Spanish Language and Mexican Culture Summer: Students who choose to study abroad in Mexico with API attend courses at the Centro Intercultural de Querétaro (CIQ). Students at all levels are welcome to participate in this program, and all classes are taught in Spanish. Spanish language courses have been designed to encourage students to develop basic skills and help beginning, intermediate, and advanced students progress in their Spanish language acquisition, using the language in both real life and in academic situations. Each language course focuses on building vocabulary, practicing speaking and increasing fluency, learning and applying grammatical principles, and improving listening, reading and writing abilities. Each student’s Spanish level is determined by a placement exam administered upon arrival at the Centro Intercultural de Querétaro. All courses are designed for API students only. Students are required to pre-register for courses prior to arrival. Students are asked to indicate their choices in order of preference on the application form. Some courses may require a minimum enrollment, and not all courses may be offered each session. Spanish for Medical Purposes: The Spanish for Medical Purposes program provides the opportunity to develop communication skills in Spanish while acquainting students with the cultural aspects of medicine as practiced in Mexico. This program is designed for students pursuing a career or major in nursing, pre-med or other medical areas and for professionals in these fields. The program includes an intermediate or advanced-level Spanish course focusing on grammar and medical vocabulary and a practicum which includes visits to clinics and hospitals. Both the grammar and conversation classes emphasize medical vocabulary. Tasks are assigned according to linguistic competency levels. HIGHLIGHTS Located in the heart of Mexico, 124 miles to the northwest of Mexico City, Querétaro is the capital city of the state of Santiago de Querétaro. Surrounded by the Sierra Gorda and Sierra Madre Oriental mountains, this dynamic city boasts two World Heritage Sites and numerous examples of colonial architecture. Having been in the forefront of many major historical events and now ranked as one of the top Latin American cities with one of the most dynamic economies in Mexico, this vibrant city is an ideal place to experience the best of Mexico. Students can stroll through the picturesque colonial center, little plazas and narrow alleys, taking in the baroque architecture, well-preserved mansions, convents, monasteries, haciendas and art museums. This city of contrasts, which combines the old and the new, is the ideal setting for an intercultural experience.
Students in this program select a combination of French language and cultural electives, and have the option of taking cultural electives in English.
35 Buccleuch St, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9LT, UK
Direct EnrollmentAPI students in Edinburgh can enroll in a wide range of courses with Scottish and other international students at the University of Edinburgh, one of the world’s top 20 universities, based in one of the world’s most desirable cities. The university offers courses in the liberal arts and humanities, business, engineering, sciences, and much more!SummerAPI students in Edinburgh can enroll in an innovative co-curricular summer school experience offering a variety of educational and cultural immersion experiences to complement the academically rigorous curriculum. The summer school aims to challenge and inspire students with a key theme of enhancing employability prospects, cultural education and reflecting on the big issues and global challenges of today with a unique Scottish twist.Parliamentary Program (Semester and Summer)This program begins with coursework and other activities, designed to provide participants with an initial grounding in British and Scottish politics, society and culture. Classes are taught by academic staff of the Academy of Government, part of the School of Social and Political Science at University of Edinburgh. The program then continues with several weeks comprised of an internship placement with a Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP).HIGHLIGHTSThe dramatic and romantic appeal of Edinburgh is endless, set atop its volcanic crags with medieval cobble-stoned streets, a majestic castle and a skyline of turrets, domes and spires. It is easy to see where the inspiration for Harry Potter came from! The elegant Georgian facades of the New Town are a contrast to the winding, twisting alleys and hidden courtyards of the medieval Old Town. Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, is not just a historic city, it is also forward looking, seat of the Scottish Parliament and boasting a vibrant cultural scene of live music, performing arts, galleries and museums and plenty of buzz. It is a great place for students, who make up 20% of the population and is home to one of the largest arts festivals in the world. Overlooked by the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat, sitting in the open parkland of Holyrood Park, Edinburgh is one of the greenest cities in the UK.