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What’s Included

Pre-Departure Services

ADVISING

API staff members guide students through the administrative processes of the pre-departure phase of study abroad, including applying to the host institution abroad and preparing for arrival on-site. Students and parents may contact API staff as often as they desire with questions about academics, on-site logistics, special needs, visa procedures, etc. API staff members, in turn, are frequently in touch with students regarding program updates, essential travel tips and recommendations for having a successful experience abroad.

ORIENTATION MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

All students receive an orientation handbook containing practical information to help them prepare for their study abroad session.

ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL PHONE PLANS

All API students receive information about cell phone usage while abroad. API program fees include a variety of options, such as international SIM cards with discounted calling packages, or international phones with limited pre-paid minutes.

ROUND-TRIP AIRFARE (MIAMI – HAVANA)

Round-trip airfare from Miami – Havana is included in the price of the API Havana programs. These  flights will facilitate group travel and ease the expenses and logistics for students.

API ALUMNI NETWORK

API can connect prospective program participants with recently returned API alumni through the API Alumni Network. These alumni can share their experience, answer questions, and connect with students pre-departure. API Alumni have the opportunity to participate in a number of alumni programming opportunities, including the API Global Leadership Academy.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

API has created award-winning social networks for students to connect with each other and learn about API program offerings, including a Facebook page with student groups, a Twitter profile, a YouTube channel, a Flickr photostream, a Tumblr Blog, a Google+ page, an Instagram profile, a Pinterest page, a Snapchat account (snAPIabroad) and the API Blog. These networks provide students with the opportunity to communicate informally with past students, outbound students and API staff members, as well as to be notified of upcoming events and program developments.

SCHOLARSHIPS

API awards approximately $450,000 in scholarships annually, in amounts ranging from $250-$1,000 per student.

On-Site Services

AIRPORT RECEPTION

Students are met at the airport by program staff on the program start date. Students receive detailed flight instructions upon their acceptance into the program and should wait to purchase a flight until they receive more information post-acceptance.

RESIDENT DIRECTORS

The API Resident Director is ready to provide practical information, language tutoring and insight into the host culture. Program directors greet students at the airport, introduce them to the ways of life in their host country, help students to register at the host university and support them throughout their stay. They are available in case of any personal emergency and are ready to implement the the emergency response plans if needed. Students (and parents) can sleep comfortably knowing that the program directors are available to assist them.

ON-SITE ORIENTATION

The on-site orientation takes place during the first week of a student’s stay. Program orientations include tours of the orientation city as well as practical information about life in the host city, including transportation, safety and local culture. The orientation is designed to minimize adjustment difficulties upon arrival and gives students a chance to get to know other participants in the program.

HOUSING

Students in Havana will live in a local residencia near the campus. Breakfast and dinner are also provided as part of the program fee.

A $275 security deposit is due by the final payment deadline for all programs. A fee of $95 will be retained from all security deposits to cover standard cleaning fees and general maintenance fees, including minor repairs and standard touch-up painting. The remaining $180 is refundable provided that: 1) no additional fees are assessed on-site for incidentals, damages or excessive utility usage; and 2) the API program fee has been paid in full. Housing for all year students during the period between the fall and spring semesters is not included in the API program fee. Most students take advantage of this time to return home to the U.S. or to travel around their host country. In most cases, API can arrange between-term housing for students in their host city for an additional fee. Refer to the city information sections for more specific housing information by location.

TUITION

All programs include a fixed number of credits per term as part of the standard fee. The number of credits that a student can earn each session is detailed on each program page, and varies from 12-15 credit per quarter/semester session and 3-9 credits per summer session. Where available, students wishing to complete additional credits are assessed an additional fee after registration has been completed (either prior to or after arrival on-site).

TUTORING

Language tutoring is available free of charge for all students (approximately one hour per week for each student). Arrangements can be made with the program director. Should additional assistance be required, program directors can help students to arrange additional tutoring at their own expense.

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TOOLS

Given that study abroad can lead to improved conversational abilities without a corresponding improvement in written competencies, the program provides academic support throughout the student’s sojourn abroad through the following resources:

  • A pre-program diagnostic language test to target areas most in need of review.
  • Self-study activities to guide students’ language review before their program begins.
  • A series of “action cards” and experiential learning activities, designed to give students ideas on how to engage with and integrate into the host language and culture.
  • Individual tutoring for students requesting help with language classes at any point in their program.
  • A post-program diagnostic language test to gauge students’ improvement at the close of their program.
MEDICAL AND LIFE INSURANCE

Medical insurance is provided for all students during the program term.

EXCURSIONS

During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized excursions, which are included in the price of the program. Overnight lodging, breakfast, entrance fees and transportation to and from the excursion locations are included. To find out which excursions are included in the program and review their descriptions, visit the specific program page in this catalog. Although excursions are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program excursions prior to departure.

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Students are offered monthly program-sponsored social and cultural activities designed to enhance their educational studies. These activities include outings to movies, concerts, theater performances, museums, cultural tours and more. All entrance fees are covered by the program. Students also enjoy welcome and farewell group meals.

Re-Entry Services

RE-ENTRY MATERIALS AND SUPPORT

Upon their return, students are encouraged to use the resources provided by the program to discover methods to more effectively integrate the skills and knowledge they have learned abroad into their professional and personal futures.

POST-PROGRAM EVALUATION

The program places great value on post-program evaluation from students and their U.S. university faculty and administrators. At the end of each session, students have the opportunity to evaluate their program through online evaluation forms. These electronic evaluations are submitted directly to the program administrators and ensure that students receive the best service possible.

API ALUMNI NETWORK AND GLOBAL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Returning students have the opportunity to continue to be engaged with API through a variety of alumni programming opportunities.  Whether you are connected through the API Alumni Network, keeping up to date with current job postings and items of interest in the API Alumni Facebook and LinkedIn groups, or participating in API’s Global Leadership Academy, API continues to support participants post-experience.

API’s Global Leadership Academy offers student leaders the opportunity to build core competencies of global leadership in a dynamic and creative atmosphere.  The program helps participants develop skills to share their experience in their community, on campus and in job interviews.  Students host collaborative events to share their international story and learn to integrate their international experience into their chosen career path. The program empowers participants to transform the world, as the world transformed them.

TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of the academic session, an official Marist transcript is sent to each student’s home institution. Students are encouraged to discuss their academic choices with home school advisors to determine how credits reflected on the transcript might be transferred toward their degree plan.