Program Requirements

Please read the following program requirements carefully before applying:

  • We do not admit first-year students into the program. Students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior status and must be enrolled through Azusa Pacific University. We only admit undergraduate college students. LA Term has consortium agreements with several Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) institutions. College and universities not within the CCCU are encouraged to apply.
  • A 2.5 minimum GPA is required for all participating students. Students on academic probation must receive final approval from the Office of Academic Advising to register for the full 15 units (4 courses).
  • The prerequisite course for Global Studies majors is GLBL 301: Anthropology for Everyday Life. Non-Global Studies majors do not have any prerequisite courses, however it will be beneficial for students to complete any of the following courses prior to L.A. Term: (GLBL 301) Anthropology for Everyday Life, Introduction to Sociology (SOC 120), or Human Diversity (SOC 358).
  • We do not admit students on a part-time basis. All students are required to take a total of 15 units of required courses. Given the demands of coursework, using public transportation, living with a local host family, and interning at a non-profit internship site, we strongly suggest students consider the demands required of the program. Although not recommended, students with financial hardship can seek out part-time employment only in the Los Angeles area at no more than 12 hours per week.
  • L.A. Term is considered an off-campus program under the auspices of APU’s Center for Global Learning & Engagement. Therefore, participating students are not permitted to hold leadership or employment positions or commitments to extra-curricular activities (e.g. short-term missions meetings, Alpha Leader meetings, residence hall meetings, etc.) on the Azusa campus.
  • The program is open to all undergraduate majors. All of the course offerings are Global Studies courses (GLBL 316, GLBL 318, GLBL 330, GLBL 345). All majors are strongly encouraged to apply. Some L.A. Term course units may count for Sociology and Social Work credit.
  • The program will accept applicants on the basis of (and in no specific order) GPA, units completed, previous academic and personal experience, recommendations, interview, and course prerequisite (for GLBL majors only). Since L.A. Term is an experience-based urban semester program with additional variables that may cause anxiety, stress, and discomfort (e.g. safety, public transportation, adjustment to host family environment and living, internship responsibilities, and the intensity of the course-related material), we also observe the student’s emotional, psychological, and physical limitations. Students may be referred to meet with the L.A. Term psychologist for further assessment and evaluation.