New API Study Abroad Program in Shanghai

API is thrilled to announce our newest study abroad program in Shanghai, China! Beginning with the fall 2016 term, API has partnered with East China Normal University (ECNU) to offer our students several great semester, short-term, and summer options for study in Shanghai. Founded in 1951, ECNU is one of China’s most respected universities. It […]

Re-Entry–It’s Never Easy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Well, I have been back in […]

Reflections on Teaching–and Gratitude!

Teaching has been interesting to say the least. Sometimes it can be a bit frustrating, especially when each of my students has differing levels – students from pre-intermediate to advanced are mixed in the same class. Some students do not see the value in learning a second language, while others are often distracted in class. […]

Moving On

When I began my search for a job after graduate school, I began to apply for positions in international education; that was one of the reasons I looked into teaching abroad. I wanted to increase my experiences abroad and figured working abroad was a good way to achieve that goal. I looked into organizations that […]

Observations on Chinese Students

Most Chinese students have their given Chinese name and use an “English” name in classes; they also have called me some interesting names. I suppose that it’s easier for us English teachers for them to use these names, but I also wonder how this affects their relation to their own culture. Names are often part […]

Beijing Travel Tips

In my last week in China, I traveled to the capital, Beijing. Beijing is a bustling city full of history, sights all around, and people; about 22 million. I decided to write a post about things you should do prior to your departure and some highlights. Enjoy! Before you leave: Make sure your passport and […]

Home Sweet Home

Here are a few things I miss about the States: Driving. 
 In China, the public transportation system is phenomenal! While it may take a little bit to get anywhere, it’s quite easy to get around. Since China has such a huge population, it does not make sense to have a car because it’s difficult […]