Experiential Learning 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 Lake Tahoe, to Ireland, to South Korea.
Immersed in heart of the Sierra at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, the Tahoe Semester uses a classical liberal arts model to engage the natural world through the integration of the humanities and the sciences. Students explore the natural world through the perspective of the biological sciences as well as from the vantage point of the philosophers, historians, poets, and theologians of the humanities. The semester also includes structured experiences in backpacking and extracurricular opportunities such as mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, and trail running. These opportunities, as well as the rich curriculum, provide a chance to experience, investigate, and apply academic coursework through experiential learning in Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area.
More information, including how you can fulfill general education requirements, is available on the Tahoe Semester website.
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 five universities in Northern Ireland for one or two semesters. Since its inception in 1995, more than 1,500 students have participated.
Northern Ireland Host Institutions
- Belfast Metropolitan College
- Queens University
- St. Mary’s University College
- Stranmillis University College
- Ulster University
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 five schools based on the space, program of study, and preferred semester (fall or spring). Placements are final and cannot be changed.
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.
Application Requirements 2021–2022
- An IAS nomination form completed by a faculty member or advisor at their home institution.
- A completed IAS application form.
- A copy of the applicant’s official academic transcript through the most recent fall
- Two letters of reference—one from the student’s academic advisor and one from a faculty member or administrator at the applicant’s home institution
- A 500-word essay describing the student’s educational objectives while studying in Northern Ireland.
- Additional requirements based on course of study as described below.
All application materials must be submitted as ONE COMPLETE PDF FILE via email on or before February 1, 2020, to Janna Wofford.
Coursework & Campus Selection Considerations
- IAS Program applicants should talk with their academic adviser or a study abroad coordinator to determine how participation in the IAS Program will affect progress toward their academic degree, particularly related to the use of credits completed in Northern Ireland.
- All of the participating Northern Ireland institutions prefer applicants for the Fall semester, especially for education students considering attendance at Saint Mary’s University College or Stranmillis University College. However, this is a preference and does not indicate that students will not be considered for the Spring semester.
- Registration for specific classes will take place after a student arrives in Northern Ireland. Students should be flexible in selecting courses and should not assume that all desired courses will be offered during the time they are in Northern Ireland.
- The University of Ulster (UU) has multiple campuses. Students attending UU are required to take all of their courses at one campus. Applicants should, therefore, confirm that all desired courses will be available through a single location.
- At Belfast Metropolitan College students can generally take classes in only one subject field. International students can only take classes in Higher National Diploma (HND) or Foundation Degree (FD) tracks. Business/marketing students must attend for a full year.
Additional Academic Program Notes
Students planning to study art must submit a portfolio of their work on CD with their application materials or arrange to upload the portfolio to the desired institution in Northern Ireland. Art students should have completed significant course work before applying.
Science or Math
Students planning to study science or math should have completed significant coursework in their field prior to studying in Northern Ireland.
Education/Teaching is available only at Stranmillis or St. Mary’s. Preference is given to students who have some in-classroom experience. Spring semester in Northern Ireland includes an in-school placement. Education students must obtain a background check and bring the results to Northern Ireland.
Students interested in studying a musical instrument will be directed to the University of Ulster, McGee and will be required to pay extra fees not covered by the tuition/fee waiver.
Program Selection & Placement
- Selection and placement of students is done by the institutions in Northern Ireland in consultation with the executive director of the APCU.
- The selection committee will consider a student’s field of study to see if there are matching courses in Northern Ireland. Students who cannot advance their studies in a chosen field or who have not completed a sufficient number of courses in their major will not be accepted. The committee will also consider a student’s interest in co-curricular activities, particularly those that relate to the student’s field of study.
- Qualified applicants who are not accepted may be put on a reserve list and offered a placement if another student declines. Applicants who are accepted will be notified in March and must accept or decline their offer by April 1.
- Students will receive follow-up information from their school in Northern Ireland in late spring or early summer. Placements are final and are not subject to negotiation. Accepted students must complete all required paperwork from their assigned school in Northern Ireland as requested.
Korean Summer Studies
APCU members schools stretch around the globe and include Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea. Their Korean Studies Summer Program (KSSP) attracts students from around the world each summer who want to earn three college credits while learning more about Korea through a variety of classroom and cultural experiences.
KSSP 2020 will take place June 29–July 19, 2020. The three-week academic program guides participating students through a diverse set of experiences that demonstrate the richness and dynamism of Korean culture in both its historical and contemporary social contexts. Students at APCU member schools are eligible for a 20% discount on the total cost of participation.
An eclectic mix of lectures on Korean language, society, history, economy, education, martial arts, K-pop, cinema, culture, and intercultural communication.
Unique weekly field trips to the Demilitarized Zone, Seoul, headquarters of Hyundai Motors, Everland resort, and several other cultural and historic sites.
Participants can earn three credits for the three-week program, along with another three credits for a teaching practicum during an optional fourth week.
Details about the program, including important dates and deadlines, cost and payment details, and student application/travel requirements.
This one-page form can be used to apply for the program. Please note that additional information is required to complete the application process.
This document contains information that will help you navigate your way to the place where all KSSP 2020 participants will gather to make their way to the campus of Hannam University.
For more details about KSSP 2020, contact:
Center for International Relations_Hannam University