Intensive Spanish Language Program: The Intensive Spanish Language Program is designed for students who want to quickly advance their Spanish skills while taking a gap year in Argentina. There are no cultural electives offered within this program; students complete a series of intensive Spanish language courses. Students can expect to advance a minimum of two levels during the semester.
Program of Argentine and Latin American Studies: Students interested in exploring Argentine and Latin American culture, economics, history, and politics while taking a gap year in Argentina are ideally suited to the Program of Argentine and Latin American studies. The program is open to students at all levels of Spanish. Students selecting the early start option complete an intensive Spanish language course prior to the start of the standard semester. This intensive Spanish course consists of five hours of Spanish class, five days a week, for the first month and is a great way to get up to speed with the Spanish language! Then the regular semester starts, and students can choose from a variety of courses taught in both Spanish and English, depending on the student’s language level.
Gap Community Service: Participants can contribute to the local community through service projects at a local food bank, working with young children or senior citizens, teaching English, or volunteering at local community organizations. Participants can also improve their Spanish language skills through the completion of a Spanish language and conversation course at a local language institute. One-month, two-month, and three-month placements are available.
On average, participants should expect to complete 25-30 hours of service each week, which equates to 5-6 hours per day. The programs will begin with a 2-3 day API orientation followed by one full week of language courses (20 hours total). Participants will be introduced to the service organization during this first week as well and will begin working in their volunteer placement the second week of the program. API staff will also facilitate weekly reflection lunches. Cultural events are included, and participants can choose to participate in any excursions that overlap with their program for an additional fee. Participants may elect to add additional Spanish language and conversation for an extra fee as well.
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.
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
Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism
Psychology and Social Science
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Veterinary Science and Zoology
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.
These international internship opportunities are open to students 18-years and older - perfect for gap year participants, current college students, and recent graduates!
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.