Excursions | API Study Abroad


  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Fairfield University)
  • Great option for pre-med/nursing students


  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to students with four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are encouraged to contact API prior to applying for more specific information about entry requirements.

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

SUMMER 1 2018
May 14, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018


SUMMER 1 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Apr 15, 2018


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.

Summer 1


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.


During this tour, students will experience a variety of tropical forest trails and may see frogs, butterflies, iguanas, sloths, alligators, and turtles.


The area around this world-famous cloud forest is idyllically pastoral, with emerald green mountain pastures grazed by black-and-white Holstein cattle. Students will hike through the rainforest during the day and will also take a night walk in order to see the fauna that only come out at night. Lying at 1500 meters above the sea level and with a population of around 5000 people, Monteverde is recognized world-wide for its ecological contribution in the production of oxygen and for sheltering one of the richest and more fragile ecosystems: the cloud forest. This Cloud Forest Preserve has more than 400 species of birds and more than 3000 species of plants.


The beautiful river “Rio Celeste” is named for the light blue waters caused by the presence of sulphur and calcium carbonates. The river winds through the rainforest of Tenorio Volcano National Park, where students will enjoy incredible views and a wide variety of flora and fauna.


Students will spend one night 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.