This program is an initiative aimed at enhancing student involvement and mobility among member universities. It is a short-term and integrated study-abroad program based on themes which are unique to the host economy and serves to enhance the education experience of students from APRU member universities.
APRU’s first three Undergraduate Summer Programs were hosted by Fudan University from 2006 to 2008. The rationale was to leverage on China’s attractiveness as a rapidly growing economy and destination, and Fudan University’s pioneering expertise in organizing APRU’s first undergraduate summer program in 2006. National University of Singapore hosted the 4th APRU Undergraduate Summer Program in 2009.
A Student Mobility Working Group was formed in 2004 with the objective of recommending and developing suitable student exchange models that APRU universities could adopt to increase student mobility. Several models were explored at the 2nd Senior Staff Meeting in 2005.
The Senior Staff decided to adopt two of the recommendations:
Volunteer APRU member universities to create undergraduate summer programs based on a "Pacific" theme of their choice, which would be open to students' participation from any of APRU member universities; and
Open existing summer programs run by APRU member universities to students from other APRU universities to participate.