Experiential Learning

At Home and Around the World

Adventurous opportunities. unforgettable locations.

Students at all APCU member schools are eligible to participate in experiential learning opportunities through study away and study abroad programs offered through the APCU—from Atlanta to Northern Ireland and South Korea.

Education and student growth are strengthened outside the classroom. Students at APCU member schools can enjoy travel programming and study abroad opportunities—aimed at getting students off campus and into the world.

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Irish American Scholars

The Irish American Scholars (IAS) program provides a tuition-free opportunity for qualified students at APCU member schools to study abroad at one of four institutions in Northern Ireland for one or two semesters. Since its inception in 1995, more than 1,600 students have participated in this study abroad program. To learn more about studying in Northern Ireland, take a look at this information from the British Council.

Northern Ireland Host Institutions

Sophomore and juniors at participating APCU schools can apply to study in Northern Ireland in the following academic year. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and submit an application packet prior to February 1. The packet should include:

  • The completed IAS application form
  • A 500-word essay about you and why you would like to study in Northern Ireland
  • A current transcript from your college/university (does not have to be official)
  • Two references from faculty (typically your primary academic advisor and one other)

Your school’s study abroad advisor can nominate up to three students and submit application materials electronically. Each application is reviewed by representatives of the participating schools in Northern Ireland and the APCU executive director. Students are accepted into the program and placed at one of the participating schools based on the space, program of study, and preferred semester (fall or spring). Placements are final and cannot be changed.

Financial Considerations

Tuition and fees are waived for IAS at their Northern Ireland host institutions. However, participating students are responsible for costs associated with travel, housing, food, books, and living expenses. Some costs may be covered by student financial aid through the home college or university.

Note that Irish American Scholars may still be obligated to register and pay some amount of tuition at their home college or university during their semester abroad. Check with an international advisor to confirm any potential obligations.

The ATL Zacchaeus Fellows

The ATL Zacchaeus Fellows is a Christ-centered 9-month leadership development program for recent college graduates. Through paid degree-related work, spiritual formation, leadership development, and social impact, the ATL Zacchaeus Fellows learn to approach real-world situations through a Christian worldview. The ATL Zacchaeus Fellows Program catalyzes your career and your life for your most meaningful contribution to the flourishing of humanity.

From the largest PC(USA) Church, Fellows are provided housing, free of charge for 9 months + ~ 1/3 of their meal cost. We live in community, with full access to the gym, programming and worship of a 7,000 member church with highly engaged executive ties to Fortune 500 and local entrepreneurial business – all in the culturally vibrant ATL, home of the WORLD SERIES CHAMPION Atlanta Braves.

Seek out this wonderful “bridge year” option. Be closely supported by Mentors. Exit, catapulted over your peers – professionally and spiritually.