International Students and Scholars

International Students and Scholars (ISS) assists all international students and scholars at APU with academic, spiritual, and community support, and promotes international awareness and involvement on campus. An international student or scholar at APU is defined as any individual who has an appropriate nonimmigrant visa to study or do research in the U.S. (typically F-1 or J-1, but others may also be approved). Any applicant to APU who needs to acquire or already has a nonimmigrant visa that allows study in the U.S. is required to apply through the Office of Undergraduate and International Admissions.

The ISS team oversees International Student Orientation, U.S. immigration services, and cross-cultural training and events, and offers other support services for all international students and scholars residing on and off campus. All legal and official documents are processed within this office.

Orientation for international students acquaints them with the university and with U.S. laws and culture. During orientation, ISS helps students obtain a bank account, cell-phone service, California ID, and off-campus housing as appropriate. Students may also obtain a Social Security number with the help of ISS if they obtain on-campus employment. In addition, ISS sponsors numerous other special activities to introduce students to Southern California.

ISS hosts various activities and student panels throughout the year to promote international awareness on campus, including Global Expressions, World Night Market, Journey small groups, and international awareness training sessions for student leaders. ISS develops and mobilizes a vibrant group of student volunteers to establish and promote global community at APU.

International Campus Fellowships

International Campus Fellowship groups meet weekly on campus to promote understanding of the Christian faith and provide opportunities for building friendships. Currently there are three international fellowships open to all students: Huaren Association, Japanese Friday Night Fellowship, and Korean Fellowship. For details on meeting times, contact ISS at (626) 812-3055.