Connecting Global Cities: Expats Away from Home

Jan 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.


Happy 2018! The stimulus for this topic came partly from being sandwiched between the Western New Year and the Chinese New Year this month and partly from a contribution I was asked to make by China Daily on ex-pats’ reflections on being away from home for the holiday season, Christmas to some. You can read that article here.

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It shows that there are some celebrations that are quite hard to replicate in foreign parts for expats abroad. Even in cities ranked as global cities, it is not always possible to find authentic celebrations from back home.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

Photo Roundup: 6 (More) Pictures that Bring Me Back

Jan 5, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.


Back in June, I shared eight of my favorite photos from my semester abroad in Florence. It was so enjoyable to look back at some of the best memories of my life, so I decided to pick a few more of my favorite photos to share from my time abroad! It's crazy to think it's already been three years since I left for Florence!

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I basically have a sunset picture from every single place I've been to. To me, there's nothing better than sunset/sunrise pictures! This one is extra special to me since it was taken on one of my last nights in Florence. Even for an iPhone photo, I think it came out pretty well!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad

Returning to American Suburbia

Dec 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan


Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In his last post, Thaddeus flies back home and reflects on his study abroad experience in London.


On the 16th of December, I woke up in London knowing that my minutes left on the English isle were very few. I wasn't sad to leave the country, instead, I was sad to leave the memories behind that I have made during my time abroad.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2017_From Thaddeus Kaszuba - Downtown Chicago Skyline as I prepare to land in the US after 5 Months.jpgA view of the Downtown Chicago skyline as I return to the U.S. after 5 months abroad.

I said goodbye to my friends from other universities that I had met during my time at CAPA, and slowly tread down the escalator for the rather long Picadilly Line tube ride to London Heathrow.

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Posted in: London, England, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection

My Advice on How to Get Yourself Acquainted with Florence

Dec 26, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


Kristopher (also known as Kip) is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at University of Colorado - Boulder, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In his last post, Kristopher looks back on his study abroad and shares simple ways to quickly integrate with life in Florence.


Thanks Kip!

See more of Kristopher's journey in Florence.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy, Reflection

Grateful for a Semester and Internship Abroad in Dublin

Dec 26, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan


Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth reflects on her time studying and interning abroad in Dublin and how it feels to be back in the U.S.


As I sit on my couch in front of my Christmas tree, it is difficult to believe I am actually back home in the U.S. Since my plane touched down Saturday night, this is the first moment I have been able to pause and take a moment to reflect on my incredible three months in Dublin.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Fall2017_Dublin_From Elizabeth Leahy - Friends_2.jpgThe most memorable part of my semester would have to be the people.

The last few weeks in Ireland were a blur of finals, assignments, bucket list items, and saying goodbyes. Whether it was visiting favorite restaurants for the final time or stopping in the shops I have walked past every day of the semester, it was a week of soaking in the last drops of Dublin.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection

Does God Like Christmas?

Dec 22, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.


Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.
– Ronald Reagan

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Introducing Winterval

Things about which I am sceptical are unavoidable in these cold dreary days of December. If you live in London (or in most of the cities in which we operate) Christmas is omnipresent in our media, streets and shops. It begins, in fact, in early October and drags on for close to three monotonous months. It is in our eyes—tinsel town and twinkling lights —urging us to commemorate the conjunction of holiness and poverty by buying more and more things. It is also in our ears. Many of the Christmas Carols with which we are familiar were written in Victorian times. They are now heard, more often than not, as a kind of seasonal muzak in department stores: droning reiterations of sound devoid of meaning.

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Posted in: Study Abroad, Holidays Abroad

By Academic Major & Internship Industry

Dec 21, 2017 2:59:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


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Dec 21, 2017 2:58:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA World interviews people living or working in the global cities where our program sites are located, those who are studying or have studied abroad, anyone who may have interesting stories or advice on studying abroad, CAPA internship providers and people who are working in the field of international education.

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Reflecting on a Semester Abroad in Shanghai

Dec 21, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


Sarah is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Fashion Retail and Merchandising major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Sarah reflects on her time in Shanghai and shares how she grew and what she learned.


Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Study Abroad, Personal Learning

CGCs - Review of 2017

Dec 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.


We have nearly reached the end of an eventful year in the trends in globalization. The year started with the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the USA and we saw the implementation of campaign promises to “Make America Great Again”. The implications were that global trade agreements had disadvantaged the USA and benefited their trading partners - hence President Trump withdrew the USA from the proposed Transpacific Partnership, from the Paris Climate Accord and generally stated that he believes in fair trade by bilateral agreements rather than multilateral agreements. This step backwards on the long path of globalization has been countered by the actions of China in championing open trade and criticising protectionism and continuing to propose regional trade agreements in Asia.

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This year we saw more flesh put on the Belt and Road Initiative to link Asia and Europe and the growth of membership of the Beijing headquartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank which is supporting this. This last month of the year more countries joined it taking the total membership to 84 countries - with the USA remaining steadfastly outside.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities


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