Excursions | API Study Abroad
Excursions

Highlights

  • Classes taught in English and Spanish
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.6 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
  • Official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • 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

FALL QUARTER EARLY START 2017-2018
Sep 2, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017
$10,680
FALL QUARTER 2017-2018
Sep 30, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017
$9,500
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2017-2018
Sep 2, 2017 - Jun 30, 2018
$26,980
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Sep 30, 2017 - Jun 30, 2018
$25,780
WINTER QUARTER 2018
Jan 6, 2018 - Apr 7, 2018
$9,480
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Jan 6, 2018 - May 5, 2018
$10,880
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Sep 1, 2018 - Dec 22, 2018
$10,880
FALL QUARTER 2018
Sep 29, 2018 - Dec 22, 2018
$9,480
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2018-2019
Sep 1, 2018 - Late Jun, 2019
$24,780
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Sep 29, 2018 - Late Jun, 2019
$21,480

Deadlines

FALL QUARTER EARLY START 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
FALL QUARTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
WINTER QUARTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
FALL QUARTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2018-2019
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 José programs. All excursions are subject to change.

Winter Quarter/Spring Semester

MONUMENTO NACIONAL GUAYABO AND VALLE DE OROSÍ

This is the largest archaeological site found in Costa Rica. Largely unexplored, the area contains ancient trails, bridges, water tanks and home sites, as well as petroglyphs estimated to be about 3,000 years old. San Jose Guayabo is thought to have been inhabited from about 500 B.C. to 1400 A. D. Archeologists believe that Guayabo was an important religious and cultural center. The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA
INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION

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.

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.

BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA
INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION

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.

VOLCÁN IRAZÚ NATIONAL PARK AND VALLE DE OROSí

At over 11,000 feet, Volcán Irazú is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Its awe-inspiring height allows visitors standing at its peak to see both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. The volcano’s name was taken from the name of an indigenous village that was built on the flanks of the volcano, Iztaru, which means “shaking thunder of the hill.” The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica