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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best semester to study abroad? Do I have to wait until my junior year?
Many students choose to wait until their junior year to study abroad, but that is not always the case. Programs such as High Sierra and South Africa, which have more general studies classes available, are well-suited to freshman and sophomores. The Azusa Oxford Semester is usually reserved for juniors and seniors. If you want to study abroad during your senior year, you will need to sign a senior year agreement, and make sure ahead of time that all your classes will transfer. You may not take a Leave of Absence to study abroad during your senior year.

How much does it cost? Will my scholarships transfer?
Costs vary from program to program, so please explore the Financial Aid section of our website. This page explains the financial aid process for studying abroad. If a program is listed on our Approved Programs page, you can participate in the program without taking a Leave of Absence, while paying APU tuition. For more specific questions relating to your program, please email us at studyabroad@apu.edu.

Where can I go?
We have programs on all the major continents (excluding Antarctica) and others that travel to more than one location. For the full list of APU approved programs, please visit the Approved Programs section on our website; the programs are organized by location as well as discipline. While we offer a variety of study abroad options to students, it isn’t possible to offer programs everywhere, so if there is a specific program you want to get into that we don’t offer, we’ll do our best to help you get there!

What majors can study abroad?
The Center for Global Learning and Engagement offers a variety of programs to ensure that all students have an opportunity to study abroad if they plan for it! Some programs are geared toward meeting general studies requirements, so this is ideal for all majors.

For students with high on-campus involvement or hands-on majors such as Nursing, Theater, or Music, the Center for Global Learning and Engagement offers summer programs to allow students to remain on-campus during the regular school year.

Some majors offer specific study abroad options, including a Social Work May Term in Lithuania, School of Business Europe and Asia Summer Programs, and Nursing Track in South Africa (for seniors only). Other majors that typically offer summer programs include Art, History, TESOL, Biblical Studies, and Modern Languages*. Check with your major department to see what study abroad options will be available to you.

* These programs vary by school year.

We also encourage you to stop by our office with a copy of your transcripts to go over which classes are compatible with which study abroad programs.

What do I need to do if I want to study abroad through a non-APU program?
APU offers a variety of study abroad options for students, but if you should want to participate in a unique study abroad opportunity outside of what we offer, please visit www.apu.edu/studyabroad/programs/non-apu for specific details on how to go about that process. Non-APU programs require a separate application process.

What forms are required to study abroad?
All of the forms that you will need to study abroad through an APU approved program are available at www.apu.edu/studyabroad/forms/. If you are planning on taking a Leave of Absence to study abroad through a non-APU program, you should fill out the appropriate Leave of Absence forms.

Can I study abroad as a senior?
Yes, however, the student must file a petition with APU’s study abroad office, the Center for Global Learning & Engagement. Senior terms abroad may not be the most viable option in individual situations, but are allowable. It is strongly encouraged that ALL courses be approved prior to departure. The student takes full responsibility for accomplishing graduation requirements. The Undergraduate Catalog states, “Generally, seniors are not permitted to study abroad in their last semester. Seniors who desire to study abroad in the final semester are required to submit a petition to the Center for Global Learning & Engagement and satisfactorily complete the Intent to Graduate form prior to departure for the off-campus program.”

I am a Trustee’s Scholar; will my scholarship apply to my study abroad program?
Yes, if you attend the Azusa Oxford Semester, Azusa South Africa Semester, or any of the bestsemester.com (CCCU) programs, the full trustee’s scholarship will apply. Some restrictions may apply; please contact the Center for Global Learning and Engagement for more details.

Should I take a Leave of Absence?
Depends. Usually, students take a leave when they do not need any financial aid to assist with paying for the programs. The student MUST meet with the Center for Global Learning & Engagement to see if a Leave of Absence is allowed for a program. Certain programs such as Oxford and Lithuania are not eligible for a leave. Taking a leave forfeits any aid that is usually applied to a regular APU semester. The student must contact the study abroad financial aid counselor to assess what financial aid might be available for the student. Programs differ in what is applicable.

Can I take a Leave of Absence as a senior?
According to the residency requirement for graduation in the Undergraduate Catalog:

To earn an Azusa Pacific University undergraduate degree, the following units must be earned at APU:

Neither transfer credit (including correspondence courses) nor credit by examination (CLEP, AP, IB) may be used to fulfill the above residency requirement. The units for APU study abroad and university-endorsed study abroad programs may be used to fulfill the university residency requirement.

*Courses transferred as a result of taking a leave of absence will not count towards the residency requirement.

Will my courses transfer?
All units from approved study abroad programs (listed on the “Programs” section of this website) will transfer in as Non-General Education Elective Units, unless specifically approved via the Transfer Inquiry Form (PDF) or the “Off-Campus Registration Form.” (This form is completed after acceptance to the study abroad program, and is only for students going through APU, not for those taking a Leave of Absence.) Each course should be submitted by the student for approval.

If you are taking a Leave of Absence, you should also fill out a Transfer Inquiry Form in the Office of the Undergraduate Registrar.

Can I study abroad for longer than one semester?
Yes, but financial aid from APU will only be granted for one semester to an eligible program. Federal aid may be granted for up to two semesters abroad, limited to one semester per academic year.

If I register to study abroad through APU, do I have to pay the insurance fee, even if I have other appropriate coverage?
Yes, APU wants to make every effort to ensure a safe study abroad experience, and requires the international insurance fee. There will be no exceptions.

Do I book my own flight(s)?
Yes. However, the APU South Africa Semester and select summer programs may require group travel. Also, individual outside programs may arrange for group travel. Please contact the program directly.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to stop by our office in Magnolia Court in the Mods (just around the corner from the Health Center). The office is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. We are closed daily from 12-1 p.m. for lunch.

You can also reach the Center for Global Learning & Engagement at (626) 857-2440, or by email at studyabroad@apu.edu.