API Gap Year: Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program

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API student group out exploring Costa Rica!
API student group out exploring Costa Rica!
Study in Costa Rica with API!
Study in Costa Rica with API!


This program offers students the opportunity to explore the biodiversity of Costa Rica while improving their Spanish language skills. through coursework and extensive field trips, students will experience the remarkable biodiversity of Costa Rica and see the human impact on local ecosystems in person.

Students will travel to the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, as well as visit a wide variety of ecosystems including rainforests, volcanoes, biological reserves and national parks.

The program is open to all students who have completed a minimum of two semesters of Spanish at the college-level prior to enrolling in the program.

Students must be 18 years of age with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. Students will live with a host family located within city center. Meals and laundry service are included. All students will have a private bedroom.

  • 1.) Classes taught in Spanish and English
  • 2.) Volunteer opportunities
  • 3.) International excursion
  • 4.) Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Fairfield University)


API Scholarships
API Scholarships and Financial Aid Information

API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.

$250 - $1,000

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