November Rains

November in Ireland means rain. It has rained almost every single day since the month started, and I’m getting the feeling that I should probably start preparing for the downpours. I have no gear that is made to protect me from rain, so most of the time when I go out, I come home damp. […]


First: Don’t pronounce Barca like Bark-a. It’s embarrassing (Sadly, I would know). Obviously, it’s a shorter version of Barcelona so you keep the “c” soft. I said Bark-a once without thinking and the 7 year old boy I take care of laughed at me.  Therefore, to show that you know the slightest amount of knowledge […]

Socializing through Soccer in Cuba

I came to Cuba with three languages to use: mediocre Spanish, pretty good dancing, and soccer. After my first game with Cubans it became blatantly clear that my soccer skills, though they would only pass at a third tier pick-up game in the States, were to become the most valuable language of the three. Through soccer […]

Photo Essay: The Euro Cup 2012 Finals

We hope you had a great Fourth of July!  Major celebrations have also taken place in Spain recently, albeit for a different reason: the Euro Cup.  Here’s an update from our students who are currently studying in Salamanca: The Aspire by API Salamanca summer students couldn’t have picked a better time to be in Spain…Euro […]

API program sneak peak – Italian Soccer Experience

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/OSA Italian Soccer Experience program in Florence, Italy. Run in conjunction with the OSA Soccer Academy and ACF Fiorentina, this intensive soccer training program is intended to […]

Soccer in Siracusa – API students go from fans to famous ~

Several API students were recently featured a local paper – the Giornale di Sicilia, while attending a soccer game in Syracuse, Italy. Here’s the translation of the caption: American Fans unite at the seats behind the goals: Stars & Stripes fans at the Nicola De Simone stadium. American girls (in the photo: Lily Rubino, Regina […]

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