The Azusa Pacific International Education Foundation was established in 2007 in South Africa to provide a Study Abroad option for students from the Azusa Pacific University in California. The founding document of API states that it exists primarily to “facilitate and arrange for the involvement of students of USA educational institutions, as part of their studies, in humanitarian and welfare work among the poor and needy of South Africa.”
This vision has been carried out very successfully on its Pietermaritzburg campus (Savannah Estate) and, between 2014 and 2019, on a second campus in Fish Hoek, Cape Town. To date well over 1200 APU young people have completed the South Africa semester on one of the campuses, most of them in general education courses, but more than 200 from the APU School of Nursing.
Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the program in 2020, with some uncertainty about 2021. We would appreciate prayer that the program can resume in 2021 and that the staff, all of whom have accepted salary sacrifices for the second half of 2020, will be able to get back to doing what they love - serving the students from the US.THANK YOU to the more than 100 past South Africa students who clubbed together to send a gift to support the Savannah staff during the lockdown. SO appreciated!
Our Four Cornerstones
Modelled on those adopted by APU, API stresses these four foundational elements that frame what we do:
Belief in Christ is central to all that we think and do, and who we are. It is this understanding of God’s love that informs all our pursuits: academic, service, and community.
We are called to scholarship permeated by our Christian faith. We are committed to teaching excellence. The liberal arts are central in the curriculum, for we are dedicated to the education of the whole person. At the same time, we value the role of professional offerings that prepare students for specific careers.
We believe in community. We are a richly diverse people who value the worth of each individual. Our mission is to encourage, equip, and enable each student to fulfill his or her great potential, and in turn, encourage, equip, and enable others.
Service is at the heart of our local and international outreach, missions, and service-learning endeavors. Our students often find these experiences to be among the greatest of their lives.
Los Angeles, CA
I am forever grateful for the things that God taught me in South Africa, and I hope that others can share this amazing experience.
Lake Forest, CA
South Africa helped me to discover my love for travel and building relationships with people of different cultural backgrounds.
San Gabriel, CA
Thank you Azusa Pacific International for reminding me that Jesus brings purpose, hope, life and joy all over the world.
South Africa gave me new insights and perspective about the image of God and how to love and serve His people across the nations.
The experiences I had studying in South Africa will forever impact my life as a Christ follower, and I am so thankful.
God radically opened my heart in South Africa to love deeper and to genuinely and whole-heartedly serve those around me.