Academic Programs International
Academic Programs International Programs
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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....
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...
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
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...
Academic Programs International Reviews
Discovering more of myself
Submitted by Stephanie M - Carthage College | December 27, 2017
API provided me with the tools I needed to succeed, while also challenging me to grow personally, professionally, and academically. After my semester abroad with API, I embrace change and often seek ways to step out of my comfort zone which I had never done before. I have a better understanding of myself and American culture as well as other cultures around the world. I even find myself participating in more "worldly" conversations regarding politics, cultures, education, etc. API staff were very supportive through the entire process of study abroad - from the pre-departure process, arrival, on-site staff, departure, to return home. I would definitely recommend studying abroad with API because I felt like everyone (in API) I talked to wanted to actually get to know me and help me grow.
Incredible academic year in Seville
Submitted by Leah - Western Washington University | December 19, 2017
I studied abroad in Seville, Spain with Academic Programs International for the 2016-2017 academic year. This program stood out to me because of the options to take both courses in Spanish and in English, live with a host family, and the included excursions! I learned a lot about being independent while studying in Seville, and I made lifelong friends. I felt very supported by the API program staff, but also like I was living in a foreign country on my own, which is something I wanted out of my experience. API was the most affordable option that I found, while also including so much more in their program than others.
Universidad de Sevilla is a centrally located university in Seville, and it's close to many shops, restaurants, and historical sites. I was able to take both English and Spanish courses, and received credit for all of them. My favorite classes included Painting in Literary Seville, a water color class, and Literatura y Cocina, a combined literary and cooking class. I also took some incredible history courses that actually involved a lot of time outside of the classroom, at historical sites and museums in and around Seville. I think that the classes were challenging in that many of them were long lectures entirely in Spanish, but the workload was very manageable.
I chose to live with a host family in Seville, and I think that this really added to my overall experience, and to my immersion in the local culture. My family consisted of a host mom, a host grandmother, and a host uncle. I also had an American roommate, another student from API. The family provided all of our meals, and also provided a lot of helpful information about the city. If you are looking to really improve your Spanish, choosing to live with a host family is the way to do it! I ate most of my meals at home, which meant a lot of my time was spent in Spanish conversation with my host mom.
My favorite aspect of my program with API was the availability of such incredible excursions, all included in the program! This is something that really sets API programs apart from other program providers. I was able to see and experience so many things in my host country that I know I would not have even known about otherwise. My favorite excursions include a trip to Extremadura, where we hiked 13 miles to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, and a trip to Aracena to make bread. The international excursions were incredible as well, and during the 2016-2017 year we went on an excursion to Paris and to Lisbon. Although the excursions are constantly changing, no matter where you go with API, you'll have an incredible time.
If you are considering studying abroad in Spain, Seville is a lively, warm city with close proximity to an airport, which is important if you are planning to travel during your time abroad! I looked at many of API's programs in Spain, but the proximity of an airport was a deciding factor for me, as well as the size of the city. Seville has a population of about 700,000, which means that you'll never run out of things to do or see. While I did love Seville, I think that if I would do it again, I would maybe have chosen to study in two different cities in Spain with API, one each semester. It can be difficult to make friends with the new student arrivals your second semester, as you are much more integrated into the host city than they are.
The excursions and affordability of API's programs in particular really sold me, and I'm so glad that I made the decision I did! Having the ability to take a wide variety of courses in both English and Spanish also helped me to find credits that would transfer to my home university. I was able to finish my Spanish minor at the Universidad de Sevilla, and am now participating in the Global Leadership Academy through API, to continue integrating international experience into my final year at my home university. I could not recommend studying abroad with API more, and Seville is an incredible place to study!
The best study abroad experience possible
Submitted by Stephen Lunde - University of Massachusetts- Amherst | November 03, 2017
The time I spent in Salamanca was hands down the best four months of my life. Everything about the API program and the city was perfect, I can legitimately say I have 0 complaints. API was wonderful, starting with picking us up from the airport and having a multi-city orientation to get to know Spain and the other students in the program. They continued to have dinners, events, and amazing excursions throughout the semester and were extremely supportive with academic and living situations. Inma and Ana were extremely capable and kind program coordinators and I would definitely recommend API to anyone.
Salamanca is the perfect university city. It is easy to travel, with various cheap bus services and Madrid being only 2 hours away. I was able to travel extensively and inexpensively because of Salamanca's great location. However, I found myself often not wanting to leave because Salamanca is such a fun and charming city. There is always something going on, yet it is not overwhelmingly big. Everything in the city is within walking distance. The university and student life is huge, and I got to meet people from all over the world while studying in Salamanca. People are always socializing and going out, and the city overall has a friendly, youthful vibe while still displaying the beauty of its centuries-old architecture.
The program's academics were overall good. My only warning would be for the Integrated Studies program (which I did), as it is very challenging. It definitely helped me improve my Spanish and let me interact more with Spaniards and other international students, but it is much more difficult than the normal study abroad courses.
I lived with a host family who had been hosting students for 27 years. It was a great experience and I still keep in touch with them now. My friends lived in residencias and they also had good experiences- there is really no bad living situation in Salamanca!
I could talk about my time in Salamanca for days, but overall I would say this: I have absolutely no regrets about choosing the API Salamanca program. It was a great program in the perfect city and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture.
Galway has my heart
Submitted by Jill Lydon - UMass Boston | November 02, 2017
Studying abroad in Galway with API is hands down the best decision I've ever made in my life. First of all, Galway is my favorite place in the world. I had been there twice before studying abroad but only for a week at a time. I grew up obsessed and constantly curious about Irish culture because both of my grandparents were from there. When I visited for the first time, I knew that I had to go back for longer and actually live there for a little to see if I'd actually like to live there permanently when I graduate. API helped make this happen for me. I would totally suggest this program to anyone looking to study abroad in Galway, Ireland or even anywhere else in the world! They made everything so easy. The second we stepped off the plane, our resident directors were there to pick us up and take us to where we'd be living throughout the semester. They instantly made us feel right at home. The location of Gort na Coiribe was perfectly placed so closed to not only campus but the city centre and also grocery stores and the shopping center. It couldn't have been more convenient.
API roomed us with one other American student from our program in an apartment with local students. It was the perfect mix for really getting involved with the new culture and also having the comfort of home if you felt like you needed it. The resident directors, Finn and Kevin, were willing to help with anything ranging from school to sickness to travel plans. They really made a genuine effort to make it feel like home for all of us and they absolutely did so. API took us to Irish cultural events within Galway that kept us busy, helped us learn more about the amazing culture we were in, and allowed us to have fun in new ways with the friends that we all made. They also set up a trip for us to go to Edinburgh, Scotland which allowed us to learn about a different culture and really helped a lot of us feel more comfortable in making plans to travel on our own.
Traveling was so easy with the help of the resident directors and I ended up going to Scotland, Iceland, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands over the course of the semester. Every trip was amazing and it gave me more confidence to travel more and also gave me an insight to so many new cultures. It was incredible. No matter where I went, I was so happy to get back to Galway. Throughout the course of the semester, it truly felt like home. I did not want to leave one bit. The city itself is so lively and fun but the amazing people truly make it such a special experience. There was always something to do or somewhere to go. I loved being able to walk the Salthill Prom and enjoy everything that Galway had to offer. Traveling within Ireland was so easy too because of it's great bus systems. I got to go everywhere that I wanted to.
The National University of Ireland, Galway was really an incredible school. The buildings were beautiful and I can actually say that I enjoyed the classes. We were mixed with American, local, and even international students. I've never experienced anything like it! I was so excited to talk Irish language classes because its my grandparents first language and I've wanted to learn since I was little. It was so great to be a part of an international education system while simultaneously getting credits for my degree at my home university. It was perfect. The campus had everything students could need and more and provided endless opportunities for people to get involved in any activity that you could think of. It was just all set up perfect to cater to everyone.
All in all, Galway stole my heart. I think about it every single day and I want to go back so badly. I am so grateful that API gave me the opportunity to have this experience in my life and for it have so many positive effects on me. I feel so much more confident in myself and all my goals. It helped me realize that I can make traveling a part of my life and career. It helped me get one step closer to starting a life and career in Galway. I can't thank API enough. I can't recommend this program enough and for people thinking of study abroad to go out there and do it. It's unlike anything I've ever done. Galway and API changed my life.
Monash special developmental school and Melbourne experience
Submitted by Justine Lockhart - UNC Asheville | July 27, 2017
The school was great, the staff was very friendly and welcoming and I felt like I learned a lot with the hands on work with children in the classroom. The city of Melbourne has definitely stolen my heart! I have had a lot of fun in this lovely city. API organized a great program and I would recommend API to others. I was lucky enough to have friends in this city prior and befriended their friends as well, but had I not known anyone I feel I would have felt a bit lonely, as there was only one other intern in this program.