CAPA The Global Education Network
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CAPA The Global Education Network Reviews
London - Let the good times roll!
Submitted by Hayley Walton - Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi | September 22, 2017
This program was amazing. The classes were very inclusive and informative but also tons of fun! The administration were very helpful and supportive throughout my time abroad. They were also very eager to answer my questions and give me advice.
I loved my flat building. The only thing that was difficult to live with was the lack of air conditioning. But, we were warned about that before our arrival! I also lived about 30 minutes from CAPA which meant on the days I had class, I would have to get up earlier but that was not a problem for me.
When it comes to food, I am a picky eater but I was always able to find some kind of food to eat! Grocery shopping was a challenge at first but once i got in a routine, finding what I liked was easy.
My home institution (TAMUCC) was very supportive and encouraging before and during my time abroad. They helped me find classes that would transfer over for academic credit and they also let me watch a training video that prepared me for situations that could happen while I was abroad.
Overall, I felt safe in my host city. I would recommend getting a purse that hangs across your body so that it is constantly attached to you. Be aware of your surroundings and make sure you keep your personal items close to you, always!
I enjoyed spending money whenever I could on fun activities but I was always aware of my budget. It was not impossible to manage my money, you just need to have a plan! Make sure you don't go over board. You have plenty of time to spend money on souvenirs, focus on enjoying your time abroad first!
My time spent with this program was truly incredible. This program was the perfect fit for me, as was this city! I am so thankful that I was able to meet such wonderful people and take interesting classes in the beautiful city of London.
This experience helped me learn that I am fully capable of being independent. I learned more about who I was as a person and how I handle different situations during my six weeks abroad. I am more confident in myself thanks to this experience.
I wish I would have known that six weeks goes by a lot quicker than you think. Make the most of every second in this incredible city!
Best Month of My Life
Submitted by Jenna - Mount Saint Mary College | September 21, 2017
Studying with CAPA while in Florence, Italy is something I will never forget. It has been 3 months since my experience and I still can not stop thinking about it. CAPA helped the month move extremely smooth. From Day 1, CAPA had helped accommodate me with my living situation. At the last day, they helped get us to the airport at ease. They also helped our school get comfortable in the city by hosting welcoming and farewell dinners. From seeing the Duomo up close for the first time, to trying to every gelato flavor possible, the moments spent in Florence will be with me for a life time. When I think of my summer abroad in Florence, all I can do is smile and reminisce on the best month of my life.
Best experience of my life!!
Submitted by Brianna B - Mount Saint Mary College | September 08, 2017
Studying abroad in London, England was one of the best experiences of my life! I learned so much about myself and now have a greater appreciation for other cultures. While in London, I got to experience so much that I never though was possible. My favorite thing was going to Trooping the Colour, which is the Queens birthday celebration that takes place in June. I got to see the entire royal family and got to be apart of one of the biggest celebrations in London.
CAPA The Global Education Network was very helpful throughout my journey, both before and during studying abroad. My housing, class info and day trips were all organized through Capa. The Capa center was located in Kensington, which is one of the boroughs of London and it could not have been placed in a better location. My accommodations were right near Waterloo Station and everything was only a tube ride away. CAPA always kept its students well informed with any issue that arose in London and always checked in to make sure everyone was safe. I couldn't have asked for a better program provider for my first trip overseas.
Best opportunity of my life!
Submitted by Denise Carino - University of Florida | September 08, 2017
It was the best opportunity of my life and I would do it over again in a heartbeat if I could. I learned more things about myself professional and personally within 6 weeks more than I have at my 2 years in college. I found a passion in the work that I did at my internship and I found such a love for cities and for traveling. CAPA was the perfect program for me. The length was just enough for me to get acclimated into London but also I was able to leave before I got too home sick. The costs were not too expensive and it offered me everything I wanted in a study abroad experience (to live in an apartment and be with other Americans, to have an internship, and to take classes). I took one class over the course of 6 weeks and it was SO AMAZING. It was called "Analyzing Global London" and I can't imagine living in the city without having taken this class. I learned so much about different neighborhoods and explored and took field trips to parts of London I wouldn't have visited otherwise. I also learned so much about the history of the place and analyzed it more than the normal Londoner so I feel like I got to understand the environment a lot better.
The study abroad experience I only thought I could dream of!
Submitted by Elizabeth Klingler - Indiana University | September 06, 2017
Overall, I had a wonderful time abroad in Florence, Italy with the CAPA program. My classes were interesting, the living situation could not have been better, and my cultural immersion was made 1,000x easier with the help of CAPA Staff.
As academics go, all courses that I took abroad counted towards credit with my home university. This was a huge help and definitely put my mind at ease. CAPA offers many thought-provoking classes, that will give you plenty to do without taking away from your overall abroad experience. My Anthropology of Modern Italy and Beginners Italian were my favorite classes because they greatly helped my social and cultural integration. I highly recommend taking an Italian course while abroad. This is insanely beneficial when attempting to bond with locals and feel more comfortable in Italy. I loved that there was one building for all of my classes, rather than having courses dispersed throughout the program like other programs.
Just across the Ponte Vecchio, I loved the walk from my apartment to class each day. This 15 minute walk took me through some of the most beautiful streets in Florence, passing delicious restaurants and some of my favorite boutiques. The apartment itself was well-furnished and comfortable for my 3 roommates and I. With a grocery a couple of blocks away and plenty of sightseeing just out my door, there was always something to do near my apartment (and at a convenience, too).
The excellence of the CAPA program administration cannot simply be put into words. My friends and I always felt supported by our professors and the administration we saw each day in the CAPA center. Friendly and approachable, these people were always available for questions. Whether one had concerns over cultural integration or academics, his/her questions could always be easily answered. During my first few days in Florence, I was extremely thankful to the front desk supervisor, Valentina, who assisted me in finding my nearest grocery and the basic Italian I needed to get around the city.
Florence is incredibly safe! There was not one time during my abroad life that I or my friends felt uncomfortable. When in Italy, you will always hear stories of pick-pocketing. To combat this, simply keep your bags/backpacks/purses zipped and in-front of you (if possible). No issues with safety. At orientation, CAPA will provide you emergency numbers and all of the safety information that you could ever possibly need. Keep this in a safe place!
In my opinion, Florentines are some of the very best people in the world. Always friendly and certainly welcoming, there people do as much as they can to embrace foreigners and American students. Return the favor! Attempt your Italian because the people of Florence and Italy greatly appreciate to see foreigners "trying" Italian. Don't worry, they'll kindly help you on grammar and pronunciation if you need! Some of the friends I made in Florence are friendships that will last a lifetime. I already can't wait to return to the locals I met only a few months ago.