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301 Camp Craft Road
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746
United States


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I worked at ASEM English center in Vinh, Vietnam, through API, in 2016. I and the 6 other teachers I lived with, some of whom were university students and some of whom were independent clients, expressed some very serious concerns about our safety and about the mistreatment of both Vietnamese and foreign employees at the site that API has refused to address and that continue unmitigated as of 2018. API has never sent a represnetative to visit the site or to meet your employers. They have no knowledge of conditions at the site and know very little about the city more generally. After you pay them and arrive in Vietnam, they will not help you.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me by email. I can also provide the contact information of other foreign and Vietnamese English teachers, who can give you their own perspective on API, ASEM, and working in education in Vietnam.

I cannot emphasize this enough: there are many, many English centers in Vinh and throughout Vietnam, and you do not need to pay API or any other third party to be able to work at them. I would be happy to provide the names of reputable English Centers that you can reach out to directly, who will take care of your immigration needs and, typically, provide you with housing.

No, I don't recommend
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When most students go abroad for the first time they do so with caution, classmates, and a well-tested support network. I did none of that. I am the guinea pig for my University testing the waters to see whether other students should come over and whether or not the classes are rigorous enough to be counted as transfer credit. In addition i was the only one from my school who ended up going the distance with this particular program. It was also my first time, living in another country, living in a city, flying in a plane and later I would add my first time in an amusement park. This might not sound too crazy until one realizes that it was for six months, an entire semester, and the plane flight was around thirteen hours. However, the staff in this program, my wonderful host family and my great professors at Torcuato Di Tella and Longwood University all supported me. Where I lacked experience I had a sense of adventure and a million people behind me always interested in what I was doing. the classes themselves were some of the most challenging I have ever taken, but worth the effort for all I learned. The trips and activities are just what one needs after a long day of hard work and open a whole other world of possibilities to explore and my host family has provided a caring home for me to retire to at the end of the day when I learn all about the daily life aspects of Argentina like games, cooking and mate. Although studying abroad for a semester in a foreign country with your second language is not for everyone and a lot of work everyday, it has truly changed my perspective. I would not trade my experience for anything.

How can this program be improved?
Expanding this program could be beneficial considering the low number of students who attended the same university in Buenos Aires as me and more trips are never a bad thing.
Yes, I recommend
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Study abroad is presented to students as a way to experience another culture by immersing yourself in a new country; to improve your language abilities by being forced to practice with locals; to challenge yourself to go outside of your comfort zone. My time in Buenos Aires with API was all of that and more. The only regret I have from college is that I didn't spend an entire year abroad. This program, along with my resident director Carmen, had such a positive impact on me that I lived abroad two additional times after graduating and chose a career path in the study abroad so that I could assist students and having a life-changing experience like I did. The semester taught me more than classic Argentine literature and the history of Eva Perón, it taught me about learning from the stories and lives of locals around the city. It taught me to be a global citizen and to fight for diversity and inclusion because equality and understanding other perspectives is of the gravest importance. It has directly influenced my career goal: to find ways to make study abroad accessible to every student, to help them learn about the world, and learn about themselves.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly, Carmen, the resident director is an absolute gem. I hope to one day be like her in the study abroad field. She is so kind and compassionate, so knowledgeable and helpful, and will make any student's time in Argentina an unforgettable one.
Yes, I recommend
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I chose to go abroad with API for many reasons, including the company's great feedback from former students, the sensible price for what was included, and the selection of coursework that was offered. I selected the International Studies program at UAB because not only did the classes interest me, but all four I enrolled in covered a requirement for me. While abroad I was able to cover a History General Education class through Spanish Civilisation and Culture, a Communication major class through Intercultural Communication, and two Social and Behavioral Science Global Education Requirements through Urban Interventions and my Spanish Language course. Opportunities are endless here, as I was able to see a great deal of Europe between my studies since the Barcelona trains and airport are at our convenience to travel in-and-out of. Living as an international student in a foreign city greatly improved both my problem-solving skills, as learning how to maneuver a new city can be daunting, and detail-oriented planning, understanding that there is a lot that goes into organizing trips. API: Barcelona was a great program for me; no matter what program you decide it is up to you to mold the experience that you want!

How can this program be improved?
Can't think of anything!
Yes, I recommend

My main goal for studying abroad was to improve my Spanish. I believe I did just that on this program. I took part in the early start program with intensive Spanish classes. It was a great way to start the program so I would definitely recommend that. I also took classes with Argentine students. Generally most of my classes were with Americans or a few other foreigners. One draw back is that the program is mostly Americans studying at the school, so there’s a good amount of English, although all my classes were in Spanish. I enjoyed my classes with argentines cause it did really make me feel like an exchange student. I had to do the same work, tests as them so I thought it was a great challenge and overall very interesting to see what school is like for them. My housing was great! I lived with an amazing host family in Recoleta. What I liked a lot about the housing is that only one student is placed per a family, that way it’s a lot more Spanish and then there’s no favorites. Also Carmen and Jimena, the program directors, are fantastic and are always there to help. Everyone LOVES them. Overall Argentina is an amazing experience and unique if you’re looking to study abroad outside of Europe. I would recommend it 110%

How can this program be improved?
Not much improvement needed, maybe more activities to get students involved with the community although it seems that is already happening.
Yes, I recommend


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