Excursions | API Study Abroad
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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 2016-2017
Aug 22, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016
$12,250
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Late Aug, 2017 - Mid-Dec, 2017
$12,250
ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017
Aug 22, 2016 - May 13, 2017
$23,500
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Late Aug, 2017 - Mid-May, 2018
$23,500
SPRING SEMESTER 2016-2017
Jan 7, 2017 - May 13, 2017
$12,250

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2016-2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2016
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2016
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2016
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2016
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2016-2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2016
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2016

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

BIOLOGICAL RESERVE CURÚ AND MONTEZUMA

Students will take advantage of opportunities to visit beautiful white sand beaches, learn about animal reintroduction programs, and hike through protected forest and jungle.

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

Granada was founded in 1524 and is one of the oldest settlements in Nicaragua. During the colonial period, it was one of the most important port cities in Central America. Students can observe its fascinating its colonial architecture and old-world feel.

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

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

Granada was founded in 1524 and is one of the oldest settlements in Nicaragua. During the colonial period, it was one of the most important port cities in Central America. Students are fascinated by its colonial architecture and old-world feel.

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.