Connecting Global Cities: The Global Cities Index 2016

Jun 24, 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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It's that time again; we have the 2016 version of the Global Cities Index (and the associated Global Cities Outlook) available – compiled and published regularly by A.T. Kearney.

Mike Hales, A.T. Kearney partner and study co-leader, provided this introduction: "Together, the Index and the Outlook provide a unique look at 125 of the world's largest and most influential cities today and those primed to make an impact in the future. Our historical database provides businesses and cities with insights on how to make key investment decisions."

My immediate reaction is: Go London! For the first time since the Index began in 2008, London has overtaken New York to claim the top spot. This year London performed better in two of the five dimensions of the Index: cultural exchange and business activity. Even though New York maintained its top position in human capital, London closed the gap. London has also seen noticeable improvement in information exchange.

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Photo: The City of London by Stephanie Sadler

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Posted in: Global Cities

Study Abroad in Dublin: A Shopping & Restaurant Guide

Jun 23, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Official_Blogger_Shanell_Peterson_-_Square.jpgShanell Peterson is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major South Dakota State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this term.

In this week's post, Shanell has put together this handy guide for shopping in Dublin - from the essentials to clothes to restaurants. 

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I know that last week I promised I would do a day-in-the-life post, but I decided to hold off on that until I have high-quality photos to show you. However, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with what I have in store for you today.

I have been in Dublin for a couple of weeks now, and I have finally figured out the stores here. I know where to shop for things like clothing and food (since Wal-Mart doesn’t exist here) as well as a few good restaurants I’ve encountered. I think that this is very important information to have if you are planning on studying abroad in the future. Get ready for information overload!

A Dublin Shopping Guide for Study Abroad Students

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

A CAPA Sydney Excursion: Blue Mountains & Featherdale Wildlife Park

Jun 23, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2016_Official_CAPA_Blogger_Catherine_Crevecoeur.jpgCatherine Crevecoeur is 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 is studying abroad in Sydney this term.

In this week's post, Catherine takes us along on a CAPA My Global Education adventure to the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park.

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At 7:30am on a Saturday morning in Sydney, my bleary-eyed roommates and I pulled away for a day full of adventure. Through the CAPA program and a company called Colourful Trips, we were able to experience Featherdale Wildlife Park and explore the Blue Mountains all in the same day.

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On the way there, I was too excited to fall asleep even though the wildlife park was about one hour away. When we reached our destination, I was instantly amazed. Despite the cold, rainy weather, the animals still managed to be entertaining. Wallabies hopped around the park from the moment we stepped in. We could hear the mingling of bird calls - from the pelicans to the macaws. The park was nearly empty due to the weather, except for the group of about 40 CAPA students.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, My Global Education

An Overnight "Roar & Snore" Adventure at Australia's Taronga Zoo

Jun 22, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Official_CAPA_Vlogger_Mitch_Tomlin_-_Square.jpgMitchell Tomlin is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An entrepreneurship and marketing double major at the University of Dayton, he is studying abroad in Sydney this term.

In this week's vlog, Mitch takes us to Australia's Taronga Zoo for a "Roar & Snore" overnight adventure with CAPA Sydney. 

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Thanks Mitchell!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Vlog: 10 Tips for a Successful Internship

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

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Melanie Davis is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and film double major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in London this term.

In this week's video, Melanie shares her top 10 internship tips (plus, chocolate. Stick around for the end...).

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Thanks Melanie!

Melanie's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned. 

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Internships Abroad

10 Awesome Dublin Instagram Photos from Spring Semester 2016

Jun 21, 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 Dublin students and alumni that we posted this past semester here. Enjoy! 

10 Awesome Dublin Instagram Photos from Spring Semester 2016

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland

A Day in the Life of a CAPA Dublin Student

Jun 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM / 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 takes us through a day in her life in Dublin, starting with class, on to her lunch and internship and out to see Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing".

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Thanks Jenna!

Jenna's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned. 

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Exploring the Magical Scenery of Australia's Blue Mountains

Jun 20, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2016_From_Matthew_Ramsay_-_Official_CAPA_Blogger.jpgMathew Ramsay is 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 is studying abroad in Sydney this term.

In this week's post, Matthew takes us along on a CAPA My Global Education excursion to the Blue Mountains and continues his hike after the group adventure to take in more of the magical scenery. 

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As part of your semester in the Global City of Sydney, CAPA takes you on an excursion through the Blue Mountains and to the popular Scenic World attraction. I had the privilege of going to the Blue Mountains twice as I had made a trip up to the majestic hills two week prior to the CAPA trip. The day I went solo accompanied James, by one of my roommates, happened to be the same day Australia’s eastern coast had its most powerful storm in over five years. Because of the downpour, we weren’t able to see much of the valley or the neighboring mountains; despite this, the hike was thrilling and well worth the shivering two hour train ride back to the city in our water-logged clothes and shoes.

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It had rained the night before the CAPA excursion but luckily the clouds began to part the next morning and we enjoyed good weather the day we explored the mountains. We had to be outside the Urbanest apartments at 7am to board the bus which would take us to our destination. Scott, a cheery Aussie fellow with a thick accent, was our tour guide for the day. He would periodically stand at the front of the bus and provide us with some interesting fact or just to give us updates on our eta to the next stop. The bus was one of those huge tour-type buses with comfortable seating, cubbies above the seats for extra baggage and even had personal fans like you would see on an airplane. There was a radio playing cheesy music for most of the trip except when Scott would turn it down to make a broadcast. To my surprise, we didn’t go straight to the Great Dividing Range. The bus made a stop at the Featherdale Wildlife Reserve where I was able to pet a koala bear, feed kangaroos, and see all different sorts of animals native to Australia. We arrived at Featherdale about 8:30 in the morning and departed around 10:00am, so it was plenty of time to visit all of the exhibits given that the reserve was fairly small.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, My Global Education

Study Abroad: How to be a Supportive Parent

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

An Interview with Kathleen O'Hara - Parent of a Study Abroad Student

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Working with international students has given Kathleen O'Hara an open-minded and positive perspective on study abroad. Knowing the benefits of overseas travel from personal experience, she was thrilled when her daughter Liz Hendry decided to spend a semester in Buenos Aires. And when Liz decided to stay on for a second semester in Argentina, Kathleen understood and supported her because she had watched her grow both personally and professionally. Below, she talks about what it's like to be a parent to a study abroad student, some of the challenges she's faced in the process and her advice to others who are looking ahead to a similar journey.

Study Abroad - How To Be A Supportive Parent

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KATHLEEN O'HARA: I work as an adjunct professor teaching business communications, ESL (English as a Second Language), technical writing and marketing writing courses. Currently, I am teaching international students business communications and customer service courses. My passion is teaching international students; I learn so much about their culture and they are fabulous students. One of the reasons I am thrilled that Liz is studying abroad with CAPA is because I know it will be a life changing and mind expanding experience. I constantly witness the benefits of studying abroad through my international students.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, interview, Parents

Lessons I Learned While Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires

Jun 20, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2016_Tommy_Sullivan.jpgTommy Sullivan is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A broadcasting and Spanish major Western Kentucky University, he is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Tommy takes a look back at his first post as a CAPA blogger and reflects on how he's changed and the lessons he's learned over the last few months in Argentina.

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For my second-to-last post coming out of Buenos Aires, I return to my very first one. It was about why I decided to study in Buenos Aires and my expectations. While I can easily name the reasons I came here, I didn’t exactly remember what I wrote when I was sitting in Kentucky, when Buenos Aires was more of an abstract concept than my daily reality.

I wrote about how I would miss my mom. I was definitely right about that one, more so than I probably considered at the time. Allow me a single cliché for this blog post: “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.” I had never been away from my immediate family for more than about three consecutive weeks, so these three months have made me more independent yet more appreciate of their loving support. Being away from family and friends has been both difficult and rewarding.

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

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