Center for Global Learning and Engagement

Vision Statement

Transform APU students by broadening their worldview and preparing them to lead in our global world.

Mission Statement

The Center for Global Learning and Engagement (CGLE) carries out APU’s academic vision to deliberately and strategically integrate an intercultural and international dimension into teaching, research, and service functions of the university. The CGLE does this through the creation and maintenance of innovative, inclusive, and accessible study away programs and other global learning opportunities; comprehensive advising, preparation, and reentry guidance for students; and the creation of opportunities for faculty development and leadership in international education.


  • Communicate the importance of intercultural educational experiences.
  • Collaboratively design intercultural and experiential learning to fit the complexities of various student populations.
  • Provide educational programming that develops cultural competence and essential life skills within students.
  • Mentor students as they walk through the multiple phases of their intercultural journey.
  • Evaluate effectiveness.

What We Offer

The CGLE coordinates domestic and international opportunities for students interested in integrating experiential learning into their academics through various study away programs. These experiences give students the opportunity to enroll in programs that integrate academic, cocurricular, and extracurricular activities. Participation in study away lends students the opportunity to develop global learning and competence.

Many students are not able to include a full-term study away program while completing their academic plan, due to practicum or clinical placements, financial limitations, family obligations, or other nonacademic commitments. Therefore, studying away through GO Term programs may be an incredible opportunity to consider. These opportunities are developed for specific academic populations in shorter-term formats that are more conducive to varying student lifestyles. Learn more about GO Terms.

An off-campus study experience should be thoughtfully integrated into a student’s total academic plan and should be considered in consultation with the student’s academic department, advisor, and the CGLE.

Global Learning Objectives (GLOs)

GLOs are essential attributes that the CGLE 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. The GLOs are as follows:

  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.