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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 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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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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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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Colombia

Paid Teach in Colombia

API is working together with Colombia’s Ministry of Education and a Colombian public institution, National Service of Learning (SENA), to provide conversational English...

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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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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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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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Academic Programs International Reviews

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Academics

    5

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

API Salamanca review from a gap student

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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

The best part of my college experience!

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.

Program: API at Libertas International University in Dubrovnik

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Host School or Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    9

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

The greatest challenge you will face is never wanting to leave

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

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    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 Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day 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

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