Global Learning Opportunities

Mission Statement

The Center for Global Learning and Engagement carries out APU’s academic vision to deliberately and strategically “integrate an intercultural and international dimension into teaching, research, and service functions of the university”  through the creation and maintenance of innovative global learning opportunities, including study away programs; comprehensive guidance, preparation, and advising of students; and the creation of opportunities for faculty development and leadership in international education.

View additional information about the Center for Global Learning and Engagement, diversity in higher education, as well as how to collaborate on research requests.

Intentional Internationalization

Intentional internationalization emphasizes the pursuit of intercultural and ethnic understanding, both at home and abroad. This desire for global engagement calls for an active exploration of people, events, institutions, problems, and issues within and beyond our nation’s borders in order to promote the peace, joy, and love of God and to help form culturally competent faculty and students. Together, the diversity and internationalization initiatives refer to deliberate, systematic, and related efforts to integrate an intercultural and international dimension into teaching, research, and service functions of the university. For example, every academic program will include an opportunity for a cross-cultural educational experience so that all graduates may demonstrate intercultural competence as defined by their discipline. For more information on the university's commitment to intentional internationalization, please visit the Office of the Provost’s Academic Vision 2022.

The APU Global Mission

The Passion of God: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16

The Mission of God: “[God's] love has been perfected among us in this...as he is, so are we in the world.” 1 John 4:17

Mission and Purpose: “Azusa Pacific University...seeks to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence.”

News & Features

Center for Global Learning and Engagement

  • Mexico Outreach Commissions Students to Mexicali

    Mexico Outreach is a long-standing tradition at APU, deeply cherished among students and alumni. Mobilizing students and local churches since 1970, this spring's trip runs from March 4-10 and involves approximately 250 APU students.

Elsewhere at APU

  • John Thornton on the Great Giving Paradox

    John Thornton, Ph.D., chair and professor, Leung School of Accounting, examines the paradox of giving as it relates to Scripture.

  • Tina Ellison: Driven to Serve

    At Azusa Pacific University’s core are faculty and staff members committed to serving their community with a spirit of care and authenticity. Exemplifying this calling, is APU trolley driver Tina Ellison.

  • APU Theater Presents Godspell

    Azusa Pacific University theater presents Stephen Schwartz’s musical Godspell. The show runs on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. from March 30-April 9, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.