CAPA The Global Education Network Participant Reviews
Best Study Abroad Experience I Could've Asked For
Submitted by Emmie Madsen - University of Missouri | November 13, 2017
CAPA placed me in the most ideal internship position, provided nice student housing in one of the best London neighborhoods, and overall allowed me to take advantage of all that interning abroad offers. During the planning, CAPA ensured I was placed at an internship I was interested in. Over video chat, we went over my resume, discussed my strengths and described where I could see myself working. I was placed at the most ideal public relations agency in the middle of the city. On top of the internship which was three days a week, I was in two classes taught by professors that made everything engaging and interesting. The CAPA center was a place we could use to study and do homework.
In one specific instance, I needed to see a doctor on short notice. The CAPA staff answered my call in the middle of the night and kept in touch making sure I had everything I needed to feel better. They worked very hard to make sure all of the students felt safe.
All in all, CAPA was the perfect study abroad provider and I recommend it to every student looking to go abroad, strengthen their resume and see the world!
Culturally Integrative Experience which Fostered Growth and Independence
Submitted by EHCAPA - Clark University | November 13, 2017
The academic experience was exactly what I was looking for in a study abroad program: it was challenging to the extent that it kept me interested and engaged, but lenient enough that it allowed me to explore my international city, learn from experience, and become more independent in the process.The administrative and organizational CAPA staff in Dublin were phenomenal. Not only did they provide a platform of social and emotional support, but were extremely engaged in our academic and experiential lives. Any issue I had at all, they were easily and readily accessible and always eager to help.I decided to partake in an internship while I was abroad, and thus I felt extremely integrated in the local community and culture. My bosses and colleagues were all Irish and we were heavily immersed in the Irish working class community, as well as the youth community. In terms of housing and living. At times it did feel a l little isolated being on a university campus, however, a majority of the students living on campus were international thus it was easy to meet new people not in the program and build those connections. Dublin felt like an extremely safe city. We were new to the city and though it took us a couple weeks to navigate the city and the public transportation system, during this process of navigation all members of the public were so helpful in directing you to the right way, or recommending places to eat/drink/tour/see. The sense of community in Dublin is astounding and whether you are from Ireland or not, they always make a point to make you feel included as well as safe. Dublin is a city and thus I would not recommend anything reckless or dangerous, and since it is a city, to simply use common sense, however, I did not once feel like I was in danger in any sort of way. CAPA is unique in that it allows you to use an internship as a form of experiential learning, an extremely important aspect of education in my opinion. I loved feeling connected to the community, and simply living in Ireland. I truly fell in love with the city and wish I could go back and spend another year there.
I love Dublin with all my heart
Submitted by Shannon Hart - Lasell College | November 08, 2017
The classes were very informative and I learned a lot that I would not have experienced in the United States. The CAPA Dublin staff are amazing and very helpful with every aspect of the study abroad experience. I felt as though I was one of the locals and felt very immersed into Irish culture. I interacted with Irish locals daily through my internship and classes. CAPA Dublin offered me so many amazing opportunities that I will be forever grateful for. I learned so much through my internship and classes. Met so many great people and visited the most incredible places.
Delving into Dublin
Submitted by Jaylin Evert - St. Cloud State University | November 07, 2017
Dublin was a learning experience of a lifetime for me. Not that I don't intend to go abroad again, I certainly do after my experience in Ireland. The people there are friendly and accommodating, the food is as diverse as the population of Dublin which surprised me greatly. You'll never feel unsafe walking the streets of the city or on the bus, at least I never did. My classes were challenging but in a way that made them all the more enjoyable. I lived in a rented out house in the Rathmines and besides a few maintenance issues, it was fantastic living next to locals. I saw the city for what it was, and what it will be, learned how to read it and learned a new perspective in looking at the world. MY independence skyrocketed and I learned who I am and who I wanted to be. I would highly recommend this program to someone with a taste for adventure, there's plenty to see in the city and in the country itself. It's everything I imagined and so much more.
A life-changing study abroad experience in London
Submitted by tcheema - Clark University | November 01, 2017
CAPA offers a good variety of interesting courses for most majors. The coursework is easily manageable and the program faculty understands you are there to study as well as travel and explore. During my study abroad program, I was also doing an internship for academic credit. This was my primary reason for opting for studying abroad. My internship site was a management consulting firm in central London. I had a great learning experience not only because I was working in an international setting, but also because it gave me a chance to explore my career interests!
The CAPA administration is very organized and accommodating in most matters. They were always willing to answer any queries and were dedicated to ensuring all students had a safe and fun time abroad. Students from Clark University have a unique living arrangement because their housing accommodation is with Acorn Housing. This is a fully-furnished flat in Central London. It is located across Russell Square and Park. It is very convenient and safe.
London is a great place to try different cuisines and desserts. I would highly recommend visiting shops for gelato and crepes. My friends and I would usually cook at home. Surprisingly, groceries were very cheap in London. Whenever we were out we would try new restaurants or go to local food markets where you could get very tasty food at reasonable prices. I believe London has a lot to offer as soon as you step foot out of the door. From food and local shops to tourist attractions and entertainment including theater.
I would strongly recommend this program to those interested in gaining work experience relevant to your major while studying abroad!
Villanova London Internship
Submitted by Victoria Berger - Villanova University | October 31, 2017
amazing internship placement, great location in South Kensington, wonderful activities planned!! thanks CAPA :) I learned so much from being abroad and CAPA's app always tracked our safety...especially with all of the terrorist attacks in the area right before I arrived.
The ultimate college experience
Submitted by Lydia Anaka - SUNY Oswego | October 30, 2017
I came into college as an "undeclared" major, having no clue what I type of professional I wanted to be; but, I knew I needed to study abroad before graduating. Last semester I went on the opportunity of a lifetime - I was able to study and intern abroad in Sydney, Australia. I am so happy I chose CAPA to be the program to help and to host me along the way. The CAPA staff were always so kind and thorough when addressing questions or concerns. A main reason I chose CAPA was because they use their already established connections to assign the best internship for you. You're not stuck finding a job in a foreign country all alone- they kind of do the hard work for you. I was able to intern at a Public Relations firm in the Central Business District and gain hands-on experience. As for classes, all of the CAPA professors were knowledgeable and experienced in their subjects. They were sure to make all of their subject matter relate back to our American culture. I learned so much about the world and most importantly, myself. Do not let your finances or fears stop you from the most amazing college experience.
Opportunity of a lifetime
Submitted by Jodie - University of Massachusetts Amherst | October 23, 2017
My educational experience surpassed my expectations. I learned more about the city of Dublin than I imagined I would. I also got hands on experience interning at a publishing company. My internship provided me with experiences that I would not have gotten working back in the United States. The work culture in Dublin relies heavily on independence of the employee so I was given more responsibility than most interns would expect to get. The administration of CAPA worked exceptionally hard to make sure all students were in a safe environment and getting as much out of the experience as possible.I couldn't have asked for a better location to live in. We were a 15 minute walk from the city center. We were constantly trying new restaurants and were rarely unsatisfied. Grocery shopping is also much cheaper than it is in the United States so we were able to save money during the week by not eating out.
By the end of the 8 weeks I felt like part of the culture. Adjusting to living in a new city took some time and we definitely stood out as tourists at first. But, by the time I was ready to leave I felt confident that I could handle all social situations in this new environment
Of the entire two months I spent in Dublin I never felt unsafe. The citizens there were always
extremely kind and friendly. I felt comfortable walking through the city even during late hours.
An unforgettable experience
Submitted by Madison Herdemian - University of Florida | October 09, 2017
My time in Dublin was the best of my life. I met friends that I consider to be family now and still keep in touch with. It was a growing experience and I loved every second of it. The CAPA staff was beyond helpful in making us feel safe and comfortable. I NEVER felt unsafe in Dublin. I really learned a lot about Irish history, and the internship component of the trip really made me culturally aware and it is a experience that I feel will really set me apart from others when applying for jobs.
The best 4 months of my life!
Submitted by Morgan Sewall - Merrimack College | October 06, 2017
From the first day I got to Florence, I found that CAPA really cared about us as students and wanted us to have the best experience possible. With many different culturally enhancing activities offered, CAPA not only helped me integrate into the Italian culture, but learn a lot about it as well. Most all of my classes abroad tried to integrate cultural expansion and understanding, and I was able to make lifelong relationships with locals because of this. I got to take classes that counted towards my major as well as go on trips that taught me a lot about the world and my own self.