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API Safety Update – Italy Earthquake 1/18/17

API has confirmed the safety of all API study abroad program participants in Italy after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck the central part of the country earlier today. Classes are operating as scheduled, and no services have been interrupted. We will provide updates as the situation warrants.

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API Community Leadership Program

Students in the 21st century are expected to graduate with a variety of skills that go beyond disciplinary knowledge.  Adaptability, cultural empathy, tolerance for ambiguity, strong intercultural communication skills, a collaborative work ethic, and intellectual curiosity are all valued in the complex landscape of international relations and global business.

Our “Community Leadership” program offers students the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills in the context of a new culture, preparing them for future professional roles.  In addition to the rich experience of study abroad, these students will benefit from an added dimension by serving as facilitators between their peers and the host culture.  They will be responsible for exploring Spanish culture, motivating their fellow students to engage in local life, and organizing opportunities for group reflection on cultural similarities and differences.

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Kaylea Latal

Kaylea is a junior at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse studying Psychology and Spanish with a minor in At Risk Youth Care. She is heading to Seville to finish her Spanish major. Upon graduating, she will then pursue graduate school for school psychology! While in Seville, she looks forward to improving her Spanish, embracing the culture, trying new foods, and working on her photography while leading a photography group!

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Alexandra Nelson

Alexandra is a junior at Castleton University in Vermont, studying Psychology and Spanish. She hasn’t been to many states in the U.S. and this will be her first time in a new country. Though she hasn’t traveled to many places, she has gone far on her bike. After years of wanting to participate in a 90-mile bike ride that raises awareness for missing children, she finally reached her goal in 2014. Going to Spain has also been a long sought after goal for Alexandra as well, and she is excited that it has finally become a reality. She is looking forward to fulfilling her role as a Community Leader, learning about a new culture, and traveling as much as possible during her semester abroad.