Center for Global Learning and Engagement
Director of Study Abroad, Carrie Ullmer
Assistant Director of Communication and Recruitment, Kelly LaRash
On-Site Student Development Coordinator, Jonathan Sherwin
The Center for Global Learning & Engagement (CGLE) facilitates program advertising and recruitment. CGLE hosts Oxford Info Nights and Study Abroad Fairs twice a year to help students connect with former alumni and answer questions. Students are engouraged to meet with Global Engagement Mentors (GEMs) in the CGLE office for help on their application process.
Students must apply by the designated deadline for the upcoming academic year. CGLE is the first facilitator to review student applications. The application has several components, and a committee of staff will make final decisions. Sometimes the Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies (OPUS) is brought into the selection process when students don’t meet certain standards outlined as a requirement.
Once the applicants are accepted, OPUS is notified, but all pre-departure coordination is facilitated by the CGLE office. Students will participate in an acceptance party that welcomes them to the program, introduces them to other accepted students, and highlights important information needed for arrival. They also have a final dinner party that is structured as a time for the students to bond, organize flight plans, and take care of last-minute program questions and paperwork. Lastly, all students are required to attend a mandatory, all-encompassing, informative pre-departure meeting hosted by CGLE staff. This covers extra details such as medical insurance, safety abroad, course registrations and final payments.
Faith and Learning
CGLE, in coordination with an APU faculty, and the student development coordinator oversee the Faith and Learning Colloquium MINC 360 course. This course offers study abroad students an opportunity to explore ways of purposeful and thoughtful integration of faith and learning. The Student Development Coordinator will meet with the students weekly, engage them in discussion, and suggest ways for them to live their faith in the city. They also host the students’ final symposium, which is the foundational component of the Oxford experience. Here, students will present to their peers what they have learned over the course of a semester in a formal celebration. The APU faculty is engaged with the students via email and facilitates the academic reflections and administers grades.
When students return, they will participate in a re-entry day to process and reflect on their experience with others that traveled during the term as well. Students are also invited to a High Dinner Reunion with their small group, a practice unique to the Azusa Oxford Semester.
Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies (OPUS)
OPUS Director, Deepak Mukhi
OPUS is responsible for conducting the on-site program orientation. Students have at least one full day of briefing about their course schedule, field trips, housing, extracurricular activities, the city, and cultural tips. The OPUS director usually has an opening High Dinner for the students that allows them to meet and make friends with some of the other students using the OPUS program.
Throughout the Azusa Oxford Semester, students study one primary and one secondary subject. OPUS is responsible for taking a student’s tutorial requests and finding tutors available in that subject during the student’s term.
British History and Culture
OPUS is responsible for the set-up and continual coordination of this course. British History and Culture is taught in seminar format with assigned readings, and/or travel-as-text learning. Past seminars have included British history, British politics, C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, and Church history.
All students participating in the Azusa Oxford Semester have their own private bedroom in a flat that is within walking distance from the city center. OPUS is responsible for the student housing lease, maintenance, and arrangement of roommates within those units. Students should expect to live with students from other universities. OPUS encourages students to become involved in their college’s extracurricular activities and clubs, and also hosts field-trips to get them acquainted with the English culture.