Services For International Students
A community of faculty, staff and students supports Arcadia's international students. From the time you are accepted until the time you graduate, you will find a number of resources to aid you in your educational journey. The following are the main, but not the only, support services available.
Office of International Services (OIA)
Your primary source of contact is the OIA. Support begins with pre-arrival information and guidance for students and their families. It continues through activities organized for international students and to raise awareness about different cultures on campus, updates on current issues and personal guidance throughout your entire Arcadia career. The OIA also conducts an undergraduate international student orientation, which prepares students for life on the Glenside campus and the American higher educational system.
Office of Enrollment Management
Enrollment Management staff will help you determine how to finance your Arcadia education. Throughout all your years at Arcadia, you will work with your own financial aid counselor and the International Recruitment Coordinator to discuss your financing options and, if applicable, keep your scholarship and/or loan money in order. Staff members are available five days a week to answer questions and help you through the financial aid process.
Nurse practitioners and part-time physicians are available five days a week to provide free health care services to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Arcadia students are invited to walk in to the Wellness Center during the week to receive care. Any additional services that students may require, such as medications, immunizations, and laboratory tests, can be charged to their accounts or paid in person. Local hospitals provide assistance when the Wellness Center is closed.
All international students must enroll in medical/accident insurance which is designed for international students and includes repatriation. Click here for further information.
All undergraduate students are assigned an academic advisor, even in their first year at Arcadia. Academic advisors are part of the teaching faculty. They work with students to register for classes each semester and monitor academic progress. These individuals maintain office hours each week for consultation.
Graduate students in our education, English, counseling and humanities programs are assigned an academic advisor upon acceptance into their programs. This faculty member will help facilitate the academic transition, supplementing the support offered by the Office of International Services and the rest of the Arcadia community. Those students studying forensic science, genetic counseling, international peace and conflict resolution, physical therapy and physician assistant studies enroll with support from a faculty advisor and a clinical coordinator (where applicable).