API
95% Rating
(242 Reviews)

API

Program Provider

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.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Miranda
Female
22 years old
Caen
University of Maine- Orono (main campus)

Caen, my second home

10/10

My reason for studying abroad with API in Caen was simple: they were the only program that didn't say "no" or "not possible" when I asked if I could find a host family for me and my cat. While they weren't able to, they searched and they involved more than just the director in Caen in their hunt for the perfect host family for the two of us. When it became clear that I wouldn't be able to bring my cat abroad, they helped me find a family with the next best thing: and amazing and friendly dog. I've been dealing with anxiety for the past few years, and though it sounds silly, my cat has greatly helped in reduce panic attacks, thus the need for her abroad. However, because API was able to find me a family with an incredible friendly dog I was able to cuddle her instead. Thus my year in Caen began, at the train station (after an incredible orientation in Paris, mind you) on my knees hugging this gorgeous dog (Gaia) who would quickly snuggle her way into my heart.

API would be nothing without their incredible program directors and on-site-advisers, for me in Caen, that would be Caroline. She was there at a moments notice for my first three weeks when I battled an ear infection, strep throat, and then an allergic reaction to all the antibiotics. She sat down with me for for hours to discuss my future plans in France and to give me advise on jobs and housing and all the paperwork in between!

As for the academics in Caen. I've never loved learning French as much as I did this year abroad. Between phonetics, grammar, literature, gastronomy, culture, and arts, I learned and improved more than I ever thought possible.

Even the city of Caen I loved, despite 80% being destroyed during WWII enough remained to exude that French charm and at the same time be modern and functional.

I can't recommend API Caen enough. It changed my life for the better and I can only hope it will continue to do the same to future students.

How can this program be improved?

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Danny
Danny
Male
Stonehill College

Me manque déjà

10/10

I was so worried when it came to studying abroad. Yes I am a language major and have loved studying french language a culture since high school but I wasn't prepared to stay half a year in a foreign country. API helped me realise my love for France and has transformed me into the person I am today. The classes were engaging the excursions were exciting and the memories are everlasting. I couldn't have asked for a better program.

Alex
Female
Cadiz
Oregon State University

Ole Ole Cai!

8/10

Participating in this program changed my life. I chose to go to a small peninsula as I thought it would be a place where I could be immersed in the language and really learn it, which turned out to be true. It’s a beautiful, magical place that will forever have a place in my heart. The people of Cadiz, better known as “Gaditanos”, and people of the surrounding areas are so proud of their land, culture, language and way of life and love showing it off. I used to love walking around the old part of the city, or having a coffee at the little bar overlooking the beach. They say that the beaches in Cadiz are the best in Spain, so that’s reason enough to go.
This is a full-immersion program. I was in classes with Spaniards and all my classes were taught in Spanish. This was not easy, but it was so gratifying to notice that by the last week of class, it wasn’t as hard to learn as it once had been. I also took a Spanish Language class with students from all over the world. The combination of the daily language class, all my classes at the University of Cadiz, and being immersed in the Spanish culture is how I learned the language. The Resident Director, a Spanish native living in Cadiz, was amazing. She went above and beyond for every student on the program. I still keep in touch with her to this day! It didn’t matter what time it was when you called her, if you needed help, she’d be wherever you were within 10 minutes; like I said before, Cadiz is a small city!
There are so many great things I can say about the program and I sometimes wish I could go back in time and relive some of the experiences I had all over again just to remember them more clearly!

How can this program be improved?

The most challenging part of this wonderful experience was my host family situation. I was living in a moldy room with no windows, which made me very sick at one point in my program. It was obvious the family hosting me was doing it only for the money and didn’t care about my well-being or really getting to know me. The good thing about all of this was API was very understanding and helpful when I decided to move. My Resident Director helped me find a new place to live, where I was much happier.

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Italy

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API students in Florence study at Lorenzo de’ Medici - The Italian International Institute (LdM). The campus is primarily loc...
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Spain

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The Universidad de Granada was chartered and given official Papal ratification by Clemente VII in 1531. Through its almost 50...
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Spain

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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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API Study Abroad is a mission-driven organization dedicated to helping their participants through their experience, quality s...
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The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona was founded in 1968 and is well known for its international profile. API students compl...
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France

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API has partnered with the Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises (CUEF) at Université Grenoble Alpes to offer a unique stu...
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Spain

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API High School's Spanish Language and Culture program immerses high school students (ages 16-18) in a collegiate setting at...
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Spain

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Academic Programs International (API) invites you to come study abroad in Spain at the Universidad de Sevilla! Founded in 150...
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Ireland

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Come study in Ireland with Academic Programs International! Students take courses at the National University of Ireland, Galw...
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Spain

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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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Universidad Pablo de Olavide is a state institution founded in 1997. Its mission is to educate the men and women of tomorrow...
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Costa Rica

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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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Argentina

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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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Ireland

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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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