CAPA The Global Education Network Participant Reviews
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.
My Irish Experience
Submitted by Nathan - Cedarville University | August 24, 2017
I've always been interested in Ireland as a country, but when I started considering study abroad as an opportunity Dublin wasn't a city that even crossed my mind before I came across CAPA. I thought studying abroad meant moving to a country where everyone speaks a different language and lives a different lifestyle, and I was bracing myself to spend a year taking gen eds before trying my best to catch up on important courses in my senior year.
However, CAPA's Dublin program shockingly included every single course I needed to stay on track for the year, with a wide variety of business, marketing, writing and communications classes on offer. Likewise, I quickly realized that even though the Irish use the same words, learning how they communicate is almost as difficult as mastering a new language.
While I was initially disappointed by my internship placement in an on-campus office, since I'd been looking forward to getting out into the city of Dublin, it ended up being a great experience, allowing me to work alongside people from a variety of countries, and cater to students from around the world.
Whether you're interested in living in Ireland, or are just looking into study abroad in general, I highly recommend CAPA!
The best memories are not planned
Submitted by Megan Twohig - Mount Saint Mary College | April 25, 2017
I studied abroad with 20 other classmates in Shanghai China in addition to Beijing, Wuzhen and Hangshan. We lived in dorms for about a month at East China Normal University; the dorms were overall very nice and modern, although we did have trouble with the Wi-Fi and heating. With CAPA we were help to visit some of the popular tourists sites such as the Great Wall, the Yu Garden, the Summer Palace, an old water town and 2 temples. Although I wish I spent more time at these amazing and beautiful sites, I am happy with the amount of sites we saw in such a short amount of time. Guiding use through China was both CAPA guide and translator, both were very helpful and informative about Chinese culture. My favorites are the Great Wall and Yellow Mountain. I feel climbing the Great Wall while in China is a must because of the amazing architecture and beautiful views. I also recommend climbing Yellow Mountain here you are able to admire breath taking views and get a good work-out at the same time. While in China I studied eastern and western medicine and visited a museum based on traditional Chinese medicine. Our main method of transportation was the metro which was a little chaotic with 20 people, but it was the fastest form of transportation. The traditional Chinese food was probably my most interesting experience. Some foods and places to eat I would recommend are lychees, the rice, Coco Party which is a small cafe in Shanghai with great sandwiches and milkshakes and I suggest future study abroad students try a hot pot restaurant. Overall, enjoyed my experience and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in travel because it will change you for the better and you will make life long friendships.
The time of my life
Submitted by Victoria Ruggiero - SUNY Oswego | February 27, 2017
Choosing to study abroad with CAPA was the best decision of my life. I had the opportunity to be fully immersed in the incredible city of London. Through the CAPA program, I was able to live and work in a global city, which left me with so many wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. My time abroad in Europe was such a rewarding and life changing experience. Being able to live and work in a foreign global city taught me so much about different cultures, and taught me a lot about myself as well. My time in London allowed me to grow infinitely as a person, as I gained a new found sense of independence and appreciation for the world. Going abroad made me more aware of how the world operates on a larger scale. I was exposed to an entirely different culture and way of life, which forced me to adapt and grow into a more well- rounded version of myself. Being able to navigate myself around a new city and work with a global company gave me a sense of purpose and shaped me to be open to new possibilities and opportunities. In my opinion, there is no better way to find and create oneself than to immerse oneself in an entirely new and foreign culture. I am forever grateful for the life changing experience that CAPA provided me with.
Growing and learning in Dublin
Submitted by Isabelle Zoeckler - Clark University | February 16, 2017
My study abroad experience with CAPA Dublin was really enlightening. I chose to attend the summer 2016 program, as I wasn’t able to go during a traditional semester. This was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself, as I was able to gain independence and confidence. When I arrived I was expecting there to be more direct guidance and help to get us settled. I was intimidated by having to navigate the city for myself. CAPA really allows their students to orient themselves in the city which I was grateful for in the long run. This forced me to step outside my comfort zone and get to know things on my own and with my peers. That being said, the CAPA staff is incredibly supportive if you reach out with any specific questions. For example, I got sick my second week in Dublin and the staff was quick and helpful in setting up an appointment for me and getting me directions.
Aside from personal growth, through this program I was able to learn a lot about Dublin and make some great friends. Going into the program I didn’t know anyone, but by the time I left I had made some wonderful connections with the CAPA team, my peers, and some locals! The relationships that I made while abroad allowed me to get to know people from different places and backgrounds. I also learned a lot about the city of Dublin through the Global Cities class. This class enabled us to learn about the city and then go out and see for ourselves what we were reading. Another great way I learned about the city was just by walking most places, it’s amazing the things you notice. The hands on learning style was also implemented through the internship class, as we were able to learn and then apply ourselves on site. My internship was with a yoga studio right down the street from Griffith College, and I had a great experience getting to know all of the wonderful people that were a part of the community.
Interning abroad in Sydney, Australia with DEC PR & Communications
Submitted by Erica Bergmann - University of Massachusetts Amherst | February 14, 2017
CAPA The Global Education Network allowed me not only to study abroad down under in Australia but also found me an awesome internship based on my own personal interests and major. They did an awesome job by placing me with an internship with DEC PR & Communications right in the heart of the CBD in Sydney. I was able to work with individuals from all over the world and get involved with representing and marketing for clients within the national and international level.
A list of my responsibilities as an intern at DEC PR & Communications included:
• Researched information for projects and goals the company concerning the optimized representation of clients and organizations.
• Partook in brainstorming and creative writing for social media, blog posts, and pitch ideas for promoting clients/products.
• Collaborated with the following brands: Coca Cola, Trivett Bespoke Luxury Cars Australia (RollsRoyce, Bentley, Aston Martin, and McLaren), Club Med, Frasers Property, Melbourne Airport, Palmolive, and Mirvac.
I am so grateful for this experience to not only study but work abroad in another global city of my choosing. CAPA did an excellent job with pairing relevant classes for students to take (I took Intercultural Communication and International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior), sorting out student housing in a modernized student housing apartment, hosting fun group events & activities, and ensuring the safety and overall quality of my experience in Australia.
Therefore I would like to give a big shout out & thank you to CAPA The Global Education Network! I would definitely recommend studying/interning abroad with this unbelievable program which is currently offering programs in London, Florence, Dublin, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and Sydney.
The best experience of my entire life
Submitted by Carly - University of Missouri | January 22, 2017
I studied in London this past summer and it was truly the most amazing and best experience of my entire life. I got to experience the professional side of things during my internship at a travel PR agency and it was really fascinating to be in a British work environment because it was so different from a typical American one. My educational foundation grew infinitely from this program. The British professor we had was literally my favorite professor of all time. He was extremely knowledgeable about everything London and most of our classes were field trips so I feel like I truly got to immerse myself in the culture and learn about the city from experience and interaction. I also got to participate in several weekend trips to different countries which was an incredible experience in itself. The weekends in London were also incredible with the diverse bars and countless events going on. I would highly recommend this program to someone who is eager to immerse themselves in a truly wonderful culture that is made up of an extremely diverse group of people and loves adventure.