Arcadia University Ranks #1 in Nation for Study Abroad
Arcadia University ranks #1 in the nation for the percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad in the 2008 Open Doors report, the authoritative annual census conducted by the Institute of International Education. IIE is recognized for its leadership in international education, including its role as the administrator of the Fulbright Scholars program for the U.S. Department of State.
In the Open Doors rankings, Arcadia has the highest percentage of undergraduate study abroad participation among all U.S. colleges and universities for the academic year 2006-07.
"Today's students are tomorrow's leaders," says Arcadia President Jerry Greiner. "And tomorrow, every leader will need a global perspective. Study abroad is no longer perceived as just for the privileged. It's part of a complete education that includes multicultural interaction."
Arcadia's vision is that students should have firsthand knowledge of other countries and their cultures. Making that vision a reality requires a commitment to supporting students who want to study abroad and innovative new programs to get large numbers of students involved, including programs such as London Preview, the First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE), the Majors Abroad Programs (MAPs), and Arcadia's new Undergraduate Curriculum, which requires a Global Connections Experience and Reflection—study abroad or study away domestically—for every student.
"Our success in serving students who want to study abroad really is made possible by Jan Finn and the Office of International Services. They provide each student with the personal attention needed to match study abroad programs with individual needs. And we are fortunate to have a The College of Global Studies, which offers more than 100 integrated programs at some of the top universities around the world," President Greiner says.
"We work every day to provide programs across disciplines and across nations in order to ensure students can take courses that meet their academic needs," notes Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Vice President and Executive Director of Arcadia's College of Global Studies. "The learning experience that lasts a lifetime is the immersion in another culture, another place, another people, another language."