Spring 2012 API Photo Contest Winners

The API Spring 2012 Photo Contest winners have been chosen! After much difficult deliberation (and comments on the Flickr photoset), the API staff selected the following winners from among a pool of very talented photographers. 1) First Place ($100 cash prize) Madi Alexander, student from Oklahoma City University in API’s program at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. […]

Take Some Risks

Karen Alexander is the mother of API student, Madi Alexander. Madi spent spring semester abroad with API in Doha, Qatar and is currently abroad with API in Salamanca, Spain. Feeding on Culture I grew up as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia, and feel that the opportunity to experience other cultures is one of life’s best […]

Image-ining the Middle East

By Vija Mendelson, API Program Manager and Director of Intercultural Initiatives As a visual artist who loves to travel, I think photography can be a great way to explore and engage with the places you visit.  The common thread in my work is experimenting with how original prints can be combined as raw material for […]

Building Skyscrapers in Doha, Qatar

By Pilar Llamas, API Director for Overseas Operations It has been a week since I landed in Doha for the first time. As I navigated in a new culture feeling at times like an elephant in a pottery shop, I was reminded what stepping into a culture other than your own means. We feel limited […]

Why study Abroad in the Islamic World?

Perhaps the greatest travel opportunity for this generation of students is to study abroad in the Islamic world…

API Program Sneak Peak – Arabic Hybrid Programs

As we prepare for the upcoming fall semester, we wanted to give you a sneak peak to some exciting new API study abroad programs. Today’s installment – the API Arabic Studies Hybrid Programs. One Language, Many Cultures – Arabic Studies Hybrid Programs Students who are interested in studying in the Middle East but would like […]

API study abroad advisor preps for her trip to Qatar

By Vija Mendelson, API Program Manager. A month from now I will be hopping on a plane to head to Qatar!  Any one of us can shoot over to Wikipedia (still makes me cringe a little, holdover from my teaching days) or many other websites to “research” new places, so I’m not going to write […]