Global Learning at APU

11 Global Learning Objectives

Global Learning Objectives are essential attributes that the Center for Global Learning and Engagement 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.

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

  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).

Intellectual and Practical Skills

  1. Communication: Demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively with the host community (verbal, nonverbal, written, etiquette, etc.)
  2. Vocational Development: Developing knowledge and/or practical skills that are applicable in an academic discipline and/or career.
  3. 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.

Personal and Social Responsibility

  1. Self-Limitation: Humbly setting aside personal habits/preferences and operating physically within the community as if a local member.
  2. Interpersonal Engagement: Forming self-sustaining relationships with members of the host community across cultural, class, and religious differences through active dialogue and collaboration.
  3. 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.
  4. Emotional Maturity: Developing a contextually appropriate range of affective qualities: emotional resilience, positivity, confidence, initiative, empathy, flexibility, perseverance, etc.

Biblical and Theological Equipping

  1. Spiritual Formation: Developing personal faith/beliefs and knowledge of Christian and other faith traditions.

Integrative and Applied Learning

  1. Behavior Transformation: Consciously acting in a just, socially responsible, and concrete way in my daily life. For example, actions/choices in relationships, purchasing, diet, media, technology, social involvement, environmental impact, consumption habits, transportation use, vocational choices, etc.
  2. Perspective Transformation: Evaluating, developing, and expanding one’s mindset and worldview.