August 2008 Edition

A Letter from Lorna Stern Laniak

Dear Friend:

It’s that time of year again when all thoughts turn to the arrival of students on our campuses and the beginning of a new ‘season’ in study abroad. Here at Arcadia we are just finishing up a very successful summer, with our new programs in Tanzania and  France having launched to much success and student acclaim. This summer we enrolled our largest short-term program cohort, at just under 500 students in 22 programs in nine countries. We are excited at the growth in this area, and will continue to support these program options for our students with summer scholarship funding.

We are all delighted at the advent of Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Executive Director of the Center for Education Abroad. It seems fitting that as we celebrate our 60th anniversary as well as enroll our 50,000th study abroad program student this fall, that we do so with new leadership. We will continue to build on the excellent foundations established by Dr. David Larsen – our commitment to excellence, academic quality and accountability –  while moving into the future with new directions in programs, additional services to home institutions, and an expanding regional staff to better serve your needs.

Our assistant directors are based regionally throughout the United States, and serve as a point of contact and regional resource for both students and advisors. All of our assistant directors welcome the opportunity to come to your campus to speak with you, your students, faculty, and/or administrators. They are happy to assist you with informational sessions, fairs, and pre-departure orientations, or simply to update you on Arcadia programs. Find the assistant director responsible for your region.

Additionally, myself, Nikki, and Dr. Dennis Dutschke, our Dean of Studies, will be very happy to visit with you on your campus to work with your study abroad office, CFOs, provosts, and faculty should that prove useful to you. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me if I can be of service to you or your campus, or to arrange a visit. You may reach me at 267-994-7003, or via email at

We wish you all the very best this fall,

 Lorna Stern Laniak
Director of Institutional Relations

Arcadia Welcomes Christensen at the Helm of the Center for Education Abroad

We are delighted to welcome Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Ph.D as Vice President of Arcadia University and Director of the Center for Education Abroad this summer. Dr. Christensen (Nikki) succeeded David Larsen, Ph.D, who retired this past June after 20 years of service to Arcadia. Dr. Christensen is a passionate believer in the benefits of education abroad, and came to Arcadia from New York University, where she served as the Executive Director for Global Education Management. She earned her Ph.D at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, her MBA at the University of North Texas, and her BS at the College of St. Mary in Nebraska. Dr. Christensen’s two decades of experience in a variety of roles in higher education and business – as a tenured faculty member (business management and marketing), senior study abroad administrator, international education consultant, and college relations coordinator – and her service on professional boards, committees, and task forces including AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators), the Special Olympics Advisory Board, and the United Nations Task Force on Education, have given her a thorough understanding of the complexities of our broad field as well as unique insights into the challenges of advocating for international education at the campus, national, and international levels.

Dr. Christensen looks forward to working closely with you and your students and welcomes your questions and feedback. Please do not hesitate to contact her if she may be of assistance to you in furthering the case for education abroad and international learning on your campus.

National Advisory Board

We are excited to welcome 12 new members to the National Advisory Board of the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad. Our board is composed of well-respected administrators and faculty with extensive experience in international education. Board members represent diverse perspectives on study abroad and come from a wide variety of colleges and universities. Their collective institutional experience with regard to programs and services, curricular design, program assessment and evaluation, and knowledge of study abroad ethics and policies continually informs the strategic planning and program development of the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad. Read more about Arcadia’s National Advisory Board.

The names of our newly-appointed members are listed below. A complete list of National Advisory Board members is available on our website.

Michael Adewumi, Pennsylvania State University
Lynn Anderson, University of California San Diego
Rebecca Bergren, Gettysburg College
David Clapp, Wabash College
Eowyn Greeno, Brandeis University
Brian Harley, Purdue University
Warren Haffar, Arcadia University
Cathy Huber, University of Minnesota
Barbara Lindeman, University of Missouri
Hilary Lieberman Link, Barnard College
Kristen Mallory, Claremont McKenna College
David Schmidt, University of the Pacific

Arcadia in Tanzania

This spring will also mark the beginning of a new semester program in Arusha, Tanzania, focusing on human-rights education and African culture at the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research. Students will focus on the region of East Africa specifically, and their studies will be informed by the work of the legal and developmental human rights organizations in operation there. Field sites in Arusha and in the Maasai community will round out the experience.

The program’s resident director, Martha Stambuli-Niko, brings to Arcadia a wealth of experience in the areas of strategic and cross-cultural management.

As a native Tanzanian, she has worked extensively in enterprises aimed at providing economic empowerment and sustainable development for her fellow citizens. Toward that end, Martha has worked with the British Council in Tanzania on professional development opportunities for young people; with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on an international health training project; with the mining sector in Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia, collaborating on development of corporate social responsibility practices; and with farmers in Tanzania, conducting agricultural research while providing educational resources for crop protection.

In her role with Arcadia, Martha is responsible for the day-to-day operations and student support functions in Arcadia's Tanzanian programs, as well as serving as the primary liaison between Arcadia's Glenside office and its partner institution in Arusha, the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research. View a video of Martha Niko speaking about our programs in Tanzania.

Paris Semester Program to Begin in Spring 2009

Due to the overwhelming success of our summer program, we will be launching a semester program in Paris beginning in spring 2009. This program is run in partnership with the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD) and the Alliance Franšaise, and offers students an incomparable location from which to study politics, history, international relations, and French language and culture.

Find out more about this exciting program by contacting Sue Richardson, Program Manager at

Hertford College at Oxford

We are pleased to announce our new affiliation with Hertford College at Oxford. Beginning with the fall 2008 semester, Oxford applicants will now have the opportunity to enroll in this renowned college as well as St. Anne’s, St. Edmund Hall, and Lady Margaret Hall. First established in 1282, the progressive and innovative Hertford College has enjoyed a colorful history and counts many distinguished personages among its alumni, including metaphysical poet John Donne, renowned philosopher Thomas Hobbes, and 18th-century satirist Jonathan Swift. Please contact Program Manager Katharine Reinhart for details.

Order your 2009 Arcadia 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. London is a place to be experienced as it unfolds, a place where students can also get a cutting-edge understanding of business, law, environmental studies, art, design, culture, and much more. Arcadia embodies this world-leading seat of culture, commerce, and expanding knowledge in a curriculum that gives students a choice of ways to learn – provided in specially-taught classes, at a renowned metropolitan university, and at a prestigious college of fashion. Learn more.


Students Experience Olympic Excitement First-hand in Beijing!

With the help (and far-reaching connections) of Han Bing, Resident Director of the Alliance for Global Education program in Beijing, students have been able to secure tickets to numerous Olympic events including track and field at the Bird's Nest, swimming and diving at the Water Cube, rowing and kayaking, tennis, volleyball and basketball. In addition to these exciting events, the students will also have a rare opportunity to meet with Olympic athletes in person and appear on NBC’s Today show with Ann Curry. For details about the Alliance programs in China, please feel free to contact
Janice Levitt at

Alliance Program in India Prepared for Spring Launch

The Alliance for Global Education will launch its programs in India with a program entitled Contemporary India: Development, Environment, and Public Health. The program is based in downtown Pune; a vibrant, bustling city of 3.5 million located a short train ride from Mumbai. Students will take part in an internship opportunity or directed research, will take a core course on contemporary India, and will enroll in electives including Social Justice, Development Economics, Environmental Issues, Film, and Public Health for a total of 15-18 credits per semester. In addition, a full range of co-curricular opportunities and urban and rural field trips complements the program curriculum. The Alliance’s Director for Programs in India, Dr. Andrea Custodi, welcomes your questions and comments at any time. Please contact her at

New Program Manager for Australia, South Africa, & Tanzania

We are pleased to welcome Seth Graham as the new Program Manager for Australia, South Africa and Tanzania. Seth joins us from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (a division of IIE) based in Washington, DC, where he worked as a program associate administering the Fulbright Senior Scholars Program for the Middle East, North Africa & Southeast Asia. Seth received his BA (with various honors) in International Communication from American University. In addition to spending a semester in Cape Town during his undergraduate years, Seth studied for ten months in Israel prior to the start of his undergraduate work and has traveled to other countries in Europe, Africa and North America. He looks forward to working with you and can be reached at

New Program Initiative for Visiting Students at the University of Edinburgh

In an effort to assist visiting students in finding courses within a specialized major or area of interest, the College of Humanities at the University of Edinburgh has put together a group of Study Abroad Special Interest Programs. These programs consist of a group of related courses within a specific major and include a pre-law program, a religious studies program, a Scottish studies program, and a historical studies program, among others. Contact Traci Chupik, Program Manager for Scotland for details.

New for Summer 2009

Mediterranean Myths & Monuments: The Classical World Today
Athens, Rome, Syracuse. . . a three-city, ten-credit summer odyssey in conjunction with the Arcadia Center in Athens and the Mediterranean Center for Arts & Sciences in Syracuse, Italy. Learn more.

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