- Gap Year
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LEARNING TRANSFORMED. LIFE TRANSFORMING.
The mission of API is to transform lives by providing enriching academic and cross-cultural experiences that foster increased self-knowledge, cultural sensitivity, and understanding of the global nature of our contemporary world.
API believes in the importance of:
Offering high-quality international programs in diverse locations.
API partners with host universities and local organizations around the world to offer a diverse set of experiences abroad, including study, intern, work, teach and volunteer options. API takes great care when selecting our stateside employees and directors abroad, as well as our host institutions and partner organizations, to ensure that quality is maintained as we expand our offerings.
Providing opportunities for personal transformation and cultivating respect for cultural and linguistic diversity.
API’s mission is focused on providing programs that are academically, professionally and personally transformative for participants. Studying, interning, working, teaching, and volunteering abroad require individuals to navigate new environments, cultural practices, and frequently new languages as well. Our programs expose participants to different educational systems, work environments, cultures and lifestyles. We hope that this exposure and the corresponding adaptation processes serve as a catalyst for personal growth, helping participants to identify new passions and talents. Our participants return home more confident and enthusiastic about their role in the world, which enriches the communities in which they live, study and work. In facing new challenges and gaining new perspectives, participants are encouraged to develop a greater appreciation for diversity both at home and abroad.
Staying “small” as we grow.
API takes pride in building relationships and providing personalized attention to our participants, university and high school partners worldwide. We strive to be detail oriented and to see on a daily basis how small touches can make a big difference. Our hope is that everyone who interacts with our organization feels like part of the API family.
Encouraging safe practices among participants by providing detailed pre-departure information and on-site support.
By offering extensive pre-departure and on-site guidance, participants can safely transition to life in a new environment. When it comes to managing personal safety on-site, API directors and local partners help participants to navigate their host destinations and avoid safety pitfalls. API adopts a support/challenge model that seeks to provide guidance and support that is age and life-stage appropriate. For example, our programs for high school students offer the highest level of on-site support and pre-departure guidance given that participants are minors. In comparison, our work and teach programs are designed for a more independent traveler.
Providing superior service.
API strives to provide superior service throughout the entire experience abroad, from the application stage to the return home, so that all API participants know that their opinions are valued and that it is our pleasure to address their questions. Our on-site directors and local partners represent a source of ongoing support for participants as they adjust to their host culture. Whether the question relates to academics, work culture, housing or daily life abroad, API strives to provide solutions, practical advice and guidance.
Remaining cost conscious to promote accessibility.
API is committed to providing a wide variety of affordable programs at different price points so that international experiences can be accessible to individuals from a variety of backgrounds. We take pride in providing comprehensive services while keeping our program prices among the lowest in the field. We seek to be transparent about what fees are included in our program prices and we provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year. We also assist participants with budgeting and share local practices for living affordably in the host country.
Providing a positive work environment for our employees.
API is committed to sustaining a supportive and positive work environment, where employees are happy and can feel comfortable expressing their individual styles and interests. API staff members stateside and directors abroad are committed to API’s mission and enjoy knowing that their work contributes to the transformation of thousands of participants each year. API employees, participants, and partners alike benefit from API’s consistent leadership team, ensuring that API remains committed to our founding principles and mission year after year.
API is committed to providing enriching international opportunities for all participants. API does not discriminate against any individual based on ethnicity, nationality, ancestry, race, sex, gender identity, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability in its admissions decisions, program activities or employment practices.
API believes that all of our program participants have the right to study, intern, volunteer, work or teach in an environment free of any type of discrimination, bullying or harassment, be that harassment emotional, verbal, physical or sexual in nature. All API stateside staff and international representatives are responsible for following local laws and performing their duties in an ethical manner.
All participants are required to sign API's Code of Conduct prior to their arrival on-site*, which explicitly states that participants are prohibited from:
"Any behavior that could result in harm of a fellow program participant, API representatives, a local host or the community at large. Any physical or verbal abuse or harassment by a participant can result in automatic dismissal from the API program. "
The API Code of Conduct specifically refers all participants to API's Non-Discrimination Policy, and holds them accountable for respecting it.
Violations of API’s non-discrimination policy by an API representative can result in official letters of reprimand or job dismissal. Violations of the Participant Code of Conduct may be handled via the issuance of warnings, temporary or permanent removal from API housing or activities, loss of other program privileges, damage assessments or dismissal from an API program. By maintaining and enforcing its non-discrimination policy, API seeks to establish a welcoming and inclusive environment for all participants.
*For customized or faculty-led programs, API may defer to the Code of Conduct of the participants' home institution.
Legal protections in the host country may differ from those in place in a participant’s home country. For example, the Title IX legislation in place in the U.S. assists students who experience some form of gender discrimination (e.g., sexist jokes, catcalls, inappropriate touching, sexual assault, dating violence, etc.) while studying at a U.S. university. Certain behaviors considered inappropriate or discriminatory in the U.S. may not be considered rude or offensive in a host country. While API has no control over the laws in a given host country, API representatives abroad aspire to support alleged victims of gender discrimination to the best of their ability and according to U.S. standards.
As participants navigate their host country environments, with which they are relatively unfamiliar, API wants them to feel comfortable coming forward for assistance when needed. On-site API directors or local coordinators will help a participant who has shared allegations of discrimination or harassment (defined by API as the “reporting party”) by providing access to the resources or support needed (e.g., medical care** or counseling) and accompanying the individual to file a formal police report or complaint if desired.
When a participant puts forth allegations about inappropriate behavior or actions taken by a fellow API participant (defined as “responding party”), API has an obligation to act and investigate those allegations. Additionally, it may be necessary for API to share some details regarding a given incident with fellow participants in order to protect their safety; API will seek to do so without exposing the identity of the reporting party.
For participants who are U.S. university students, API generally has an obligation to inform each student’s home university about allegations of gender discrimination, especially aggravated incidents involving violence. In doing so, API and a participant’s home university can provide guidance and support for the reporting party, and provide fair notice of how the responding party may be affected***. No information will be shared with the reporting or responding parties’ emergency contacts in the event of harassment or sexual assault without the express permission of the participant in question, or if API determines that there is cause for program dismissal of the responding party. API generally encourages both the reporting and responding parties to be open with trusted friends or family members at home about such incidents, so they may provide additional emotional support.
If a participant has experienced an incident (e.g., rape) and does not wish to discuss the incident with API, API urges the participant to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate or the U.S. Department of State for assistance. The embassy/consulate staff can provide a list of reputable medical services and other resources in the area. Consular staff can also contact the participant’s family or may in some cases provide a reimbursable loan to cover limited emergency medical funding.
More information, including contact information, about support for victims of crimes abroad can be found online at:
If an API participant has concerns that the behavior of an API on-site representative or a stateside employee constitutes harassment, bullying or gender discrimination, the behavior should be reported immediately to the Senior Vice President of Organizational Operations or the API President. If the participant fears imminent harm, the participant should seek assistance from a representative of the host university, other emergency authority in the host country (e.g., hospital, counselor, etc.) or the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy.
Given the degree of complexity involved with operating programs in international destinations, each with its own laws, legal system, and cultural perceptions of appropriate behavior, API cannot have one uniform approach to all forms of disrespectful behavior, harassment or sexual discrimination. API does, however, seek to maintain a standard set of procedures to ensure the safety of its participants and respond fairly and systematically to reported violations of the API Code of Conduct or local laws.
When a participant reports a violation of the API Code of Conduct related to physical harassment or sexual assault to an API representative stateside or abroad, API will make reasonable efforts to support the reporting party while simultaneously protecting the right of the responding party to continue in the program until an API investigation can be completed. While an investigation is pending or in process, API reserves the right to take the following actions in order to limit contact between the reporting party and the responding party to the fullest extent possible:
It is important that the reporting party is aware that API cannot fully control the host environment. While API can take action and enforce rules to limit interactions in API housing and while participating in API events, API has no control over public spaces (e.g., public transportation, eating or social establishments, local points of interest, etc.). A reporting party should be aware of the risk of coming into unsupervised contact with a responding party outside of program spaces and sponsored activities.
If a reporting party elects to file a police report with local authorities, API may be required by law to defer or suspend an internal investigation. Even if local laws do not preclude an API investigation, they may limit how API can respond (e.g., place restrictions on speaking to witnesses, collecting evidence, etc.). API will continue to support the reporting party and provide guidance to the responding party during this time.
*In cases of sexual assault, the insurance plan provided by API requires participants to seek medical attention within 24 hours of the incident to cover certain types of treatment.
Providing it has clearance to do so from the reporting party and local authorities (if applicable), API will move forward with an investigation as expeditiously as possible. In general, the investigation will proceed as follows:
Note: Even if a reporting party does not choose to pursue an investigation, API will take reasonable action to support the participant to successfully complete the API program. If API has cause to believe the allegations are true, API may choose to dismiss a participant at any time to protect the reporting party or fellow participants from potential harm, without conducting an extensive investigation.
*Students are informed that their home university may wish to conduct an internal investigation concurrently with API or upon the completion of API's investigation.
When a participant reports inappropriate behavior by an API representative to API’s Senior VP of Organizational Operations, API will take all steps necessary to investigate the veracity of the concerns. To do, the participant reporting the behavior will be asked to:
Depending on the severity of the charges (e.g., inappropriate comments versus sexual advances), API could:
*In cases of sexual assault, the insurance plan provided by API requires participants to seek medical attention within 24 hours of the incident to cover certain types of treatment.
Any participant who deliberately makes false accusations or provides false testimony against an API participant or representative will be subject to review and potential dismissal from the API program. Additionally, the participant could be subject to criminal or civil charges being filed by the responding party.
API was founded in 1997 by four women dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable study abroad programs for U.S. students. Their 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, cultural sensitivity and holistic personal development. API firmly believes that extensive pre-departure preparation, coupled with strong support services on-site, facilitates academic, cultural and linguistic learning. Within the supportive environment of the API programs, API participants are encouraged to explore their host communities and become increasingly independent and confident in their own abilities. API also believes that international educational experiences should be accessible to as many participants as possible, and in that vein, seeks to include as many components in the program price as possible for participants at a low cost.
API has grown rapidly since its founding over 20 years ago. We now send more than 4,000 participants abroad annually to nearly 50 cities in over 25 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania. Our portfolio has expanded beyond college study abroad to include international internship programs, teach, volunteer, and work abroad options, and international programs for high school and gap year students. Our success is owed in large part to the dedication of our staff, both stateside and abroad, and the strong relationships we have cultivated with partner institutions and universities. We strive to provide individual attention to every participant and attract participants from across the U.S. and the world.
Are you looking to build on your international experience by pursuing a career in the field of international education? There are many great opportunities - you just need to know where to look. Consult the resources below to start on the next phase of your international journey!
API is always looking for talented individuals with international experience and a global worldview. Occasionally we may post open positions on this site, or on our Facebook alumni group and LinkedIn alumni group. We're also able to receive resumes at email@example.com at any time.
API alumni are encouraged to apply for the Global Leadership Academy (GLA). The GLA fosters the development of communication and outreach skills to help you share your experience in your community, on your campus, and in job interviews. Participants earn a certificate for their contributions, and leave the GLA with an edge in the global marketplace and a strong contribution to their résumé!
Tips for finding jobs in study abroad and international education:
One of the best ways to find a career in study abroad/international education is to attend an industry conference and network in person. Popularly attended conferences include:
Regional reentry conferences are a great way for students who have recently returned from a study abroad experience to network with like-minded students and advisors, review re-entry and reverse culture shock coping techniques, and learn how to best utilize their experiences moving forward in their academic and professional futures. Consult the following for regional reentry conferences in your area:
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The API Data Protection Officer is Fernando Dávila at firstname.lastname@example.org
We collect information from you in various ways when you use our Services. We may also supplement this information with information from other companies. We collect two general types of information, namely personal information and aggregate data. As used in this Policy, the term “personal information” means information that specifically identifies an individual (such as a name and email address), and demographic and other information when directly linked to information that can identify an individual.
Our definition of personal information does not include “aggregate data”. Aggregate data is information we collect about a group or category of services or users from which individual user identities have been removed. In other words, no personal information is included in aggregate data. Aggregate data helps us understand trends in our users’ needs so that we can better consider new features or otherwise tailor our Services.
The following are the specific types of information we collect from you:
Information You Give Us or That You Authorize Others to Give to Us
We collect information you give us on our Site and when you register for and use our Services and information that you authorize others to give to us. Examples include the following:
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When you register to use our Services or update your profile, we may collect various kinds of information about you including, your name and email address; transcripts and other education records; and other profile information you provide or that you have others provide to us; demographic information; and information you upload such as photos, files, and documents.
We collect the email addresses you provide for contacts you enter or upload into your private contacts page. When you choose to collaborate or share information with others, we also collect email addresses you provide to email invitations to those individuals on your behalf.
Our payment processing vendor collects any credit card information you submit; and, we and our payment processor collect billing information you submit.
Submissions and API Service
From time to time we may use surveys, contests or sweepstakes requesting personal or demographic information and customer feedback.
Automatically Collected Information
We automatically receive certain types of information when you interact with our Services. For example, it is standard for your web browser to automatically send information to every website you visit, including ours. That information includes your computer’s IP address, access times, your browser type and language, and referring website addresses. We may also collect information about the type of operating system you use, your account activity, and files and pages accessed or used by you.
Cookies and Web Beacons
In general, we use your personal information to provide the Services, process your requests or transactions, to provide you with information or services you request, to inform you about other information, events, promotions, products or services we think will be of interest to you, to facilitate your use of, and our administration and operation of, the Services and to otherwise serve you and our users. For example, we may use your personal information:
DURATION OF PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA
Notwithstanding those instances where your Personal Data is processed or used by API based on a statutory permission or your consent, API will only store your Personal Data for as long as it is required to fulfil the purposes set out below, (until you object to API’s use of your Personal Data (if API uses your Personal Data based on legitimate interest), or until you withdraw your consent (if API uses your Personal Data based on your consent). However, where API is required by mandatory law to retain your Personal Data longer or where your Personal Data is required for API to assert or defend against legal claims, API will retain your Personal Data until the end of the relevant retention period or the settlement of the claims in question.
DATA SUBJECT'S RIGHTS UNDER GDPR
You can request from API at any time information about which Personal Data API processes about you and the correction or deletion of such Personal Data. Notwithstanding your request, API may retain your Personal Data if there is a statutory obligation or prevailing right of API to retain it. Kindly note that if you request the deletion of your Personal Data from API you will not be able to further use such API Services which require API’s use of your Personal Data.
If API uses your Personal Data based on your consent or to perform a contract with you, you may further request from API a copy of the Personal Data that you have provided to API To make such a request, please contact the email address below and specify the information or processing activities to which your request relates, the requested format for your Personal Data (provided it is commonly used), and whether the Personal Data shall be provided to you or another recipient. API will carefully review your request and discuss with you how it can be best implemented.
Furthermore, you can request from API that API restricts your Personal Data from any further processing in any of the following events:
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If you take the view that API is not processing your Personal Data in accordance with the requirements set out herein or applicable EEA data protection laws, you can at any time lodge a GDPR complaint with the data protection authority of the EEA country where you live.
Contact details for the EU data protection authorities can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/bodies/authorities/index_en.htm
API does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen (13) without verifiable parental consent. If it is determined that such information has been inadvertently collected on anyone under the age of thirteen (13), we shall immediately take the necessary steps to ensure that such information is deleted from our system’s database. Anyone under the age of thirteen (13) must seek and obtain parent or guardian permission to use this website.
UPDATING AND ACCESSING PERSONAL INFORMATION
If your personal information changes in any way, you must correct or update your information as soon as possible. You can make updates to your profile information by logging into your account on API at any time. You can also request changes or access to your information by emailing email@example.com
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EU and Swiss individuals have the right to access their Personal Information. Except as otherwise set forth below, upon written request (at the address provided below under the section of this Policy entitled “CONTACT US”), API shall allow such individuals to amend, correct or delete any of their Personal Information possessed by API that is inaccurate or that is being processed in violation of this Policy. The individual will need to provide sufficient identifying information. In some circumstances, we may charge a reasonable fee, where warranted, for access to such Personal Information.
DATA INTEGRITY & LIMITATIONS ON DATA USE
API shall only process and use Personal Information in a way that is compatible with and relevant for the purpose for which it was provided to API. To the extent necessary for those purposes, API shall take reasonable steps to ensure that Personal Information in our possession is accurate, complete, current and reliable for its intended use.
In accordance with this Policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, and except in connection with transfers to third parties performing tasks directly on our behalf and pursuant to our instructions, where we receive Personal Information directly from an EU or Swiss individual to which such Personal Information pertains, we will offer the individual the opportunity to choose (opt-out) whether his/her Personal Information is (1) disclosed to a third party; or (2) used for a purpose other than the purpose for which he/she provided consent. Anyone wishing to opt out can do so by contacting API at the address provided below under the section of this Policy entitled “CONTACT INFORMATION”
Where we receive Personal Information pertaining to EU and Swiss individuals directly from our clients (and not the individual to whom the Personal Information relates), we will cooperate with our clients’ reasonable requests to:
API reserves the right to share aggregated information about our customers, sales, and traffic to our partners and advertisers. We may disclose personal information to a third party:
This Policy in no way restricts or limits our collection and use of aggregate data, and we may share aggregate data about you and our users with third parties for various purposes in perpetuity, including to help us better understand our customer needs and improve our Services, to provide new Services and for advertising and marketing purposes.
In certain situations, we may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
API’s accountability for personal data that it receives under the Privacy Shield and subsequently transfers to a third party is described in the Privacy Shield Principles. In particular, API remains responsible and liable under the Privacy Shield Principles if third-party agents that it engages to process the personal data on its behalf do so in a manner inconsistent with the Principles unless API proves that it is not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.
We take reasonable steps to protect the information we collect from you to prevent loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.
The servers on which information is stored are kept in a controlled environment with limited access. While we take reasonable efforts to guard personal information we knowingly collect directly from you, no security system is impenetrable. In addition, we cannot guarantee that any -collected personal information you choose to include in documents you store on our systems are maintained at adequate levels of protection to meet specific needs or obligations you may have relating to that information.
We work with a third party data center, Amazon Web Services, WPengine, IOZOOM, Google Cloud, and Software as a Service providers to host our Websites, services, and software in secure production environments that use firewalls and other technology to reasonably prevent access from outside intruders. API also uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) for authentication and private communications in an effort to build users’ trust and confidence in the internet and website use by providing simple and secure access and communication of credit card and personal information. Our credit card processing vendor uses security measures to protect your information, both during the transaction and after it’s complete. API Is certified compliant with all Payment Card Industry (PCI) DSS 3.2 standards.
With respect to personal data received or transferred pursuant to the Privacy Shield Frameworks, API is subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
In compliance with the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Principles (collectively, the “Privacy Shield Principles”), API commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information transferred to the United States pursuant to Privacy Shield. European Union and Swiss individuals with Privacy Shield inquiries or complaints should first contact API at the address provided below under the section of this Policy entitled “CONTACT INFORMATION”.
API has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the Privacy Shield Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU PRIVACY SHIELD, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, please visit www.bbb.org/EU-privacy-shield/for-eu-consumers for more information and to file a complaint. This service is provided free of charge to you.
If your Privacy Shield complaint cannot be resolved through the above channels, under certain conditions, you may invoke binding arbitration for some residual claims not resolved by other redress mechanisms. See Privacy Shield Annex 1 at https://www.privacyshield.gov/article?id=ANNEX-I-introduction
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This Policy is effective as of May 24, 2018. API reviews this Policy from time to time and may make changes this Policy in connection with such review. We will post any changes to this Policy on these web pages following such change. You should check this page regularly to ensure you are familiar with any changes. You agree that any posted changes to this Policy will be binding on you.
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.
Some teach abroad participants may have the support of API on-site partners and local organization host staff to ease their transition to their new host community.
All API study abroad programs (including gap and high school) include excursions that introduce you to wonderful destinations in your host country. Many of our programs also include international excursions. Wherever possible, API excursions offer more comfort and safer travel by using private means of transportation, including chartered buses, airlines, and high-speed trains.
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, teach, volunteer, and work abroad programs. Extracurricular opportunities for many teach abroad programs are also offered through the host institution.
API takes pride in being available to you during all phases of the international experience - pre-departure, on-site, and reentry. 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.
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.
Most API teach, work, and volunteer program participants will have safe quality housing located near their placements. The housing options are generally host families, dormitories, or apartments.
Every API study abroad (including gap and high school), intern, work, and volunteer 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.
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.
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 is committed to finding opportunities for its students to contribute to the communities in which they are living and learning abroad. Each semester, many API on-site directors organize an “API Gives Back Project” to promote greater understanding of local dynamics and provide further insight into the host culture. The API Gives Back Project may be an ongoing volunteer opportunity or a one-day commitment. Projects are often dedicated to supporting those in need or promoting environmental sustainability. For example, past students have participated in beach beautification projects in Italy and worked to promote the preservation of salt marshes in Spain. API students in other sites have painted local orphanages, organized theatrical events for seniors and children, and donated their time to support community organizations providing services to disabled children and adults.
Becoming a global citizen involves not only learning about other cultures and places but also recognizing that each individual has an impact on the world. If you are looking for a study abroad, intern abroad, or volunteer abroad program with a "green focus," we have many options for you to choose from. Give us a call today at 1-800-844-4124 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
API offers many different kinds of opportunities to contribute to the world - whether that be on one of our teach, work, volunteer, or community-service programs, through an API Gives Back Project, the API Learning and Engagement Badge Program, or through reentry programming (like the API Global Leadership Academy). There are so many ways you can leave your mark on the world - so what are you waiting for!?
Many independent websites offer alumni the opportunity to submit reviews of their study, intern, teach, work, volunteer, gap, or high school abroad program in a public forum so that future students and participants may learn about their options from their peers.
Following is a list of some of the top sites where API students and participants have left reviews of their programs in the past, and where future students and participants may go for information to aid in their research.
Abroad101 is the largest independent study abroad review site on the web, and API is one of the most (favorably) reviewed programs.
Go Overseas Reviews – Go Overseas offers insightful articles, quizzes, and other fun study abroad resources as well as alumni reviews and interviews. Follow this link to read API’s program reviews.
GoAbroad.com is one of the largest and most reputable study abroad listing sites and features a testimonials section per program. Follow this link to read API’s student/participant testimonials.
Fans of API have also left many reviews on our Facebook Page.
API is committed to offering personalized student service, and a big part of this is listening to what our students tell us. We encourage prospective, current, and former students to follow up with us at any time at email@example.com or 1-800-844-4124.
API takes its role as a leader in the field of international education very seriously, and it is our goal to continuously learn from and contribute to this community. To this end, API maintains an active membership in many professional organizations whose goals are to promote the ideals, standards, and best practices for study abroad and international education. Some of these professional affiliations include:
API has been an accredited member of The Better Business Bureau since 2003.
The Diversity in Global Education Network (“Diversity Network”) is the leading professional consortium of higher education institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and equity in international education.
Located on the campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, The Forum on Education Abroad is the only organization whose exclusive purpose it is to serve the field of education abroad. The Forum's Standards of Good Practice are recognized as the definitive means by which the quality of education abroad programs may be judged. The Forum's Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad (QUIP) uses the Standards as part of a rigorous self-study and peer review quality assurance program that is available to all Forum institutional members. API members regularly attend and present at Forum on Education Abroad conferences.Green PassportGreen Passport is part social network, part social movement. Its members are expected to acknowledge the interconnectedness of the world’s people and the environment. Members pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of studying, living, working, traveling, or volunteering abroad and to try to improve these aspects of their international experience.
API is a proud supporter and sponsor of the Global Leadership League, an organization dedicated to advancing women leaders in the field of international education. The organization's vision is to provide an opportunity for women at all levels in the field to connect with others through structured mentoring circles, local and regional meet-ups to discuss hot topics and Global Leadership League content, and online forums and interactive spaces to examine issues important to women in the field of international education. As a leading international education organization run by women directors, API supports the Global Leadership League's efforts to empower women at every opportunity.
NAFSA is an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and exchange and global workforce development. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by establishing principles of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education. API is a Global Associate of NAFSA, and API staff regularly attend, exhibit, and present at regional and national conferences.
NCOLCTL's mission is to increase the number of Americans who choose to learn one or more of the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) as a means of enhancing cross-cultural communication among citizens of the United States. NCOLCTL's work focuses on the less commonly taught languages which are becoming increasingly vital to the security, economic, social and political welfare of the United States. NCOLCTL seeks to improve the teaching and learning of these languages and to make them more generally available. NCOLCTL is the national voice for organizations and individuals who represent the teaching of these less commonly taught languages at both the collegiate and precollegiate level. NCOLCTL also promotes the use of technology, especially computers and the Internet, to enable a new era in cross-cultural understanding, communication, and language education.
The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) was created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. API is a member of OSAC's Academic Security Working Group.
USA Gap Year Fairs is a national circuit of events that bring together reputable Gap Year organizations, interested students and parents, high school college counselors and Gap Year experts. API is a Keystone member of the organization and attends nearly 40 fairs per year around the country.