How My Study Abroad Experience Changed My Career Goals

Feb 11, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2015_From_Julia_Economou_-_Magnetic_Island-1.jpgWords and photos by Julia Economou, a CAPA Sydney study abroad alumna and journalism and communications major from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Traveling to a new country and immersing yourself into a new culture is something not everyone can say they’ve done, especially for an extended period of time. Add on an internship and you have put yourself into an elite minority!

Choosing CAPA was simple for me. I wanted to have a fun and enlightening experience but I also wanted to take away skills for a future career (and figure out what exactly I wanted to pursue after graduation!).


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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Careers, Internships Abroad

Thousand Word Thursdays: Palm Weaving in Shanghai

Feb 11, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

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

Liu Fan Ting from Shanghai
Palm weaving in Shanghai by Alpha

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Posted in: Shanghai, China

Discovering Lizzie McGuire's Rome

Feb 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring_2016_Marte_Eggleston_-_Official_CAPA_Blogger_Profile.jpgMarte Eggleston is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major at the Indiana University, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Marte travels to Rome to seek out the Lizzie McGuire sights from her childhood.


If you ask any girl around my age who their childhood idol was, more than likely they would say Hillary Duff aka Lizzie McGuire. The TV show and movie is an icon from the early 2000s in the lives of girls everywhere. It just so happens that “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” is set in Rome, and I happened to visit Rome this past weekend and live out my Lizzie McGuire dreams.


In this movie it is not focused on the “studying” part of studying abroad, but rather Lizzie makes a wish at the Trevi Fountain and Paolo appears. Lizzie happens to look just like Paolo’s singing partner - they are international superstars, obviously - and she is whisked away on a whirlwind Rome dream week, complete with a hit song at the end.

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Posted in: Travel, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

CAPA Florence: Week One is Said & Done

Feb 10, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad__Florence_Spring2016_From_Gabby_Vitulli.jpgWords and photos by Gabriella Vitulli, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna and Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management major from Indiana University.

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Yes, I cannot believe it, but week one is said and done and has been all sorts of crazy. Getting settled here in Florence has not been an easy feat, but gets easier with each day. Classes have begun, I have figured out a little more geography, and have learned a WHOLE LOT. 

Yes, classes have begun and I actually love them. The faculty is really great and the things I am learning are very interesting. I'm taking classes on Italian Film, the Italian Language, Italian Art and Italian Architecture. I'm learning not only things that are useful and interesting, but I'm learning about them in the place they were created! It's incredible to think about, really. (Fun fact: the official Italian language was derived from the Florentine dialect!)


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Posted in: Florence, Italy

VLOG: A Free Visit to The Tower of London

Feb 10, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2016_Carly_Wickham_-_Official_CAPA_Vlogger_Profile.jpgCarly Wickham is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at the Emerson College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's video, Carly takes us to the Tower of London!


Thanks Carly!

Carly's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Studying Abroad & Living in a Global City

Feb 10, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2016_From_Kisha_PAtel_-_Official_CAPA_Blogger_Image.jpegKisha Patel is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A political science and gender/women's studies major at Ursinus College, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Kisha talks about what it's like to live and study in a global city.


One of my favorite aspects of living in Sydney is the fact that I live in a global city. I am completely immersed in a hub of diversity from background, religion, orientation, culture, citizenship, education, etc. This produces a dynamic environment full of an incredibly unique experiences.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown

What is a global city? A global city as defined by CAPA is multi-layered, multi-dimensional, multi-cultural, complex and challenging. This is why CAPA has programs in these amazing locations such as Sydney, London and Florence.

The iconic Sydney Opera House.

Everywhere you go in Sydney, you can meet someone with an incredible story. However, to find these people and learn these stories, you have to be willing to ask. Living in a city like this is an opportunity to really push through walls and ideations to uncover the entire world, right in your city. Ask questions, listen actively, try new places, be open minded and you will be surprised at how much you can find.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

With Eyes Wide Open: A Glimpse into London’s Color Palette (A Class Trip)

Feb 9, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Rikki_Li_Profile.pngRikki Li is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Writing and Psychology major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

This week, Rikki takes us on a class excursion for a walk along the River Thames and takes note of some of the little things, the colors and history of the city around her.

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A couple months ago, I watched a viral video of a colorblind man seeing purple for the first time after he had received a special pair of EnChroma glasses as a birthday gift. It was unquestionably heartwarming to watch the man tear up over what most of us would consider otherwise mundane objects: a Lysol can, the leaves of a potted plant, a wall covered in Post-Its (as it turns out, his colorblindness also affected his perception of reds and greens). The video ended with the man venturing outside, breathing heavily as he knelt on the stone path and ran his fingers through the green, green grass.

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

An Extrovert's Guide to Dublin: 10 Ways to Interact

Feb 9, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Traveling to a new country, especially if you're on your own, can sometimes feel a bit lonely at first. If you're an extrovert, you'll likely be looking for interaction and places to engage in social activities so you feel more at home in your new environment. In a bustling, global city, there are many opportunities to connect with other people who will inspire and energize you. Here are 10 of our favorites in Dublin: 

1. CONNECT WITH YOUR PEERS. If you're reading this before you study abroad, you probably can’t wait to meet the people who you will be spending a next few months with and if you're abroad now, you're probably already enjoying each other's company! As a CAPA Dublin student, you’ll have a unique opportunity to get to know your fellow CAPA students as well as students you meet during your classes at Griffith College. You will make friends with people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. If you fancy having the craic with a local, check out our previous blog: "10 Ways to Meet Locals When You Study Abroad in Dublin."

Photo: CAPA Dublin students enjoying the Cliffs of Moher together from alumna Sydney Smith

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice

VLOG: Academics at CAPA Florence (& a Peek Inside)

Feb 8, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring_2016_Whitney_Browne_-_Official_CAPA_Vlogger_Photo.jpgWhitney Browne is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An accounting and technology management major at the Indiana University Bloomington, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's video, Whitney takes us inside CAPA Florence and talks about her academic classes and field studies that let her use the city as a classroom. 


Thanks Whitney!

Whitney's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

Find out about the CAPA Florence program

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

The Chinese New Year is a Global Affair

Feb 8, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Words by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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CAPA is a strong believer in the study of globalization and the ever-increasing spread of Chinese New Year celebrations around the world is a topical example. Yes, it is that time of year again - only it is not quite! As we know, the actual date of Chinese New Year on a western calendar varies with the Lunar Calendar each year.

In 2015, I celebrated it in China along with newly arrived CAPA students. It was a fun experience though with some challenges; global cities in China feel very empty and many places are closed. We waited an hour to get seated at a Chinese restaurant tor lunch on New Year's Day, such was the limited number of nice ones actually open.

Photo: Chinese New Year in London by Stephanie Sadler

A traditional event to visit is a Temple Fair in a city temple even if mainly outdoors and snow threatening. Of course there will be fireworks to the extent that they are allowed in Chinese cities these days and the festival period ends with a special lantern festival.  

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