Study Abroad and Off-Campus Learning

One of our goals as a university is to offer study abroad opportunities to all our students. This can be an especially important educational experience for science students, as the scientific community is interdependent and interconnected across the entire world. For people interested in healthcare professions, it affords the opportunity to experience a different culture and learn to appreciate and relate to people from different cultural backgrounds. In addition, many of these programs offer unique upper-division studies that may be more in line with students’ particular interests.

Since the major programs offered by the Department of Biology and Chemistry are quite demanding, not all study abroad programs allow you to fulfill your major class requirements. If you are interested in study abroad opportunities, the sooner you decide to go, the sooner you can plan for the experience. Always be sure to discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor!

In the past, we have had students from our department successfully spend a semester in the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, at APU’s High Sierra campus, and at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies.

Not sure that you can afford to go abroad? Students who are U.S. citizens and receive Pell grants may be eligible for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which awards 1,200 scholarships in amounts up to $5,000 each. Visit the Center for Global Learning and Engagement and the Office of Student Financial Services to find out your options.

Some of APU’s study abroad or off-campus options:

Most of these programs are managed through the Center for Global Learning and Engagement. Stop by the office to get more information on these and other study abroad options.


This study abroad option places you at 1 of 34 universities in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji for either a semester or a full academic year. You have the opportunity to study within your major with native students, and can often take laboratory courses and other upper-division science courses. Each participating university has a minimum GPA requirement.

Azusa Oxford Semester

This program affords students a unique model of study: students meet one-on-one with their tutors weekly in their major and minor area of study and discuss assigned reading material in those areas. This program allows students to become more acquainted with the literature in their areas of study and it fosters independence and deeper understanding of the subject matter. Laboratory courses are not usually offered at Oxford for APU students. Minimum GPA for this program is 3.40.

Watch a short film highlighting one APU student’s experience at Oxford University through this program.

Azusa South Africa Semester

This program currently does not offer science classes to our majors, but students may take general education classes to fulfill university requirements (for instance, take advantage of being able to study Zulu for your 8 unit foreign language requirement in one semester!). This semester may fit well for a student who is an applied health major in the physical therapy track. Minimum GPA for this program is 2.5.

Watch a video about the South Africa experience.

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

The Au Sable program is ideal for a science major as it offers transferrable, upper-division science courses with an emphasis on stewardship of God’s Creation. Courses may be taken during APU’s spring semester or during the summer, when three different sessions are offered. Classes are offered at the Great Lakes campus in Michigan, the Pacific Rim campus in Washington state, or the India campus in Tamil Nadu. Courses are numerous and varied and include Tropical Agriculture and Missions, Environmental Chemistry, Watershed Management, Introduction to Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Aquatic Biology, and many others.

A certificate program exists for stewardship ecologists, naturalists, environmental analysts, land resources analysts, and water resources analysts. In addition, a diploma for Certified Stewardship Ecologist may be pursued through Au Sable.

Fellowship and financial aid opportunities are available, including special grants for citizens of India.

For more information, contact Scott Kinnes, Ph.D., professor of biology and chemistry.

High Sierra Semester

This one-semester APU program allows students to have time for reflection, prayer, conversation and study in the beautiful Sierra Mountains just south of Yosemite National Park. Courses offered fulfill general studies requirements.

The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program, offered through the United States Department of State, is a nationwide prestigious and competitive award for students who are United States citizens to study or to do research abroad after graduation.

If you are interested in this program, the deadlines are in October the year preceding the academic year you will attend the program. Planning ahead is critical for this opportunity—start thinking about this and talk to your professors at the end of your freshman or sophomore year. At APU, we offer workshops on writing essays for the Fulbright application and we have a Fulbright program advisor with whom you can meet.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.