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Spain

API at The University of Granada in Granada, Spain

The University of Granada was chartered and given official Papal ratification by Clemente VII in 1531. Through its almost 500 years of existence, it has become one of the...

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API at The University of Cadiz in Cadiz, Spain

To study abroad in Cadiz, Spain means studying in a location a bit off the beaten path in terms of American study abroad students. This makes it easier for students to practice...

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Italy

API at LdM in Florence, Italy

Be inspired by immaculate Renaissance architecture, passionate art pieces, as well as a vibrant and historical culture! Florence is arguably one of the most desirable cities...

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API at LdM in Rome, Italy

Students who study with API in Rome at the Lorenzo de' Medici - The Italian International Institute, can choose from courses in Italian Language, International Business,

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Spain

API at The University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain

Study abroad in Salamanca, a small city of about 230,000 people. The Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its Plaza Mayor (city center) is one of the most impressive...

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API at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain

Seville, the capital of Andalusia, sits in southwestern Spain and is known for its rich 2000 year history and beautiful weather. API at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville...

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API at the Antonio de Nebrija University in Madrid, Spain

Madrid is ideal for the urbanite who loves a bustling, cosmopolitan city with a dynamic culture. With courses taught primarily in Spanish, students will have an opportunity...

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Italy

API at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy

Studying abroad in Rome is not for the faint-hearted nor the quiet-minded. With its enormous and bustling urban environment, its layers of rich and complex history, and the...

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Ireland

API in Galway at the National University of Ireland, Galway

Travel to Galway and experience Irelands authentically vibrant and rich culture. Ideal for any student who is ready to jump head first into the heart of Irish life and culture,...

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Spain

API at The University of Seville in Seville, Spain

Study Abroad in Spain at The University of Seville with Academic Programs International which offers an exceptional learning experience with many chances for extensive travel....

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API at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain

Come explore the vibrant and exciting Basque culture of Bilbao, Spain. Ideal for students interested in learning more about Basque culture and language as well as those who...

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Argentina

API at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is the second biggest metropolitan area in South America, just after São Paulo. It is a dynamic, diverse, and modern city that still possesses a strong understanding...

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France

API at the Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne

Receive more than an introduction to la vie Française and live within the famed city of lights and love. This program is ideal for the student who longs for the romance

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Germany

API at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Berlin, Germany

Erleben Sie Deutschland! Students who have a desire to improve their German language and cultural knowledge yet only have a limited time to do so, are ideal for this short...

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Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Wonderful experience in Berlin with API!

I absolutely loved my time in Berlin with API! There was a good balance between independence and help and support in the city and with the the university which I greatly appreciated.

I had a homestay, which was among the best parts of my experience! I lived a 30 minute bus ride away from the university and a 45 minute train ride from other sites in Berlin. Academically, the program was strong, especially with the intensive German courses. The program administration, both with API and from Freie Universitaet, was quite good. Communication was largely clear and relevant, and they both provided us with excursions that were both informative and fun.

I wish there had been more courses offered in German, as well as more of a focus on cultural immersion, as I spent a great deal of time with the other North American students in my classes.

Program: API at Freie Universität Berlin (FU-BEST) in Berlin, Germany

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    8

API Guatemala - Learning the ways of the panza verdes!

Why API?
In 2014, following my college graduation I was looking for opportunities to travel abroad to continue to utilize my Spanish skills. Having previously participated in an API semester program in Spain, I was confident in choosing API as a provider for a short-term volunteer opportunity abroad, knowing the quality of the program would be great!

Why Guatemala?
I chose to go to Guatemala because I was looking for a different experience from my time in Spain. I had spent time in Latin America before, having done a short-term study program in Costa Rica, so I was really looking to explore a new location and a new culture. Antigua looked so beautiful in the pictures that I had seen and they had teacher volunteer placements working, which was my area of interest!

The day to day:
My time in Guatemala was wonderful! I lived with an amazing host family that was very centrally located in Antigua. I took the bus to my teaching placement a few towns over and the onsite staff were kind enough to travel with me to my placement for the first three days, until I was sure of the route! I volunteered in a second grade classroom, which was so interesting for me since my mom is a second grade teacher in the states. I was a teacher's assistant for the two-week period I was in Guatemala and the teacher really let me get involved in the work, which I loved. He was a very hands on teacher and always had fun activities that students were enthusiastic about.
In the afternoons I had one-on-one Spanish lessons. I absolutely loved these lessons because although I was highly proficient in Spanish upon arrival, it was the first time I was really able to take a class catering to exactly what I needed review on. I am so grateful for the one-on-one courses and my teacher was close in age and simply the nicest!

I am so glad I chose to volunteer abroad. I am so glad I chose to go abroad again with API. And most of all, I am so glad I chose Guatemala and was able to learn the ways of the panza verdes (the name for those living in Antigua, meaning green stomachs - because they eat so many veggies in Antigua!) I can't believe it has been two years since my volunteer experience abroad. I guess that means that it is time for the next!!

Program: Volunteer in Guatemala

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Australian outback

This program was amazing! If you get the chance to do it take full advantage. The staff is wonderful, you make so many new friends and the program is for photographers of all levels! There are excursions to parts of Australia that I would have never dream of seeing and places not all tourists get to see. You learn so much in three weeks about both photography and the history and aboriginal culture of Australia. I have nothing but great things to say about this program!

Program: API at La Trobe University in the Australian Outback

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Edge of the outback 2016

I came to Australia because I wanted to learn more about outdoor photography as well as see the Outback. As a very nature-loving person, this program attracted me because rather than spending our stay in a big city, we got to spend it in the outback, a place where most people never visit. Each place we visited was special in its own way, and I'm really glad we had guides to tell us about the history of the land. The staff was super helpful, and after photographing for eight days straight pretty much, I feel fairly confident with my camera now. Overall, this trip went beyond my expectations and I would do it all over again if I could.

Program: API at La Trobe University in the Australian Outback

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    7

What it means to experience: finding myself in Paris

I don't really know where to begin when I reflect upon my time abroad. As I tell many, deciding to study abroad in Paris wasn't ever distinct, and I can never pin point the exact moment where I turned the thought of studying in Paris into an actual decision. It was sort of this natural progression and current pulling me towards France and the desire to explore and see the world. My experience abroad in Paris was magic. Magic because I never knew it was possible to fall in love with a city as much as I did with Paris. Magic because I came to finding out more about myself in just a mere five months than I ever have in my entire college experience thus far. Magic because I discovered what true contentment is and what it can be like. All because of Paris.

Nowadays, I can't think about Paris without getting emotional. So much of myself is wrapped up in that city. I try to recreate my daily route from my apartment to my metro stop…. the corner I would turn onto the busy boulevard, the underpass I would walk under and hope the pigeons wouldn't poop on me, the homeless man who lived in a tent by the underpass, and small corner park where small children would play. And I miss all of it. I miss everything that makes up that daily walk.

I write all this because I want to make it known that it wasn't just the grandeur of Paris that made my study abroad experience as incredible as it was. It was the small things, the minute things that made up my daily life while abroad. And I know without a doubt in my mind that I wouldn't have had such a cherished experience if it weren't for API.

I can say that API was an extraordinary company with which to go abroad. I have previous experience participating in foreign exchange programs during my teenage years, which has equipped me with both an independence and cultural awareness that allowed me to go into my study abroad experience with little apprehension. Yet, despite this past experience, nothing would have been able to equip me for the life-changing experience of living abroad in a foreign country for an entire semester. But API made it completely possible, and also made me feel so resilient and comfortable living abroad. From the beginning of my application process, my program manager in the US respond to EVERY single question I had, with such attention and thoughtfulness. I was also impressed at how quickly I received responses form my program manager in the US. There were times when I would send an email and receive a response within minutes, which not only made me feel taken care of, but that I also mattered, and my well-being mattered too. Because of how wonderful my program manager was throughout my entire application process, I had completely seamless experience prior to departure.

My seamless experience was only furthered upon my arrival in Paris. I came to adore my program directors at the API Paris office. The office became a second home to me, where I was able to go in between classes and eat my lunch, engage with other students, and also speak with my directors. I honestly went to the API office at least 2-3 times a week, if not more. I always felt taken care of with API. No detail was left unnoticed, and because of the recent events that have occurred in Paris with terrorist attacks, I felt that my safety and overall well-being were highly taken into considered and thought after.

I honestly cannot praise API enough for all that they provided me and for caring so much. It made my study abroad experience so much more special. I do not think I would have had the amazing experience I had studying abroad if it weren't for API and all that they did to provide such a unique experience for students to study in Paris. So thank you, API, for being so committed to international education and providing your students with an exceptional study abroad experience. Most of all, thanks for helping me find myself in Paris--I don't think I would have been able to do it without you.

Program: API at the Institut Catholique in Paris, France

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