Excursions | API Study Abroad
Excursions

Highlights

  • Classes taught in English and Spanish
  • Semester-long Spanish course available every semester

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers; 1 year of college-level Spanish highly recommended
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • CV or résumé
  • Statement of purpose and completion of an oral interview (in Spanish – required only for students wishing to take coursework in Spanish)
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)

Add on a Volunteer Program!

  • API students completing a study abroad program (particularly in Latin America) may be interested in extending their stay on an API volunteer abroad program. Click on the link below for more information on options and pricing.
  • Volunteer Add-On Options

Dates & Fees

CALENDAR YEAR 2017
Feb 17, 2017 - Early Dec, 2017
$24,600
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Aug 4, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017
$12,800
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Aug 4, 2017 - Jul 13, 2018
$24,600
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Late Feb, 2018 - Late Jun, 2018
$11,380
CALENDAR YEAR 2018
Mid-Feb, 2018 - Early Dec, 2018
$22,580
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Early Aug, 2018 - Early Dec, 2018
$10,800
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Early Aug, 2018 - Mid-Jul, 2019
$21,880

Deadlines

CALENDAR YEAR 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority Deadline: Oct 1, 2016; Standard Deadline: Oct 15, 2016
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2016
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
April 1, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
April 15, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
April 1, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
April 15, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 15, 2017 (Priority: Oct 1, 2017)
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2017
CALENDAR YEAR 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority Deadline: Oct 1, 2017; Standard Deadline: Oct 15, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority Deadline: Apr 1, 2018; Standard Deadline: Apr 15, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
April 15, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority Deadline: Apr 1, 2018; Standard Deadline: Apr 15, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
April 15, 2018

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 Valparaíso programs. All excursions are subject to change.

Spring

AROMATICS FARM

Be prepared for a sensory delight! API students will enjoy visiting an organic farm that produces oils used for aromatherapy.  Students will participate in a hands-on demonstration of how the oils are produced, starting with a tour of the gardens where the herbs are grown to the packaging of the final product.

ISLA NEGRA

Isla Negra was made famous by the decision of Pablo Neruda, one of the Chile’s greatest poets, to establish a home there. Neruda described the island to be a place where “todo florece” (“everything flourishes”). Today, the island is filled with artists and writers, and considered as an amazing source of creative inspiration.

MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION

Mendoza, located in western Argentina, is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Andes, this vibrant city is home to over 1 million inhabitants. Adventure tourism is a major industry in Mendoza, as is mountain rescue training. Mendoza is brimming with young European travelers looking to experience the beautiful Andes and all the opportunities for adventure that are available.  Mendoza is also the center of Argentina’s wine industry and considered one of the seven wine capitals of the world with over 700 wineries or bodegas located near the town. Glamorous wine bars dot the city and the harvest, which takes place between February and April, is a major event. Since the 1990’s, wine tourism has become another sizable industry.

SANTIAGO

Housing more than one-third of the total Chilean population, Santiago defines Chile for many visitors. It is a thriving metropolis with a wealth of museums, restaurants and other cultural activities. Surrounded by mountains, the city’s cleanliness and order enthralls visitors. With its mixture of architecture reminiscent of both Europe and the United States, visitors from around the world feel comfortable in this most modern of Chilean cities.

Fall

ISLA NEGRA

Isla Negra was made famous by the decision of Pablo Neruda, one of the Chile’s greatest poets, to establish a home there. Neruda described the island to be a place where “todo florece” (“everything flourishes”). Today, the island is filled with artists and writers, and considered as an amazing source of creative inspiration.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

The Atacama Desert is like no place on earth! Students will have the opportunity to enjoy and discover the little town of San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings. We will visit several fascinating places such as Valley of the Moon, Death Valley, Salar de Atacama (Chile’s largest salt flat) and Cejar Lagoon, a natural pool contains such large quantities of salt that swimming is virtually impossible! We will also visit an interesting museum where it is possible to see some of the archaeological finds that were made in the region, and nearby there can be found one of the oldest Churches in this part of the world. This is truly an excursion you will not forget!

SANTIAGO

Housing more than one-third of the total Chilean population, Santiago defines Chile for many visitors. It is a thriving metropolis with a wealth of museums, restaurants and other cultural activities. Surrounded by mountains, the city’s cleanliness and order enthralls visitors. With its mixture of architecture reminiscent of both Europe and the United States, visitors from around the world feel comfortable in this most modern of Chilean cities.

VINEYARD

Chile is widely recognized for the quality of its wines, especially Carmenere, a variety of grape that was once close to extinction due to a plague in France. Students have the opportunity to learn more about Chilean wine and its roots dating back to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century.