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it is no secret that API is cheap, however with paying so much money for an experience API and the Universidade de Deusto treat its study abroad students like elementary school children. Both API and Universidad de Deusto treat its students as if they are incapable of being responsible or making their own decisions. It may be on good merit, but it is completely unnecessary. We are not small children and take responsibility for our own actions,

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Posted: July 8, 2014
Overall:
5
Support:
10
Value:
5
Age:
21

The strong educational component provided by API without a doubt marks this study abroad program provider as number one in my mind. API's sole focus on offering students a strong educational experience really demonstrates the program's concern for students academic learning in the abroad sphere. Outside the classroom, API does a tremendous job of continuing students' learning, through cultural activities in the country of study to excursions within that country and abroad to working to offer the best host families and residential places to live that will give students a true insight to that country's culture. Everything API does focuses on providing students the most insightful, safe, fun, and education experience it can while they are abroad and I wholeheartedly support API as a program provider.

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Posted: May 10, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
21

Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I've ever made and I'm so grateful that I chose to study with API. Both the onsite staff and the API team back in the United States were always extremely accommodating and helpful throughout the process, both before going abroad and after I returned home. Families for homestays were carefully selected and API always put us in good hands. Above all, the number of trips and excursions API took us on throughout Spain and even internationally along with the countless cultural activities they provided enhanced my experience greatly and gave me a deeper insight to Spanish culture than I could have done myself. Best of all, the program was cheaper than most other programs I had found--including the price of all the trips and events! I highly recommend studying abroad with API.

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Posted: March 6, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
21

Personally, I had a brillant time and my only regret is that I didn't go for the year (just a semester). API was with me every step of the way and answered all of my questions within hours.

Predeparture: They provided me with more than enough pre-departure material (including language tips, culture tips etc). They provided a guidebook that took me through each step of the way in addition to online resources/packets that you could print out.

Arrival: They picked us up at the airport and we were shuttled to the city where we spent the first week getting "oriented". Each day of "orientation" you cover a different topic (safety, culture, etc.). We were also provided a small, bound packet that had tips for living abroad, words for necessary items, suggestions for dinning, and everything else you could imagine. The staff was unbelievably helpful (esp. the assistant director who is an American who had lived in France for almost ten years) and often had small "treats" in the office (candy canes, chocolates etc.). The asst. director would also send weekly emails with things going on in the city.

During the Stay: We had several excursions throughout the semester (including two overnights) where you could either be in a French language group (tours of city, sites etc. in French) or an English language group. They had many resources available in their office to help you with travel. You have your choice of an apt (studio), host family, or dorm-style. All of the accomodations were hand picked and due to the number of years they've operated in Paris, they have their own list of families that they trust and use. I never heard a negative comment about living with a host family (which most of my friends did) (I lived at the Fondation des Etats-Unis). You have your choice of four programs (choosen at the application process) which essentially breaks down to four different school, so even though you may attend Institut Catholique de Paris (as I did), you also go on bigger excursions with the rest of the program participants (Sorbonne, Diderot, Universite de Paris IV etc). I picked my program because it was partly in English and partly in French. BEST PART of the program is that actual French professors are teaching you, not people the program hires; you are in classes with the French/Internationals.

The only negative comment I can possibly come up with is the French director is slightly less sympathic of culture shock (because she's French and livng in France--hard to relate). Overall though, she means well.

Departure: Besides the Farewell dinner, you're on your own, but by that time, you know the city well enough to manage to get to the airport. You're given an exit interview and they ask you to review their program (the review was the most frustrating part because it kept timing out).

I had such an amazing time I encourage my little sister to study abroad with the same company (she studied in Rome and had a similarly great experience).

Go abroad for the right reasons and you won't look back or question your decision for a second.

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Posted: August 29, 2011
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: CMB
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I lived in Cork, Ireland for five months through API. I had a wonderful time! I loved the trips that API took us on, and the in-country leader was very approachable and friendly, and provided us with helpful tips & local recommendations. Our final trip was to Prague, Czech Republic, and I ended up moving there after college graduation. :) API helped to give me a great experience and support settling in. I feel like they helped to provide me with an authentic experience in Ireland, rather than a touristy view. We always stayed in nice places (including a 5-star hotel in Prague), but many of them were off the beaten path, and we always had input in where we went. I was so happy that I chose this program, as many of my friends were unhappy with theirs, and desired to go on our adventures! I would highly recommend API (and have) for anyone who wishes to study abroad.

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Posted: May 19, 2010
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Anonymous
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