Academic Programs International (API)

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About Academic Programs International (API)

Year Founded: 1997

Academic Programs International (API) was founded in 1997 with the aim of providing affordable, high-quality study abroad programs for U.S. university students. Our international program portfolio has since expanded to include intern, teach, work, high school, and gap year programs in over 30 countries around the world.

The mission of API is to transform lives by providing enriching academic and cross-cultural experiences that foster increased self-knowledge, cultural sensitivity and understanding of the global nature of our contemporary world.

Our study abroad programs offer students the opportunity to earn academic credit toward their degree programs in the United States by completing coursework in a wide range of disciplines, including Business, Medical Studies, Social Sciences, and the Arts. Apart from academic offerings, our programs include orientations programs, cultural and social activities, housing options, and an array of excursions. Our experiential programs (intern, teach, work, volunteer) are designed to offer participants meaningful travel opportunities that allow them to transform their lives while transforming the lives of others.

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API - Study Abroad in Spain at The University of Granada

Spain : Granada

API's Study Abroad program in Granada, Spain offers students the chance to study in a diverse city with a Bohemian feel at one of Spain's premier institutions. The city and...

API - Study Abroad in Spain at The University of Cadiz

Spain : Cadiz

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...

API in Florence

Italy : Florence

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...

API at LdM - The Italian International Institute in Rome

Italy : Roma (Rome)

Come study a variety of different subjects at Lorenzo de' Medici in the heart of Rome! The school is perfect students who thrive in an urban environment but prefer the intimate,...

API - Study Abroad Program at The University of Salamanca

Spain : Salamanca

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...

API at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville

Spain : Seville (Sevilla)

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...

API at the Antonio de Nebrija University in Madrid

Spain : Madrid

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...

API - Study Abroad in Spain at The University of Seville

Spain : Seville (Sevilla)

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....

API at John Cabot University in Rome

Italy : Roma (Rome)

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...

API at the University of Deusto in Bilbao

Spain : Bilbao

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...

API at the Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne

France : Paris

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

API at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Germany : Berlin

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...

API at University College London

England : London

Get ready to experience London in all its glory as a resident of the city! Studying in London is ideal for academically focused students who are eager to attend a prestigious...

API at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires

Argentina : Buenos Aires

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...

API at the University Autonoma in Barcelona, Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Come study in Barcelona and discover the charming nature of the city as well as its Catalan flair. Studying in Barcelona offers the chance to meet other international students,...

API in Galway at the National University of Ireland, Galway

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,...

API in Leeds

England : Leeds

Come live in the beautiful city of Leeds! Adventurous and independent students who are excited about studying in a vibrant, cosmopolitan university town and want to discover...

API at the University College Cork, National University of Ireland

Ireland : Cork

Cork is the ideal city for a student who thrives in an urban environment and someone who would take advantage of the many international festivals and concerts that happen...

Paid Work in Outback/Rural Australia

Australia : Rural Areas

Do you want to explore all of Australia? It's a big continent with many exotic faces, and it's waiting for you! Take advantage of a chance to live and work (hard!) in the...

API at FSU London Study Center

England : London

Get ready to experience life in a major historic capital of Western government, commerce, and the arts! The FSU London Study Center's program is designed with American students...

API in Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina : Mendoza

Known for its delightful food, untouched wilderness, and charming culture, Mendoza, Argentina is a great place to study abroad! Adventurous students interested in Argentine...

API at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso

Chile : Valparaiso

Experience the culturally rich port city of Valparaiso while attending courses among a diverse student body! This program is perfect for those who prefer an urban environment...

API in Sharjah, UAE

United Arab Emirates : Sharjah

Explore the beautiful and vibrant city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Although Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken so students will be able...

API at Universidad Veritas in San Jose

Costa Rica : San Jose

Experience the beautiful blend of a thriving urban environment surrounded by a flourishing rainforest! Studying at Universidad Veritas is perfect for students who are looking...

API at Maynooth University

Ireland : Dublin, Maynooth

As the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is one of the liveliest cities in Europe. With one of the youngest populations comprising people from many different parts...

API at University College Dublin

Ireland : Dublin

Come experience this international campus in one of Europes most exciting cities! Ideal for students who are focused heavily on academics and want to attend a distinguished,...

API at the Center Universitaire d'Etudes Francaises (CUEF)

France : Grenoble

Come discover true France while living in the heart of Grenoble. Ideal for someone who is eager to learn the French language and immerse themselves in French culture, this...

API at the Instituto San Joaquin de Flores

Costa Rica : San Joaquin de Flores

San Joaquín de Flores is a quaint town located just outside of San José, Costa Rica. It's the perfect study abroad location for students who are interested in an off-the-beaten-path...

API and The University of Massachusetts in Paris

France : Paris

Paris, the city of lights and love, is known for its rich and diverse culture, delectable food, and incredible monuments and museums. Studying in Paris is ideal for the student...

API at the University of Westminster

England : London

London is a city that has inspired cutting-edge innovation for centuries. As an international center of business, fine arts, technology, politics and much more, London has...

Academic Programs International in Krakow

Poland : Krakow

A city of kings, popes, and poets, Krakow is a historically rich, diverse, and bustling city yet is located less than two hours from the stunning, Alp-like Tatra Mountains....

API at Suffolk University in Madrid

Spain : Madrid

Madrid is the third largest city in the European Union and Suffolk University has students from over 25 nationalities on campus. This provides the ideal set up for someone...

Paid Work in Outback/Rural Australia

Australia : Rural Areas

Do you want to explore all of Australia? It's a big continent with many exotic faces, and it's waiting for you! Take advantage of a chance to live and work (hard!) in the...

Volunteer in Thailand

Thailand : Rural Areas

In Thailand, API is able to organize the following week-long projects: teach/tutor English and/or sports coach; orphanage assistance; Clay-house construction; elephant conservation;...

Teach in Thailand

Thailand : Rural Areas

API's teach in Thailand program will allow you to explore one of the world's friendliest and most accommodating countries. It is easy to understand why Thailand has been

Volunteer in Peru

Peru : Chiclayo, Cusco and 3 other cities , Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Trujillo Show less

API provides an outstanding opportunity to volunteer in Latin America! Enrich your life and the lives of others by choosing to lend a heart and hand to at-need projects.

Volunteer in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

API offers life-transforming volunteer and travel opportunities in South Africa. Imagine rescuing and hand feeding wounded animals in the wild such as baby cheetahs or lions....

Volunteer in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua

API provides an outstanding opportunity to volunteer in Latin America! Enrich your life and the lives of others by choosing to lend a heart and hand to at-need projects.

Farm/Ranch Work in France

France : Lyon, Paris

Want to discover the everyday life of a farming family while improving your French language skills? Want to explore the beautiful countryside regions of France while gaining...

Paid Teach in Colombia

Colombia : Barranquilla, Bogota and 1 other city , Medellin Show less

Colombia is rapidly emerging as a globalized country in Latin America. Because of this, it has become necessary for Colombians to possess knowledge of the English language...

Volunteer in Nepal

Nepal : Chitwan, Kathmandu and 1 other city , Pokhara Show less

API offers a wonderful opportunity to volunteer in Nepal. A minimum of two weeks includes a week orientation to help you familiarize yourself with the culture, lifestyle,...

Paid Teach English in China

China : Beijing, Shanghai and 1 other city , Suzhou Show less

Want to spend a fun, exciting, and rewarding month this summer abroad? API offers an exciting and affordable opportunity for native English speakers to live, work, and travel...

Volunteer in Ecuador

Ecuador : Galapagos Islands, Quito

API provides an outstanding opportunity to volunteer in Latin America! Enrich your life and the lives of others by choosing to lend a heart and hand to at-need projects.

Volunteer in Mexico

Mexico : Oaxaca

API provides an outstanding opportunity to volunteer in Latin America! Enrich your life and the lives of others by choosing to lend a heart and hand to at-need projects.

Volunteer in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

If you are interested in volunteering during your time in Cambodia, API can organize week-long projects for you to teach/tutor English local students. This program consists...

Volunteer in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

API provides an outstanding opportunity to volunteer in Latin America! Enrich your life and the lives of others by choosing to lend a heart and hand to at-need projects.

Volunteer in Brazil

Brazil : Curitiba, Florianopolis and 2 other cities , Rio de Janeiro, Salvador Show less

API provides an outstanding opportunity to volunteer in Latin America! Enrich your life and the lives of others by choosing to lend a heart and hand to at-need projects.

Volunteer in China

China : Chengdu, Yangzhou and 1 other city , Yantai Show less

Going to China is like entering a totally new world. The culture, people, environment, smell, taste and sounds are completely different than the Western world. China is rapidly...

Paid Teaching Positions in Mexico

Mexico : Guadalajara

API provides pre-placement assistance, basic major medical traveler's insurance, housing assistance, long-term visa and airport arrival assistance, and pre-departure and

Volunteer in Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

API provides an outstanding opportunity to volunteer in Latin America! Enrich your life and the lives of others by choosing to lend a heart and hand to at-need projects.

Volunteer in Chile

Chile : Santiago

API provides an outstanding opportunity to volunteer in Latin America! Enrich your life and the lives of others by choosing to lend a heart and hand to at-need projects.

Teacher Assistant in Italy

Italy : Torino (Turin)

API offers a wonderful opportunity to become a teacher assistant in beautiful Piemonte region of Italy. This program allows you an authentic experience to discover Italy

Teach English in Vietnam

Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The Teach English in Vietnam Program is an incredible way to immerse yourself in the beautiful community of Vinh. You will have an incredible experience living, working,

API Gap Year - Programs in Spain

Spain : Barcelona, Madrid and 2 other cities , Salamanca, Seville (Sevilla) Show less

Take a gap year in Spain! API Gap Year offers year- and semester-long gap programs in four locations within Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Salamanca, and Seville. In all locations,...

API High School : Spanish Language and Culture in Spain

Spain : Salamanca

API High School offers students the chance to study Spanish language and culture in an immersion setting the the university town of Salamanca, Spain. Programs are available...

API Gap Year - Programs in Italy

Italy : Roma (Rome)

Take a gap year while studying the Italian language and culture in the Eternal City! API Gap Year offers two semester- and year-long gap programs in Rome, Italy. Both programs...

API High School : Live, Learn, Love Italia!

Italy : Florence

Get astonished by the pillars of Italian culture  from art and fashion, to design and cuisine  all while living in the heart of Florence. Located in the renowned region...

API Gap Year - Programs in Ireland

Ireland : Cork, Dublin

Spend your gap year on the Emerald Isle! API Gap Year offers year- and semester-long programs in two locations within Ireland: Cork and Dublin. Students in Dublin will attend...

API Gap Year - Programs in France

France : Grenoble, Paris

API Gap Year offers two different semester or year long gap programs in France. Students may choose to study in cosmopolitan Paris or the charming Alpine city of Grenoble....

API High School : French Language Immersion Program

France : Paris

The API High School French Language Immersion Program gives students the chance to study intensive French language at the Institut Catholique de Paris, located in the 6th...

API High School : An Exploration of British Literature

England : London

Join API High School as we travel through a land of true literary giants: the United Kingdom! After a full tour of London, we will venture through England and Scotland. We'll...

API High School : Conservation and Service in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

API High School students in Ecuador will get to see many different facets of this beautiful country: from the quaint colonialism of the capital city, to indigenous marketplaces,...

API High School : Community Service in China

China : Beijing

The China community service trip is a two-week program intended to introduce students to two very different aspects of China: the big city and the quaint countryside. During...

API Gap Year : Program in Chile

Chile : Vina del Mar

The Spanish Language and Latin American Studies Program is designed for students who want to improve their Spanish language skills, learn about Chilean and Latin American...

API High School: Community Service in Thailand and Cambodia

-Multi-Country Locations : Cambodia, Thailand

Rich in history and beauty, Thailand and Cambodia offer a stunning and exotic setting for summer adventures and service opportunities in Southeast Asia. On this program,

API Gap Year - Programs in Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Take a gap year in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of Latin America!" API Gap Year offers two gap year programs at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In both...

API High School : Community Service Program in Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Experience immersion in Buenos Aires with the Spanish Language and Community Service program from API High School! Participants can opt for a duration of two weeks or a month...

Summer & Gap Year Programs with API High School and Gap Year

-Multi-Country Locations : Argentina, China and 6 other locations , Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain Show less

API High School offers various Summer programs for high school students, and API Gap Year offers programs for recent high school graduates. These consist of study, adventure,...

API High School : Costa Rica Community Service Trip

Costa Rica : Rural Areas

This community service trip in Costa Rica is a two week program intended to introduce students to the local communities and the diverse natural environment of Costa Rica....

API - Parsons Paris Art & Design Pre-College Summer

France : Paris

High school students are introduced to the art and design college experience in Paris. The program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year and...

API - Study Abroad in Paris at Parsons | The New School

France : Paris

This program allows students to experience Paris from an insider’s perspective by exploring the history of European art and design firsthand in the many museums and design...

API International Internships in Seville, Spain

Spain : Seville (Sevilla)

API international internships are unique opportunities for you to begin to explore and cultivate your future career through a high quality, academic-based international internship....

API International Internships in Barcelona, Spain

Spain : Barcelona

API international internships are unique opportunities for you to begin to explore and cultivate your future career through a high quality, academic-based international internship....

API International Internships in Dublin, Ireland

Ireland : Dublin

API international internships are unique opportunities for you to begin to explore and cultivate your future career through a high quality, academic-based international internship....

API International Internships in London, England

England : London

API international internships are unique opportunities for you to begin to explore and cultivate your future career through a high quality, academic-based international internship....

API International Internships in Santiago, Chile

Chile : Santiago

API international internships are unique opportunities for you to begin to explore and cultivate your future career through a high quality, academic-based international internship....

API International Internships in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

API international internships are unique opportunities for you to begin to explore and cultivate your future career through a high quality, academic-based international internship....

API - UMass in Lisbon International Business and Humanities

Portugal : Lisbon

Spend a semester in one of the Europes's most historically important cities--Lisbon! Students will enjoy all the culture that the Portuguese capital has to offer, from delicious...

API at Royal Thimphu College

Bhutan : Thimphu

API students who study abroad in Thimphu will be able to directly enroll with Bhutanese students and take courses as only a few fortunate westerners are able to do! Students...

API in Shanghai, China

China : Shanghai

Shanghai is currently the largest city in the world by population and is a dynamic, vibrant metropolis. This city and program are ideal for students who wish to dive head...

API in Beijing, China

China : Beijing

Experience Beijing as a resident and student! This program is great for curious students who prefer an urban environment as well as those who want to immerse themselves in...

API at the University of Havana

Cuba : Havana

Spend a term living on the biggest of the Caribbean islands and have an abroad experience like no other! It is perfect for the student who is adventurous, has an intermediate...

API at Dubrovnik International University

Croatia : Dubrovnik

The city of Dubrovnik is recognized throughout the world as a place with a distinct identity in terms of traits and factors which conditioned its development. These include...

API at Freie Universität Berlin (FU-BEST)

Germany : Berlin

Students who are looking to improve their knowledge of German language and culture and still take courses within their area of studies in English will find what they need...

API in Taormina

Italy : Taormina

Taormina is a beautiful and ancient city located off of the eastern coast of Sicily. Studying here is ideal for students who are independent, outdoorsy, and have a desire...

API in Stirling

Scotland : Stirling

Discover the quaint, historic town of Stirling, Scotland. The program is perfect for adventurous, outdoorsy students who want to live in a buzzing student-friendly city with...

API in Edinburgh

Scotland : Edinburgh

Live in a city with an incredible, historical heritage! Edinburgh has a vibrant cultural scene of live music, performing arts, and galleries as well as high quality educational...

API in Caen

France : Caen

Travel to the beautiful, medieval city of Caen and discover authentic French culture. This city and program are ideal for any student who longs to be immersed in French culture...

API at the Universidad Technica Federico Santa Maria

Chile : Valparaiso

Study in the beautiful and diverse city of Valparaiso, Chile at a leading technical university! Valparaiso overlooks the Pacific Ocean from its many hillsides that are filled...

API in Doha, Qatar

Qatar : Doha

Come and study in Qatar to experience a culture like no other! Qatar is a nation about the size of Connecticut, but the small country offers a very unique experience. The...

API at Trinity College Dublin

Ireland : Dublin

Founded in 1592, Trinity College exists as one of the United Kingdom's seven ancient universities and through time has developed quite a prestigious name for itself. Great...

API at the Institut Catholique in Paris

France : Paris

Founded in 1948, the ILCF (Institut de Langue et de Cultures Francaises) is a department of the Catholic University of Paris (Insitut Catholique de Paris). The ILCF welcomes...

API at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Come explore the ever expanding cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, Argentina! The city is great for students who are adventurous and independent yet would prefer smaller

API at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Calling all urbanites looking to see the world! Barcelona is a fantastic destination for active students who are seeking a lively student population and a chance to meet

API at the Universidad de Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

API offers a comprehensive study abroad program in the Costa Rican capital city of San Jose. API students in San Jose will study Spanish language and liberal arts at the

API at the University of the Arts, London

England : London

There is something in London for everyone! As a center of design, fine arts, theater, business and politics, London has inspired cutting-edge innovation and creativity for...

API at the London School of Economics

England : London

With the 6th largest economy in the world and the 3rd largest in Europe, the United Kingdom is a great place to study business and economics! This program is perfect for

API at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao

Spain : Bilbao

This program is designed for art majors/minors. Students are required to have taken two semesters of college level Spanish. Some courses of study may require a higher working...

API at the Grenoble Ecole de Management

France : Grenoble

Ideal for the business student who is ready for an introduction to French culture, academic excellence, and a whole lot of adventure, this API program in Grenoble will broaden...

API in Queretaro, Mexico

Mexico : Queretaro

Live within the heart of Mexican culture in the traditional yet surprisingly modern city of Queretaro, Mexico! Ideally for open-minded students who wish to study the Spanish...

API 3 Cities Program - Tuscania, Rome and Florence or Venice

Italy : Florence, Roma (Rome) and 2 other cities , Tuscania, Venice Show less

The Three Cities Program is a unique travel opportunity ideal for any student with a flexible and inquiring mind. Students who are equally comfortable in a large city setting...

API in Budapest

Hungary : Budapest

Come study at Corvinus, one of the most prestigious universities in Hungary! Renowned specifically for its programs in Economics, Management, and Social Sciences, this program...

API in Venice

Italy : Venice

API students have the opportunity to study at the new Lorenzo de Medici - The Italian International Institute in Venice! LdM Venice, in affiliation with Istituto Venezia,...

API at the University of Limerick

Ireland : Limerick

Want to experience the "luck of the Irish?" Spend time studying in Limerick, Ireland and discover what gives the country its reputable charm. This API program is ideal for...

API at the International Center for Development Studies in San Jose

Costa Rica : San Jose

Development Studies in Latin America by API is the perfect fit for students interested in sustainable development and human rights. The International Center for Development...

API at The University of Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

API's Study at the University of Barcelona program takes students to the second largest city in Spain. Barcelona has nine World Heritage Sites making even an every day stroll...

API - Study Abroad at Complutense University in Madrid

Spain : Madrid

Study Abroad at The University Complutense of Madrid, one of the world's oldest universities in Spain's largest city. The beautiful and expansive campus has produced world...

API - Experience the Beauty and History of Tuscania

Italy : Tuscania

Academic Programs Internationals program - Experience the Beauty and History of Tuscania  immerses students in the small town atmosphere of authentic Italy. Students will...

Alumni Interviews

Staff Interviews

  • Jeramy Johnson - Vice President of Marketing and Development

    Jeramy Johnson - Vice President of Marketing and Development of API

    Academic Programs International (API) is a leading international education organization with study abroad programs in 20 countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. API works closely with universities to make sure each student’s needs, before, during, and after an education experience abroad, are met. Jeremy Johnson works as API’s vice president of marketing and development, ensuring the organization continues their mission throughout the world, in every program, for every participant.

    Summer 14 excursions - Plentzia, Gernika, Mundaka
    Summer 14 excursions - Plentzia, Gernika, Mundaka. Photo courtesy of API

    The Academic Programs International mission includes a line that states, “API is committed to providing the best comprehensive study abroad experience possible.” What comprises a great study abroad program?

    In our opinion, what makes a great study abroad program is the value of the program… not only the economic value of the program (what you get for the price), but the academic and cultural value added. Our goal is to develop international experiences that highlight top academics and amazing cultural opportunities - all at a competitive price point.

    API has always been a leader in international education. What do you think is API’s role in today’s fast-evolving field of international education?

    Again, our focus is developing quality academic and cultural programs at a reasonable price point. I think that is the niche that we fill in our field, and what we’re best known for; that and the amazing people that I work with both in the U.S. and internationally. We also place a high priority on fulfilling the needs of our university partners in innovative ways and through new types of programs, including customized offerings, individual and specialized internships, service learning opportunities, etc.

    API has a lot of programs in a variety of countries. How do you make each program stand out from other programs?

    We are very strategic when it comes to deciding which programs to develop and where. We try to be conscious about creating programs that will appeal to a diverse array of student interests, based on location, areas of academic interest, cultural opportunities, etc. Some of our programs have mass appeal, others are inviting specifically because they are in an “off-the-beaten-path” or relatively undiscovered location. Other programs are popular because of the unique set of course offerings they present. So I think each API programs stand out based on a combination of the factors mentioned above.

    What is API’s most popular program or program destination based on participation numbers?

    While several programs vie for the most popular, traditionally our programs in Spain have had the largest enrollment.

    In your profile on the API website, you list Salzburg, Dubrovnik, and Dubai as your favorite travel locations. In your opinion, what would makes these locations good study abroad destinations?

    Ha, good catch! Salzburg is a personal favorite (my wife lived in Austria for 7 years), and I think a program there could be very popular (who knows what the future holds?).

    Regarding Dubai, I am fascinated by how the U.A.E. and Qatar (and specifically Doha and Dubai) have quite literally risen out of the sands in the past few decades, and are developing before our eyes. The U.A.E. provides a study abroad experience in contrast with more ‘“traditional” American study abroad destinations where students often are drawn to a location based on its history, architecture, artifacts, etc… The dynamic in the gulf region affords students the opportunity to witness the rapid modern development of societies.

    On that note, API offers a wonderful study abroad program in the UAE in Sharjah, the Emirate next to Dubai (20 minutes away). Our partner university (the American University of Sharjah) is arguably the top university in the entire region, with multiple American, U.A.E., and regional accreditations (including middle states, Aacsb, Naab, and Abet). Additionally, the campus is absolutely gorgeous, is coed, and has a very diverse student body. Couple that with the fact that Sharjah is the U.A.E.’s cultural capital and only 20 to 30 minutes from cosmopolitan Dubai, and students have the best of both worlds at their disposal!

    What program do you most highly recommend to potential participants?

    It totally depends on the student. When speaking with students at universities, on the phone, or on social media, the first thing I try to do is get a feel for why they want to study abroad, what they want to study, what their learning goals are, where they want to go, when they want to go,  etc, and then try to present what I think might be their best options from our program portfolio. 

    We really want what is best for the student, and sometimes they are looking for a program that we do not offer, so we always encourage them to speak with their study abroad office or academic advisor on campus before they make any decisions.

    How does API ensure participants feel comfortable in their program locations?

    Every student has different needs and different expectations, so I think a big part it is trying to provide the student with as much information as possible in advance of their program decision, so that they have realistic expectations on what their API program experience is going to be like. This includes not only collecting all the relevant personal information we can upon application or post-application from the student (food allergies, roommate preferences, etc), but also letting them know as much as possible about accommodations, transportation, API staff, etc. We take pride in securing quality housing in each location, and in many locations we try to provide additional services (e.g. kitchen kits, transport passes, mobile phones, tutoring).

    Our extensive pre-departure and on-site orientations also focus on student needs and expectations, and our on-site resident directors are trained to work with students to make their experience the best it can possibly be (they are available to students 24/7, often providing tutoring and social/cultural support, particularly at the start of a program, and they often remain in contact with students post-program).

    Safety and security is a primary concern of study abroad participants. How does API ensure the safety of its participants abroad? 

    Student/participant safety and security is of paramount importance to us at API. We have extensive emergency action plans in place for all of our locations, and our resident directors undergo continuous training to make sure that they are current on our policies and procedures in the event of an emergency, large or small, real or perceived. 

    Additionally, API Texas and API international staff closely monitor safety and security information on a daily basis to make sure that we are as prepared as possible for any potential crises.

    As API’s VP of Marketing and Development, you have visited many of the organization’s program locations, including Barcelona in Spain, Doha in Qatar, and Krakow in Poland. How did your experience in those cities compare to that of living in your hometown of San Antonio, Texas?

    Growing up in south Texas, I never really thought much about traveling the world. In my rural bubble, I didn’t even know many people who had travelled out of the country (with the exception of Mexico, which is only a few hours from where i grew up). I loved my childhood, but I did think there was much more out there for me, and once I had my first taste of travel, I was hooked. I know it’s cliché, but it really did open my eyes to the wider world, and the notion that there is more than one viewpoint or way of seeing the world. It was liberating!

    Can we expect any API programs in new cities in the near future?

    API is always looking for new opportunities for students abroad, and has just recently added new destinations in Bhutan and Portugal – the API world never stops!

    Did you ever get the chance to shoot hoops with Tim Duncan?

    No, but I did get to shoot the breeze with him before he was announced to the city in front of the Alamo after being drafted in the summer of 1997. His Wake Forest team had knocked my University of Texas team out of the NCAA tournament, so I got a few good natured digs in at him. ;)