnections, interdependence, and inequality they encounter during the experience in working to understand the world and their part in it.

Students will be automatically enrolled in this 2 credit, online course when they study abroad. If you have already taken this course, it will be your responsibility to un-enroll from the course.

At a number of Arcadia Centers, the following pre-selected cornerstone courses also fulfill the Global Connections Reflection requirement.

    • CAPE SMCI 310 - Introducing South Africa: History, Politics, and Culture
    • GRAN ANTH 250 - Cultural Diversity in Contemporary Spain: Migrations, Identities and Historical Heritage
    • GREA GRCU 111 - The Greek Key: Unlocking Athens
    • LONS SOCG 285 - London: Experiencing the Global City
    • ROMA RMML 350 - Modern Life in the Eternal City

Applying

How do I start an application?

Once you have met with your study away advisor and they have approved you to take the next steps in the process, you can begin the application for your program choice through the Arcadia Passport student portal. There are three steps to this application:

  1. Register for an account (you should use your arcadia.edu email address).
  2. Submit the initial online application (this is where you provide some basic information, including your GPA, program choice, contact information, etc.)
  3. Complete the additional application forms in the Arcadia Passport (like your transcript, passport, and more). The "admissions forms" must be completed by the application deadline, which you can find on each program page. 

Note: If you have already studied abroad, you can simply log back in or hit "forgot password" to get back into your account. You will be able to start a new application in the Arcadia Passport without going through Step 2 again.

As you work on the application, you can also use these helpful Application FAQs offered by The College of Global Studies.

How do I complete the "supplemental form" asking for Study Abroad Approval?

Please fill out the contact information for your study away advisor in this form.

Note: this will not be marked as complete until you have provided your signed Course Approval Form to your study away advisor.

What is the role of my Program Manager?

Once you have submitted your application, you will be assigned a Program Manager at The College of Global Studies. This Program Manager is an expert in the program you have chosen to apply to and he or she will help you through the application and pre-departure processes. You can ask your Program Manager questions about topics like: submitting forms in the Arcadia Passport, differences between housing options, enrolling/registering for courses, applying for your visa, what the program is like, life overseas, etc.

Your Program Manager will be your main point of contact about the program once you apply and will provide you with important and helpful information, so be sure to check your email and voicemail regularly for communication from them. If you have any questions about Arcadia University processes like financial aid and course approval, you should be in contact with the appropriate staff on campus. 

How long does it take to find out if I am accepted to the program?

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and most are made within about two weeks of completing the "admissions forms" in the Arcadia Passport. However, each program is different so it is best to be in touch with your Program Manager about this.

Pre-Departure

How do I commit to the program?

Once you are accepted to a program, you will need to formally commit to the program to secure your space. To do this, you must submit:

  • Enrollment Agreement: this will be accessible in your Arcadia Passport once you are accepted. Please be sure to hand sign it (electronic signatures will not be accepted) and submit it.
  • $500 Deposit: this payment can be made with a credit/debit card through your Arcadia Passport or by check and delivered to the One Stop Shop in Taylor Hall.

Who will help me with preparing once I am accepted and committed to the program?

Once you are accepted and committed to the program, your Program Manager will help you prepare for the next few steps. 

What is a visa and how do I get one?

A visa is a travel document issued by a foreign government, which gives you permission to legally enter the country. Visa application processes and regulations vary by country, and not all programs will require that students get a visa. Once you are accepted into a specific program, your program manager will guide you through the process of getting a visa if one is required.

What is a Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)?

The Office of Study Away will host a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation on campus. This usually occurs on a weekend shortly before reading day. Please be in touch with your study away advisor if you do not know when or where the PDO is taking place.

Finances

What will tuition and housing cost?

For an Arcadia student, spending a semester or an academic year studying abroad through any of Arcadia University’s approved programs around the world, the cost of tuition and housing will be based on the Glenside rate, however some housing options could incur additional fees.

If a meal plan is required, students will pay the Arcadia rate or the fee charged by the overseas program, whichever is lower.

What services are included in the tuition cost? 

All program fees include a spectrum of pre-departure and in-country services. An orientation before you leave as well as one when you arrive overseas to help provide you with the information you need to learn and explore your new location. Arcadia’s in-country staff also provide a safety and support infrastructure. Services included in program fees are the following:

  • Tuition
  • Guaranteed housing
  • Overseas orientation program run by Arcadia staff
  • Medical insurance
  • Pre-departure advising, support and orientation for students and your families
  • Some cultural excursions
  • Safety and security management plans
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Student service support by Arcadia staff in-country

What other expenses can a student expect?

Travel, books, visas and other costs vary by program and country. To help families plan, you can find an "estimate of additional expenses" by clicking on the program page, scrolling down to the "fees and scholarship details" section and click on "more info."

Do financial aid and scholarships apply to study abroad? 

Yes. Scholarships, grants and loans (including Arcadia University merit scholarships and other institutional aid) apply to study abroad on one of the pre-approved programs. The only parts of your financial aid package that do not travel with you are work study and RA stipends.

Are there other scholarships available?

Yes! Many Arcadia students are eligible for scholarships like the Gilman Scholarship. Ask your Study Away Advisor what other opportunities may be available to you and check out the many scholarship opportunities through The College of Global Studies here.

Support Overseas

What should I consider about health and safety?

First, you can find a wealth of information about staying healthy overseas, insurance and more here.

In addition, you should discuss your study abroad plans with your doctor, physician, psychologist and/or psychiatrist as early as possible to discuss how you will manage any current conditions overseas and how you will bring any current prescriptions overseas.

And finally, you should be sure to disclose any current conditions, academic accommodation, disability accommodation, etc to your Program Manager so that he or she can best support you.

Is insurance included?

The College of Global Studies enrolls all students on their programs (except New Zealand) in GeoBlue Health Insurance.

Students studying in New Zealand are instead enrolled in Student Safe Insurance due to federal standards. Student Safe does not cover pre-existing conditions, but students who have such conditions can get additional insurance through GeoBlue. Talk to your Program Manager if you have any questions. 

What kinds of support are available to me while abroad?

Arcadia programs have plenty of in-country staff who can help you with any issues you have, from financial to housing to getting over culture shock. They should be your first stop for any issue that you have while abroad.

The College of Global Studies also has a 24/7 emergency support team here in the US.

Disabilities

Can I study abroad if I have a disability?

Yes. Arcadia University encourages students with disabilities to consider study abroad. We are committed to working with you to find a program that suits your individual needs and provide reasonable accommodations.

CAN I RECEIVE ACCOMMODATIONS WHEN I STUDY ABROAD?

Yes. The first step is to meet with Arcadia's Disability Support Services to ensure they have all of your disability documentation. After that, schedule an appointment with your Study Away advisor to help you find a program that best fits for your individual needs.