It's Okay to Start Planning!

In the midst of uncertainty around the world, API is helping to keep your options as open as possible! We're here to give you the confidence to start planning for 2021. 

We've got options for everyone...Go abroad, go virtual, or do both!

We've got your back! API is carefully monitoring safety conditions on-site, making plans to safely support students who travel, and providing opportunities for students who aren't ready to travel again. We hope the wide variety of options helps you to start building your plan we're here to support you as you explore the possibilities!

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Let's Get You Abroad!

API’s 2021 programs around the world are open and accepting applications. API is here to give you the confidence to plan a semester or summer abroad!

Check out some of our most popular sites among applicants thus far:


API offers you more than 150 API programs available in nearly 40 locations — in cities both large and small! Check out our Program Finder to start exploring.

If API must cancel your program prior to your departure due to COVID-19, we will help you find a new location or provide you a full refund of all program fees.

With as many options as we have available, we recommend our students remain flexible and open to potential alternatives as COVID-19 guidelines continue to shift.


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Virtual Programs Fit for You!

With travel being limited right now, virtual experiences can help connect people and places around the world.

We know we cannot recreate the experience of going abroad — however, with API's Virtual Programs you can add global experiences to your resume, get pushed out of your comfort zone, and still feel the rush of experiencing something new for the first time.

On top of that, we also want to help you go abroad in the future by offering anyone who enrolls a scholarship ranging from $500 - $3000 to study abroad on a future API program. Interested? Check out of options now!


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Abroad and Virtual—You can do both!

Want to combine both options? Combine a virtual summer program with an on-site fall semester! Or maybe go abroad next summer and then grab a virtual internship next fall part-time! No matter what combination of options you choose, API offers you the best of both worlds!

Use our Program Finder to mix and match your programs and build the term that works for you! API has your back.


API's COVID-19 Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies as of Spring 2021

API will refund students of all program fees paid, including the application deposit ($150) and confirmation payment ($400).

More than 60 days out from the program start date: API will refund all fees, including $150 application deposit and the confirmation payment.

31-59 days out from the program start date: API will keep only the $150 application deposit and the $400 confirmation payment, and refund all other program fees.

1-30 days out from the program start date: Students are responsible for 50% of the program fee, plus the application and confirmation deposits.

Withdrawals 61+ days out from the program start date: Refund all fees, except the $150 application deposit.

Withdrawals 31-60 days prior to program start date: Refund all fees, except the $150 application fee and $400 confirmation fee.

Withdrawals 1 – 30 days prior to the program start date: The student is responsible for 50% of the program cost plus the application deposit and confirmation fee, as well as any additional fees accrued.

Withdrawal on the program start date or after the program has begun: The student is responsible for 100% of the program cost as well as any additional fees accrued.

No refunds from API will be provided to students if a program is cancelled or suspended after the program start date, nor if a university moves to recall students from abroad after the program has begun.

The opportunity to study and travel internationally is something we hope all students can experience. In the event that API cancels a program due to COVID-19 or should a student choose to not travel internationally at this time, we encourage all applicants to consider deferring to a future program. A student can defer their application to the same program next year or to another upcoming program that fits their academic or career goals. As long as the student makes this decision 61 or more days prior to the program start date, all deposits can be transferred to the future program.

If API cancels a program, the Program Coordinator/Manager will invite students to consider deferring. If a student makes the choice not to go abroad before API has cancelled, they can simply email us to defer their enrollment. Please note that the standard withdrawal policy will be applied to the new session and the application deposit is non-refundable unless a student is not admitted into the API program or the API program is cancelled.

If a student prefers to withdraw from a program, they will need to alert the Program Coordinator/Manager in writing, as soon as possible.

As global COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions continue to evolve, so too will our policies in response to the pandemic. We will do our best to keep our students informed. You can also review API's COVID-19 response page for more information. 

API is here for YOU!

Curious which options work best for you? We're here to help. Chat with us, or give us a call at 1-512-600-8900 or toll free at 1-800-844-4124 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.