API

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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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Most Recent Program Reviews

Kristie
Female
22 years old
Louisville
University of Kentucky

Best Experience of My Life

Overall 10

Seriously...BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE! API's Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy is something that will resonate with me forever. The staff was overwhelmingly kind, welcoming, and they truly made us feel at home while abroad. API was so helpful from the minute I decided to study abroad, and kept that communication throughout my program, and even after I got home. Studying abroad can be intimidating, but it was comforting to know API was there if I needed anything. They also planned AMAZING excursions to places like Cinque Terre, Venice, Verona, and more. When I say amazing, I mean experiences that you read about on travel blogs. I couldn't be happier with my choice to study abroad with API in Florence. Since studying abroad, I became a Study Abroad Peer Ambassador at my school, started my own travel blog, and just came back from traveling in Europe for a month. Thanks for forever inspiring me, API!

Nathaniel
Male
21 years old
Vermont, USA
Saint Michael's College

API 8 Week Fixed Date Internship in Santiago, Chile

Overall 8

I am a double major in Environmental Studies and Spanish, and the internship that API found for me was really a perfect fit!

I did the 8-week fixed date internship and I interned with Corporación Cultiva - a non-profit environmental organization that does a variety of participative reforestation and urban planting projects. I worked in the office doing grant research and writing, translated informational presentations, worked on an annual progress report, attended team meetings, and also spent some time working in the field caring for trees that had been planted during reforestation projects.

All but one of my coworkers spoke only Spanish which was challenging at times but also very rewarding, as I was looking for a truly immersive experience. If you are looking to speak a lot of Spanish and not have many opportunities to use English I would highly recommend Santiago! I was originally planning on studying in Costa Rica, but after hearing that a good portion of people speak English as well as Spanish I decided to look for another Latin American country where English was less predominant - and Chile was a perfect fit! I have taken numerous Spanish classes and would consider myself to be fairly comfortable with conversation and have decently advanced written communication skills. Nonetheless, I still at times felt in well over my head in terms of being able to understand what was being said (as everyone there talks incredibly fast) and communicate effectively what was on my mind.

I found that Chileans as a whole are incredibly kind and friendly. The culture is very welcoming as a whole and I never really felt out of place, whether I was at home or at work. My host family, my co-workers, and other people I met throughout my travels were all consistently very warm and genuine.

I grew up and currently go to school in northern Vermont, which is fairly rural. Thus, living in Santiago was definitely a big adjustment but not unmanageable in any way. It is definitely very polluted because of the contamination from the high quantity of cars and buses and the smog hangs in the air due to the fact that the city is surrounded by the Cordillera of the Andes to the east and other hills to the west. When I was in Santiago there was a forest fire crisis throughout the country, mainly in the south, and the air quality was exceptionally bad in the city because of the smoke. However, overall the city streets and public transportation are fairly clean.

Santiago is obviously a large city and thus poses some safety threats for international students who don't necessarily know the city or language as well as a native. Nonetheless, the residential director and my host family did a great job telling me where to go and where not to go and what to do to stay safe. As a whole I never felt unsafe or in danger at any point during my trip.

The residential director in Santiago really is incredibly accommodating, helpful, and a wealth of information. The first few days I was there she gave me an extensive tour of the city, showed me how to use the public transportation, brought me to my placement, showed my some good places to eat, and was very willing to help me set up things to do on the weekend. She is incredibly nice, speaks English very well, and would go out of her way to answer any questions you have or help you see anything you want to see.

My host family was incredible and API did a very good job finding a family that lived in a nice area, was welcoming, and has had experience with hosting international students and workers

How can this program be improved?
The only thing that I would change about my experience would be to know a little more about my internship and housing placement prior to my departure. I don't know if this is possible, but I did feel like there was a lot of uncertainties leading up to my trip and it would have been kind of nice to speak with the residential director directly and maybe even my supervisor prior to my departure to ask any lingering questions I had about my living situation, packing, or my job.
Kristie
Female
19 years old
Park City, Utah
Harvard University

API Salamanca Review

Overall 7

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-abraders 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.

How can this program be improved?
I wish the program got our group together more often, maybe once every week. I felt like I didn't know many of the other students very well because we all diverged into different classes and lived all across town.

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Florence
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Granada
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Salamanca
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Study abroad with API in Spain at the Universidad de Salamanca! The oldest university in Spain (est. 1218), Pope Alexander IV...
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Barcelona
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Salamanca
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Seville
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Galway
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Grenoble
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Barcelona
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The Universitat de Barcelona was established in 1450 and is the oldest and largest university in Barcelona. Students complete...
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Seville
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San Joaquin de Flores
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Join API and study abroad in Costa Rica at the Instituto San Joaquín de Flores. This study abroad program is offered to stude...
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Buenos Aires
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API has partnered with the Universidad de Belgrano (UB) to offer students the opportunity to live and study abroad in Buenos...
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South America
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API is working together with Colombia’s Ministry of Education and a Colombian public institution, National Service of Learnin...
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Limerick
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API offers comprehensive study abroad programs at the University of Limerick (UL), a fully accredited university that has gai...
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