Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any scholarships available just for global studies students?

The Berdena Ruth Scholarship Fund offers renewable, need-based monies to global studies students. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Student Financial Services for more information.

Are there special applications for the two off-campus terms (Los Angeles Term and Global Learning Term)?

Los Angeles Term has its own application form and interview process. Visit the L.A. Term website for more information. Global Learning Term (GLT) requires successful completion of GLBL 301 and GLBL 305.

Are students who declare a global studies major or minor automatically entitled to complete the program?

No, those who declare a global studies major or minor should do so after careful self-examination. During GLBL 301 and GLBL 305, global studies faculty carefully observe whether students can handle the intercultural and intellectual demands of cross-cultural learning. Are they able to empathetically involve themselves in the lives of those different from themselves? Do they stay organized and produce solid work by posted deadlines? Additionally, both L.A. Term and GLT rely on the time and hospitality of others (city leaders, host families, service agencies). This places certain moral and ethical expectations on students—that they be mature and morally self-regulated to naturally comply with the expectations outlines in the APU Student Standards of Conduct.

All students must conduct themselves in a manner that promotes and supports the wellbeing of the community, its integrity, and Christian values. The university reserves the right to confront and hold students accountable for behavior that is detrimental to the student, infringes upon the rights and sensitivities of others, or has the appearance of impropriety…

I understand that GLT takes place in the materially poor areas of the world. How do I know if I’m ready for the demands?

In addition to the intellectual, intercultural, moral, and spiritual requirements mentioned above, the GLT also presents students with various physical demands. Ask yourself:

  • Do I have the physical stamina to walk long distances in the heat on a daily basis?
  • Do I have the physical agility to stoop, sit, sleep, and perform bodily functions in restricted spaces?
  • Do I have the physical health to resist illness or infection due to limited or poor sanitation, as well as extremes in air quality and temperature?
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.