Arcadia Abroad

Arcadia Abroad


Students from colleges and universities throughout the U.S. study abroad with Arcadia Abroad!

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

Our staff and faculty around the world support students with everything from academics and student services, to accommodation, health & safety and local community engagement. Building on over 70 years of international education experience, Arcadia Abroad leads the way in innovative programming for study abroad.


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Yes, I recommend this program

I am really excited to study abroad. And this college is cheaper than other universities as well. I am from Nepal and right now studying on Bachelor 3rd year on the faculty of Humanities. I want to join a excellent University to extend my view, thoughts and ideas. As well as, want to study abroad. This university will be the perfect for me to create new thoughts and planning. After my Bachelor study, i am going to try this college and hoping for the positive response. I like to study Music or Sociology at there.

What would you improve about this program?
Will show more details about the study level and their costs for studying. It will help more and more intermediate students to know.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Marta and Eugenia in the Arcadia Center were great! Eugenia found amazing homestays for everyone! Compared to other programs who send students to the CLM, I liked that Arcadia had less strict policies on attending group events/classes -- some programs you could not skip any classes. They also arranged fun optional group excursions for us.

Unfortunately, there is a required Arcadia class that was in its first year when I was there, and it was taught in English. If you're hoping to take all of your classes in Spanish, this is a disappointment. It was also a point of contention between students and staff, as the teacher did not seem well-versed in the subject matter.

I completely recommend doing a homestay! Everyone loved their host families

What would you improve about this program?
No more required class in English, better communication between Arcadia in Granada and Arcadia in Glenside as far as the expectations and purpose of that class.
Yes, I recommend this program

The city of Cape Town alone could fulfill anyone's ideal itinerary for a study abroad destination. With the city so close to the universities, and plenty of hikes just an Uber ride away, traveling to other countries or cities on the weekends was unnecessary. There was never a shortage of new coffee shops, art pop-ups, or bars to go to in Cape Town. The University of Cape Town was challenging, something I wasn't prepared for but ended up loving. The class discussions were progressive and related to the political and social challenges the city was facing. The Arcadia house in Mowbray was perfect for creating close connections with people in the program and its location was an easy bus stop or walk from campus. Our RA Pumi was helpful and welcoming. She introduced us to her friends which was a great way to meet locals.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I was warned about the difficulty of classes.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I'd wanted to go to New Zealand my entire life and I was able to through Arcadia and the Vic. The Arcadia program managers were amazing and fun to be with--very interesting and amazing people! I had decided to take easier classes while abroad because my credits with my home school gave me some wiggle room in what I had to achieve while I was there, which gave me more room to explore and experience all that Wellington had to offer.

Speaking of Wellington, it is an incredible city; I'd definitely consider living there for a period of time. It's extremely walkable and just fun to learn the ins and outs of. There are two farmer's markets every Sunday, one on the water front, which also has a bunch of food trucks, and another, slightly smaller but less busy one only a few blocks away! There is also a night market every Saturday night on Cuba Street off of Manners (at one of the food trucks we got 2 massive, delicious samosas for $6NZD, which is like $4USD--quite the bargain).

A few other Wellington highlights were the Botanical Gardens (the Botans) and Koha. The Botans are beautiful and free and just a great place to go hang out! Plus some glow worms live there so if you want to scout some out for free it's the place to do it, 100%. Koha (which means gift in Te Reo Maori) is a cafe super close to campus, on the way from the Hub to Kelburn park/field, which is within range of the campus wifi and has the sweetest staff. It is a Christian organization but you don't have to be Christian to go hang out there (I'm not lol). There you can get coffee, tea, hot cocoa, sometimes they have sweets, and you only pay what you can! You leave a 'koha' when you leave, so it's a very nice very affordable place for students to come and get some work done. Highly recommend it.

My last note would be that the trips that Arcadia takes you on are unbelievable. For one, orientation was a blast and a good way to get to know the people you'll be spending time with. Two, the weekend trip to Abel Tasman was a once in a lifetime experience and I appreciate that Arcadia added this to the group activities because I wouldn't have been able to afford it otherwise. The scenery was beautiful and the hiking was amazing! Most of the students also got to go kayaking the last day there, which looked like a blast. I (unfortunately) had just gotten a wrist cast off and so could not participate in that.

10/10 experience! I already miss it and the people, though I know I made some life-long friends while I was there (sounds cheesy to say, I know, but it's 100% true... so... sorry for the cheese but it is one of the best foods.)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Study abroad is truly what you make it. One of my friends from the program was the chilliest and most positive people I know and took every situation and saw the funny side to it and I honestly think he had the time of his life. I got stressed out at times but the chill Kiwi way of life is very comforting and really helped me take everything for what it was and not blow it out of proportion. I would say hang out outside when you can (can't beat a good day in Welly!) and participate in things that make you happy. Make the most of your time there.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The experience was great. The staff have been very lovely and supportive. I have enjoyed the activities they've planned for us and I would recommend this program to anyone who would like to study abroad. The University of Auckland is the opposite of my home school in the US and it gave me the opportunity to become more independent and adaptable. The courses were rigorous and demanded a lot of work which allowed me to work more on understanding my preferred way of learning and studying.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose Arcadia because

  1. they are partnered with my school,
  2. they offer a program in Wellington, and
  3. the program offers many opportunities to explore the country, making the most of study abroad and encouraging a healthy balance between study and adventure.

All of the comments I had heard from previous students who had gone through Arcadia were extremely positive as well.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Arcadia assisted with finding housing, arranging the financial payments to the University in Wellington, and also offered activities and outings even after the initial orientation in Auckland. They took us to Abel Tasman National Park for a weekend and organized all of the transportation and housing, as well as an agenda for the weekend; they took us to Weta Studios for a tour of the practical effects workshops; they took us to a rugby game.

Food and most other activities were left for us to organize ourselves. I was assigned the housing at Everton Hall which, unfortunately, required that we pay for electricity, internet, and laundry. Arcadia offered some compensation for this, but it wasn't always necessarily enough; they were receptive to these comments from the Everton residents though, so hopefully, they'll be a little more on top of it in the future.

Personally, I really enjoyed the activities they planned/provided for us and I would highly recommend taking advantage of them. Additionally, over the two-week break nothing is planned which leaves room for students to plan their own activities. I went backpacking in the Tongariro National Park, two of my friends backpacked in the Fjordlands, and many of the other students in the program took the opportunity to explore the South Island either through bus passes or car rentals.

Food was relatively affordable, especially if you take advantage of the farmers' markets in Wellington (which are on Sundays year-round!). I was able to live off a food budget of around $60/70NZD (roughly $40/45USD). The exchange rate was the real hero of the trimester.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Take advantage of the weekend markets--not only are they fun but they are also pretty affordable and will help keep a budget. Also, get to know your flatmates! I got along really well with two of my flatmates but didn't really know the other two because they hid in their rooms a lot... Two of my good friends from the program, though, were homies with their flatmates, which made going over to their places a lot more entertaining (Kiwis are hilarious and very sarcastic, so be ready for that).

One helpful thing that the program managers told us during orientation was to keep in mind that, although study abroad is incredible and you'll have a ton of unforgettable experiences, not every day can be an adventure. So don't be afraid to take a day for yourself just to stay home and watch Netflix. Mental health is really important so don't feel like you're wasting your time if you wanna just chill for a day.

Wellington is honestly a dream, though, so take advantage of Cuba St. and the Te Papa museum and all the hiking that's just a bus or train ride away. It's a very walkable city so walk away!

WARNING: it is very hilly and windy, but gorgeous! Be prepared for your calf muscles to be t o n e d.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I had a relatively light class load, fortunately, so I had more time to just bum around. But generally, I would walk up to campus and go to a cafe called Koha (Amazing establishment, by the way, and surprisingly empty most of the time! Definitely a favorite spot). Then I would go to class, hit up The Lab for a smoothie,* and play frisbee with some friends in Kelburn park for a bit.

Then I might go downtown to walk about or get coffee and do work. Tuesdays we almost always went to Rogue and Vagabond for tacos ($2NZD tacos--essentially free), and we almost always went to the night market for $6 samosas on Saturdays and the farmers market on Sundays for groceries for the week. I also quite often made dinner with friends--budget-friendly + quality time. A few weekends we did short backpacking trips or hikes.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was concerned about being so far away from friends and family, especially with the substantial time difference between New Zealand and the States. I'm fortunate in that I go to college away from home so I've experienced the 'displacement' before. Still was a little intimidating though! I was also lucky because I knew another person doing the program, so I wasn't completely alone in a new country.

That being said, the program managers and staff are super sweet and supportive and available most of the time to help with any issues and the orientation in/around Auckland is a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other which made the transition into Wellington even easier. We pretty much remained a squad the whole quarter, plus Wellington/New Zealand is pretty small so we ran into each other a surprising amount of times.

These are my own 'questions'/tidbits and fun facts so I haven't the foggiest if they will be of interest or help but here goes!

Hiking highlights around Wellington: Red Rocks (NOT the amphitheater in Colorado), Paekakariki, Mt Victoria, Colonial Knob, Mt McKerrow, etc.

Red Rocks has seals which are a sight to see! It's also a site of filming for the Lord of the Rings, fun fact: when Frodo, Sam, and Gollum reach the Black Gates and Sam falls down the rocky cliffs thing.
Paekakariki is drop-dead gorgeous. Mind-boggling, even. It stretches along the coast and has a few suspension bridges. Be warned though, it's a one-way track from one train stop to another and there are a lot of stairs... I would recommend starting at the north end of the trail because then more of the stairs are going downhill.

Mt Vic is in Wellington and pretty short, but also beautiful (like all of New Zealand) and is also a LoTR film site: the road out of the Shire when they run into the Black Rider.

Colonial Knob is pretty easy and through farm country, so lots of cows and sheep!

Mt Mckerrow is where we went backpacking one weekend. There are several tracks in that area and the Mckerrow track leads to the Clay Ridge Track which led to the campsite we were aiming for. These are 'advanced' tracks though (Department of Conservation rating) which means they're pretty steep and you have to pay attention to where the trail is going.

Budget hacks: As I said before, the farmers' markets are the move for produce. Very affordable, but bring your own bags and cash!

If you're into Taco Tuesdays, Rogue and Vagabond has those sweet $2 tacos.

Koha is great because it's essentially pay-what-you-can! Koha means gift in Te Reo Maori, so when you leave you're encouraged to leave a donation. The people who work there are super nice and accommodating. However, they mostly do just coffee, hot chocolate, and tea--nothing fancy like lattes and cappuccinos because they don't have the equipment. Sometimes they do have yummy baked goods though!

The Saturday night markets have a truck that does two sizable samosas for $6.

There are two supermarkets, mainly: Countdown and New World. I've found Countdown to be more affordable in general.

Also if you are 18 (which you probably are) and want a bargain, JJ's on Cuba St has $10 jugs and free pool/billiards upstairs (free if you buy a drink, so mostly free).

Also a bunch of good thrift shops around. We found a 'tour de thrift' of shops in the Wellington area.

Favorite things to do: Botanical Gardens (Botany). Beautiful and free. They're a great place to walk around or sit and read or chat or what have you and they're super close to campus. Plus there are GLOWWORMS here (so you don't have to pay for the caves if you don't want to! You just have to venture and find them).

Te Papa Museum: Also free (except for like one exhibit) and very fun and informative to wander around.

Watching the sunset on the water: Stunning. Need I say more?

Oriental Bay: Great place to hang if you want to go to a beach/pier area.

Mt. Vic: Great panoramic views of the city.

Cooking with friends/Movies and Wine nights: Great, low-budget way to spend time with the homies.

But, you know, it's your life so live it the way you want I'm not here to tell you what to do.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Jane Gunn-Lewis

Job Title
Director, New Zealand Programs

What is your favorite travel memory?

Yikes! I have so many!

Hitchhiking on the back of a truck on my own from Wadi Halfa to Khartoum across the Sudanese desert was hard, but special. Climbing up Mount Fuji in darkness to arrive at daybreak. Chugging down the Mekong from Luang Prabang In Laos on a little boat with my hubby and friends. Hiking the Milford Track here in New Zealand with four other families and all our teenage children.

Probably the best memories are as much about the people you are with, as they are about exotic locations.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current institution?

9/11 happened during my first semester and I have watched as universities become more and more risk adverse, and students have become more tightly connected to home through social media.

I don't think my core values have changed. I still want our students to push themselves, and discover their limits, and fully engage with the people and environment here.

Every year a student comes to me with a weird or wonderful or very sad and difficult situation and I still ask myself "what is best for the student?" and the rest is usually easy to do.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I LOVE reconnecting with alums. In 2007 a student and I used to joke that he would one day be a pilot and I would hear him do the "hello this is your captain speaking" and I would squeal 'Rich!!" and run down the aisle of the plane.

Last year he popped in to NZ to catch up with people he is still friends with 10 years later and he came to Queenstown to see me. He now flies a plane that goes faster than the speed of sound over Syria and Afghanistan for the American Air Force.

I just feel so touched to still be connected through Facebook with so many former students.

What makes your institution unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Arcadia University is about getting the right balance between nurturing students and encouraging them to engage fully with their new environment. I say to the students "If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much space."

I was particularly proud last year when two of our Otago staff linked in with a local primary school and we got a relationship going where a group of our U.S. students visited the school each Friday and helped young Kiwis with their reading.

Through this our students got a sense of contributing to the local community and the local children had their eyes and minds opened to the world. Very special.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful institution?

Great communication. We tell our students and staff that we cannot help each other unless we know something is not right for them.

Good communication is honest and empathetic communication. Sometimes good communication means a hug in a time of sadness. And other times it is guffawing in laughter. The great thing about working in study abroad is that it is never boring!