VIDEO: 7 London Hacks for Study Abroad

Apr 1, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

bernardBernard Farquharson is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2015, sharing his story in weekly videos on CAPA World. A theater major at Rollins College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week’s vlog, Bernard teams up with fellow CAPA student Alex to share some of their favorite London hacks. There's some very useful tips, so listen up if you're in London or headed there soon!

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

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

Marion - CAPA Study Abroad Internship Coordinator

Marion Aller, from the CAPA International Education Internship team in London, is a cooking enthusiast in her spare time. She's challenging herself to cook on a student budget and share some easy recipes monthly through her column "Bon Appétit: Recipes for Study Abroad."

This month, Marion brings us her recipe for Lemon Drizzle Cake.

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This month, I am proposing a sweet recipe which very easy to make and great to take to class or your internship as a snack. It’s also great for dessert if you have a bunch of friends over for dinner/lunch.

The cost comes up to £2.29 ($3.38) which is between £0.19 ($0.28) and £0.23 (£0.34) per slice as it makes between 10 and 12 slices. That’s a pretty cheap snack!

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 3 eggs (£0.70 ($1.04) for 6 eggs, so £0.35 ($0.52) per recipe)
  • 170g of caster sugar (£0.99 ($1.46) for 500g, so £0.34 ($0.50) per recipe)
  • 170g of self-raising flour (£0.40 ($0.59) for 500g, so £0.14 ($0.21) per recipe)
  • 170g of unsalted butter (£0.88 ($1.30) for 250g, so £0.60 ($0.89) per recipe)
  • 1 tsp of baking powder ((£1.29 ($1.90) for 170g – so £0.03 ($0.04) per recipe)
  • Juice and zest of two organics (or unwaxed) lemons (£1 ($1.48) for three lemons, so £0.66 ($0.97) per recipe)
  • 110g icing sugar (£0.78 ($1.15) for 500g, so £0.17 ($0.25) per recipe)

Now the steps:

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Posted in: Study Abroad, Food Abroad

Thoughts on Using Social Media While Studying Abroad

Mar 31, 2015 5:30:00 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 writes about using social media while studying abroad.

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Despite my chosen career path as a journalist, I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I don’t use Instagram or Snapchat, and I only tweet for school projects or to promote articles I’ve written. Pinterest is for finding cool hair color ideas and Tumblr sounds like something you do in gymnastics. So needless to say, in this age of technology, I’m baffled that we have so many social platforms to communicate with but primarily use to express our massive FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

We’ve all been there. It’s late at night and you’re scrolling through your newsfeed only to discover a photo of all your friends, minus yourself. Poof, you’re homesick. But is it really homesickness you’re feeling? Or is it something bigger?

I’m not saying go off-the-grid completely while you’re abroad, but stepping back from social media is something to definitely think about. I know I’ve felt homesick on more than one occasion in Dublin. I miss my friends, family and even my studio apartment where I live (happily) alone. But I also know that constantly checking my newsfeed has contributed to 90 percent of my dissatisfaction.

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Photo: Social media by Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen

The important thing is to remember this mantra: "My friends and family are having adventures without me, but I’m also having my own adventures without them.”

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

10 Ways to Meet Locals When You Study Abroad in Sydney

Mar 31, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

There's no better way to truly begin to understand your study abroad destination than by getting to know the locals who call the city home. Whether it's CAPA International Education staff, a host family, other students, your internship colleagues or the fruit vendor on the corner, you'll find plenty of opportunities to do so. Below, we share a few of the best ways to seek out local connections in Sydney. 

1. INTERN. Sydney is a very multicultural city, and your office will probably reflect this mix of backgrounds. You might find yourself working alongside people who were born here, permanent residents from Sri Lanka, Australian citizens born in the Philippines, or an Irish person on a working holiday. You might even work with another American – but all of these people will consider themselves a Sydney ‘local’, even though they might not fit your expectation of a blonde, tanned surfer. Getting friendly with your colleagues is the best way to learn about local life in Sydney. Make an effort to be social with your colleagues – sit down and eat lunch with them, or say yes to after work drinks – Australian workplaces place a huge importance on a work/life balance so you should embrace it!
Photo from Kristina Worm via DriveMyCarRentals
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Posted in: Sydney, Australia

A Day in the Life of a Study Abroad Intern: Whitecoat Productions, London

Mar 30, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Sydney_Harper-1Sydney 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 takes us to her internship at Whitecoat Productions again. This time, she explains more about her actual role there as an intern. 

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Thanks Sydney!

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

CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Jacquelyn Keville

Mar 30, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Jacquelyn Keville, a UMass Amherst student, studied abroad in Sydney during Spring semester 2014. Below, she talks about her rewarding internship at OzHarvest, some of the places she went to explore Sydney with her classes and what she's up to now that she's back at home in Boston.
CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
JACQUELYN KEVILLE: Hi everyone! I am Jacquelyn Keville. I am from Boston, MA, and I attend UMass Amherst studying as an accounting major.

I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, last Spring which was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I highly recommend everyone who can to take advantage of it while they have the opportunity. You get to experience so many amazing things and fall in love with a new place.

Since my return from studying abroad I have been working, going to school, and planning a new trip to Aruba! After Australia, I would like to travel as much as I can and see more of the world.
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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Interviews, Sydney, Australia

Exploring The Magical World of Harry Potter

Mar 27, 2015 5:30:00 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.

In his post below, Matt takes us into the magical world of Harry Potter with a visit to "The Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter."

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In 1991, an 11-year-old boy anxiously boarded a train at King’s Cross station, somewhere between Platform 9 and Platform 10 - Platform 9 and ¾, to be exact.

Or so J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone tells us. Eerily, in the famous first chapter, Rowling says through Professor McGonagall, “This boy will be famous, a legend. I wouldn't be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in the future. There will be books written about Harry, every child in our world will know his name.”

How right she was.

With seven books and eight movies, my generation grew up alongside Harry, as he and his story evolved through adversity, loss, bravery and understanding.


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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Advantages of Study Abroad: Thinking Outside the Box

Mar 27, 2015 1:30:00 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 world as a study abroad alumna in bi-weekly CAPA World posts.

In today's column, Dee shares the third segment of her series on the advantages of study abroad.

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Summing up our Advantages of Study Abroad series, we’ve got adaptability, our ability to roll with the punches and make situations work to our benefit. We’ve got networking, our aptitude to make and keep connections, to enrich our experiences at the present moment, and likely in the future. And people, you’re about to get the ultimate study abroad advantage. Drumroll, please…

I’m going to give it to you straight: after you study abroad, you are more prone to thinking outside the box. You, my friend, are exceptional.

What do I mean by this?

Think about your mentors or people that have inspired you -- parents, grandparents, coaches, friends, dogs, teachers – they all either have some years on you or something special that makes you think differently. Grandparents are wise because they’ve been dwelling on this planet a lot longer than us. Parents are nurturing and supportive because they’ve been there before. Coaches push us to our limits, friends got our backs and we experience ups and downs together, our canine friends know us when no know else does, and lead us to some magnificent epiphany, and teachers are the root of our academia since kindergarten. Bottom line, these people stick out to you, and life is better with them in it.

Sweet, now I choose you.

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Posted in: Study Abroad, Life After Study Abroad

Dublin: Top 4 Reasons to Study Abroad in Fall 2015

Mar 26, 2015 9:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Beyond the opportunity to take academic classes at a local university, complete an internship in a diverse global city with a rich history and explore through MyEducation events, our local team shares four specific reasons to consider fall for your semester abroad in Dublin.

The application deadline is June 16, so there's still time to apply!

1. ATTEND CULTURAL FESTIVALS. Fall is the time of many wonderful cultural and creative festivals in the CAPA global city of Dublin. Some of our favorites to check out while you're there include the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Dun Laoghaire Literary Festival, the Irish Film Institute Documentary Festival, and Culture Night in September.

Culture Night DublinPhoto: Culture Night in Dublin at Exchange by Sebastian Dooris

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland

Volunteering at San Giuseppe School in Florence

Mar 26, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Emily_KearnsEmily Kearns is 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 is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her post below, Emily shares her story of volunteering with the San Giuseppe School while studying abroad in Florence.

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During orientation with CAPA in January, the staff informed us about different ways that students could get involved in Florentine life and culture throughout the semester. There were several different opportunities, but the one that stood out to me most was volunteering at a local elementary school. I immediately knew that I had to sign up and apply for this. How could I pass up the chance to help teach young students English? When I was younger my dream job was to be an elementary school teacher but as I have gotten older and my interests have changed, so have my career goals. I absolutely love interacting with children and I knew that I would enjoy this experience very much. I am so grateful that, after applying, I was selected to partake in this fantastic opportunity!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been going to San Giuseppe School with another student from CAPA to help a third grade class learn the English language. I was very nervous to go at first because I had no idea what to expect, but once I got to the school and met the teacher and children I immediately realized I had absolutely no reason to worry.


As my partner and I walked through the hallway, unsure of which classroom we were supposed to go to, it was pretty evident when we arrived at our destination. I peaked into the room at the end of the hallway and saw a classroom full of eight-year-olds with gigantic smiles on their faces, clearly awaiting the arrival of their new English teachers. The feeling I got when I saw that is unlike anything else - I felt a sense of relief, extreme happiness and any negative thoughts in my mind instantly went away. Once we went into the room and introduced ourselves the teacher, Maria Serena, told us that her students were really looking forward to having us help them with their English, which made me even more enthusiastic to help out.

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy, Volunteering Abroad


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