Since 1997, API has sent thousands of college students on study abroad programs in forty different cities and eighteen different countries. Our high school and gap year divisions build upon our experience with college students to provide comprehensive, high-quality community service and study abroad experiences for younger students.
Making the decision to go on a summer program abroad during high school, or spend a year or semester abroad prior to enrolling in college (known as a gap year or a gap semester), is an important and exciting decision. API staff members are knowledgeable and readily available to assist parents and students not only with the decision-making process, but also with the administrative and pre-departure aspects of study abroad. Once abroad, on-site API directors support students throughout their entire stay. On-site directors assist students with the cultural transition process, offer academic support and direction, and provide consistent guidance to participants both for everyday questions and emergencies.
Whether the concern relates to cultural adjustment, academics, housing or daily life abroad, API strives to provide students with as much practical advice and guidance as possible.
API staff members also work directly with high school administrators and teachers to develop and implement customized community service, travel and study abroad programs. These programs are designed to achieve the goals and meet the needs of each individual high school. School administrators or teachers will design the program, and API will take care of all the administrative and logistical details.