Accomplishing Goals and Reflecting While Abroad

Mar 28, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel  reflects on his time abroad, his goals for the program, and what he's accomplished so far.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Goals Abroad

Having a GANZO Family in Florence: An Interview with Eileen Klawitter

Mar 23, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya interviews her roommate Eileen on CAPA's GANZO program.

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Integrating oneself in a host country’s culture is something every student abroad strives and plans to do.  But once we get here, we find it difficult with language barriers, time restrictions, and just pushing ourselves even further out of our comfort zones. However CAPA has a new program called GANZO that they just began last year, which has helped a handful of students learn about real Italian culture in a fun, interactive way. This program teams a student up with an Italian family with whom they can eat dinner and spend time. I decided to ask my roommate, Eileen, about her experience so far with her GANZO family and what she has gained from it.

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Good Food? An Interview with a Pasta Maker

Mar 21, 2017 2:45:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel interviews a local Florentine pasta maker about his craft.

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Top 10 Useful Apps for Studying Abroad

Mar 16, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya tells us the best apps to use in Florence and during study abroad.

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“Where do you want to eat tonight?”  That’s the dreaded question that, for some reason nobody is ever able to answer.   Finding the right spots to eat, drink, and see while in a foreign place is close to impossible.  But with the help of a few apps, this challenge can be tackled.  In fact, while studying abroad I’ve discovered a handful of apps that has made my experience a lot simpler and organized, from helping me find the perfect restaurant that’s not too expensive to actually enjoying learning about economical terms to finding the cheapest train ticket to Rome.  Here is my list of the top 10 apps that I’ve found most useful while studying abroad:  

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Vacations Abroad: Assimilating to Another Culture

Mar 14, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel talks about vacationing in France, and how the culture differs from both America and Italy.

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Tips for Traveling in Europe

Mar 2, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya talks about travel in Europe and shares a few tips she's picked up so far on her adventures. 

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On our first day of class, our professor asked each of us why we chose to study abroad in Florence. We snaked around the room and it was almost humorous how repetitive we were. Our answers varied between interests in Italian food, architecture and history, or having family connections. Despite those small differences, every single one of us agreed on one thing: we chose to study in Florence because it's central location means easy accessibility to traveling throughout Europe.

Before arriving here, I was expecting to travel for spring break and maybe a weekend or two if I had the time and money. But, I completely underestimated the amount of travel involved with studying abroad. Most people in my program are traveling every single weekend to another country or part of Italy. I am not saying this is a bad idea whatsoever; I think it's smart to take advantage of the fact that we are in Europe and have opportunities to see countries without paying hundreds of dollars for long-haul flights from the US. 

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Posted in: Travel, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy

Vlog: Exploring Italy by Train

Feb 28, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel talks about the beauty of train travel in Italy. 

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Study Abroad: Taking Classes in Florence

Feb 23, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya talks about academics abroad and what her classes are like in Italy.

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So far, it’s been wonderful traveling, eating at fantastic restaurants, and aimlessly walking around Florence with my friends, but I’ve actually had to do some school work in this beautiful city as well. Yeah it’s been hard to remember that I’m studying abroad. But, I won’t have trouble remembering this week because I have midterms and now is my time to buckle down and study… in a library. While it’s easy to complain about studying text books instead of pretending that I’m on vacation, I honestly really enjoy my classes here at CAPA and I've found a few ways to make studying more fun in Florence.

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Because I’m pursuing a certificate in International Business, I’ve had to complete a lot of required classes here. To be specific, I am taking "International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior", "Global Workforce Management", "International Economy", "International Marketing", and "Understanding Modern Italy" (taught in Italian). So in case you don’t know what some of those lengthy titles mean; I’m taking a bunch of business classes. I’m not going to lie to you and say my two and a half years of business lectures have been exhilarating because those lectures can get so dry. But, I honestly think CAPA does a good job at keeping me interested and motivated.

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

Vlog: On Being American in Florence

Feb 21, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel talks about what it's like to be an American in Italy. 

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The Top 8 Cultural Celebrations in Italy

Feb 21, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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Words by Mary Brown, an Admissions Advisor at CAPA The Global Education Network.

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When you study abroad in Florence, there's a few cultural celebrations throughout the country that are worth looking into attending! Here are eight for your list: 

1. Epiphany and La Befana

Throughout Florence, it is tradition for an old woman to deliver gifts to children on Epiphany Eve. The Befana, like Santa Claus, is said to give sweets for the good and coal for the naughty kids. This holiday, which takes place on January 6th, is celebrated with a wonderful parade of people winding through Florence to the Piazza Duomo in Renaissance costumes to honor the arrival of the three Wise Men.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Cultural Insights