Making Friends While Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is a big life decision–one that can be extremely exciting and frustrating at the same time. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned traveler or have never left your home town, you will surely leave the U.S. with expectations and be uncertain about aspects of living in another country. Of course you’ve thought […]

Fall 2015 #iSpyAPI Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Fall 2015 #iSpyAPI contest! We asked our Fall 2015 students abroad to tag their favorite abroad photos with #iSpyAPI. After reviewing over 1,000 great student photos from this fall, we have selected ten winners! We’ll be sharing the winners and some of our favorite #iSpyAPI photo submissions on social media […]

Trekking with Carl: Unique Perspectives on Granada

One of the joys of studying abroad is that you have the time to get to know a place. You might start with the most famous attractions, but you will inevitably discover places that are special to you for reasons known only to you. This post is about some of the places in Granada that […]

Six Weeks

Six weeks. A lot can happen in such a relatively short period of time. The experiences I have had in the last six weeks have definitely changed me. Six weeks ago, I was sleeping in my comfy bed at my parents’ house in North Carolina and running the same boring routes I’ve ran for years […]

Waltzing With Bears

As I sit in this plaza in Granada, basking in the sun and peaceful atmosphere of the families who walk by, I wonder what it is about this place that makes me feel so free and on top of the world. What makes me pause each day and suddenly notice the preciousness of life? Here, […]

Roughly 250 Kilometers Later

Running is a simple sport. All you need is a pair of running shoes and an area to explore. When I arrived in Granada a couple of weeks ago, I had two pairs of trainers and the entire city (as well as the surrounding mountains) at my fingertips. Roughly 250 kilometers later, I feel like […]

Trekking Through Spain With Carl Forgo: Magnificent Madrid

Hola from Spain! This is Carl Forgo reporting to you en route to Granada, Spain, where I will be learning Spanish, getting to know new friends, soaking up the culture, and hopefully sneaking in a few hikes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Before heading to Granada, however, the API group met up in Madrid for […]