Excursions | API Study Abroad
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 high-intermediate, advanced, and superior-level Spanish students
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport

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

FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Aug 21, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017
$12,250
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Jan 6, 2018 - May 12, 2018
$12,250
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Aug 21, 2017 - May 12, 2018
$23,500
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Aug 20, 2018 - Dec 15, 2018
$12,250
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Aug 20, 2018 - May 19, 2019
$23,500

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 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 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

During this international trip, students will be absorb the Nicaraguan culture by trying the typical foods and interacting with the locals. Students will also learn about the local history by visiting Granada city and islands – Masaya and San Juan del Sur.

RINCON DE LA VIEJA

On this excursion students will stay at Buena Vista Lodge, and old Hacienda that has been changed into a mountain lodge. All meals and attractions are withing the land of the hacienda, such as horseback riding, canopy tours, water slides, and natural hot springs. The lodge is a great example of sustainability, as all of the vegetables and goods for every meal come directly from its fields. Students typically enjoy this excursion because it is all-inclusive!

SAN JOSÉ

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.

Fall

ARENAL

Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the central mountainous region of Costa Rica, with elevations ranging from 3281 to 5436 feet. Surrounded by rainforests and cloud forests, the Arenal Volcano is a sight to see! This active volcano was considered dormant until a major eruption in 1968. If students are lucky to observe the volcano on a clear night, they can see hot lava trails streaming down the mountain. Nearby waterfalls and hot springs (heated by the volcano) make for a relaxing experience.

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

During this international trip, students will be absorb the Nicaraguan culture by trying the typical foods and interacting with the locals. Students will also learn about the local history by visiting Granada city and islands – Masaya and San Juan del Sur.

SAN JOSÉ

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.
* The international destination varies each session due to the influence of the local climate.