This semester at our program sites around the world, we kick off our Life of the Mind Series, dedicating 2009 to the theme of Global Leadership. We at Arcadia firmly believe that the world can be led in new and promising directions when informed by a global view. It is hard to find a mission statement or strategic plan that does not say one of the purposes of education is to create globally aware, competent international citizens. We have never needed such citizens and leaders more. We recognize and accept our role in helping students to fulfill their potential as one of the most effective and credible diplomatic assets we have. To this end, our overseas staff has been working tirelessly to organize exciting lectures and events, which will introduce students to local leaders who are making a difference in their home countries and around the world. From our first Leadership Symposium in Rome this spring, to visiting with Members of the South African Parliament in Cape Town, to volunteer opportunities with the Greek Council for Refugees in Athens, we are confident that these unique experiences will have a long-lasting impact on students’ lives.
We were delighted this past fall to welcome our 50,000th student abroad in our 60-year education abroad history. We look forward to shaping the next 60 years, and as we do so it is critical that we embed the insistence on standards that is the hallmark of academic conversation; that we attend to the long term and not just the short term rapid returns; and that we display the qualities of reflection and thoroughness and resistance to sensationalism in our “best thinking” standards as well as our best practice standards. Since we live in a society where cult status and celebrity frequently are bestowed as a reward for the provocative rather than the profound, there will be an inevitable pull in the direction of the instant headline which all of us must resist. We must rather focus on what will enrich our colleges and universities and inform the world in which our students live.
One thing we do know about ourselves is that we are willing to embrace the complex and diverse possibilities produced by a changing world just by the very nature of the profession we have chosen to pursue. I am confident that many of our new program development initiatives will be a success and a model for future, similar undertakings, and will come to be viewed as one of the defining moments in the history of study abroad.
My best wishes for a happy and successful 2009,
Nicolette De Ville Christensen, PhD
Vice President, Arcadia University
Executive Director, Center for Education Abroad
The Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad has one of the most extensive scholarship programs of any study abroad organization, providing more than $2 million per year in financial aid and scholarships As we begin this new semester, we would also like to draw your attention to a number of special scholarships that may be available to your students. Learn more.
- A limited number of scholarship grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified students participating on our London Now, Arcadia in Barcelona, and Sydney Internship programs for the spring, fall, or academic year. Please contact Rosemary Hall, Financial Aid Coordinator, or the appropriate program manager for more information.
- The Society of the Sons of St. George is offering three scholarship opportunities for the 2009-10 academic year: one award in the amount of $12,500 for a student undertaking a full year of study; and two awards of $6,000 each for either a full-year or fall term/semester student. The Sons of St. George Society provides scholarship money for students who will attend a university in England, have a minimum GPA of 3.2, can show English ancestry, and reside in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, or Chester counties in Pennsylvania or
Camden, Burlington, or Gloucester counties
in New Jersey.
- Arcadia in Paris: generous support is available for students participating in our semester
program in Paris.
- The Gilman Scholarship: Students receiving a Pell Grant may be eligible for this scholarship which provides up to $5,000 for any semester or year abroad. Any recipient of a Gilman scholarship will receive a scholarship of at least $1,000 from the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad Scholarship Fund.
- University of Melbourne and Victorian College of the Arts – additional scholarships are available to students participating in these programs.