How to Stay Safe When You Study Abroad

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

Even if you're super excited about studying abroad, there are probably many other thoughts running through your head at the same time: how will you make friends; will you have enough money; how does public transportation work; what will your roommates or host family be like? You might also be wondering how to stay safe while you're in your host country or traveling. 

How to Stay Safe When You Study Abroad

Let's start with some common safety tips to observe when traveling to any city:

  • Know who to contact in an emergency
  • Remembering that there's safety in numbers
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Keep valuables close to you and out of sight
  • Decrease your vulnerability by observing and mimicking behavior of locals
  • Research the city's neighborhoods in advance so you know if there are any particular areas best avoided
  • Only use official transportation
  • Keep up with local, national and world news


For some more specific tips focused on each CAPA city, we took some time to speak with CAPA's Resident Directors who live in, work in, and have extensive knowledge of each place for their top safety tips to keep in mind.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice

Liveable Cities - Revisited

Sep 23, 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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Recently, we revisited the Global Cities Index to examine the impact of the 2016 edition. We found that London had taken the top spot from New York, that Chinese cities were rising on the list and more cities were meeting the criteria for inclusion. Global cities are continually evolving concepts.

So, too, are other ways of looking at cities - some global and others less so - such as the index of the most liveable cities or of green cities. So, since The Economist released in August its 2016 ranking of most liveable cities, it is timely to look again at that aspect.

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Photo: Melbourne, Australia (public domain)

The concept of liveability is not without controversy as it is not the same as just a healthy environment; as we will see below, the European Commission 2016 survey of green cities put one city at the top that is nowhere in The Economist's top 10. In fact, 30 factors are used by The Economist to construct their table and are spread across five areas: stability (including safety), infrastructure, education, health care and environment.

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Posted in: Global Cities

Vlog: 6 Amazing Experiences at Dublin's Culture Night

Sep 23, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Emily_Lambert_Profile_Square.jpgEmily Lambert is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's video, Emily talks about culture night in Dublin and six of her favorite parts of the day that you shouldn't miss! 

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Thanks Emily!

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

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Cultural Insights

The CAPA Advising Team is on Twitter!

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

CAPAStudyAbroad_Leah_Gillen_Interview3.jpgWords by Leah Gillen, a CAPA Admissions Advisor. Read more about Leah in her CAPA World blog interview.  

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CAPA is rolling out an even easier way for students to get in contact with an advisor—the @CAPAadvising twitter handle!

We regularly tweet deadline reminders, program specific information and advice for studying abroad. Have a quick question you want to ask? Tweet at us!

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Our twitter handle gives you immediate access to CAPA’s advising department. We’re happy to cover a variety of topics, and we’ll also provide our online scheduler information if you’d like to set up an appointment.

Happy tweeting!

Thanks for the update, Leah!

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Posted in: Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Vlog: Celebrating French Culture in Buenos Aires

Sep 22, 2016 5:30:00 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 to an event in Buenos Aires where French culture is being celebrated.

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Thanks Melanie!

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

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

Preparing to Study and Intern Abroad in Sydney

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

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2016_Sara_Martin_Profile.jpgSara Martin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A biological sciences major, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester through the custom program at the University of California, Davis.

In this week's post, Sara shares her pre-departure thoughts, excitement for her internship and the process she went through to get her where she is right now: about to board a plane to Sydney!

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Although I grew up thinking that my hometown Redding, California, was an average city (being the largest town in the area), I now realize how small it really is after moving away for school. This taste of freedom was part of the reason that I wanted to study abroad. The idea of getting to peek into different cultures all over the world is very exciting. The only traveling outside of the United States that I’ve done has been visiting family with my dad and step-mom in the Philippines when I was younger.

The decision to study abroad was a long process involving endless budgeting so my friends and family weren’t exactly surprised by the time I made my decision, but they were still happy for me. However, I don’t think I would have had the courage to sign up if it wasn’t for my roommate and best friend of three years, Anna Smith. She has bestowed upon me as much travel wisdom as possible and I believe I can at least make it through the airports now. While my parents are a little nervous about me being so far away from home and in such a different environment, they are also very excited about how much I will learn while I am in Sydney.

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Photos: Kid’s Kingdom, Redding, CA

I originally wanted to study abroad because I knew that I needed a big change in my life. The knowledge that my fourth year is coming up and I haven’t really focused on anything beside the academic side of school was driving me crazy. I want to explore new cultures because I feel that understanding those with ideals different from one’s own is one of the most important things that one can do to become more open to different ways of life – in turn making for a more peaceful future. I also believe that learning about similarities and differences with others is the best way to truly understanding oneself.

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

A Chinese Cultural Experience: Visiting a Hot Pot Restaurant

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

CAPAStudyAbroad_Shanghai_Fall2016_Caleb_Kostreva_Profile.jpgCaleb Kostreva is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A public policy and civic leadership; social science (global studies emphasis) major at Howard Payne University, he is studying abroad in Shanghai this term.

In this week's post, Caleb highlights one of CAPA's My Global Education events, sharing his experience of a traditional hot pot meal in Shanghai, including a few new tastes (goose foot, anyone?) and a noodle dance.

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One of the most cultural dishes in China, especially in the southern province of Sichuan, is hot pot. A part of the CAPA program is My Global Education, a calendar of events which is essentially designed to help us experience and understand Chinese history, culture, and cuisine more fully. For one of these events, we were taken to a famous hot pot restaurant here in Shanghai. I have had hot pot in the United States, and it was amazing, but nothing can compare to our meal last night. If you lack an open mind before entering the restaurant, your experience will be limited greatly, but strong-minded (and strong-stomached) individuals will have a tasteful memory that will endure a lifetime.

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Photo: HaiLiDao Hot Pot restaurant

When we entered HaiLiDao, we were greeted with snacks to help pass the time (all five minutes of it) until we were seated at a large round table with a hole in its middle. Unlike many upscale Western restaurants, which are commonly characterized by subdued conversations barely reaching beyond each booth, the air was filled with noise from its every corner – sounds of joviality and satisfaction. Upon being seated, we were recommended to a complimentary salad and fruit bar, and were given free beverages. One thing I noticed throughout the entire evening was the amount of services that were absolutely free, with no strings attached, and the amount of care and attentiveness provided with each. At any given moment, there was almost certainly a waiter or waitress discreetly observing our table.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Food Abroad

Vlog: Excitement for a Sydney Study Abroad Semester

Sep 21, 2016 9:00:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2016_From_Winnie_Goh_-_Blogger_Profile.pngWinnie Goh is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Animal Science and Management major, she is studying abroad in Sydney, Australia on a custom program through the University of California, Davis this semester. 

In her first video, Winnie shares a couple of things she is most excited about during her Australian adventures and a few things she can't forget. Plus, her dog has a guest appearance at the end, so stick around.

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Thanks Winnie!

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

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

A London Internship at Beauty and the Dirt: The First Day

Sep 21, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2016_From_Katrina_Katie_Deisler_-_Profile.jpgKatrina Deisler is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A student at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Katrina talks about the first day at her London study abroad internship placement with the team at Beauty and the Dirt, a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog.

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As our first full week in London comes to an end, I’m starting to fall into the rhythm of life in the city. I feel so lucky for the chance to be here, living and interning in such an amazing global city. Starting my internship was the highlight of my week, and the part I was the most nervous about going into this experience.

This semester I have the privilege of interning for Beauty and the Dirt, a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog centered around happenings in London. I was thrilled about my placement because it meant I would be working in a field I’m interested in, with content that I’m excited about, and have tangible things to take away when I complete my placement. The internship description I received stated that I would have the opportunity to write for the blog and I hoped that would ring true, as I’m planning to pursue journalism in some form after I graduate.

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Photo: Walking to the office on Great Portland Street

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

What It's Like to Go Back to School When You're Going Abroad

Sep 21, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

IMG_1050.jpgWords by Julie Ritz, Marketing Assistant at CAPA The Global Education Network.

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Every August, a nationwide epidemic occurs as we realize with each passing day that the weather is cooling off. Beach trips become less frequent, morning hikes become afternoon walks, and scenic sunsets happen earlier and earlier. Suddenly we notice a surplus of sales at our favorite stores as sweaters creep their way back onto the shelves. Barbeques become a thing of the past as we see our tans fade. Is this happening to you or someone you know? Then you or someone you love may be experiencing “back to school”.

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Posted in: Back to School

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