Excursions | API Study Abroad


  • Classes: taught in Spanish and English
  • International excursion


  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to beginning, intermediate, advanced, and superior level Spanish speakers
  • Beginning level students must have completed at least one semester of college level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry Documents: valid passport with student visa

Dates & Fees

Jan 7, 2019 - May 1, 2019


Oct 15, 2018
Nov 1, 2018


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 Barcelona programs. All excursions are subject to change.



Costa Brava means ‘Rugged Coast’ – with outcrops of the Pyrenees forming wild sea-cliffs. Secluded coves hide between the unkempt rocks, where tenacious pines cover the slopes right down to the mouth of the Mediterranean and sweeping sandy beaches provide a retreat. Girona, founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, is an exceptional old town that hosts one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Europe, framed in a monumental ensemble of temples, towers, houses and walls along the River Onyar. Its wealth in medieval times produced many fine Romanesque and Gothic buildings that have survived repeated attacks and sieges through the centuries. Girona’s old town, narrow alleys and fascinating medieval stairs appear around every corner making it one of Spain’s hidden jewels. Besalu is quite a small medieval town which has had Roman, Visigoth and Moorish rulers but its modern day splendor dates mostly from the 11th to 14th centuries. The fortified bridge is perhaps its most important monument. The bridge spans the Fluvia river and has a fortified gateway in the middle. Unusually it is not straight but follows more of an ‘L’ shape to take advantage of rock in the riverbed. The views of Besalu across the bridge really are superb. Once you have crossed the bridge into Besalu the narrow paved streets, old stone buildings and little pottery shops selling very colorful and inexpensive Catalan pottery are a treat.


Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities, but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colourful cityscape. Another side of LIsbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.


This is arguably one of Spain’s richest regions both in historical, architectural and gastronomical terms. Walled medieval towns such as Montblanc still retain their original cobbled feel, and the land is dotted with numerous small villages. Formerly part of the powerful kingdom of Aragon and Catalunia, all three Cistercian monasteries along the route were built within 25 years in the mid 12th Century. Today, many of Spain’s top wine producers have recognized the value of the soil for making sparkling wine.


Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is an unique example where history, tradition and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter known as the Barrio Santa Cruz are located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.



Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.


Montserrat is regarded by many Catalans as the most important spiritual and cultural center of Catalonia. The 14th century Benedictine Monastery is where the monks worship Catalonia’s Patron Saint, the black Madonna of Montserrat. As you travel up the mountains, you will have a chance to admire the breathtaking views from the Shrine located 2100 feet above sea level.


One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is full of amazing museums, architecture, music, fashion and beauty. One of the great cultural and intellectual centers of the West, it is felt by many to be the heart, soul, and imagination of France. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history. The Louvre, a former palace and current home to the world’s largest art collection; Notre Dame, a grandiose jewel of the gothic era; the Eiffel Tower, a turn of the century masterpiece; and Montmartre, an artist’s haven, are only a few examples of Paris’ highlights.


Tarragona’s biggest lure is the wealth of ruins in Spain’s second most important Roman site, including mosaic-packed museums and a seaside amphitheater.