API was founded in 1997 by four women dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable study abroad programs for U.S. students. Their diverse experiences abroad, first as students and later as professionals, shaped their philosophy on the value of international education as a means of promoting intellectual curiosity, cultural sensitivity, and holistic personal development. API firmly believes that extensive pre-departure preparation, coupled with strong support services on-site, facilitates academic, cultural and linguistic learning. Within the supportive environment of the API programs, API students are encouraged to explore their host communities and become increasingly independent and confident in their own abilities. API also believes that study abroad should be an activity that is accessible to as many students as possible, and in that vein, seeks to include as many components in the program price as possible for students at a low cost.
API programs offer U.S. college and university students the opportunity to earn college credit toward their degree programs in the U.S. by completing coursework in a wide variety of disciplines, including such fields as business, the social sciences, medical studies and the arts. In combination with its academic offerings, API strives to maximize each student's potential for personal growth through well-designed orientation programs, extensive cultural and social outings, carefully selected housing options, and a variety of excursions. API takes student safety seriously and provides extensive safety information, medical and evacuation insurance, and 24-hour emergency access to directors on site to ensure that students stay healthy and happy abroad.
API has grown rapidly since its founding nearly 20 years ago. We now send more than 4,000 students and participants abroad annually to over 50 cities within twenty-nine countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania. Our success is owed in large part to the dedication of our staff, both stateside and abroad, and the strong relationships we have cultivated with partner universities. We strive to provide individual attention to every participant and attract students from colleges and universities across the United States, public and private, large and small.
- APIGap year students have three options for programs in Santiago, Chile: Gap Study and Intern Abroad, Gap Summer Internship, and Gap Community Service (also available in Valparaiso).
- APIAPI has partnered with some of our top international university partners from around the world to offer their expansive course catalogs to our students for a truly global, borderless and connected experience!
- APIExplore London through interactive workshops organized exclusively for API and delivered by top-class professionals in the fields of theater or film
- APIThe Costa Rica community service trip is a two-week program intended to introduce students to the local communities and diverse natural environment of Costa Rica.
- APIJoin API High School as reside in a true English manor in the countryside, using London and surrounding towns as an extension of the classroom.
- APIThe API French Language and Culture Immersion Program provides students with the opportunity to study at the Institute Catholique de Paris and earn college credit! The summer session provides a general overview of French language and culture.
- APIAPI High School offers high school students the chance to study Spanish language and culture during the summer in an immersion setting for college credit.
High school students are offered a university-based STEM program in the heart of Dublin and have the opportunity to work alongside local Irish participants to prepare them for a future in the STEM fields.
- APIHigh school students are introduced to the art and design college experience in Paris. The program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent high school graduates.
- APIAPI students at AUT University will be able to enroll in a variety of subject areas with over 4,000 students, including local “Kiwis” and other international students from over 85 countries.