Parents, Guardians and Families

API was founded by four moms who wanted programs that ensured student safety, value for the money, and that put an emphasis on learning. Today, those are still among the top things parents and guardians tell us they are concerned about when considering study abroad and internship opportunities for their teens. That’s why API has continued to make them central to our mission and why parents say great things about our programs!

Delivering safe, affordable programming that puts experiential learning first.

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Learn By Doing

For nearly 25 years, API has promoted lifelong learning through experience and is highly regarded  by US and International college, university and business partners for our quality programming.

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API is committed to delivering safe and high-quality programming around the world. Be assured that your participant will well prepared for the experience prior to their arrival on-site. Once abroad, students will find comfortable, well-located housing and a local API staff who are ready and willing to handle any situation that may arise.


API offers the most inclusive cultural experience for the price, and awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually. We also offer financial planning and assistance.


API’S Exclusive Digital Badges

In addition to class credit, API programs offer the option to do activities to earn our exclusive Digital Badges that help students learn “soft skills’ that employers value so highly. Student follow a guided pathway to achieve career readiness skills that can then be displayed on LinkedIn, E-portfolio, personal websites, and more. API currently offers 10 badges accredited by Credly and free of charge to all program participants.

API’s International

Allied Universities

Curious where our students study when abroad? Check out our list of prestigious allied international universities by country.

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Real Parents. Real Words.

These remarks were made by parents whose young-adult kids studied or interned abroad in an API program.
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I learned my daughter is stronger, braver, and more resilient than I could have imagined.

Let them go! Allow them to find their own strength, confidence and ability.

I wish all of my children had chosen to study abroad. It is something that will stay with them forever and give them the self-confidence to take on almost any challenge.

There are things a classroom cannot teach.

Life is about experience and learning about other cultures and how others look at life. This experience has changed our outlook forever.

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API will be on campuses across the country in the coming days and we would love to talk to you! Come say hi to API at one of the study abroad fairs listed below, and grab some free swag. You can also enter to win a $1,000 flight voucher! Check out the list of universities we’ll visiting and the dates for the fairs we’re attending below:

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Reflections on Twenty Years with API
Reflections on Twenty Years with API

Twenty years ago today (August 15, 2001), I walked into the API office to begin what I thought was a job. Little did I know that when I opened that door I was taking my first steps into a career that would span two decades, nor did I anticipate that this position would lead to lifelong friendships with individuals who have enriched my life exponentially and who have become like family to me.

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