CAPA The Global Education Network Participant Reviews
Submitted by Katie - University of FLorida | March 20, 2018
This Program was very helpful in allowing me to pursue my educational goals abroad. Here i was able to intern with a bank in Dublin. As i am a finance major this placement was amazing and has helped me to gain critical experience and intern in the US this summer.
Submitted by Norway Dolan - Merrimack College | March 01, 2018
I loved my experience in Sydney. Over the course of three months, I met and spoke with locals, improved my time- management skills, gained confidence while travelling and interacting with new people, and learned more about Australian culture from living there. I have nothing but good things ti say about my experiences and now definitely have a travel bug!
Dublin: the city I'll never forget with people who have changed me forever
Submitted by A.Real - University of Florida | February 23, 2018
Of course I made life long friends, but I also gained personal values and skills that will stick with me for the rest of my life. CAPA allowed me to develop myself, my understanding of the world and life, and realize how trivial we all can be. I had a chance to step out of my bubble I call America, and see myself, my society for what it truly is. I changed the way I view other cultures because America has fairly ethnocentric views for being a "melting pot" of a country. I had the chance to travel to places where english was NOT their first language so I adapted (so use to the other way around). I even had the chance to intern in Dublin so I had a chance to not only learn about another culture but to work IN that culture. Some experiences are hard for me to verbalize but I promise to anyone, you won't regret a single day. Even if you just lay in bed and procrastinate on your work (which we all do), you will enjoy that lazy day in Ireland. CAPA had all turns, curves, drops, excursions, etc. planned and figured out prior to me even registering for the program. Any question or concern I had during my stay was answered on site or within a few hours. CAPA is prepared and BEYOND qualified to be your study abroad host.
Amazing time abroad
Submitted by Thomas McDonough - Arizona State University | February 19, 2018
I had one of the best time of my life in Ireland. I lived with some of the kindest and warm-hearted people imaginable. My roommates were from Columbia and Germany and we had such a great time together. we always went out together and had great times. Also, the people in the CAPA program were great as well. I spent most of my time with international students and really got to know a lot of different aspects of different cultures. In fact, these people I met abroad invited me to come to their countries whenever I want.
My internship was absolutely amazing. I interned for Ingersoll Rand (IR) in the materials management department. These people helped me learn so much about my field of study (Supply Chain Management) and actually helped me secure another internship with IR for this coming summer. My colleagues invited me to their birthday parties and the Christmas party. They really made me enjoy my time at work and sometimes I would forget to leave when I was supposed to because I was having such a good time with my co-workers.
CAPA abroad, Dublin, Ireland
Submitted by Rebecca Van Spall-Hood - Lasell College | February 05, 2018
CAPA did an incredible job of immersing me into the Dublin culture, as well as preparing me professionally with my fantastic internship opportunity. I was able to work with the Bridge Project, which allowed me to work directly and indirectly with previously violent offenders. Their aim is to reduce recidivism in the Dublin community, and promote healthy relationships with the men and their probation officers. I gained a stronger sense of cultural competence, and learned so much about the history and society of Ireland.
CAPA is more than a study abroad program
Submitted by Lindsay Jessica Lerner - University of Delaware | February 03, 2018
I studied abroad during Fall 2017 in London through the CAPA program. CAPA supplied me with a fantastic crew of supportive teachers and faculty, who helped me navigate London. I found my own path there and, in a way, discovered who I am. I am forever grateful for the people I met and the time I spent in London. I'm not one to encourage people to do anything. I would encourage anyone who wants to study abroad to do it through CAPA. The supply everything you need to have an amazing time, discover who you are, and learn. If I could go back to London tomorrow, I would. The program gives you three-day weekend, so you can go to other parts of Europe and explore. I went to Greece, Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium and many other countries. In each place I discovered something new, made new friends, and saw places and things I didn't dream I would ever see. CAPA is more than a study abroad program it's a transformative experience that will hold some of your greatest life memories.
Submitted by Haley - Merrimack College | November 19, 2017
Studying abroad, especially a country so far away from my own, gave me a new sense of independence and confidence from going abroad and going outside of my comfort zone. I met so many people that are now amazing friends! The opportunities for travel and adventure are limitless! CAPA was by my side the whole time and always available for support or resources. The experiences I was able to get from living in another country and having the ability to travel to such amazing places was incredible and I will cherish the memories forever!
Interning and Studying Abroad Changed me Personally and Professionally!
Submitted by Hannah Toomey - Arizona State University | November 19, 2017
This program helped me grow so much. I gained confidence both personally and professionally. The internship has helped me land other internships since being back and has made me confident in what I would like to do in the future. I am also now much more confident in speaking to people from all over!
I loved the educational experience I had here! I was able to complete required classes for my Supply Chain Management major, such as economics and supply chain, but they had a global twist to them! Apart from that my internship counted for credit and I was able to take a fun class: pop-culture in the UK! All of my classes included 1 or more field trips in the surrounding London area!
The administration was super helpful! There was always someone at the desk when I arrived at CAPA to help me with places to eat, things to do, doctors appointments and many other things! The administrative team planned outings for all of CAPA students to attend. They were extremely helpful and supportive throughout the entire process.
The living was overall very satisfactory. I loved my roomates and the flat itself was super cute! The only reason I am not giving it a 5 star review is because it was very small, but what can you expect when living in nearly the center of a huge city! The proximity to the Tube and grocery stores were a definite plus. I'd live in my flat again in a heartbeat
For the most part I felt very safe. My specific flat location would recieve a 5 star review on safety, however, London is a large city and like most large cities it does have its sketchy areas. Be aware of this and make sure you know where you are going to end up!
London is an expensive city. Be prepared for that when you come. There are definitely ways to save though, such as not eating out constantly or enjoying free activities like walks through Hyde Park!
I would absolutely study here again!!
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.