Richmond Signs Exclusive Experiential Learning Partnership with API

January 13, 2022
Richmond University Campus

API and Richmond to extend unique, experiential learning opportunities including study abroad programmes to students across the US and the world. 

Richmond, The American International University in London, is delighted to announce that it has just signed an agreement with a major Experiential Learning and Study Abroad partner – Academic Programs International (API).  API, who are headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a global organisation operating programmes in 25 countries. The partnership will take effect immediately, with plans for Richmond to host API students in London as early as summer 2022.

API is an independent experiential learning organisation which provides high quality, affordable experiential programmes for thousands of students annually, sending them to nearly 60 cities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, and the South Pacific. Celebrating 25 years in business this year, API was founded by four moms whose 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, multiculturalism, and personal development. API invested significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, building out a new technology platform, APIConnect, which is an experiential learning solution that supports students, colleges, and universities.  

Professor Dom Alessio, Vice President of International Programmes at Richmond, said about the new partnership: “Given Richmond started out as a Study Abroad destination and is accredited in both America and the UK, we are very excited about our new partnership with API.  We see this as an exciting new chapter in the history of study abroad between our two nations and our two organisations. We are also in preliminary discussions with API about a host of other new educational opportunities, which are both innovative and pioneering. So watch this space!” 

Patrick Vogt, CEO of API stated, We are delighted to be the exclusive U.S. partner of  Richmond University and are looking forward to working together to provide exceptional educational experiences to students around the world. Through our rich and rewarding partnership, we will expand program access to students, deliver meaningful, cultural engagement, and help prepare students for opportunities in the global workspace.”

About Academic Programs International

Academic Programs International (API) encourages students of all ages to embark on a lifelong experiential educational journey that enriches lives, communities and organizations and helps every student, college and company to achieve their goals.  Through the creation of APIConnect, an experiential education technology platform, the company helps colleges, universities and students create and discover learning experiences customized to meet their needs. APIConnect offers a vast library of destinations, accredited courses, internships, and original programming geared toward maximizing students’ college experiences so they are better prepared for the workforce upon graduation. Based in Austin, TX, API sends thousands of students on hundreds of programs both virtually and in more than 60 cities in nearly 25 countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East.  

About Richmond, The American International University in London

One of the first universities to introduce the liberal arts to the UK when it was founded 50 years ago in 1972, Richmond pioneered this multidisciplinary approach. Diversity, choice and freedom are hallmarks of the Richmond liberal arts curriculum which develops students’ multi-disciplinary skills and provides them with a unique and unrivaled experience. All programs at Richmond offer students the opportunity to do a credited internship which creates invaluable work experience and greater employability for students, another key element of a liberal arts education.

The University awards a UK and US degree for both undergraduate and Masters students, having been awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) by the Privy Council in the UK. The University also holds US degree-granting authority from the State of Delaware under accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The University’s mission is to educate and inform future generations by providing them with the knowledge and support to think critically, the freedom to challenge assumptions and the skills to work with others. Sustainability is one of the central strands shaping the University’s vision of the future and the move to a state of the art campus in Chiswick Park in July 2022 will help the University build a greener, more sustainable future through a range of eco-friendly initiatives including the use of renewable energy sources at Chiswick Park.


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