September 2008 Edition

Arcadia in Barcelona

We are pleased to announce that, effective September 1, 2008, Arcadia University assumed full ownership and programmatic responsibility for the Barcelona Center for Education Abroad. 

This transfer of ownership was carefully considered for some time and as always, the BCEA staff is working in full partnership with Arcadia’s Resident Director in Spain, Christine Kelly-Vereda, and her staff, to welcome 40 new fall semester students to the Barcelona program.

We anticipate a smooth and successful semester ahead, one that upholds the same high academic and student support standards that have always been in place within Arcadia’s programs and at the BCEA.

Since the program’s inception in the fall of 2005, Arcadia University has enrolled over 250 American students in academic year, semester and summer term programs at the Barcelona Center for Education Abroad. We have worked in close partnership with the BCEA staff and ownership, developing an academic program, providing academic accreditation and transcripting services for all BCEA-taught courses, in addition to developing a full program of orientation and student support services.

Arcadia University will continue to partner with the University of Barcelona and Centro de Estudios Hispanicos in providing integrative academic opportunities for students with advanced levels of Spanish language. We look forward to continued development of the program and the new opportunities that this change in program leadership provides. As always, we welcome your comments, questions, concerns and suggestions. Please feel free to be in touch with Lorna Stern, Director of Institutional Relations at or any member of Arcadia’s Senior Staff.

Learn more about the program.

Scholarships for Arcadia in Paris Semester and Summer Programs

Special scholarships are now available for semester study abroad in France, thanks to the generosity of a member of Arcadia University’s Board of Trustees. We are delighted to be able to offer $25,000 in scholarships for undergraduate students participating in the new spring 2009 semester program in Paris. Additional funds will be available for students choosing to study on the Arcadia in Paris summer program. Please contact Sue Richardson, Program Manager, for more information.

Visits to Arcadia Sites Abroad

As you plan your travel schedule for this academic year, we have been receiving requests from many of you to visit Arcadia program sites. The Arcadia team is delighted to host you at our offices abroad and in some cases we may even be able to assist you with financial support while you are visiting. While we welcome your visits and our staff will do their very best to accommodate your needs, please understand that our first commitment is to providing high-quality programs for our students and there may be specific dates when our staff could not support a visitor.

We ask that you coordinate with our staff well in advance of your trip and we would greatly appreciate knowing what, specifically you would like to see or discuss during your visit (i.e. housing, academic program, get a feel for the program site/city, etc) so that we can best serve your individual needs. Please contact Lorna Stern if you have any questions or concerns.

New Director of Assessment and Organizational Research

David Rudd (former Director of Student Services) was promoted to Director of Assessment and Organizational Research. Dave will take the lead in analyzing data for student and program trends, student performance, academic assessments and research and evaluations. He will be involved in strategy and planning as we take on new projects and program development and will work closely with Dr. Dennis Dutschke, Dean of Studies. In addition, Dave will work with our Institutional Relations team on data analysis for enrollment management.

Order catalogs!

In addition to our viewbook and country-specific catalogs, advisors are also invited to order special focus sheets for our programs in France, Tanzania, as well as the newly-developed Arcadia in London program: London NOW. Posters featuring our colorful, hand-designed covers are also available for order.  Order here.

London Now!

The London that students will discover on this unique semester program is London Now, a  contemporary, multicultural, global powerhouse of history, literature, politics, and society.  Learn more.

Application Deadlines are approaching for spring students!

Please refer to our Application Deadline page for information on specific program deadlines.

New Assistant Director for the West Coast

We are pleased to announce that we have hired Bridget Donoghue Vornholt as Assistant Director for the West Coast, which covers Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. Bridget brings to Arcadia a wealth of experience. Most recently, she single handedly established the West Coast office for the British Council working in tandem with the British Embassy and Consulate offices and was instrumental in promoting institutions in the UK to high school, undergraduate and graduate student audiences up and down the West Coast. She has come to us with very strong recommendations from many of the institutions with whom we currently work. Bridget will start training with us this week and will be out on the road for the bulk of the California fairs in October. Bridget is looking forward to being in touch with you in the near future.

Information Technology Services and Support

Beth Hunter has accepted an expanded role of duties as Director of IT Services and Student Support. While she will continue with her current role of student and site support, Beth will also represent the Center for Education Abroad across Arcadia University as head of our Information Technology group.

Student Services

Timothy Barton (former Assistant Director for Student Services and long-time program manager for the Arcadia programs in Ireland and Greece), assumed the position of Director of Student Services and will lead the group of program managers. In addition, Tim has accepted a new role as committee chair for the International Affairs Committee, an internal group developed among the support staff which focuses on infusing international programming themes throughout the University community.

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