The changing dynamics of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) have impacted almost every aspect of life around the world. API Abroad is a global operation with offices in more than 20 countries, and we have had to adapt and change to the growing crisis as well. However, amid the program changes and cancellations, we remain hopeful and more committed than ever to our mission to lead advancements in global learning. As part of this unwavering dedication to providing opportunities for international education, we are still actively planning new programs and look forward to a bright future of continuing to send students abroad.

COVID-19 Resources and Information:

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    Fall 2020 Programming

    Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and resulting travel restrictions, API will not be offering our traditional on-site programs abroad for the Fall 2020 term. We continue to monitor the global situation and prepare for students to be abroad with us again, as conditions permit, in Spring 2021.

    We have a variety of options for students with cancelled programs, including virtual programming and deferring to a future session. Check out our virtual programs for more details or read our section on the deferral process. Regardless of what you decide, API is here to support you and guide you as you make your fall plans.

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    Virtual Programs Have Launched

    We are excited to launch our new virtual summer and virtual fall programs! Follow the links to learn more and explore program options.

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    Program Withdrawal Safeguard and Cancellation Policies

    We encourage our students to consider investing in our Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS), and we recommend that students and their families familiarize themselves with our deferral and withdrawal policies—some of which have been updated in response to COVID-19. More Information.

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    The API Blog

    We have provided ongoing updates on our response to the global pandemic in our blog since February. This is where we post the most up-to-date information and is a great resource for students and families. Read More.

Have questions? We are available in a number of ways:

  • Chat with us. We have a team available via chat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.
  • Email us. You can reach our team sending a note to If you have a financial question, reach out to
  • Call us. We are available via phones, you can reach us 1-512-600-8900 or toll free at 1-800-844-4124 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

If you have already applied and been accepted to an upcoming API program, you can reach out to your program manager. They will have the most up-to-date information regarding your specific program. Should your program be cancelled due to COVID-19, we will work to do so 61 days prior to the start date and we will notify you as soon as possible.

We encourage all students interested in going abroad to continue to apply to our programs. We are actively monitoring the global situation and will be in touch with any of our students should any changes occur.

A note from a Founding Mama and our CEO, Jennifer Attal Allen

Dear API Community,

COVID-19 has presented us with unprecedented circumstances around the world impacting all of our spring and early summer programming. Despite this, though, I remain optimistic and hopeful about our next path forward. I believe humanity is kind and adaptable, and curious to learn about the world around them. For more than 23 years, I have seen it reflected in our students on a daily basis and it’s why I remain committed to our mission.

Our team wakes up every day with passion, commitment, and enthusiasm to ensure experiential learning opportunities are available for every student. I am confident our creative spirit and resilience will allow us to weather this storm, and we remain focused on the blue skies ahead.

If you are considering going abroad in the coming months, you can trust the API team to keep you up-to-date on any changes. We continue to keep the safety and security of our students as our highest priority, especially in the midst of these unprecedented times.

Thank you,

Jennifer Attal Allen