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
Academic Programs International Reviews
Submitted by Amanda - Oklahoma State University | June 19, 2017
As a Spanish major, I hoped studying abroad would help me with my fluency and to become more comfortable speaking Spanish. I wanted to be immersed in the Spanish language and culture and figured a smaller city would be ideal. All signs pointed to Salamanca! I chose the residencia housing option so I lived with Spaniards and API American students. Pilar, the owner of the residencia, was amazing. She was like my mother; I would come home from classes and we'd talk about my day and then we’d end up talking about anything and everything. I spoke Spanish every day with Pilar and the Spaniards in the residencia. I was in the Hispanic Studies program and loved the classes. It was all taught in Spanish and I was able to choose which electives I preferred. There was not a ton of homework, but I was still challenged every day. The professors were super fun and interesting. I left Salamanca with tons of knowledge of Spanish history, art, culture, and colloquial phrases!
Salamanca is a magical place... The city is so beautiful and there is always something to do, even if its just walking around discovering new parts of the city or hanging out in a park. API helped arrange a tutoring position for me and also an intercambio (language exchange). My intercambio partner and I became great friends; she introduced me to her friends and I met a lot of locals that way. I got sick once and Maria, the resident director, walked me to the doctor and helped me through the visit. Even though I was far from home, I was super comforted to know that I had people that would help me any time of the day if needed. API planned awesome excursions and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my housing and the help I received from the resident directors. In the end, Salamanca was exactly what I hoped for and exceeded all of my expectations.
API Salamanca review from a gap student
Submitted by Kristie - Harvard University | January 24, 2017
My time in Salamanca was really run and I definitely learned a lot!
My homestay was so sweet and caring. She spoke no English at all, so living there really forced me to use the language all the time, which is great for learning. I remember spending many nights watching Spanish Game Shows (concursos) and chatting late in the night with my homestay. She introduced me to her entire family, who frequently visited to have lunch or dinner with us. Another bonus of living with a homestay is the delicious food. Even though I ran every day by the river, I gained 10 lbs during my time in Spain (whoops). The food really is to die for.
Although it was nice having my own room, I would recommend to prospective study-abroaders that they choose to have a roommate. It would have been nice to have someone to walk home with at night and just to a have a friend from the start of the program.
API was extremely accommodating and easily accessible. They were knowledgable and really friendly. Ana (our program coordinator) was absolutely lovely. After orientation, the program is pretty hands-off, but if I ever needed them, they were extremely easy to contact and provided me with all the resources I needed.
The nightlife in Salamanca is awesome! There are lots of discotecas and bars. The town is crawling with university students, so there is almost always a party going on. The town itself is very walkable. You can walk across town in 45 minutes. It is also very safe, something my parents and I both appreciated.
My classes at the University of Salamanca were pretty interesting. They were all very small, so I had a lot of opportunity to speak in class.
You will likely be in a class with other students who are learning Spanish as a second or third language, so it didn’t feel like an intimidating environment. I almost never had homework so my afternoons and evenings were free to explore Salamanca and hang out with friends, which was nice.
Overall, my experience in Salamanca was extremely positive. I consider the town a second-home, and have already made plans to go back this spring! Studying in Salamanca made me a more adventurous, independent person. I became much more comfortable with being outside of my comfort zone, which I considered to be an invaluable skill as I entered into college.If you have the opportunity to go, do it! You will not regret the amazing adventure of living and studying abroad.
Program: API Gap Year - Programs in Argentina
The best part of my college experience!
Submitted by Lianne - University of Pittsburgh | January 09, 2017
Studying in Dubrovnik was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I learned so much from living in this wonderful city. There were only 22 people in my program, so we got to know each other very quickly. The apartment I stayed in was very nice, and I had two roommates. I had to walk up 200 stairs to get to it, but the views made it worth it. Dubrovnik is extremely safe, and the Resident Directors, Nada and Ivana, were very helpful with everything from housing problems to academic issues to travel recommendations. The university shares a building with the Dominican monastery, and while it is small (maybe 100 students total) it is in a great location and provides a unique educational experience. While I was studying there my professors included a former ambassador and the former First Minister of Scotland. Because the professors are flown in to teach, you might have a class every day for 4 weeks and then be done with that class, allowing plenty of time for exploring or hanging out on the beach. Almost everyone in Dubrovnik speaks English, so it was easy to get to know locals and learn about the history of the city. I learned so much about Croatian culture and the Croatian way of life, and I truly fell in love with this city.
The greatest challenge you will face is never wanting to leave
Submitted by Samantha Sullivan - Barranquilla Colombia | September 15, 2016
When I first came to Colombia with API's Teach Abroad program I had a few expectations, but I had no idea just how incredible and valuable my time here would be. I have been in Colombia for about 7 months now, since arriving I have felt the ups and the downs, I have seen breath-taking landscapes, and walked through old colonial towns, I have hiked to find a lost Indigenous city, and I have connected on a deep level with a new culture. Among all of these wonderful things, I have also experienced extreme poverty, corruption and far too many stray animals, but the greatest challenge that I have had to face so far is making the decision to stay or to go. What did I do? I stayed. I couldn't get away from the warm people, the empanadas, and the way everyone seemed to be super relaxed despite the hardships they are facing. I have truly fallen in love with this country and the people who inhabit it. My students especially, they light up my day, every day. I didn't know what teaching would be like when I first arrived, I was an advertising major with a desire to travel the world. Little did I know that teachings would be such a rewarding and challenging experience! I feel that I have grown immensely since coming here 7 months ago, and I have so much more growing to do! Who knows if I will ever return to the US! I didn't believe everyone when they first told me, " The biggest challenge is not wanting to leave," but now it's true. I'm sold, thank you Colombia and API Abroad for this amazing life experience.
Program: Paid Teach in Colombia
Wonderful experience in Berlin with API!
Submitted by Jenna - Siena College | August 15, 2016
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.