A Leader in Study Abroad
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Arcadia University is nationally recognized as a leader in study abroad and a pioneer in international education.

International Recognition for Excellence in Overseas Education

IIE Open Doors—The Institute of International Education (IIE) ranks Arcadia University #1 for the percentage of undergraduate students participating in a study abroad experience of master’s level schools (November 2013). Arcadia has been in the top ten each year since 2004. More.

U.S. Department of State OSAC—The Overseas Security Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of State selected Arcadia University as the host for its renowned College and University Health, Safety, and Security Seminar, recognizing Arcadia’s leadership in these fields. Arcadia has led educational programs for the Department of State for many years.

LEAP—Arcadia’s College of Global Studies was selected by Japan’s Long-term Educational Administration Program (LEAP) to host an intern from the Japanese Ministry of Education.

American Association of University Administrators (AUAA) - The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University was awarded the 2012 Nikolai N. Khaladjan International Award for its assessment initiative Arcadia ATLAS™ (Assessment, Teaching, Learning and Scholarship).

ACE At Home in the World—The American Council on Education (ACE) recently honored Arcadia by naming us as just one of just eight universities in the country to participate in a cutting edge program focused on integrating international and domestic diversity funded  by the Henry Luce Foundation called At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments. A decade ago, ACE honored Arcadia by recognizing The College of Global Studies and the London Preview Experience as best practices. 

NAFSA—Arcadia was one of the very first universities in the country to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award from NAFSA, the Association of International Educators (2006); the Award is presented for overall excellence in internationalization efforts for our universities, practices, structures, philosophies, and policies.

European Association for International Education—This association presented its highest award, for Transatlantic Leadership, to the Founding Dean of The College of Global Studies, Dr. Dennis Dutschke.

It Happened Here First

The first post-World War II study abroad experience—A group of young Arcadia University women bicycling across Europe in the summer of 1948 paved the way for generations of students to study abroad.

Preview—We put our freshmen on planes to London for a week over spring break in 1994 to give them a “preview” of study abroad. Now two-thirds of our freshmen, along with many of our transfer students, participate in global learning experiences in a dozen locations each spring.  It’s an Arcadia tradition.

First-Year Study Abroad Experience—We started sending freshmen abroad for their first college semester in 2003. Now about 15 percent of Arcadia freshmen spend a semester in England or Scotland.

Global Field Study Courses—Whatever their major, students can take advantage of special interdisciplinary courses to learn more about an culture or an issue—from Ghana  to Cyprus, from Ukraine to Paris—completing fieldwork abroad with their professors and classmates.

Majors Abroad—Students make the best of both worlds by taking advantage of a year of major study at some of the top universities abroad with opportunities to work closely with Arcadia University faculty in seven special majors.

Global Connections Experience—We expect all of our undergraduates to immerse themselves in a new culture—living it instead of just reading about it. They study abroad or get involved in the region or local community.

Pathways to Study Abroad—In every undergraduate major.

The College of Global Studies—It’s the first college of its kind in the country—dedicated to international education and education abroad integrated into the academic and administrative core of a university in the United States.

Co-Curricular Learning Certificate—Not all learning takes place in the classroom, and The College of Global Studies developed the first Co-Curricular Learning Certificate in the field of study abroad that recognizes non-academic co-curricular learning experiences.

Global Engagement—The College of Global Studies centers worldwide incorporate internships, research and ethnographic study, along with community development and civic engagement opportunities and a core course.

Life of the Mind—The College of Global Studies developed the first meta-programming series in the field of study abroad, "The Life of the Mind Series,” which explores a common theme at centers worldwide each year through curricular and co-curricular programming.

Studying Study Abroad—The College of Global Studies established the Center for Research and Assessment, bringing together scholars from Arcadia University and from around the world to collaborate on research in education abroad and international education.

140 Programs Around the WorldThe College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is known nationally and internationally for academically and experientially rich international education programs in 16 countries, with more than 140 programs at the highest quality universities and sites around the world, with opportunities to study abroad in nearly every discipline with full-year and short-term study abroad programs for undergraduates (including first-year students) and graduates.

Arcadia Centers Worldwide: Arcadia Center in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland), London Study Center, Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Mediterranean and Balkan Studies (Athens), Arcadia Center in Ireland (Dublin), Arcadia University Center for Italian Studies (Rome), Arcadia Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences (Syracuse, Sicily), Arcadia Center in New Zealand (Queenstown), The Arcadia Center for Catalan, Spanish & Mediterranean Studies (Barcelona), Arcadia Center for Contemporary Studies in Spain (Granada), Arcadia Center in Scotland (Edinburgh), Arcadia Center in South Africa (Cape Town), Arcadia Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Arcadia Promise - A distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience.
A distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience.
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