Contemporary Hispanic Studies
Designed for students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish, the Contemporary Hispanic Studies Program offers a wide variety of courses taught in English. Introductory Spanish language courses are offered alongside courses in geography, literature, cultural studies, history, photography, music, and art history.Spanish Language, Business, and Applied/Social Sciences Program
This program caters to the needs of those with little or no background in Spanish, but also offers options for the more advanced Spanish speaker. Spanish culture, business and science classes are offered in English. Students are required to enroll in at least one Spanish language course. Students at all levels may take courses in English with Spaniards. Advanced students can also choose from a variety of classes in Spanish culture and civilization. Classes are held Monday through Thursday. This program also offers internship opportunities with a variety of placements. International InternshipsGap year students in Seville also have the option of participating in an 8-week, Fixed Date International Internship. This full-time, professional internship is offered with four different start dates throughout the year. Tailored placements can be found in a wide variety of fields and is perfect for the student desiring professional job experience or for a student looking to explore a future career path.Seville, capital of Andalusia and Spain’s 4th largest city, is located between the Sierra Morena mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoying culture from the Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, Jews and Christians throughout the ages, and serving as the focal point of the Spanish Renaissance, Seville is rich in history and tradition. When visiting Seville one can experience the city as it was centuries ago. The lovely winding streets and active public squares of the Barrio Santa Cruz allow the visitor insight into the oldest portion of the city, and the list of monuments and historic sites is seemingly endless. The Tower of Gold once served as landmark for arriving ships and Seville’s amazing Cathedral houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The 12th century Moorish palace, the Alcázar, is the oldest palace-fortress still in use by European royalty. While studying, exploring the streets, visiting museums, or soaking up Spanish culture, students taking a gap year in Seville gain a broad education in Spanish language and civilization.
API students will discover the wonders of Italy on this two-week art, language and culture program. Starting in Rome, students will visit many of Rome’s major sites, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Then, the group will travel to Tuscania to meet welcoming host families ready to prepare home-cooked Italian meals for students while they live in an idyllic medieval town to explore the creative arts of drawing and photography. Tuscania has been admired for centuries for its picturesque setting, fine culture and foods, and cobblestoned streets. Surrounded by medieval walls and guard towers, the town provides endless opportunities for authentic cultural immersion.
Students will spend mornings studying Italian language, photography* and sketching with the wonders and beauty of Italy as the backdrop for inspiration. In the afternoons and on weekends, students participate in experiential activities such as pottery workshops, cooking classes and urban treks, and will explore the pillars of Italian culture and history with visits to Florence and Venice.
Ages: 15-18 year olds only, completing grades 9-11
Language Level: No Italian language experience required
Housing: Local host families/hotels; Some meals and laundry are included; breakfast and dinner daily are included. Students are responsible for buying lunch.
Academic Programs International, API, is an educational organization dedicated to providing challenging and enriching study abroad programs for our students. The experience of living, interacting and learning in an international environment presents invaluable opportunities for each student's academic and personal development. All of our academic and extracurricular offerings are selected with the goal of helping students to grow more self-aware and culturally sensitive. We envision each student evolving from a tourist to a resident to a global citizen, and API is dedicated to supporting this lifelong process. API is committed to providing the best comprehensive study abroad experience possible with personal attention available to our students throughout his or her program, and to working closely with home universities to offer support before, during and after the education abroad experience.
International Internship Placements There are a number of international internship placements available to API participants.
For a summary of potential options, see the list below: Accounting and Finance Advertising, Communications and Journalism Architecture, Landscape, and Planning Arts and Design Business, Entrepreneurship, and Management Education Environmental Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Law NGO Psychology and Social Science Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Sports Veterinary Science and Zoology And More! Didn’t see your area of interest listed? Don’t fret! Just contact us and let us know what you are looking for and we can let you know what the options might be.