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
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.
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.
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