Arcadia University Study Abroad

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Students from colleges and universities throughout the U.S. study abroad with Arcadia University through The College of Global Studies, the first college of its kind in the U.S. With over 130 programs in 15 countries, we offer a wide range of programs in many study areas. Types of programs include:

Internships, Semester, Summer & J Term, Custom Programs, Short-term programs, Faculty-led programs, Service Learning, Research Opportunities and Academic Year.

Our network of staff, faculty and 10 centers around the world support students with everything from academics to student services, accommodation, health & safety and local community engagement. Building on over 65 years of international education experience, The College leads the way in innovative programming for study abroad.

Our centers are located in: Athens, Cape Town, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Barcelona, Dublin, Granada, London, Melbourne and Rome.

Programs from Arcadia Study Abroad

  • Italy
    Located halfway between Rome and Florence, Perugia, "the big university town in a small Italian city," is the home of the...
    7 reviews
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  • Students Lion Tzia Greece
    Multiple Countries
    Arcadia University awards scholarship funds each year and offers over 140 programs across the globe. The Arcadia University...
    7 reviews
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  • New Zealand
    Victoria University of Wellington, split between three different campuses minutes apart in Wellington, draw on all that the...
    7 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • New Zealand
    The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university. The high concentration of students endows the city with more...
    7 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • South Africa
    University of Cape Town's student body of 20,000 is 15% international, so Arcadia's study abroad students will have plenty...
    6 reviews
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  • Spain
    Granada, located in the colorful, culturally rich Spanish region of Andalusia, is a vibrant city with rich culture. This...
    6 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • England
    Learn about the growing global workforce when you intern and study abroad in London. As an intern, you will need to be...
    5 reviews
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  • Ireland
    University College Cork is set on a stunning campus that combines a gothic revival style main Quadrangle building with...
    5 reviews
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  • Scotland
    You will experience a world-class academic program in a city that is trendy, vibrant and energetic at the University of...
    5 reviews
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  • Greece
    Students will be encouraged to become active participants in the Greek community and to learn about Greek culture,...
    4 reviews
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  • Italy
    One of the leading fashion design and art schools in Europe, Accademia Italiana Florence is located in Florence, the...
    4 reviews
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  • University of Westminster
    England
    With almost 20,000 students, the multi-campus University of Westminster is one of the largest universities in the United...
    4 reviews
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  • England
    Spend your summer studying in London- one of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitan capital cities. This innovative and...
    4 reviews
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  • England
    Spend your summer getting real world work experience in one of the most vibrant and multicultural world capitals- London....
    4 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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  • Scotland
    Located in the heart of Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh is a real student town and you can move easily between your...
    4 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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Program Reviews

  • Kerry
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Massachusetts
    University College Cork
    10/10
    The Ring of Kerry
    01/26/2016

    Through UCC I met a bunch of Irish friends which was amazing! They were such genuinely nice and funny people. One of my Irish friends invited us over to her house in Killarney for the weekend. Her father drove us around the Ring for seven hours (generally how long it takes to drive there). It was incredibly nice of them to do and they showed us places that the tours don't usually stop by. It was just an incredibly fun day for me and my American friends to be taken around by the locals. Later that night we met her Irish friends out and it was such a fun and unique experience. It would have never happen if I hadn't met her through UCC or where I lived. It brought me closer with some many cool and interesting people I will never forget. Arcadia allowed me to met Americans to start out and feel comfortable, but it also brought me closer to the people of Ireland and their culture. I am forever grateful for this wonderful experience.

    How could this program be improved?

    For Arcadia I honestly would have gone on more trips they had especially if they had more openings. Some trips were so cool and filled up so quickly. Also, some were so hard to get to so it would have been helpful if Arcadia helped a little bit with that.

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  • Anna
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Gaithersburg, MD
    Saint Mary's College of Maryland
    9/10
    Charming City, Delicious Food, Some Downsides
    12/19/2015

    The best part of Umbra's program in Perugia is the city itself. It's beautiful, charming and historical but isn't dangerous like bigger Italian cities can be. By the end of my four months, I was recognizing different people on the streets. The program itself is great, with one of the highlights being the weekly, hour-long tandems to improve our Italian and also make friends. One of the downsides washow late some of the cultural immersion programs startes and a lack of clarity about the language levels that were offered. Overall, I loved my time here and all the opportunities to connect with the community that Umbra offered.

    How could this program be improved?

    IHonestly, the program was great but
    I definitely wish there had been more preparing of food in my History of Food and Culture class.

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  • Emani
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Roanoke, VA
    Hollins University
    8/10
    Be prepared to Change
    12/16/2015

    As a Black person (from America) I admit I should have been prepared to learn more about myself through an experience in an African country, but nothing could have prepared me for the cultural exchanges I was influenced by. One of my close peers an African-American Studies major stated that she chose South Africa for its deeply rooted and controversial race history, but me on the other hand I was fascinated by the scenery Cape Town could provide me. One day while in a terribly long line at the University of the Western Cape while waiting to print I struck up a conversation with one of my local peers. Granted this man was a stranger but something motivated me to want to speak to him in this moment. I asked him something about campus or what his major was and he automatically pin pointed me as an "American" my North Carolinian accent gave me away. He then did something that completely took me off guard. He asked me if I thought being a Black person in the United States gave me more credibility than being Black in South Africa. I responded quickly babbling something to the effect of "no I still feel just as Black or authentic here in Cape Town. If I could go back to that moment I would have told him the truth that I had never before been faced with questions of my identity more than I did while in South Africa. That while interacting with Black people from so many different walks of life and experiences I desired to know a tribal language and be able to trace my lineage back to one specific area, other than the plantation that my fore-parents were born. So thank you mystery man and Cape Town for making me formulate questions to deeply rooted areas of my identity I am not sure I will ever fully understand. I am so grateful for this city and I wish that before I started my program I would have been more prepared to change.

    How could this program be improved?

    There should be better communication about the University of the Western Cape to the students that attend school there. The students that went to the University of Cape Town were more supported because the program staff knew more about the campus and resources. However, as a student that went down a less traveled path I do not feel that I was supported as well as I should have.

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  • Lisa
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    University of Minnesota
    10/10
    Will Change Your Life
    12/16/2015

    Studying abroad with Arcadia and having the resources to go on excursions with my "Arcadia Family" was something I couldn't find anywhere else. At first I wanted to go to Cape Town because I knew it was beautiful. It is, but it's so much more than that. There is a very complex and complicated history in South Africa and I learned more in this program than I would've anywhere else. It has left me curious to explore the rest of the world, have a very unique and undying place in my heart for South Africa, and I will never forget the people I met.

    How could this program be improved?

    I would be able to stay forever

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    Penrose Fam
    Hout Bay
    Braai
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  • Joelle
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Lexington, KY
    University of Kentucky
    10/10
    Wish I could do it all over again
    12/16/2015

    I'm one of those annoying people that says studying abroad totally changed them. But its true, Cape Town changed me into a better, more worldly person and even beginning to write this review makes me so homesick.

    The first day I woke up in my room in Cape Town, I was deathly ill. I'll save you the gruesome details but it was so bad I had to go to a doctor. I was in a new country with no friends yet and feeling completely hopeless. Everyone in my program had left for an overnight bonding trip and I was alone in this big house, sick as a dog. One of the Arcadia directors, Marsha, saved the day and came to be my mom for the next 24 hours. She dropped everything to take me to the doctor, made me soup, and slept in the house with me so I wasn't alone. I felt better the next day and I could already tell that I had chosen the correct program provider. Marsha is hilarious and she would always check up on me throughout the semester.

    I was in Cape Town from end of January to mid June and I'm not sure where to even begin. Our program was small, about 45 of us and we all instantly bonded. All the directors always said they had never seen a group like us that were so close. We got there two weeks before school started and were able to explore South Africa. We did a trip called the Garden Route with Southern Ambition and it was a 4 day trip along the coast with stops along the way. We stayed in hostels, kayaked to a waterfall, bungee jumped from the tallest bridge in the world, rode ostriches, played with cheetahs and lemurs, and many other adventures. It was a great experience because of who we were with, the company that hosted us, and just being able to get a view of SA and set expectations for the rest of the semester.

    School was challenging but doable. UCT is an esteemed school and the students there have worked their butt off to get there. It was actually really cool to be in such a dynamic school environment where students are engaged and debates are a common occurrence. Arcadia was a little different in the fact that we had a weekly class "Introducing SA" led by the director, Alan, where we would all attend. It was great because Alan is quite the character and we would all get to share experiences we had had or things we were going through. The best part of UCT for me was being able to hear opinions of those different than me with totally different backgrounds. Kentucky is very homogeneous so getting to have conversations with others about colonialism, supremacy, misogyny, and other tough topics was eye opening. I grew up believing what I did and never challenging it and left South Africa questioning why I believed the things I did and doing some self exploration. I went from caring about my little world and being uninformed to getting a better grasp of what the outside world looks like and trying to inform myself on important issues.

    My favorite parts of Cape Town were the hikes (Lions Head cannot be beat), the small little towns a short Uber away like Houts Bay or Kalk bay, the friends I spent everyday with, living like kings because of the exchange rate, bunny chow (a dish only in SA), and always being able to go on an adventure. Being home and not constantly planning a weekend trip has made me restless.

    I could carry on about my time abroad for hours but I will spare you my babbling. South Africa completely changed me in the best way possible and I walked away with experiences I will always hold dear and friends that I still talk to everyday. If you're looking for an experience a little outside of your comfort zone, look into Arcadia: SA. You will not regret it!

    How could this program be improved?

    Might have my rose colored glasses on but I cannot think of anything negative to say about Arcadia! They rocked it.

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    Hakuna matata, right?
    The wind was particularly dull that day
    Lion's Head sunrise hike
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