Excursions | API Study Abroad
Excursions

Highlights

  • Classes taught in English and Spanish
  • Community service opportunities
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • No previous knowledge of Spanish is required, but one semester is recommended
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents

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  • 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.
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Dates & Fees

FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2017-2018
Aug 3, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017
$17,900
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Aug 23, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017
$14,980
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Jan 10, 2018 - Apr 14, 2018
$14,980
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2018
Early Aug, 2018 - Mid-Nov, 2018
$18,980
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Aug 22, 2018 - Nov 17, 2018
$14,980

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
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
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
FALL SEMESTER 2018
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 José programs. All excursions are subject to change.

ICDS students will also participate in one additional weekend excursion, in addition to several field trips and class site visits throughout the semester as part of their academic program.

Spring

GRANADA, NICARAGUA
INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION

Students take part in a four-day field trip to Costa Rica’s neighboring country, Nicaragua. The field trip looks to provide students with a unique experience to compare and contrast social and cultural realities between two Central American countries. The trip is complemented by community work at a local town, as well as recreation time for students to enjoy Nicaragua’s natural attractions.

PACUARE-TORTUGUERO

Students enjoy a nature field trip to Costa Rica’s North-Atlantic region to visit the Pacuare and Tortuguero areas. The trip is complemented by community work as students contribute to the improvement of the community –previous projects have included restoration of school paths, improving the facilities of the local school, and assisting local wild-life conservation organizations.

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!

Fall

ARENAL AND FORTUNA

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.

GRANADA, NICARAGUA
INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION

Students take part in a four-day field trip to Costa Rica’s neighboring country, Nicaragua. The field trip looks to provide students with a unique experience to compare and contrast social and cultural realities between two Central American countries. The trip is complemented by community work at a local town, as well as recreation time for students to enjoy Nicaragua’s natural attractions.

PACUARE-TORTUGUERO

Students enjoy a nature field trip to Costa Rica’s North-Atlantic region to visit the Pacuare and Tortuguero areas. The trip is complemented by community work as students contribute to the improvement of the community –previous projects have included restoration of school paths, improving the facilities of the local school, and assisting local wild-life conservation organizations.