Academic Programs International (API) was founded in 1997 by four women (the Founding Mamas) 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 participants are encouraged to explore their host communities and become increasingly independent and confident in their own abilities. API also believes that international educational experiences should be accessible to as many participants as possible, and in that vein, seeks to include as many components in the program price as possible for participants at a low cost.
API has grown rapidly since its founding over 20 years ago. We now send more than 4,000 participants abroad annually to nearly 50 cities in over 25 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania. Our portfolio has expanded beyond college study abroad to include international internship programs, teach, volunteer, and work abroad options, and international programs for high school and gap year students. 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 institutions and universities. We strive to provide individual attention to every participant and attract participants from across the U.S. and the world.