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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.

*The former API Cultural Embrace and Aspire by API listings are now merged under this account.

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Programs from API Study Abroad

Program Reviews

  • Moe
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Burlington, VT
    Saint Michael's College
    My amazing 3 months at UCL
    11/27/2014

    My API housing was in the center of the city, a 5 minute walk from campus, a 30 second walk to the tube, and was within walking distance of many landmarks. I lived in a better location then most of the University students, as well other study abroad students. The support given to me was outstanding before I left for the trip as well as upon my return to the United States. The staff on the ground in London was amazing (Rachel was like a mother to us), and made me truly feel like London was my home. They organized extremely cool trips around the city (and country), and were always present if we had questions or concerns. I would without reservation recommend this program for anyone interested in studying abroad in London.

    How could this program be improved?

    It would have been nice to have some excursions provided outside of the country (even for additional cost).

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    The London Eye, on the River Thames, about a 20 minute walk from my flat.
    An API excursion to Warner Bros. Harry Potter studio.
    University College of London by night.
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  • Hannah
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    La Crosse, Wisconsin
    University of Wisconsin
    API Seville, Spain: Pablo de Olavide Spring 2013
    11/24/2014

    I chose API based on the value and they did not disappoint! Everything from initial interactions with the staff in the US to my homestay to the unique excursions they offered was incredible.

    From day one I felt as through my program manager wanted the best for me and I didn't feel like another number. The on-site staff in Sevilla were equally helpful and ensured we were getting the best cultural experience as possible. In fact, one of the resident directors spent an hour explaining the different neighbors, what to do and see and drew me a map of Barcelona before a weekend trip. They really go above and beyond.

    My host family was great. I lived with my host mom, host brother, and another API student. My program included 3 meals a day at my house, laundry and my room was cleaned every other week. I loved living with a host family because I feel like I was able to say I truly lived in Spain. I completed small tasks with my host mom such as getting bread from our local bakery in the morning, grocery shopping, and visiting her grandkids. It definitely helped with my language skills.

    The academics were more challenging than I anticipated, but still very manageable. The professors really challenge you to think in the perspective of a new culture and help to immerse you to the Spanish culture. Pablo de Olavide, the University, is outside the city so I needed to take the metro to class, but it was only a 15 minute commute. Classes are generally Monday through Thursday.

    With the program I had two spring breaks, they feel on two cultural festivals: Semana Santa and Feria. I would highly recommend studying in Sevilla (in the spring) to experience these two weeks.

    The city itself is safe and full of rich Spanish culture. I really enjoyed the size because it felt like a city, yet was small enough to walk almost everywhere. There is never a shortage of things to do from walking around and taking in the architecture to sitting by the river to enjoying a nice cafe con leche with friends!

    Overall, my experience with API studying in Sevilla was phenomenal and I would recommend this program to all that want to experience a very rich Spanish culture.

    How could this program be improved?

    They had a number of phenomenal excursions outside of Sevilla included, but I would have liked to see more "intercambio" events. I found it difficult to meet Spanish friends and I think having cultural events with Spaniards would have helped.

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    On a cultural excursion to a bread factory in Extramadura, Spain with another API student.
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  • Laura
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Canada
    University of Toronto
    Fantastic Opportunity
    11/14/2014

    This program is close to my heart since I was born in Colombia. I migrated with my family to Canada when I was nine and assimilated easily to life in Toronto. After graduating University, I decided to teach abroad for a year and Cultural Embrace by API's program to teach in Colombia seemed a prefect fit; an opportunity that would allow me to get reacquainted with my Colombian roots. My background, therefore, has influenced how I view this program quite a bit. Speaking just for the program, my day to day life consisted of two classes which were an hour and a half in length. We were told we would teach an instructor class, but it wasn't until the second semester that I acquired one. My schedule was very relaxed since there was so much free time, however I did spend a lot of time planning lessons since we were not given a curriculum and I had never taught before. Although we were given a week of training in Bogota, I felt what I truly learned about lesson planning was definitely based on my teaching experience in the classroom. At times this program was disorganized: we were not fully informed about how to grade students on a program called Sofia Plus, we sometimes had to search for classroom space because there was a problem with the one we were given, and instructor classes were always a bit ambiguous (even when I was given one attendance was very low because teachers have such a busy schedule).
    However, despite these problems, the students were very friendly and humorous, and teachers were also very welcoming. The SENA centre itself is quite nice; it is a very illuminated building and the teacher's lounge on the fifth floor is a great space for working, relaxing, or having lunch with coworkers while not dictating class. Overall, my experience teaching English in Medellin was fantastic; I learned innumerable lessons and it was a great growth opportunity, both personally and professionally. Medellin is a beautiful place to live and I would recommend this program to someone who was considering teaching in South America.

    How could this program be improved?

    This program could improve by training volunteers better, giving them resources in order to teach and grade as a regular teacher at SENA would. Informing volunteers about uniform policies, attendance, and how to grade students on Sofia Plus would help tremendously. Having a very good regional coordinator is also vital for the success of the program.

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  • Megan
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Boston, MA
    Simmons College
    The Spanish Language and Extracurriculars
    11/14/2014

    Studying abroad in Bilbao was not only a great experience but I was able to experience another culture in depth, exponentially improve my Spanish, meet new friends from many different countries, and easily travel to other European countries. The program staff was helpful and contributed to the improvement of my Spanish. However, the language program was primarily American students which I was unaware of beforehand. There are testily opportunities to be more integrated with Spanish students such as taking other classes offered at the universities, participating in clubs (many people participate in the hiking club), or intercambia where you get paired with a Spanish student and speak each other's languages- I highly recommend it. The city itself is safe, has a great art culture, and offers many outdoor activities since it has the unique position of being situated near mountains and an ocean. My home stay was great however I did feel as though my family and my personalities did not match very well and wish that the matching process was more thorough.

    How could this program be improved?

    It would be nice if there were more families that participated in home stays and a more thorough matching process.

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  • Krista
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    New York, New York
    Wagner College
    Andiamo!
    11/13/2014

    My experience studying abroad with API was better then I could have ever imagined! I was set up in an apartment on the Arno River, looking over the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. Not only was the view amazing, but my roommates and I had live music outside our window almost every night. The school is located near the Duomo and the Central Market, so you are always in the middle of the excitement of Florence. LDM and API also provide a variety of free activities for students every week, including wine tastings, tours in the city, and live shows. Most importantly, there are tons of travel groups for students that make it VERY easy and inexpensive to travel Europe on the weekends! Also, API provides free excursions to cities in Italy like Rome, Venice, Verona, and Cinque Terre!

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish more students would branch out and engage in Italian night life more. The American bars and clubs are very frequented by students.

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