Technology & Being Abroad: Living in the Moment

This post is from student blogger Sandra Collopy from Saint Michaels College, English and Media Studies Major studying in Florence, Italy. Things take slower here in Italy. The Florentines walk the cobblestone streets leisurely in no hurry at all. I admire this about them and usually try to match their paces, letting the sun’s rays be […]

Ciao Firenze!

This post is from student blogger Sandra Collopy from Saint Michaels College, English and Media Studies Major studying in Florence, Italy The days leading up to studying abroad in Florence dragged on forever, as I struggled to cram four and a half months into one suitcase and tried to calm my nerves. I knew going into this […]

The Adjustment

This post is from official student blogger Emily Visconti. Emily Visconti is a Junior English major from Worcester State University currently studying in Florence, Italy.  When I first pictured myself studying abroad, I saw myself wandering through the cobblestone streets of Italy with a gelato in hand, speaking fluent Italian. Every day would be exciting, and nothing […]

Why We Do it Wednesday- Hannah Grahek

API employees work tirelessly in the U.S. and abroad to serve our participants and ensure they have the best international experience possible. At API, we all share stories of personal transformation by international experience- we remember our first days abroad, our first meals, and our first international flights. We have these stories of transformation in […]

Volunteering Abroad

After I spent a few weeks in Florence, I felt this intangible need to give back in some capacity. Throughout my experience leading up to that moment, I felt that I was lucky to be living a dream. When I went to visit the API office I had a very specific idea in mind: I […]

The Tuscan Life and the Final Stretch

Ooh, boy – are classes heating up! It’s hard to believe that we have a little over a month left in the semester; you can definitely tell by the amount of homework that’s piling on. I feel like group projects and final papers are being thrown at me left and right! However, it’s nothing I […]

Two Weekends, Two Cities

These past two weeks have flown by for me! I have finally ventured out of Italy and taken on two new countries: the Czech Republic and Spain. Both trips were outstanding and I got to spend some time with both old friends and new. The weekend before last, I visited Prague in the Czech Republic. […]