Our world today has become much smaller with the evolution of technology and the sophistication of modern travel. Students must be well equipped and prepared to flourish in this increasingly borderless international community. The Center for Global Learning and Engagement provides multiple opportunities for APU students to enhance their educational experience through study away programs.
Azusa Pacific University seeks to prepare graduates to serve and lead in the global culture of the 21st century. International and intercultural study away programs are one of the most effective means of achieving this noble objective by cultivating historic and current global awareness, overcoming parochialism and prejudice, and enriching liberal arts learning, which results in caring servant-leaders. For these reasons, international experiences in intercultural contexts are a cardinal component of the institutional mission "to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence."
Although international travel may enrich the life of an individual, not all international experiences are equally valid additions to a student’s curriculum. The ideal paradigm provides the student with the opportunity to either enroll for a semester in a foreign university or program (full immersion: living, studying, and working in a foreign culture), or through an APU affiliation with another university, thereby creating an academic instructional integration of courses, lectures, and extracurricular activities for all or part of a semester (partial immersion). Many students, however, are not able to include a full semester away program while completing their undergraduate studies due to financial limitations, academic major, extracurricular aspirations, and other considerations. Therefore, short-term study away programs of three to six weeks are worthy of consideration and are provided by various departments of the university.
An international study experience should be thoughtfully integrated into a student's total instructional program and major, and therefore should be considered in consultation with the student's academic advisor and the director of the Center for Global Learning and Engagement.