Media Towers in Global Cities

Jul 22, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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Early on in this long established series, we looked at towers in global cities. The tallest ones where not usually media towers but inhabitable towers – after all, if you are going to build something that tall you may as well let some people live or work at the top. The tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the second tallest is the new Shanghai Tower. Neither is a media tower.

However, media towers need to be tall for good communications and they are often an important part of a global city; international connectivity in a variety of forms is one of the characteristics of being a global city. Such towers can be more artistic in design since they do not have to accommodate many inhabited floors. They have a sleek look and are often adorned with neon at night. They can be more of an ongoing icon than the taller inhabitable towers because you really only need one in a city and it lasts, whereas the taller office building style neighbors often find they have been overtaken by a taller rival in the same city.

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Posted in: Global Cities

Vlog: Melanie's Top Study Abroad Pre-Departure Tips

Jul 21, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Fall2016_Melanie_Sweeney_Profile_-_Square.jpgMelanie Sweeney is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double Spanish and marketing major at Siena College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In her first video, Melanie shares her best pre-departure tips to make sure you're organized before you travel.


Thanks Melanie!

Melanie's journey continues here on CAPA World every Thursday. Bookmark her profile and stay tuned!

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

A CAPA London Excursion to Stonehenge & Bath

Jul 20, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Summer2016_Official_CAPA_Blogger_Joyce_Leung-1.jpgJoyce Leung is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A dietetics major at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, she is studying abroad in London this term.

In this week's post, Joyce takes us along on the CAPA London trip to explore Stonehenge and the nearby city of Bath.


CAPA organized a Stonehenge and Bath trip this past weekend. I was so excited when I realized this trip had no additional cost because it was included as part of the CAPA package. It’s a great idea to attend whatever CAPA has organized. Who doesn’t like free?! 

We departed our flats by bus around 9:30am. The bus ride took about two hours. It was a great time to get to know other students or catch up on sleep.

Stonehenge is one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments. According to the guides, the first monument was built about 5,000 years ago! Stones were brought from long distances, treated using special techniques, and raised in a specific manner. Today, it is a World Heritage Site. What a privilege it was to have the opportunity to see something so special. The current question is – who built it, when, and why? Many theories have been put forth. Who doesn’t love a good mystery?


After walking around the Stonehenge site, we got back on the bus to head to the City of Bath to see the Roman Baths. 

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Vlog: Walking from Bray to Greystones & a Few Lessons from Ireland

Jul 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Summer2016_From_Jenna_Croymans_-_Official_CAPA_Blogger_Profile.jpgJenna Croymans is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An advertising major at South Dakota State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this term.

In this week's video, Jenna shows us around on a cliff walk from Bray to Greystones and talks a bit about some of the lessons she has taken away from life in Ireland so far. 


Thanks Jenna!

Jenna's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned. 

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

10 Awesome Sydney Instagram Photos from Spring Semester 2016

Jul 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Throughout the spring 2016 semester, we've shared photos from students across CAPA World on our Instagram feed. A huge thanks to everyone who's been tagging us! We've gathered the top 10 most liked photos from Sydney students and alumni that we posted this past semester here. Enjoy! 

10 Awesome Instagram Photos from CAPA Sydney Spring 2016

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia

How Studying Abroad Shifted My Career Trajectory

Jul 18, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Emily Kyle


If you've been reading CAPA World for a while, you might recognize Emily Kyle's name from her time as an official CAPA blogger when she studied abroad in Florence in 2014. Below, Emily tells us her exciting plans now that she's graduated from UCLA and how her international experience has played a role in her career trajectory. She also reflects on her happiest moments from Florence and her best advice to students studying abrad now or about to embark on their journey. 



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Posted in: Interviews, Florence, Italy, Life After Study Abroad

A Reflection on Study Abroad, Race & Changing Perceptions of the US

Jul 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2016_From_Matthew_Ramsay_-_Official_CAPA_Blogger.jpgMathew Ramsay has been an official CAPA blogger/vlogger for summer 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World, sometimes including short video snippets. A political science major and economics minor at Morehouse College, he has been studying abroad in Sydney this term.

In his last post, Matthew reflects on being back home in the US and his time in Australia. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, Matthew! We wish you all the best!


The journey home from Australia was long and strenuous, but it allowed me heaps of time to reflect and ponder on my study abroad experience. I also spent a great deal of time thinking about what I was returning to, and how my view of America has changed since my departure from my native country two months ago.


Just in the week prior to my homecoming, a black man was shot to death by police in Baton Rouge, a day later the same thing happened in St. Paul, and not even 48 hours after that five police officers were slaughtered in Dallas. Not to mention a suspicious hanging in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia and another incident with a police shooting in New York. The barrage of violence while I was away, including the Orlando massacre, opened my mind to how tumultuous the United States are right now. Australia is so…quiet and peaceful in comparison.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

4 Reasons to Consider an International Internship

Jul 15, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Julie.jpgWords by Julie Ritz, Marketing Assistant at CAPA The Global Education Network.

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It’s well known that participating in an internship sets you apart to employers because of the real-life involvement in the workplace that it gives you. They have become so sought-out in potential candidates that many universities require students complete at least one internship in order to graduate. If you know that you’ll have to participate in one or want to simply to stand out from the crowd of other graduates when you start your career, you should consider an international internship for the invaluable global experience you will receive.

There are many reasons an international internship can benefit you more than participating in one at home.


Here are a few: 

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Posted in: Internships Abroad

One Year of Meeting the World

Jul 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Dee Liang alumni column profile

Dee Liang is a CAPA Florence alumna and graduate of CU Boulder in Colorado, sharing her post study abroad world in monthly CAPA World posts.

Here, Dee looks back at some of the amazing people she's met throughout her past year working in a Denver hostel. 

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Last weekend was a celebration of one of Denver’s coolest places, and working at one! I remember reading about a hostel opening in downtown Denver last summer and was immediately intrigued. It was the first I’ve heard of hostels in the States, and I needed anything to get my fix of travel. Stepping foot in Hostel Fish, I knew it was something I had to be a part of. The interior of the place surpasses any hostel I’ve stayed at: design-led, quirky, and just beautifully decorated.

Photo: At our anniversary celebration. Yes, that is a wall of doughnuts behind me.

Grand opening was my first day, and as we threw a birthday bash for the anniversary, I am grateful for the memories, learning experiences, and connections I’ve made with my time at the hostel thus far. As the marketing gal, one of my everyday ambitions is to defy the connotation of the ‘hostel’ stigma, and to have visitors of the Mile High City give it a chance! It’s been so neat working closely with the city of Denver, talking with local publications, and building relationships with the myriad of people that make this city, this city. Working here has also challenged me to discover my own city more, going into neighborhoods and exploring places I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’m trying to make everyone fall in love with Colorado.

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Posted in: Life After Study Abroad

How Studying Abroad in Sydney Changed Me

Jul 14, 2016 8:00:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2016_Official_CAPA_Blogger_Catherine_Crevecoeur.jpgCatherine Crevecoeur has been an official CAPA blogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An environmental science major at University of Pittsburgh, she has been studying abroad in Sydney this term.

In this week's post, Catherine reflects on her time in Sydney and what it's like to be back home again.


It’s a Monday again.

Last week at this time, I was still in Sydney, Australia. In fact, I was celebrating the Fourth of July with a group of some of the best people I have ever met. I was waking up with my roommate in our housing accommodations in Ultimo. Now, approximately seven days later, I am sitting in my bed at home at 5:30 a.m. because jetlag has completely disrupted my sleep schedule.

Although it has only been days since I left Sydney, Australia, I can already feel the memory slipping. As I fall into old, regular routines (wake up, work out, send e-mails, go to work), part of me is questioning if I even left in the first place. Part of me is afraid that I will forget this feeling - this feeling of hope and inspiration in the face of stress and mundaneness.


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Posted in: Sydney, Australia


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