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Applications for all programs are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no set deadline for applications. Most countries and projects require at least three months to process an application. See program pages for specific dates.
API believes in the importance of a strong GPA but is willing to consider an applicant whose GPA falls below the official requirement in certain instances. Students are asked to submit a statement of explanation addressing the reasons behind their low GPA.
API is most willing to consider an applicant with a low GPA in the following instances:
If API cannot accept a student for the session originally desired, we will invite the applicant to reapply for a subsequent session when grades have improved.
API university programs require advanced or native proficiency in English. We are happy to consider any international applicants who are university degree-seeking students in the United States or Canada. API will also consider students from non-English speaking countries on a case-by-case basis. In the event that API cannot properly evaluate a student’s academic credentials or verify the applicant’s English proficiency, admission into an API program may be denied with a full refund of program fees.
Note: API’s ability to advise non-U.S. citizen regarding visa procedures is limited. International applicants are advised that they will generally need to work with the host country’s consulate located in their country of origin to solicit a student visa or entry permit.
API considers applicants with a history of disciplinary infractions on their home campus on a case-by-case basis. API will only consider students with disciplinary histories if the home institution has agreed that the student is eligible to participate in a study abroad program. If the infraction was relatively minor and a minimum of a full semester has passed since the infraction occurred, API is more likely to accept the student.
More serious infractions are reviewed by the Student Services management team. A phone interview may be scheduled to discuss the disciplinary infractions with the applicant. If the student has a solid rationale for studying abroad and displays maturity about what has been learned from the experience, API is more likely to accept the student. Students are advised that API has a strict Code of Conduct and warned that failure to abide by API guidelines on-site can result in consequences such as removal from housing or dismissal from the program.
All students are required to sign the API Code of Conduct after acceptance. This outlines API’s behavioral and academic expectations, our disciplinary procedures if a student violates the Code of Conduct, including the appeals process. In general, for a first, minor infraction, students will receive a verbal warning. If the infraction is more serious or repeated, students would receive a written disciplinary warning. We share all written warnings issued with the student’s home university. Consequences beyond a warning can include dismissal from program-sponsored events (i.e. an excursion), from program housing, or from the program entirely for very serious behavior problems.
API is committed to providing enriching international opportunities for all participants. API does not discriminate against any individual based on ethnicity, nationality, ancestry, race, sex, gender identity, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability in its admissions decisions, program activities or employment practices.
API believes that all of our program participants have the right to study, intern, volunteer, work or teach in an environment free of any type of discrimination, bullying or harassment, be that harassment emotional, verbal, physical or sexual in nature. All API stateside staff and international representatives are responsible for following local laws and performing their duties in an ethical manner.
All participants are required to sign API's Code of Conduct prior to their arrival on-site*, which explicitly states that participants are prohibited from:
"Any behavior that could result in harm of a fellow program participant, API representatives, a local host or the community at large. Any physical or verbal abuse or harassment by a participant can result in automatic dismissal from the API program. "
The API Code of Conduct specifically refers all participants to API's Non-Discrimination Policy, and holds them accountable for respecting it.
Violations of API’s non-discrimination policy by an API representative can result in official letters of reprimand or job dismissal. Violations of the Participant Code of Conduct may be handled via the issuance of warnings, temporary or permanent removal from API housing or activities, loss of other program privileges, damage assessments or dismissal from an API program. By maintaining and enforcing its non-discrimination policy, API seeks to establish a welcoming and inclusive environment for all participants.
*For customized or faculty-led programs, API may defer to the Code of Conduct of the participants' home institution.
Legal protections in the host country may differ from those in place in a participant’s home country. For example, the Title IX legislation in place in the U.S. assists students who experience some form of gender discrimination (e.g., sexist jokes, catcalls, inappropriate touching, sexual assault, dating violence, etc.) while studying at a U.S. university. Certain behaviors considered inappropriate or discriminatory in the U.S. may not be considered rude or offensive in a host country. While API has no control over the laws in a given host country, API representatives abroad aspire to support alleged victims of gender discrimination to the best of their ability and according to U.S. standards.
As participants navigate their host country environments, with which they are relatively unfamiliar, API wants them to feel comfortable coming forward for assistance when needed. On-site API directors or local coordinators will help a participant who has shared allegations of discrimination or harassment (defined by API as the “reporting party”) by providing access to the resources or support needed (e.g., medical care** or counseling) and accompanying the individual to file a formal police report or complaint if desired.
When a participant puts forth allegations about inappropriate behavior or actions taken by a fellow API participant (defined as “responding party”), API has an obligation to act and investigate those allegations. Additionally, it may be necessary for API to share some details regarding a given incident with fellow participants in order to protect their safety; API will seek to do so without exposing the identity of the reporting party.
For participants who are U.S. university students, API generally has an obligation to inform each student’s home university about allegations of gender discrimination, especially aggravated incidents involving violence. In doing so, API and a participant’s home university can provide guidance and support for the reporting party, and provide fair notice of how the responding party may be affected***. No information will be shared with the reporting or responding parties’ emergency contacts in the event of harassment or sexual assault without the express permission of the participant in question, or if API determines that there is cause for program dismissal of the responding party. API generally encourages both the reporting and responding parties to be open with trusted friends or family members at home about such incidents, so they may provide additional emotional support.
If a participant has experienced an incident (e.g., rape) and does not wish to discuss the incident with API, API urges the participant to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate or the U.S. Department of State for assistance. The embassy/consulate staff can provide a list of reputable medical services and other resources in the area. Consular staff can also contact the participant’s family or may in some cases provide a reimbursable loan to cover limited emergency medical funding.
More information, including contact information, about support for victims of crimes abroad can be found online at:
If an API participant has concerns that the behavior of an API on-site representative or a stateside employee constitutes harassment, bullying or gender discrimination, the behavior should be reported immediately to the Senior Vice President of Organizational Operations or the API President. If the participant fears imminent harm, the participant should seek assistance from a representative of the host university, other emergency authority in the host country (e.g., hospital, counselor, etc.) or the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy.
Given the degree of complexity involved with operating programs in international destinations, each with its own laws, legal system, and cultural perceptions of appropriate behavior, API cannot have one uniform approach to all forms of disrespectful behavior, harassment or sexual discrimination. API does, however, seek to maintain a standard set of procedures to ensure the safety of its participants and respond fairly and systematically to reported violations of the API Code of Conduct or local laws.
When a participant reports a violation of the API Code of Conduct related to physical harassment or sexual assault to an API representative stateside or abroad, API will make reasonable efforts to support the reporting party while simultaneously protecting the right of the responding party to continue in the program until an API investigation can be completed. While an investigation is pending or in process, API reserves the right to take the following actions in order to limit contact between the reporting party and the responding party to the fullest extent possible:
It is important that the reporting party is aware that API cannot fully control the host environment. While API can take action and enforce rules to limit interactions in API housing and while participating in API events, API has no control over public spaces (e.g., public transportation, eating or social establishments, local points of interest, etc.). A reporting party should be aware of the risk of coming into unsupervised contact with a responding party outside of program spaces and sponsored activities.
If a reporting party elects to file a police report with local authorities, API may be required by law to defer or suspend an internal investigation. Even if local laws do not preclude an API investigation, they may limit how API can respond (e.g., place restrictions on speaking to witnesses, collecting evidence, etc.). API will continue to support the reporting party and provide guidance to the responding party during this time.
*In cases of sexual assault, the insurance plan provided by API requires participants to seek medical attention within 24 hours of the incident to cover certain types of treatment.
Providing it has clearance to do so from the reporting party and local authorities (if applicable), API will move forward with an investigation as expeditiously as possible. In general, the investigation will proceed as follows:
Note: Even if a reporting party does not choose to pursue an investigation, API will take reasonable action to support the participant to successfully complete the API program. If API has cause to believe the allegations are true, API may choose to dismiss a participant at any time to protect the reporting party or fellow participants from potential harm, without conducting an extensive investigation.
*Students are informed that their home university may wish to conduct an internal investigation concurrently with API or upon the completion of API's investigation.
When a participant reports inappropriate behavior by an API representative to API’s Senior VP of Organizational Operations, API will take all steps necessary to investigate the veracity of the concerns. To do, the participant reporting the behavior will be asked to:
Depending on the severity of the charges (e.g., inappropriate comments versus sexual advances), API could:
Any participant who deliberately makes false accusations or provides false testimony against an API participant or representative will be subject to review and potential dismissal from the API program. Additionally, the participant could be subject to criminal or civil charges being filed by the responding party.
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