Diversity

International education is not outside your realm! Though an array of financial, institutional, and cultural obstacles has often discouraged the reality and perception of study abroad for many underrepresented students, the Center for Global Learning & Engagement puts a high priority on serving a diverse student body, and is working to develop and provide resources, scholarships, and opportunities to make education abroad a reality for more of our students.

Education abroad has become an enhancement to one’s education and career opportunities in a global world. The following links provide information, resources, and perspectives from the experiences of a diverse body of students who have studied abroad in a diverse world. If you have questions about our programs and/or would like assistance applying, please contact us at (626) 857-2440 or studyabroad@apu.edu.

Broaden your horizons and chart a new course for your future!

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 events, institutions, peoples, 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, visit the Office of the Provost’s Academic Vision 2022.

Online Resources

Printed Resources

  • “Diversity in Study Abroad.” Transitions, May/June 2000.
  • “Expanding Your Horizons” by Keisha Anderson, Black Enterprise, June 1996.
  • Connected Careers for the Future: A Guide to International Careers for Young People of Color. Video anchored by Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Features on-site interviews with Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans who are working in international careers. Available for purchase from: The Global Center, 575 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2200, New York, NY 10018. Tel: 212-246-0202.
  • Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure. Anthology of 52 travel tales by female writers including Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Audre Lorde, and Alice Walker. Edited by Elaine Lee, 1998.
  • “A World-Class Education: Rewards Abound for Those who Dare to Teach or Study Abroad” by Robin Smiles, Black Issues in Higher Education, August 2001.
  • “Globalization, Culture, and Sharing” by Julianne Malveaux, Black Issues in Higher Education, August 2001.
  • “An African-American in South Africa.”Transitions Abroad, July/August 1998.
  • “African-American Students Abroad.”Transitions Abroad, July/August 1995.

Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge NAFSA and the PLATO project, whose materials we refer on this site.