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Study Away

Global Learning at APU

Through the Center for Career and Community-Engaged Learning, study away programs of varying lengths provide students the opportunity to complete academic coursework while traveling to locations around the world. Study away experiences deliberately and strategically integrate an intercultural dimension to the teaching, research, and service functions of the university. These programs are offered in fall, spring, and summer for traditional and professional undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. Study away programs include a variety of destinations and courses of study.

Global Learning Objectives

Global Learning Objectives are essential attributes that the center believes are needed for students to achieve global competence. APU study-away students have the opportunity to develop in these areas through thoughtfully planned and implemented domestic and international programs.

1. Local and Global Awareness

Demonstrating a personal knowledge of location(s) engaged (history, geography, groups, faith traditions, languages, resources, etc.) and articulating the interconnections between systems globally (social, economic, political, and environmental).

2. Communication

Demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively with the host community (verbal, nonverbal, written, etiquette, etc.)

3. Vocational Development

Developing knowledge and/or practical skills that are applicable in an academic discipline and/or career.

4. Cultural Inquiry

Taking on a posture of listening and learning, recognizing implicit bias, and developing the ability to see things through the eyes of others.

5. Self-Limitation

Humbly setting aside personal habits/preferences and operating physically within the community as if a local member.

6. Interpersonal Engagement

Forming self-sustaining relationships with members of the host community across cultural, class, and religious differences through active dialogue and collaboration.

7. Self-Awareness

Mindfulness of one’s social location; i.e., the connection between multiple categories such as gender, sexual orientation (attraction), race, ethnicity, nationality, level of education, relationship status, socioeconomic status, religion, immigration status, etc.

8. Emotional Maturity

Developing a contextually appropriate range of affective qualities: emotional resilience, positivity, confidence, initiative, empathy, flexibility, perseverance, etc.

9. Spiritual Formation

Developing personal faith/beliefs and knowledge of Christian and other faith traditions.

10. Behavior Transformation

Consciously acting in a just, socially responsible, and concrete way in daily life. For example, actions/choices in relationships, purchasing, diet, media, technology, social involvement, environmental impact, consumption habits, transportation use, vocational choices, etc.

11. Perspective Transformation

Evaluating, developing, and expanding one’s mindset and worldview.

Study Away Resources

The center’s study-away program include information for students applying to study away programs, and for alumni returning from study away programs.

Preparation Resources

Includes information on cross-cultural understanding and adjustment, an international student study away guide, and a parent/family guide.


Apply for outside scholarships or learn more about how to fund your study away program(s).

Alumni Resources

Includes information on reentry challenges, on-campus alumni resources, reentry integration, return assessments, alumni packets, and contests.

Health and Safety

Student health and safety on study away programs is of the highest priorities to Azusa Pacific University and its program affiliates. To learn more about the health and safety provisions available to Azusa Pacific University students, visit our Study Away Resources page, which covers topics including:

  • Traveler Health: Learn how to stay healthy and what to do if you become ill; includes important information on APU International Insurance Coverage provisions.
  • Traveler Safety: Learn strategies to stay safe during your study away experience.
  • Non-U.S. Passport Holders: View specific immigration information for U.S. permanent residents and international students participating in study away opportunities.

Make a Payment

Make a payment toward a student’s account by accessing our online Billing and Payment System. You will need the student’s APU ID number and last name. While your payment will not be considered a tax deductible donation, you can contribute to a student’s outstanding balance.

Donate to Study Away

The APU Study Away Scholarship fund supports APU students of all degree levels by eliminating financial barriers and providing students with an opportunity to engage in service-learning, academic excellence, and faith integration through domestic and international study-away programs. To donate to the Study Away Scholarship fund:

  1. Go to our MobileCause donation form.
  2. In the “Gift Designation” field, select: I’ll type my designation below.
  3. In the “Other Designation” field, input: Study Away Scholarship.