Vlog: 5 Tips on Reverse Culture Shock

Apr 18, 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 us through the 5 tips to use if you're experiencing reverse culture shock.

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Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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A CAPA Advising Process Blog: The Steps

Feb 22, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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Words by Katie Rycik and Isabelle Bitman, Program Advisors at CAPA The Global Education Network.

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Hi future CAPA students! Program advisors Katie and Isabelle here, letting you know what to expect once you’ve decided on your CAPA program. We’ll go through each step of the process, so you know how to best prepare.

STEP 1: Speak to your study abroad office at your university! Their procedures can often vary. Some offices may request that you complete your home university application before starting the CAPA application. Other offices may instruct you to complete the CAPA application independently.

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Once you start the CAPA application, you will receive an email from your CAPA Program Advisor. Your CAPA Program Advisor serves as a liaison between you, your university, and the CAPA staff in your global city. Your Program Advisor will be your main point of contact throughout the months leading up to your departure.

**It’s important to note that your CAPA Program Advisor will be in touch with your university. We work together to help you through this process! If we can’t answer a question, we will reach out to them and vice versa.

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Packing for a Semester Abroad in Shanghai

Feb 14, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPA_DanielleThai_Blogger_Shanghai.pngDanielle Thai is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A resource economics major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In her first post, Danielle talks about packing and how she managed to fit in everything she needs for her semester in China.

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Shanghai, here I come! Oh wait… just kidding; there is a nor’easter on its way. Up to fifteen inches of snow along with powerful winds are headed my way. Fourteen hours before my flight, I get a call from the airline informing me that my flight has been canceled. After talking with the airline to reschedule, I had to get in contact with several other people to alter our plans. Instead of arriving in China on Friday, I will land on Sunday.

These two unexpected days allow me more time to get everything in order and make sure I have packed all I need. Those who know me know that I am not a light packer; if a trip is a week long, I over pack and end up packing for two-weeks. I was frequently asked, “How do you pack for three months?” and I would always shake my head and shrug because I did not even know how I was going to pack. It seemed like an impossible feat. I knew that if I packed how I normally do, I would need to check in three to four bags in addition to my carry-on. Not only is the thought ludicrous it is also impossible and unimaginable to carry all that luggage by myself through a foreign area. So I needed to come up with a game plan.

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How to Deal with Being Sick While Studying Abroad

Feb 9, 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 how to deal with being sick while you're studying abroad.  

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So I was planning on writing an exciting blog post about the most underrated city in Italy - Bologna - because my three roommates and I booked train tickets to go there this past weekend. I was truly looking forward to reviewing top notch food from the town’s famous market and showing pictures of an old church turned modern museum…

However, I got sick. €19 down the drain along with my enthusiasm and positivity. So instead, I’m going to write about a less exciting (but necessary!) topic: How to deal with being sick while studying abroad. 

First thing to note: being sick while studying abroad is normal, will probably happen, and does not mean your study abroad experience has instantly become a waste. You will find a doctor and get better with some common sense and a good night’s rest or two.

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How to Navigate Sydney's Public Transportation System

Feb 1, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Colin talks about his experience navigating Sydney's extensive public transportation system.

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A warm breeze sweeps across your face; the energizing scent of fresh espresso looming in the thick, humid air. Melodies of a spirited performer play in the background as a number of shops pass by: the bookstore, the pharmacy, the deli, the barber, and more. You’re tempted to stop for a quick bite to eat, but realize you need to run. Fast. No, you’re not meandering through a quaint street in Sydney. You’re underground in Central Station’s tunnel and the next train to Circular Quay leaves in three minutes—enough time to catch it if you pick up the pace.

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There is so much more to Sydney than the Opera House; so many lively neighborhoods, inviting parks, and appetizing eateries—not to mention stunning beaches—scattered across the city. Fortunately, Sydney also has an incredible public transit system to ensure residents and visitors can experience these offerings without needing a vehicle. As a student abroad, I can’t praise the public transit enough. Reliable, clean, and efficient schedules make traveling about the city a breeze.

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Vlog: How to Cope with Homesickness Abroad

Jan 31, 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 homesickness while studying abroad, how to prepare for these feelings and how to cope. 

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Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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When Homesickness Strikes: 10 Ways to Make the Most of Holidays Abroad

Jan 31, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

What's your favorite holiday? What do you love most about it?

For many of us, the answer to the second question will include the words "family" or "tradition". Holidays evoke warm memories of childhood, of laughter around heaping dinner tables with relatives from near and far and of the little details particular to your own family that make Easter or Thanksgiving or Christmas special because this is the way you've always celebrated. As CAPA Dublin alumna Nicole Taylor said, "All holidays hold value in my heart because they are spent with family, under one roof, reassuring another year of health and love."

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Photo: CAPA alumna Nicole Taylor with her family

Nicole studied abroad during spring semester and knew she was going to spend Easter in Ireland, along with other significant events including her dad’s 50th birthday, my mom’s 51st birthday, her girlfriend’s college graduation and Valentine’s Day. Summer study abroad students will find themselves overseas for the 4th of July and those who choose Fall semester will be away from home for a number of others including Thanksgiving. 

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Vlog: The Best Ways to Keep in Touch While Abroad

Oct 28, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Emily 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 shares the best ways she's been able to keep in touch while in Dublin this semester.

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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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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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6 Tips for Staying in Touch When You Study Abroad

Sep 20, 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 this week's post, Matthew shares his top 6 tips for staying in touch with family and friends back home while you're studying abroad.

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“Homesickness hits hardest in the middle of a crowd in a large, alien city.” – Christos Tsiolkas.

Homesickness really hasn’t hit me yet, at least I don’t think so. I have been in Sydney for three weeks, and yet it feels like I have been here for about five days because time is moving so fast. I am caught in the hustle and bustle of it all, but I still remember that my family is almost 10,000 miles away and they worry. Keeping in touch is not hard, especially in a country where wifi is easily accessible. So let me share some of my tips on how to stay in touch, not only with your family, but all your friends as well!

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1. INTERNATIONAL PHONE PLAN. My number one way of keeping in touch with my family is my Australian phone. I am on a prepaid phone plan through Optus Mobile, which very conveniently offers unlimited international calling to the US. This has come in handy because you will probably not receive calls because the person calling you will get charged. When you call the US, the other person does not get charged, only the caller does. This allows you to pick and choose when to call and who to call. In Australia, I am currently 14 hours ahead of my hometown of Erie, PA, so there are limited times when I can actually call my family. I have to call between 8AM and 12-noon, or 10PM and midnight Australian time because that means it is 6PM to 10PM, or 8AM to 10AM back home. So far I have called my grandparents and my mom and dad, and because only my mom is on Facebook. Every call can last well over an hour because my family wants to hear about everything happening so far!

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