When is Preview?
The Preview experience begins in late January and the off-campus component dates are during Spring Break.
Who is eligible?
Full and part time matriculated first-year students who enter the University in spring, summer or fall participate in Preview during the following spring semester, provided they enter with less than 32 credits, maintain a minimum 1.75 GPA and remain in good disciplinary standing. All new full-time transfer students who remain in good standing and are enrolled full time at the time of departure can participate in Preview.
How do I sign up?
All eligible students are notified by email in early fall about the online registration through MyArcadia. Students will receive specific details about deadlines and payment by email.
How do I decide which experience to participate in?
Students will indicate their top three preferences. Students are also asked to write a brief personal statement which explains their interest in a particular course. The statements will be reviewed and considered by Preview leaders.
Do I get credit?
All Preview off-campus experiences are embedded within a two-credit course which begins in late January and culminates in April. Individual faculty lead the curriculum. Preview is open to first-year and transfer students in all majors.
Who handles the accommodations and airfare?
The Office of International Affairs arranges logistics with the assistance of overseas staff in the Preview cities where The College of Global Studies is based. Student accommodations vary in each location, but are clean, basic and safe. Students will be housed with one to four roommates. Arcadia books regularly scheduled airlines and departs from nearby international airports.
Who accompanies the students off-campus?
Faculty direct the curriculum and are accompanied by other Arcadia employees who mentor students throughout the experience. The Office of International Affairs provides pre-departure guidance on the logistics, health and safety, passport and/or visa regulations, health concerns, costs, weather, and luggage.
How frequently do classes meet in spring semester?
Each faculty leader will announce class times and frequency in January, but expect to meet weekly between the end of January and mid-April.
How much does Preview cost and what does it cover?
Previews cost $495. All students are responsible for passport/visa fees, meals and incidental expenses. The fee covers air and ground transportation, programmed events, accommodations and some meals. Students who enter the University as a member of the Honors program and are active at the time of application do not pay the Preview fee.
What expenses will I have to pay for while overseas and how can I budget?
Students cover the cost of their passport (and visa, where applicable), lunch, dinner, souvenirs and individual activities. Costs will vary among sites, but $50 per day is a modest budget. Students report spending $250 to $800, depending on their habits and preferences. Check out exchange rates (www.oanda.com) and talk with former participants.
How can I get my money while overseas?
Students should take an ATM card that is linked to a checking account for easy access to funds and for the best exchange rate. The U.S. bank will charge fees for foreign withdrawals and it's important to notify the bank of the country and dates abroad. Credit cards (VISA or Mastercard) are usually accepted everywhere except for smaller businesses; travelers checks are not advisable.
Will I need a visa?
U.S. citizens do not require visas for short visits to most locations. Students who hold other passports need to check on requirements and the Office of International Affairs can help you. Note for U.S. "green card" holders, the passport determines visa requirements. Locations requiring a Visa for U.S. citizens will be noted in the Preview announcement and course description.
Do I need to know the language to participate?
This opportunity is open to students with and without language competency.