Students Explore the World—and Learn about Other Cultures
Students enrolled in a course on Visual Culture
in India visited the Taj Mahal last spring with
Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Associate Professor
and Director of the Communications program.What does it mean to Arcadia students when they live in another culture and study abroad? It's an ideal opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture different from their own and to prepare for careers in a global marketplace.
"I studied in London in the spring of 2007, and I can honestly say that it changed my life. The English are not American cousins once removed, and there are an astounding number of distinctions in their culture," says Kathleen Leatherdale '08, who also visited cities throughout Europe, including Venice and Amsterdam.
Robert Marciante '11 participated in a faculty-led trip organized by Professor Thomas Brinker to Dominica, an island nation in the Caribbean, and reports, "I was able to visit, experience, learn and have fun—all because of this great University." Marciante's class studied the small nation's eco-tourism industry and other businesses in the developing economy.
Arcadia has one of the oldest and most prestigious study abroad programs in the nation, offering students opportunities to study at some of the finest Universities in the world. Options include more than 100 programs that range from a summer, a semester or a year and include internships tailored to a student's academic needs.
Each year, international courses also are developed by Arcadia faculty members from a variety of departments. Students complete coursework before and after their visit and conduct fieldwork, research or service learning during their travels. Incoming students also can attend one-week previews of London, Scotland, Spain or Italy.