Exploring Ireland: A Day Trip to Killarney

Mar 1, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Sarah Kaplan Profile Square.jpgSarah Kaplan is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A screen studies major with a concentration in film/media production at Clark University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's video, Sarah takes us along on a day trip to check out Killarney, Ireland - a three hour train ride from the city. 


Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Adventures Alone: Living for Yourself While Abroad

Mar 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Colin talks about the appeal of making time to explore Sydney alone and some of his favorite places to go on his own to re-charge.


Friday mornings are my favorite. I wake up early, pour a bowl of Weet-Bix, and watch Today alone as the warm morning sun floods our living room. I leave for my internship alone, weaving through the sidewalks among others bustling off to work as I hum along to my daily selection of tunes. I wait for the bus, discreetly observing passersby from behind my sunnies, relishing at the thought of living in Sydney for another day. I hail the 309 and I’m on my way for the day—alone.

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I eagerly anticipated meeting new friends and establishing new connections as I prepared to depart for Australia. With a program of close to 100 students, I looked forward to adventuring down under with heaps of new mates. My expectations were met within the first few days. We trekked throughout the city in groups of five, ten...even twenty on occasion, because we found comfort in numbers. As previously mentioned, navigating the city alone isn’t all that difficult—actually doing things alone initially proved challenging in our new surroundings.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Vlog: Exploring Italy by Train

Feb 28, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel talks about the beauty of train travel in Italy. 


Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Travel, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy

What Money Looks Like in CAPA's 6 Study Abroad Countries

Feb 28, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Think about what money looks like to you. For most of us it’s boring, green and white, or copper/silver colored coins; it was only in 2013 that United States bills got a splash of color. But did you know that currency around the world is different depending on where you go?

Some countries use bright colors to distinguish bills, or different sizes for different amounts. Some countries even use plastic or other materials to make their bills last longer! Here are some ideas of what money might look like when you go abroad:

1. ARGENTINA. Argentinan pesos (ARS) are colorful, paper bills that come in amounts from $2-500, and coins that range from 5 centavos to 2 pesos. The fronts have different men from Argentine history, while the backs display things from maps to ships. Argentina plans to release coins of $1, $2, $5, and $10 to replace their paper counterparts in 2017, and will release a $1000 peso note in 2018.

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First Thoughts on Classes & an Internship Abroad in Shanghai

Feb 28, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPA_DanielleThai_Blogger_Shanghai.pngDanielle Thai is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A resource economics major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Danielle shares her experience taking classes and interning abroad in Shanghai so far this semester.


This may not be the first thing that comes to mind when talking about studying abroad. It may even slip many peoples minds, especially those who only see the pictures posted all over social media. In a way, it is hidden and overlooked but yes – I do take classes here!

All the noise and adventures students take on when they are in a foreign region often masks the thought of classes. During the past few years, studying abroad has become associated with a semester of just traveling around with friends, eating good food, and trying new things.

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Photo: Mao Statue in the front of an academic building.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Academics Abroad, Internships Abroad

Vlog: Exploring Central London

Feb 27, 2017 7:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Valkyrie Profile.pngValkyrie Speaker, a film major at the University of Pittsburgh, is a CAPA World columnist during spring semester 2017. She'll be shooting weekly videos for "An American Film Student in London", published every Monday. 

For this week's vlog, Valkyrie took some time on her first day of spring break to explore central London. 


Thanks, Valkyrie!

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Study Abroad in Buenos Aires: What’s in my suitcase(s)?

Feb 27, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In her first post, Elizabeth shares the contents of her suitcase to help others packing for a semester abroad in Buenos Aires in the future! 



I’m checking two suitcases and bringing a carry-on for this trip, and I’m thrilled about having so much room. Last time I traveled I was farming and backpacking around Thailand for a month, and it was no easy feat fitting everything I needed into just one backpack. Still, I’m hoping to pack light enough to leave room to bring back lots of gifts. So, for anyone even remotely interested, here’s a big long list of everything I’m taking for my three month stay in Buenos Aires.

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Photo: These are my suitcases, and the red backpack is my carry-on.


These should all go in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost or some other disaster ensues.

  • laptop, charger, headphones & flashdrive
  • smartphone and charger

I’m bringing this as a camera and otherwise only using it when there’s wifi. The CAPA study abroad program requires students to have a working local phone number, so I plan to buy a cheap phone with a pay-as-you-go plan a day or two after arriving in Buenos Aires. (There are other phone plans and ways to change phone numbers so my methods may not be the most efficient by any means. However if you are, like me, woefully un-tech-savvy and easily frustrated while setting up data plans, this might be the way to go.)

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Study Abroad in Sydney: Stories of Personal & Professional Growth

Feb 27, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

A CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview with Cherilyn Beckles

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Meet Cherilyn Beckles, a SUNY Oswego student studying broadcasting and public justice. She studied and interned abroad in Sydney, an experience that helped her grow both personally and professionally. Below, she talked a bit more about her day to day life interning with Southern Cross Austereo, the classes she took with CAPA and shares some practical advice on everything from living on a student budget to creating a sense of community with your housemates when you meet for the first time overseas.

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CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
CHERILYN BECKLES: I am from Brooklyn, New York with a Trinidadian background. I am a senior, graduating in December 2017, studying broadcasting and public justice at SUNY Oswego. I love to watch movies and not only for the enjoyment but because I love watching directing styles, costumes and set designs. It interests me how producers can recreate NYC in a studio in LA. I also enjoy coin collecting and reading literature. Coin collecting is a great way to learn about the history of a country and just an overall fun experience. I collected many coins on my way to Australia since my flight stopped in Hong Kong.

I chose to go to Sydney through CAPA because I have always wanted to go to Australia and figured that being able to not only study there but intern there would be the best way to get the true experience. As I was searching for the best program for me during the study abroad process, many caught my eye but CAPA stood out to me. I read a lot of reviews from satisfied people and talked to people who did the CAPA program and loved it. I knew that the program was for me and when I was accepted I was so excited for this trip and so grateful that I had also gotten the internship. CAPA seemed like the only program that offered an internship while abroad that you can also get credit with which was very important to me. I wanted to experience media abroad and immerse myself.

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Vlog: A Book of Kells Tour in Dublin

Feb 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_Michela Mickaluck Square.jpgMichela Mickaluck is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A public relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Michela takes us along on a class field trip to see the Book of Kells at Trinity College.


Thanks, Michela!

Michela's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Academics Abroad

Vlog: A Jack the Ripper Tour in East London

Feb 24, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Graysan Tompkins Profile.pngGraysan Tompkins is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's vlog, Graysan Tompkins takes us along on a Jack the Ripper tour in London's East End. (For those unfamiliar, Jack the Ripper is an unidentified serial killer who creeped around the Whitechapel area of the city in 1888, targeting mainly female prostitutes who lived and worked in what was then the slums.)


Thanks Graysan!

Graysan's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned

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