Arcos Learning Abroad is a global education community committed to positive change through transformative international education experiences. We provide intentional study abroad programming with the student and the educator at heart.
Why "Arcos"? "Arcos" (Arches in English) to us conjures the imagery of arches reaching across continents and cultures and connecting people, places and ideas. We also visualize the Roman arch and the solid, and lasting, structural foundation it provided to give rise to civilizations and societies over the expanse of time. An essential component to a successful journey. We seek to be the arch that not only connects - but supports - our students on their learning abroad experiences. We are that connection point between their curiosity to seek new experiences and the in-country learning that gets them there.
Mission & Vision
The Arcos mission is to serve as a faithful guide to the participant, as they explore and contribute to the world around them. Our vision is to accomplish this through a holistic approach to study abroad. All parts of our program contribute to the growth of the individual student. We are the bridge, the road, and the doorway for transformative international education.
The Arcos Story
Arcos Learning Abroad was formed by a team of study abroad professionals who had worked together as a study abroad family for many years. They literally assisted thousands of students in their study abroad journey over a period of 15 years. This team came together under the shared vision of providing intentional study abroad programming with the student and educator at heart. A high-level of personalization and quality permeates all of their decision-making and program planning. The goal is always to build an experience that supports the student on a growth journey through the highs and lows of the study abroad experience. Comfort zones must be broken down for growth and understanding to occur. The Arcos team is there every step of the way to assist in this experience and to help guide the student toward success. The imagery of arches is very strong to us and how everything is ultimately connected. We want to connect hearts and minds through Arcos. Step through the arch as you embark on this exciting time in your life with us. We rise to meet you.
We partner with accredited overseas academic institutions that provide a high level of attention to our students and academic variety.
All aspects of our programs are planned with academic excellence as a priority. This includes familiarizing students with the in-country academic institution, familiarizing them to the academic resources they have on campus, organizing calendars, allotting for study time, selecting engaging cultural activities, and establishing student guidelines.
It is paramount to us that study abroad be something that is reachable for everyone. We carefully analyze our programming to ensure that it is affordable and as inclusive as possible.
In order to maintain competitive pricing, we pay careful attention to costs and are flexible in our decision-making. We ensure our programs stay affordable, while always prioritizing our commitment to academic and programming excellence.
We work collectively in order to make realistic and intentional spending choices, with the goal of creating study abroad programming of only the highest quality and value.
Studying abroad is the only way to achieve the goal of immersing in a different language as it manifests in reality.
From the wonderful homestays to the engaging excursions, all components of the program are intentional in order to meet our objective of ensuring our students experience true immersion both linguistically and culturally, while also challenging themselves.
We seek to create meaningful connections between our participants, the program directors, the professors and all of those special individuals our participants meet along the way.
We set the stage for our students to step outside of their comfort zone in order to meet and interact with people they would have never encountered otherwise.
The Arcos Participant
Our participants embrace stepping out of their comfort zone driven by their desire to travel and take their academics to a higher level beyond the typical classroom environment, and to engage with an open mind in the new and wonderful experiences that immersing in a new culture brings.
Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusivity
Arcos Learning Abroad is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight or physical or mental disability.