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Interview with Joan Solaún.

API Institutional Relations team member, Emily Nagle had the opportunity to interview API’s Director of Caribbean and Latin American Programming, Joan Solaún. Joan was recently honored with the NAFSA International Education Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field in honor of Marita Houlihan.  “Given Joan Solaún’s warm, vibrant character, it is no surprise that her passion for [...]

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Membership and Affiliations

API takes its role as a leader in the field of international education very seriously, and it is our goal to continuously learn from and contribute to this community. To this end, API maintains an active membership in many professional organizations whose goals are to promote the ideals, standards, and best practices for study abroad. Some of these professional affiliations include:

The Better Business Bureau
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API has been an accredited member of The Better Business Bureau since 2003.


Diversity Abroad’s Diversity Network

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The Diversity in Global Education Network (“Diversity Network”) is the leading professional consortium of higher education institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and equity in international education.

FORUM on Education Abroad

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Located on the campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, The Forum on Education Abroad is the only organization whose exclusive purpose it is to serve the field of education abroad. The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice are recognized as the definitive means by which the quality of education abroad programs may be judged. The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad (QUIP) uses the Standards as part of a rigorous self-study and peer review quality assurance program that is available to all Forum institutional members. API members regularly attend and present at Forum on Education Abroad conferences.Green PassportGreen Passport is part social network, part social movement. Its members are expected to acknowledge the interconnectedness of the world’s people and the environment. Members pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of studying, living, working, traveling, or volunteering abroad and to try to improve these aspects of their international experience.

The Global Leadership League

API is a proud supporter and sponsor of the Global Leadership League, an organization dedicated to advancing women leaders in the field of international education. The organization’s vision is to provide an opportunity for women at all levels in the field to connect with others through structured mentoring circles, local and regional meet-ups to discuss hot topics and Global Leadership League content, and online forums and interactive spaces to examine issues important to women in the field of international education. As a leading international education organization run by women directors, API supports the Global Leadership League’s efforts to empower women at every opportunity.

NAFSA – Association of International Educators

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NAFSA is an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and exchange and global workforce development. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by establishing principles of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education. API is a Global Associate of NAFSA, and API staff regularly attend, exhibit, and present at regional and national conferences.

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL)

NCOLCTL’s mission is to increase the number of Americans who choose to learn one or more of the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) as a means of enhancing cross-cultural communication among citizens of the United States. NCOLCTL’s work focuses on the less commonly taught languages which are becoming increasingly vital to the security, economic, social and political welfare of the United States. NCOLCTL seeks to improve the teaching and learning of these languages and to make them more generally available. NCOLCTL is the national voice for organizations and individuals who represent the teaching of these less commonly taught languages at both the collegiate and precollegiate level. NCOLCTL also promotes the use of technology, especially computers and the Internet, to enable a new era in cross-cultural understanding, communication, and language education.

OSAC – Overseas Security Advisory Council

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) was created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. API is a member of OSAC’s Academic Security Working Group.

USA Gap Year Fairs

usa_gyf_keystone-logoUSA Gap Year Fairs is a national circuit of events that bring together reputable Gap Year organizations, interested students and parents, high school college counselors and Gap Year experts. API is a Keystone member of the organization and attends nearly 40 fairs per year around the country.