Third-party study abroad providers wrote the book on studying abroad for students from the United States. Long before universities began offering Direct Enrollment to a limited number of countries worldwide, third-party providers had already helped thousands of students realize their dreams of studying in a foreign country.
When I was a junior in Salisbury University, Academic Programs International (API) came to our campus for an activities fair and I was instantly hooked. Until that moment, I had never thought that spending a semester abroad was something I’d ever be able to experience. Between the costs, making sure that my credits would transfer, and making sense of the arduous visa process, I always thought it was something that would forever be out of my grasp. It only took five minutes talking to one of API representatives before I filled out an application to be a part of their four-month study abroad program based in Florence, Italy and I’ve never looked back.
The fact is, choosing to go with a non-profit organization like API or any of the hundreds of other programs available is the ideal way for students with both serious wanderlust and course requirements to see the world, stress-free.
That means no long hours spent worrying about securing housing, visas, flights or transportation. Truth is, while the do-it-yourself trend might appeal to the adventurous solo traveler type, working with an outside provider means all you have to worry about is picking a program, applying and packing your bag. That’s it. That’s why we’re going to explore everything third-party providers have to offer you together.
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