API Education
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Our History

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 and, since 2014, on a second campus in Fish Hoek, Cape Town.  To date 1028 APU young people have completed the South Africa semester on one of the campuses, 808 of them general education and 220 of them nursing students.

The semesters are based on the American system (Fall and Spring) and students exchange campuses for the last three weeks of their South African stay so that they can experience both areas.

 

Our Four Cornerstones

Modelled on those adopted by APU, API stresses these four foundational elements that frame what we do:

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Christ

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.

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Scholarship

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.

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Community

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.

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Service

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.

Lucy Bessler
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God radically opened my heart in South Africa to love deeper and to genuinely and whole-heartedly serve those around me.

Lauren Young
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The Lord used the people of South Africa to mold me into a Jesus-loving woman I didn't ever realize I had the potential of being.

Hannah Scarth
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My experience in South Africa opened my eyes to view people as Christ does and showed me that we are ALL valued by our Father.

Bailey Fink
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My study abroad experience in South Africa was simply life-changing; God opened my eyes to an entirely new and wonderful world!

Madison Ferrarini
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My semester in South Africa both challenged and stretched me in a way that allowed my relationship with the Lord to grow as well.

Hannah Cho
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I pray the future cohorts will have just as amazing and hopefully even more of a fantastic experience.

About The Campuses

Academic Program

General Education


Required Coursework:

  • GLBL 355 – “Principles and Practices of Community Engagement”
  • HIST 235 – “Cultural History/Travel Study”
  • ISIZULU – “Introductory Zulu lectures”

Elective Coursework:

  • ART 150 – “Introductory Art”
  • BIOL 325 – “Humans and the Environment”
  • MODL 101/102 – “IsiZulu” (8 units)
  • UBBL 330 – “Life and Teachings of Jesus”
  • THEO 303 – “Theology & the Christian Life” (online)
  • UBBL 230 – “Luke/Acts” (online)

Nursing


Required Coursework:

  • HIST 235 – “Cultural History/Travel Study”
  • UNRS 383 – “International Health Nursing”
  • UNRS 425 – “Nursing Research” (online)
  • ISIZULU – Introductory Zulu lectures

Elective Coursework:

  • THEO 303 – “Theology & the Christian Life” (online)
  • UBBL 330 – “Life and Teachings of Jesus”

About the city

Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded in 1838 and is currently governed by the Msunduzi Local Municipality. Its Zulu name umGungundlovu is the name used for the district municipality. Pietermaritzburg is popularly called Maritzburg in English and Zulu alike, and often informally abbreviated to PMB. It is a regionally important industrial hub, producing aluminium, timber and dairy products.

Optional things to do


Bisley Valley: Biology students will visit here as part of their course, but it is a beautiful place with self-guided walking trails and the opportunity to bump into antelope, zebra and an occasional grumpy giraffe.

Butterflies for Africa: This is an unusual visit to walk among thousands of butterflies and see some unique monkeys.

Durban beaches: The famous Durban beaches are just an hour’s drive away and there will be several excursions to this city for both educational and fun times.

Howick Falls and Craft Market: An opportunity to see the famous Howick Falls while also browsing at the Craft Market alongside.

Mandela Capture Site: A must-see historical site marking the spot where icon Nelson Mandela was captured by the apartheid government before being incarcerated for 27 years. He emerged to become the first president of the truly democratic South Africa in 1994.

Florentine’s Belgian Chocolate: A highlight of the Midlands Meander if you can’t resist amazing chocolate! By the way, all South African chocolate is super tempting and quite irresistible!

Ziplining: The Karkloof Canopy Tour has been built in a spectacular valley of the Karkloof Forest Reserve. The tour includes long swooping slides over the forest canopy, stops below a 15-metre waterfall, and wider views across the beautiful Karkloof valley, with slides of up to 180 metres long.

Campus Info & Rules

Further information


Please consult the FAQ section

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Location & Addresses

Address:
Savannah Estate
212 Murray Road,
Hayfields, Pietermaritzburg
Kwazulu-Natal
South Africa

Postal:
Postnet Suite #12,
Private Bag X6,
Cascades 3202,
Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Director details:

Dr Reg Codrington
Email: directorpmb@api-education.com
Tel: +27-33-396-9194

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What to do:

Field Trips & Excursions:

  • Course-based field trips into
    the surrounding area
  • Excursions to Durban beaches, Drakensberg Boys Choir School, Nambiti Game Reserve and others

Community Engagement

  • Weekly involvement in local Service Sites and Clinics
  • Voluntary additional service in disadvantaged communities

Academic Program

General Education


Required Coursework:

  • GLBL 355 or PSYC 455 – “Principles and Practices of Community Engagement”
  • HIST 235 – “Cultural History/Travel Study”

Elective Coursework:

  • MATH 130 – “Introduction to Statistics”
  • PSYC 386 – “Community Psychology” (suggested for all PSYC students)
  • PSYC 463 – “Drugs, Behavior & Society”
  • THEO 303 – “Theology & the Christian Life” (online)

  • UBBL 230 – “Luke/Acts” (online)
  • UBBL 330 – “Life & Teachings of Jesus” (online)

Nursing


Required Coursework:

  • HIST 235 – “Cultural History/Travel Study”
  • UNRS 383 – “International Health Nursing”
  • UNRS 425 – “Nursing Research” (online)

Elective Coursework:

  • MATH 130 – “Introduction to Statistics”
  • PSYC 386 – “Community Psychology
  • THEO 303 – “Theology & the Christian Life” (online)
  • UBBL 230 – “Luke/Acts” (online)
  • UBBL 330 – “Life & Teachings of Jesus” (online)

About the city

Cape Town is a port city established in 1652The Cape Town semester program includes field trips to Robben Island, the Slave Lodge and the Bo-Kaap, plus excursions to Table Mountain, the penguins at Boulders Beach, Cape Point and the world-famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. 

Optional things to do include the following:


Bus Tour: Take the open-top bus tour of Cape Town for an amazing city tour (hop-on-hop-off facility).

Hiking: Various optional hikes are available, including hiking up Lion’s Head at full moon.

Holocaust Museum: A sobering reminder of what happens when evil gets out of control in the world.

Kayaking: A fairly stretching paddle by kayak from Simonstown harbor back to Fish Hoek.

Kirstenbosch Gardens: Famous gardens show off the incredible variety of plants found in this part of the world. South Africa has one-tenth of the world’s flowering plants, of which nearly 19 000 are endemic.

Muizenberg Beach: Favourite swimming and surfing site not far from the Fish Hoek campus. Kite boarding is also available.

Shark-cage diving: Put on your wetsuit and climb into a cage out at sea with Great White sharks circling to test your nerves.

Two Oceans Aquarium: Situated at the Waterfront, this is a worthwhile trip if all things under the sea fascinate you.

Campus Info & Rules

Further information


Please consult the FAQ section

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Location & Addresses

Address:
Wellwood Lodge
16 Recreation Road
Fish Hoek, Cape Town
South Africa

Postal:
P O Box 3779
Valyland 7978
Western Province
Cape Town, South Africa

Director details:

Mr Kevin O’Donoghue
Email: directorctn@api-education.com
Tel: +27-21-782-0443

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What to do:

Field Trips & Excursions:

  • Course-based field trips into the surrounding area, including Robben Island and Bo-Kaap
  • Excursions to beaches, Table Mountain, Cape Point and others

Community Engagement

  • Weekly involvement in local Service Sites and Clinics
  • Homestays in South African homes for four nights

Recent News

Celebrations

10th Anniversary Dinner

On Wednesday November 8th, 2017, API celebrated the completion of ten years of ministry in South Africa with a dinner in the Yellowwood Hall at Savannah Estate.

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Excursions

Karkloof Ziplining

One of the fun excursions undertaken from the Pietermaritzburg campus is ziplining over the beautiful Karkloof forest. The photo shows a happy group from the Fall 2017 cohort enjoying this great experience.

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Outings

Revised PMB Program

Various issues beyond the control of the API Pietermaritzburg management have necessitated some changes in the excursion and field trip program for that campus. Click below for the exciting news

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Frequently Asked Questions

The instructors on both campuses are accredited adjunct faculty of APU, so the same standards that are required on the main campus will be required in South Africa. Many students testify that, with the additional compulsory courses in Community Engagement, and History & Culture of South Africa, the academic program is quite full and requires diligence and discipline from the very outset.


Most places in the world have a measure of risk these days, but very careful rules are put in place on both campuses to minimize this. No public transport is used, students move about in groups (especially when jogging), and there is an 11pm (23h00) curfew imposed. No local hiring of vehicles is permitted for the entire semester. These rules apply whether a student is a freshman or senior, and those feeling that this will be too restrictive should reconsider their application to South Africa.


Yes. Both campuses have fairly robust internet systems so email, Skype, Facebook and similar media work without problem. The only limitation is that South Africa works on a system that restricts broad-band, so downloading of movies and large files will present difficulties.


While all laptops, tablets and cellphones have chargers that accommodate the South Africa current (220-240V), hair-dryers and similar appliances designed for 100V will burn out. Local dryers and straighteners are provided on both campuses.


Yes. The strong dollar means that shopping in South Africa is very inexpensive, with the rand currency being easily available through ATMs using a US card. For your own sake, do advise your bank that you will be in South Africa to ensure that they don’t block out of country usage. An amount of $1000 for discretionary spending is usually considered to be sufficient, since housing, meals, transport and field trips are all included in fees paid to APU.


Both the Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town campuses experience considerable weather fluctuations, so layers of clothes are preferable and a rain jacket is essential. The Fall semester (September to December) will tend to be cool to warm, while the Spring Semester (January to April) will mainly be warm to hot. South Africa uses the Centigrade measure of temperature, with cool being 10-20C (50-68F) and hot being 30-40C (86-104F).


The simple answer is, probably no! The South African postal system is not in a good place and there are frequently lengthy delays, including various customs duties on packages. Mail should preferably be limited to email, and essential packages should be sent via courier (Fedex is recommended).


There are world-class clinics and hospitals in both cities, and any medication required can be provided (or its equivalent). Student travel insurance covers illness in South Africa but can only be claimed in the US. In the event of illness or accident, the student is required to settle the amount locally and then claim it back Stateside. API will assist with these expenses temporarily if necessary. Please note that scripts from the US are not accepted in South Africa, so if you are taking prescription medicine you need to bring it with you for the full duration of your stay.


At no point in the semester on either campus will students be in a malaria area, so anti-malaria medication is not required. Nursing students (and to some extent the General Education students) will be meeting HIV-positive people constantly, but very strict protocols are put in place to ensure that students are not at risk as long as they take the reasonable precautions laid down.


There will be opportunities for hiking, jogging, swimming, surfing, volley-ball, and various beach activities. Two South African beaches are listed among the top five surfing spots in the world.


No. Both campuses in South Africa are alcohol-free, and students are requested to honor the commitment made in writing (on application) to abstain from alcohol, drugs or smoking for the duration of their stay in the country.


The Board

John C Reynolds PhD (Chair)


Formerly the global chief information officer for World Vision International and then Executive Vice-President of Azusa Pacific University, John Reynolds is currently Chancellor/CEO at Azusa Pacific University College. His professional affiliations include board membership of the Christian Leadership Alliance (current chair), LCC International University (Lithuania), and African Enterprise (USA).

Wendy Dugmore MB ChB, M(prax)Med


Having served as a primary level medical practitioner within the public sector, then for Health Systems Trust in research and training, Wendy joined the adjunct faculty of APU and taught for several years in the South Africa semester nursing program. She retired from health services and joined the Methodist Church as a Deacon, currently coordinating an NPO, Siphakeme, which trains pre-school teachers from under-resourced communities.

Cornelia Mcunu BA, BEd


For the past 22 years, Cornelia Mcunu has served variously as educator, school counselor, and education specialist in the development and implementation of policy at a provincial level. She is currently Deputy Chief Education Specialist: Career Guidance & Counselling at the KZN Department of Education Head Office in Pietermaritzburg.

John D Volmink PhD


Board member and trustee on several significant institutions and Public Benefit Organizations, especially those involved in education, health and community upliftment. He has held teaching positions at the University of Western Cape, University of Cape Town, University of Botswana, University of Kwazulu-Natal, and Cornell University, and is currently interim Vice-Chancellor of the Cape Point University of Technology.

Jon R Wallace DBA


Prior to his appointment as the 16th president of APU, Jon Wallace served as executive vice president, and held other administrative positions at the university. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Higher Education, Council of Independent Colleges, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Reg Codrington DEd


With tertiary qualifications in both education and theology, Reg Codrington served over the years as Principal/President of the Rosebank Bible College in Johannesburg, board chairman of Treverton Schools, and headmaster of Grace College, Hilton. He has been the Executive Director of API since its inception in 2007 and is an ex officio board member.