Reflections on a Semester Abroad in London

May 1, 2015 12:23:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler


Matt Linenbroker is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism and English major at the University of Missouri - School of Journalism, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

This is Matt's last post in this series and he takes a moment to reflect on his semester in London. A big thanks to Matt for letting us follow along on his journey over the last few months!

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I wanted to remember London bathed in gold; that’s what led me to the top of Primrose Hill on my last night.

I wish it were more of a metaphor. Nothing pivotal happened to me atop Primrose Hill – there was no movie montage kiss or Einstein “Eureka!” moment. It was simply a place I enjoyed being, and a place easy to get to.


And so on my final night in London, that’s where I ended up.

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Academics Abroad: What Will Classes Be Like?

May 1, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Words by Taylor Dignam, a University of Colorado - Boulder student who studied abroad in Florence with CAPA International Education during Fall semester 2014. 

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Academics Abroad

Thousand Word Thursdays: Building Walls in Shanghai

Apr 30, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Each Thursday we will post a photo worth a thousand words from one of CAPA International Education’s global cities and let the image speak for itself. Today, Shanghai.

L1007048 Walls, Make good friends (Robert Frost)
Photo: Building walls in Shanghai by DaiLuo

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Posted in: Shanghai, China

Reflections on a Semester Abroad in Florence

Apr 30, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Emily_KearnsEmily Kearns has been an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and business major at the University of Pittsburgh, she has been studying abroad in Florence this semester.

This is Emily's last post, in which she reflects on her time in Florence. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Emily! It's been a real pleasure following along and we wish you all the best on your next adventure. 

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It’s incredibly hard to believe that my semester abroad has come to an end, meaning no more traveling to a new city each weekend, no more walking casually past beautiful and historical landmarks, and no more seeing and exploring new places every day.

To be able to sum up my thoughts on these past three months in just one post would be nearly impossible. Looking back at my past self and reading my first blog post made me reflect on my decision to study abroad and realize how much I have changed and grown in just a few short months.


One part of me that I feel that has changed in the past three months is my assertiveness. I have always been pretty timid, but being faced with so many decisions each day and interacting with many different personalities led me to be more assertive in my ways. Though it was hard for me, I had to start standing up for myself and say how I was feeling, what I wanted to do, etc. because I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity possible and leave Florence having no regrets.  

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy

Connecting Global Cities: World Expos

Apr 29, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Director of China Programs for CAPA International Education.

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Sometimes, instead of people traveling around the world to visit global cities, those cities come to us.

One such example is a World's Fair where major countries and their principal cities descend into one place to showcase their latest innovations and their long-established cultures.

London hosted the first "universal" World's Fair way back in 1851 (Paris had some national industrial expositions before that) and it set a tradition that an iconic structure is built as a permanent reminder of the event. The first such structure was the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, but, sadly, it subsequently burned down; we can now see a model in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (a short walk from CAPA).

Photo: Original Crystal Palace via Wikimedia

Fortunately many other icons still survive. There is the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Atomium in Brussels and the Space Needle in Seattle, to name but a few. Nowadays, we call the events World Expos. The main ones are held every five years, and minor ones in between. The full Expos run for 6 months from May 1 to October 31.

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Posted in: Global Cities

Exploring Sydney's Neighborhoods: Surry Hills

Apr 29, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Kristina_Worm_-_Bio_PictureKristina Worm is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post Kristina explores the Sydney neighborhood of Surry Hills.

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While living in Waterloo this semester, we were very close to the Surry Hills neighborhood. It is just a short walk from our apartments, so it was a nice area to spend time. There was plenty to explore in the neighborhood, from restaurants to shops to parks. The area always provided a quiet walk and something to do.


I remember the first day being in Sydney and walking through Surry Hills. We walked to the Surry Hills Shopping Village. Being overwhelmed in Sydney, it was nice seeing a simpler shopping area. We found a Cole’s, which is one of the main grocery stores in Australia. There is also a Cole’s in Waterloo which was very convenient to where we lived this semester. There were also ATMs which were helpful to those of us who needed to exchange and withdraw money once we arrived in Australia. The Surry Hills Shopping Village also has a variety of restaurants and eateries for those looking to grab a quick bite.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia

CAPA Blogger Lily Interviews CAPA Dublin Professor Dr. Darren Kelly

Apr 28, 2015 2:00:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Lily_LiebermanLily Lieberman is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Lily interviews one of her professors from her study abroad semester - Darren Kelly who teaches "Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Dublin". 

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The marketers for Dos Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World” ad campaign obviously never met CAPA’s Global Cities’ professor Darren Kelly. Dr. Kelly talks about his PHD theses, his time spent in America, and his perfect Saturday in Dublin.


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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Interviews

10 Study Abroad & Travel Blogs to Inspire You

Apr 28, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Miriam Beard's famous quote, “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,” is one that many study abroad students and alumni can relate to. It's also an idea deeply ingrained in the travel blogging community - among those who move from country to country, staying sometimes for months, sharing their stories online. 

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An endless source of inspiration flowing through our Feedly and/or Pocket accounts, here are some of the blogs (in no particular order) that we return to time and again - touching on study abroad specifically and travel more generally:  

1. PIN THE MAP PROJECT. Nikki is an independent travel journalist and blogger. In her intro, she says there are three things that her readers should know right away: She is in her 20s. She is not rich and does not have a trust fund. She loves to travel. Nikki quit a 9-5 role in advertising to travel the world and used her skills to market herself as a full time blogger to fund her travels. Her goal is to inspire other people who dream of traveling by sharing stories and advice, tricks and tips for saving, discovering new destinations and starting your own travel blog. 

Travel Instagrams to follow in 2015
2.) Confessions of a Reformed Spender: Saving Money for Travel
3.) Local Eats with Parrilla Tour Buenos Aires


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Posted in: Travel

CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Allison Knapp

Apr 27, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

A University of Delaware student, Allison studied abroad in London with CAPA International Education during Fall semester 2014. Below she talks about what it was like to live in Camden, how her experience influences the direction she hopes to take her future career and what the pre-departure preparation period was like before she left.  
CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
ALLISON KNAPP: Hi! My name is Allison. I am a junior at the University of Delaware and from Springfield, New Jersey. I have a Human Services major and Business Administration minor. I studied abroad in London with CAPA International Education this past Fall, and miss it every single day. Since I have returned home and my school did not re-start until February 9th (the worst!), I have been telling everybody about my experience and adventures, trying to work back some money I spent, and stalking through all of my pictures. 
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Posted in: London, England, CAPA Alumni, Interviews

Study Abroad in London: Surprises in Stereotypes & Language

Apr 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Sydney Harper is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly videos on CAPA World. A political science major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week’s vlog, Sydney shares an American stereotype, a few things that surprised her about London and some languages differences between the US and UK. 

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Thanks Sydney!

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Posted in: London, England


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