Why API

A warm welcome upon arrival

Friendly API Resident Directors/Coordinators will meet students upon arrival in most programs. Participants will also take part in a group orientation, often including a welcome lunch or dinner, so you can get to know your new friends as well as your API Resident Director/Coordinator.

All excursions are included

All API study abroad programs (including gap and high school) include excursions that introduce you to wonderful destinations in your host country. Wherever possible, API excursions offer more comfort and safer travel by using private means of transportation, including chartered buses, airlines, and high-speed trains.

Numerous cultural activities

Study abroad students are offered several API-sponsored social and cultural activities during their stay, including outings to movies, concerts, cultural tours, theater performances, museums, outdoor activities, and more. All entrance fees are covered by API.

Cultural activities and day trips are available to API internship abroad programs.

Friendly and professional support when you need it

API takes pride in being available to you during all phases of the international experience – pre-departure, on-site, and re-entry. Whether it’s answering a simple question, or supporting you during a local or personal emergency, API U.S. and international team members are available to respond to your needs 24/7.

Comfortable, safe and well-located housing

API provides all study abroad (including gap and high school) and internship participants quality housing that is safe and located near university or city centers. Local API directors screen all housing options prior to your arrival. Many programs offer multiple types of housing, including apartments, host families, and/or dormitories to appeal to every student interest.

API intern program participants will have safe quality housing located near their placements. The housing options are generally host families or apartments.

Local, on-site staff

Every API study abroad (including gap and high school), and internship program has highly-qualified, trained, and experienced English-speaking Resident Directors/Coordinators to make sure that your time abroad is the best it can be. Most are locals from the host country and will help you feel at home before you know it!

API teach abroad programs that do not have Resident Directors/Coordinators on-site will offer the support of local API partners and hosts to assist with any needs the participant may have while abroad.

Comprehensive medical and life insurance

The health and safety of our participants is our number one priority. If you get sick or injured while abroad, our insurance will help to cover the care you need to get better.

API Gives Back – Volunteer Activities

In most locations, study abroad participants (including gap) be able to take part in either an ongoing or one-day volunteer opportunity. The goal of the API Gives Back program is to help API students express their thanks for the welcome they received from the local community.

Diversity, Inclusion & Access

API is committed to providing enriching international experiences to its participants. We believe in the importance of promoting acceptance, dignity, and respect among people of all backgrounds.

Click here to discover more about API’s commitment to diversity.