Top 10 Questions to Ask at Your First Study Abroad Fair

Aug 24, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Fall: it’s the season of change! Trees turn bright yellow and red, the weather cools down, and you’re back for another semester school. But even with all of that change around you, what if you’re still craving something new? What if you want a change of pace or scenery? Luckily for you, this is one of the best times of year to attend your first study abroad fair, where you can learn about options to learn overseas.


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Posted in: Study Abroad, Fairs

The Last Summer Days in London

Aug 24, 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, her second to last, Joyce talks about her last few days in London, including a CAPA departure event and, importantly - packing!


I can’t believe that my six-week internship with CAPA is already over! It has been an incredible experience and I cannot thank CAPA enough for providing me with the opportunity.

CAPA organized a farewell dinner for the students. Though I was exhausted from internship, I won’t say no to great company and a last chance to see everyone together. They picked a beautiful spot! Right off the Blackfriars Bridge is a restaurant called Doggett’s.


Yes, CAPA booked that rooftop section for us. Needless to say, the view was amazing.


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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Top 6 Reasons I Would Study Abroad in a Heartbeat

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

CAPAStudyAbroad_JuliusMoyo_-_DubaiBurjKhalifaJulius2015.jpgWords by Julius Moyo, a former CAPA Global Cities Program Manager who now works as an advisor to college students in the greater New York City area. When visiting a new place, he enjoys reading maps (the old fashioned way) and exploring their public transportation infrastructure.

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Have you ever asked someone the one thing they would “do-over” if they were to go to college again? I have, and the people who studied abroad almost always say they would “study abroad again.” Those who didn’t, like myself, will tell you that they “wished they had studied abroad.”

6 Reasons I Would Study Abroad in a Heartbeat

My reasons for not going abroad during college were simple: I was scared of missing out on life at my home campus, and I thought I couldn’t afford it.


Below, I’ve pieced together my top 6 reasons I would study abroad in a heartbeat if I had a second chance to go through college.

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Posted in: International Education, Study Abroad

Leaving Home: The Flight I Never Thought I Would Take (& The List Taking Me There)

Aug 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2016_Matthew_Benczkowski_Square_Profile.jpgMatthew Benczkowski is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A molecular biology major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In his first post this week, Matthew shares his packing list for Sydney and a few pre-departure thoughts and tips. 


As Ernie Harrell once said, “It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure” and as I prepare myself to go, these words echo in me. It is safe to say that I am not a well-seasoned traveler, but rather a beginner in the vast world. To say I am nervous is an understatement. I am beyond scared.

I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, where everyone just seems to know each other, and I go to school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is only two and a half hours away from home. I have never been away from home or from my parents for any extended period of time, but if I am away, I am constantly in contact with them. But now, everything is so different because I can’t just hop on home if I forget something, or come home immediately if something happens — I am taking a risk and temporarily leaving home. So to ensure that I won’t relive my freshman year of needing my parents to bring me things I forgot down to me and taking everything I unnecessarily packed, I have created the "Sydney Study Abroad Packing List"!


Side note: I am flying American Airlines and Qantas, so I have two free checked bags internationally (up to 50 pounds), a free carry on, and a personal item. This means that I only need to pay for my checked bags between states.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

How Study Abroad Taught Me to Be Present in Everyday Life

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

CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Franchessa Bianconi

Photo: Jan 22, 2016 –Walk around Florence with CAPA

Meet Chessa, a psychology and urban studies major from the University of Pittsburgh who studied abroad in Florence during spring semester 2016. Below, she talks about how her experience in Italy taught her the value and importance of being present with the people and places around her in everyday life, how she connected with a local family through the GANZO! program and why classes in Florence were much different from classes on her home campus, with plenty of time spent outside of the traditional academic space. 


CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
FRNACHESSA BIANCONI: I’m from Scranton, PA and will be a senior at Pitt this year. I studied abroad in Florence this past Spring. I’m majoring in psychology and urban studies—so I’m interested in humans and social justice. My current outlets are running, writing, singing, and going to see as much live music as possible.

This summer, I was an AmeriCorps volunteer with KEYS Service Corps, working with youth in Pittsburgh for the summer at a work-readiness camp. I am a gardening team leader; it’s some of the most fun and demanding and fulfilling work I’ve ever done.

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Posted in: Interviews, Florence, Italy

Vlog: Study Abroad in Sydney - Packing Tips & Pre-Departure Thoughts

Aug 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2016__Elizabeth_Sheeley_-_Profile.jpgElizabeth Sheeley is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An accounting and finance major at University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In her first video this week, Elizabeth shares a few packing tips and her pre-departure thoughts. 


Thanks Elizabeth!

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

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

An UnBalievable Trip

Aug 19, 2016 5:30:00 PM / 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.

Below, Dee shares her recent experience participating in a seven-day ‘workcation’ in Bali

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When a group of entrepreneurs and creatives get together and network/collaborate in an exotic locale, what do you get?


I spent the past couple of weeks in Bali, chilling and working in the Canggu area. I was participating in a seven-day ‘workcation’, traveling for a fusion of business and pleasure through Hello Adventure.

The week was structured with an itinerary of a range of activities, from workshops to productivity time, to excursions, to group meals. The workshops consisted of focused topics, from legal tips for entrepreneurs to marketing and SEO practices. My favorite was a manifesto workshop led by a life coach who quit her tech job in San Francisco in exchange for the lush island that is Bali. #GOALS. Together, we created visionary statements and life missions, and I walked out of the workshop feeling empowered, inspired, and so excited.

Classroom for a day!

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Posted in: Travel, Life After Study Abroad

Olympics in Global Cities

Aug 19, 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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The Rio Summer Olympic Games are on in the global city of Rio de Janeiro, so it is timely to ask about the connection between global cities and hosting the Olympic Games (mainly the big one - the summer version acknowledging that there are other Olympic events). After all, can there be a more global event that brings the world together in one place?

Sure, the football (soccer) World Cup is very global, but it is hosted by a country not a city and matches require many stadia; in Brazil, in 2014, they used 10 soccer stadia in many locations. If England ever got to host the World Cup again, we can be sure that will involve games in St. James Park, Newcastle, the Theater of Dreams (aka Old Trafford), Manchester and/or the legacy from the Commonwealth Games, the then City of Manchester stadium and Villa Park in Birmingham and that is to name but a few. So the impact of the World Cup is more spread out than the Olympics.


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Posted in: Global Cities, Sports Abroad

On the Importance of CAPA's Global Internship Program

Aug 18, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2016_From_Ciara_Kilian_-_interview.jpgWords by Ciara Kilian, a double major in Political Science and Cultural Studies & Communication from Clark University who studied abroad in Dublin during spring 2016.

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At first glance, someone may not be able to notice any differences between Irish and American culture. While of course Ireland is known for its rich heritage including Irish dancing, the GAA and the Irish language, it is still primarily English speaking with many similarities to other Western European countries and the United States. With that said, it is easy to assume that learning to function and adapt in one society from the other would be an effortless task. Many people do not realize that this is not necessarily the case—especially in the work environment.


This past spring of 2016, I made that same assumption as I embarked on my semester abroad with CAPA Dublin. I was incredibly excited to attend an Irish institution while also completing an internship at a non-governmental organization called Pavee Point that works with the Irish Travelling Community—an ethnic minority that has a well-established culture based in nomadism which is facing discrimination in Irish society every day. Though I did not know what would be expected of me in regards to daily tasks, I was under the impression that actual work interactions would be nothing different to what I am accustomed in the States—that is, I would be told directly what I needed to accomplish and then do so in the quickest time frame possible.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Academics Abroad, Internships Abroad

Vlog: Visiting the Impressive Iguazu Falls in South America

Aug 18, 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 this week's video, Melanie takes us along on a CAPA excursion to visit the powerful Iguazu Falls, crossing over into Brazil on day 2. 


Thanks Melanie!

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

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


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