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Excursions

Highlights

  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Volunteer and community involvement opportunities
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Fairfield University)
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to advanced and superior-level Spanish students
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport

Dates & Fees

FALL SEMESTER 2015-2016
Aug 23, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015
$12,250
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
Aug 23, 2015 - May 1, 2016
$23,000
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
Jan 11, 2015 - May 16, 2015
$12,250
SPRING SEMESTER 2015-2016
Jan 11, 2016 - May 15, 2016
$12,250

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2014
SPRING SEMESTER 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2015

Excursions

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API San Joaquín de Flores programs. All excursions are subject to change.

Spring

CARTAGO

Cartago was Costa Rica’s first capital until 1823 and is home to Costa Rica’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Angels “Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles” or “La Negrita.” Students visit the most important sites in the city, as well as the Orosi Valley, founded by the Franciscan monks in 1561. It is home to the country’s oldest church still in continuous use, built in 1735.

LANKESTER GARDENS

Internationally recognized for its outstanding collections of epiphytes (air plants), the Jardín Botánico Lankester was established in 1973 as a center for the display, education, conservation and research of tropical plants. Almost 3,000 species of plants live in its 27 acres of gardens.

INTERNATIONAL EXCURSIONS
BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA OR GRANADA, NICARAGUA*
PANAMA

The archipelago of Bocas del Toro offers white-sand beaches, lagoons, and incredible opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing. It is also an area rich in wildlife. Students may visit the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, featuring incredible coral reefs and marine life, and a nearby bird sanctuary with a variety of local and migratory species. Four species of endangered sea turtles still visit the waters of Bocas and the turtles come ashore in great numbers during certain seasons.

NICARAGUA

Granada was founded in 1524 and is one of the oldest settlements in Nicaragua. During the colonial period, it was one of the most important port cities in Central America. Students can observe its fascinating its colonial architecture and old-world feel.

SAN JOSÉ

Students will spend two nights in the historic capital of San José, and will visit local attractions such as the Museo Nacional, the Museo de Oro Precolombino, and the Museo de Jade.

Fall

CARTAGO

Cartago was Costa Rica’s first capital until 1823 and is home to Costa Rica’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Angels “Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles” or “La Negrita.” Students visit the most important sites in the city, as well as the Orosi Valley, founded by the Franciscan monks in 1561. It is home to the country’s oldest church still in continuous use, built in 1735.

LANKESTER GARDENS

Internationally recognized for its outstanding collections of epiphytes (air plants), the Jardín Botánico Lankester was established in 1973 as a center for the display, education, conservation and research of tropical plants. Almost 3,000 species of plants live in its 27 acres of gardens.

INTERNATIONAL EXCURSIONS
BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA OR GRANADA, NICARAGUA*
PANAMA

The archipelago of Bocas del Toro offers white-sand beaches, lagoons, and incredible opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing. It is also an area rich in wildlife. Students may visit the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, featuring incredible coral reefs and marine life, and a nearby bird sanctuary with a variety of local and migratory species. Four species of endangered sea turtles still visit the waters of Bocas and the turtles come ashore in great numbers during certain seasons.

OR
NICARAGUA

Granada was founded in 1524 and is one of the oldest settlements in Nicaragua. During the colonial period, it was one of the most important port cities in Central America. Students are fascinated by its colonial architecture and old-world feel.

SAN JOSÉ

Students will spend two nights in the historic capital of San José, and will visit local attractions such as the Museo Nacional, the Museo de Oro Precolombino, and the Museo de Jade.
* The international destination varies each session due to the influence of the local climate.