Experiential Learning

Through the APCU’s Partnership with the British Council

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 1,400 students have participated in this study abroad program. For more information about IAS, visit the IAS website by clicking the link below.

Northern Ireland Host Institutions

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.

To learn more about studying in Northern Ireland, take a look at this information from the British Council.

Study USA

The Study USA program is administered by the British Council and allows the best and brightest college students from Northern Ireland to study abroad at participating APCU member schools, as well as a select group of Catholic, and Methodist colleges and universities in the United States.

Program History

Overall, the purpose of Study USA is to produce graduates with an international perspective who will be capable of eventually making a contribution in advancing the Northern Ireland economy. The program, originally designed to help business majors at Northern Ireland universities experience and appreciate different cultures, faith traditions, and academic programs, has recently been expanded to include students in STEM-related programs.

APCU member institutions that choose to participate in the Study USA program become eligible to nominate their own students for up to a year of study in Northern Ireland through the Irish American Scholars program described above. More than 2,600 students have participated in these complementary programs since 1994.

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.