CAPA The Global Education Network Participant Reviews
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.
Mates for lIfe
Submitted by Cherilyn Beckles - SUNY Oswego | January 22, 2017
Going abroad to Australia was one of the best decisions of my life. I was already nervous about going so far away but CAPA made it a great experience. I had an internship at a major media company called Southern Cross Austereo and I bought and sold commercials that was placed on television. I took three classes which was Film, Creative Writing and a Communications class. All of my classes were fun and interesting especially my creative writing class because it was small and we visited museums and houses of famous people. I learned a lot and got to work on poetry and short story throughout the class. My housing situation was an apartment shared with 7 other people. I did not enjoy sharing a kitchen with so many people and sometimes it was difficult to keep it clean. However, the apartments were only a block away from classes and only a few blocks from the train station. It was easy to get everywhere and it was on the main stop called Central. Food shopping can become expensive because overall Australia is an expensive place. Budgeting is very important! I found it better to organize things and write things down to help me budget. There is a lot of fun things to do in Sydney and good places to eat for a small amount of money. I went during the Fall time so there was many free festivals and free concerts. The CAPA administration are always there to help and very supportive. I was able to go to them with all of my personal and educational problems. The locals are also interesting and there is also a culture shock especially for me as an African American woman from Brooklyn. It was not as diverse as I thought it would be and with my huge afro sometimes I received unwanted attention. The locals also ask a lot of personal questions especially about your political views because they are open people about everything. They are humble, intelligent and well informed about the world so I would suggest doing some research before you go. Overall a great experience with CAPA, I got an internship, balanced school and explored. I suggest you check out the CAPA program and travel travel travel!
My time in Dublin - working and learning in a global city
Submitted by Taylor McAllister - Clark University | January 22, 2017
My time with CAPA in Dublin was amazing, I got the chance not only to study but also to work in a new country. The program courses take place at Griffith College, a very small school about a 20min walk (less than 10min bus ride) from city center. The school itself is in the process of upgrading and expanding which was much needed and nice to see. The on-campus apartments where most of the program's students lived were quite nice, they each held four people in two well-sized double rooms with two TINY bathrooms. The kitchen was a nice size but did not have an oven only a stove top, which was easy enough to get used to. The courses that CAPA itself offers (in addition to the full selection of Griffith courses) were great classes that really immersed you in the culture and feel of Ireland. I would suggest that everyone going to this program takes the Global Cities course because it provides the unique experience of learning in the classroom as well as having classes in coffee shops and walking around the city. My internship was at a preschool and I could not have had a better placement; I want to work as a psychologist in a school setting and they matched me to a job perfectly. Overall CAPA is a great program in a beautiful and fast-growing city, Dublin is changing more and more every day and I would suggest it for any student who is looking for city life in a more laid-back environment. As an example, the feel and lifestyle of Dublin is very similar to that of Boston, Massachusetts USA.
Submitted by Kristne - Anderson University, SC | January 19, 2017
Through CAPA, I was able to intern at a customizable sports gear startup in their supply and product department. As a business major, the experience was completely relevant and intriguing. Some days were difficult and confusing, but overall the experiences has really opened my eyes to the business world past the classroom and has given me some pretty funny stories along the way.
Dublin, my second home
Submitted by Aydali Campa - Arizona State University | January 17, 2017
Every single person from CAPA, including the professors, were really into the material and made an effort to engage with the students. Some days the lecture will start off in a local coffee shop and will work its way out to the city center of Dublin.
My internship experience was definitely my favorite part. I learned so much more than I had expected and I have so much to show in my portfolio now.
The people of Ireland are like no other! They are friendly and have a great sense of humor.
The semester that changed my life
Submitted by Courtney Evans - University of Florida | January 17, 2017
As a sophomore, I was both the youngest in age and academically in my semester in Dublin. Instead of being intimidated, I took it as a moment to grow. I was lucky to be surrounded by a team as wonderful as CAPA with other CAPA students who were warm, welcoming, kind, funny, and overall easy to love. CAPA does roommate matching, and they were spot on with my match. We got along very well, and it made sharing a room much easier. Dublin was the perfect city to be in. It was a big city with a very small town feel; we ran into other CAPA students just wandering around the city somedays. I think about the views all the time and can't wait to go back.
School was not particularly challenging her, but it was exactly what I thought college should be. Everything I learned in our Irish history course and Internship seminar was new to me. Our assignments were more about introspection while using the material we learned than it was just spouting information, and I truly know it helped me grow as a person. These CAPA courses have affected my choices for courses at home, and I am happy to have taken them.
CAPA is unique in that it guarantees an internship. My placement was at a non-profit. I had never done social media pages before, but I am happy to get to say that I learned quickly. I made connections with the founders and my supervisor that I still have today. We always joked that they were my Irish grandparents, and I don't think that's a feeling that has happened so quickly for me. They invited my family into their home when they visited, multiple times I was able to go while I was there and I got to meet their entire family (almost, some of their kids live in Canada). These people from my internship and from my CAPA courses on campus mean the world to me, and I cannot say thank you enough to CAPA for helping bring them into my life.