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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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Sample Program Possibilities

We will consider any request that will operate in any of our existing program sites. Below we’ve listed a few of our favorite customized programs from recent terms, but the program possibilities are endless!


Budapest, Hungary – Music in Budapest

This two-week program in beautiful Budapest will take students on a musical journey of the majestic land of Magyarország (Hungary). Participants will visit the Old Academy and Liszt Museum, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, and attend local concerts. They will also take in lectures on Hungarian music history, and practice with their peers at the Liszt Academy. Mixed into these training sessions and cultural visits will be tours of key points of historical interest in and around Budapest.


Itinerary – Week 1

  • Arrive in Budapest
  • Welcome dinner and cultural and safety orientation
  • Walking tours of Budapest (cultural sites and sites important to Hungarian music history)
  • Concerts (Generations of Pianists, Folklore show by Hungarian State Folk
  • Ensemble, Contemporary Dance Music, Verdi: Rigoletto)
  • Practice sessions and classes

Itinerary – Week 2

  • Museum visits (Hungarian National Museum, Kodály Museum, Bélz Bartók
  • Museum, Music History Museum)
  • Practice sessions and classes
  • Concerts (Wagner: Parsifal, Organ concert at St. Stephen’s Basilica)
  • Farewell dinner
  • Return to U.S.


Havana, Cuba – Ecology of Cuba

This ten-day program in historic Havana will investigate the vibrant ecology of Cuba. Participants will tour national parks and natural history museums, and attend lectures on topics of ecology and sustainability in Cuba.


Itinerary – Week 1

  • Arrive in Miami for group flight to Havana
  • Welcome dinner and cultural and safety orientation
  • Cultural tours of old Havana
  • Guest lectures
  • Visits to National Natural History Museum
  • Overnight excursion to Varadero for snorkeling, exploring nearby caves and ecological reserves
  • Visit Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata

Itinerary – Week 2

  • Overnight excursion to Vinales for nature hike; explore caves and local tobacco farm
  • Excursion to Las Terrazas (UNESCO biosphere reserve)
  • Guest lectures on topics relevant to program focus
  • Farewell dinner and dancing
  • Return group flight to Miami


Caen, France – French Language and Culture

This semester-long adopted program will introduce participants to the fantastic French language and culture of the charming Norman city of Caen. Participants will not only work on improving their written and spoken French (and their knowledge of French culture and civilization), but they will tour key cultural and historic sites all over northern France and the Normandy region.


Itinerary – Week 1

  • Arrive in Paris for cultural and safety orientation followed by group welcome dinner.
  • Walking and boat (bateau mouche) tours of Paris (including the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, Montmartre, Saint Germain de Prés, Latin Quarter, Notre Dame, and more)
  • Visit to the Palace of Versailles
  • Depart with group for Caen by train
  • On-site and university orientations; finalize course registration
  • Begin classes

Itinerary – Weeks 2-15

  • Group excursions (including the Normandy landing beaches, Dijon, Mont
  • Saint-Michel, Honfleur et Etretat, Bayuex, and Rouen)
  • Group cultural events (including day trips, cooking course, French cinema and discussion, and more)
  • Classes and exams
  • Farewell dinner
  • Return to U.S.


San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica – Intensive Spanish Language

This intensive six-week Spanish language program will immerse participants in the charming, colorful, and quaint colonial town of San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica. Participants will work on improving their spoken and written Spanish, and take in all of the culture and rich diversity (both bio-diversity and cultural diversity) that dynamic Costa Rica has to offer.


Itinerary – Week 1

  • Arrive in Costa Rica
  • Cultural and safety orientation followed by group welcome dinner.
  • San José city tour
  • Day trip to Cartago and Lankester Botanical Gardens
  • Travel to San Joaquín de Flores; meet and settle into host families
  • Begin classes

Itinerary – Weeks 2-6

  • Classes continue
  • Group excursions (including Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero National Park)
  • Final exams
  • Farewell dinner
  • Return to U.S.


London, England – Business and Culture

This four-week program introduces participants to the storied business history and culture of London through faculty-led coursework, guest lectures, and visits and excursions to key points of interest in and around London and southern England.


Itinerary – Week 1

  • Arrive in London
  • Welcome dinner and cultural and safety orientation
  • Walking tour of central London (including visits to Trafalgar Square,
  • Whitehall, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St. James’ Park, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square)
  • Visits to the British Museum, the Tower of London, and the London
  • Docklands
  • Faculty-led class on intercultural business

Itinerary – Weeks 2-4

  • Excursion to Stonehenge, Salisbury, and Bath
  • Faculty-led class continues
  • Tour of Westminster Abbey, The Guard’s Chapel, and the National Gallery
  • Excursion to Brighton and Hastings
  • Presentation by Bank of England and visit to Olympic Park
  • Visit to Windsor Castle
  • Farewell group dinner and return to U.S.