Senior Year in Sydney: An Interview with a CAPA Student

Mar 8, 2019 12:11:00 PM / by Elizabeth Westermeyer

After writing about her own study abroad experiences over the last few weeks, Lizzy interviews fellow CAPA student Callie Schapekahm to get a different take on studying and interning in Sydney. Check out why Callie chose Australia, how she juggles her academics and internship, and the one thing you must absolutely do while in Sydney!

In this interview with a fellow CAPA student you get to meet Callie Schapekahm, a senior at University of Minnesota Crookston!

Continue Reading

Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Why Study Abroad

Living in Shanghai: The Best of ECNU Student Accommodations

Mar 7, 2019 11:49:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

Are you ready for student life abroad in Shanghai? In this week's post, Imani shares her take on the dorm accommodation and facilities around the ECNU campus. From finding what you need around campus to a look inside her dorm room, she gives more insight on what to prepare for and what she already enjoys about living on campus.

Before I arrived in Shanghai, I was given instructions to get me to the East China Normal University (ECNU) Zhongbei Campus (not the Minhang Campus). There are about 10,000 students here, which is huge compared to Hood College. There are many metro stations and malls nearby.

Continue Reading

Posted in: Shanghai, China, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Study Abroad Bucket List: Taking an Italian Cooking Class in Florence

Mar 6, 2019 1:49:54 PM / by Oriana Garcia

Included as an optional My Global City event on our Florence programs, students can sign up to take an Italian cooking class. This week, CAPA vlogger Oriana Garcia takes us along for her cooking lesson in Florence, Italy! Watch as she learns how to make authentic Florentine food, from fresh Italian pasta to ragu a la bolognese, all while bonding with her CAPA classmates!

Continue Reading

Posted in: Florence, Italy, Food Abroad

9 Reasons to Blog or Vlog for CAPA This Summer

Mar 6, 2019 12:13:13 PM / by Jessie Gibson

Will you represent your study abroad city as one of our official CAPA bloggers or vloggers for Summer 2019?

Each term, we select a team of student bloggers and vloggers to share their study abroad experiences on the CAPA World blog. Depending on your Summer program length, each student on our team of storytellers will receive a grant of up to $300 along with up to $90 as an explorer fund to help you create awesome content for the CAPA World blog.  You can choose to produce blogs, vlogs, or Instagram TV vlogs!

Besides helping finance their adventures, previous CAPA bloggers and vloggers have loved the experience for a bunch of different reasons. Without further ado, here are 9 reasons to become a CAPA blogger or vlogger:

Continue Reading

Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Scholarships & Financing

Connecting Global Cities: On Globalization and Brexit

Mar 5, 2019 10:30:00 AM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

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

With the impending Brexit referendum approaching, the principles and effects of globalization in the UK are up in the air. CAPA Shanghai Resident Director Colin Speakman sheds light on the history of the European Union and several impacts that the UK could face. He also covers perspectives from Shanghai and looks into alternative models of trade agreements.


This is a relevant article, I hope. By the time readers are seeing these words, it will be March and, in principle, on March 29 the UK is supposed to leave the European Union (EU). Yet, such are the complexities of this event that it could be postponed—at the time of writing we do not know.

Continue Reading

Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

Seeking Nature in Florence: A Guide to The Boboli Gardens

Mar 4, 2019 12:05:00 PM / by Daniel Arnabar

In this week's post, Daniel finds a quick escape from the city life in Florence and takes us to the Boboli Gardens. He shares six interesting facts about this historic park and pairs them up with gorgeous visuals of the area. Want to know how to get in for free and where the eye-catching views are? Let Daniel give you the scoop!  

In a city humming with life, the hustle and bustle can become a bit overwhelming. From time to time you might find yourself craving some nature. Lucky for you, not far from the center of Florence you can find the Boboli Gardens. This green oasis provides a refreshing escape from the narrow streets and loud scooters to both locals and tourists.

Continue Reading

Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

10 Alternative Study Spots in London

Mar 3, 2019 10:05:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Sometimes a change in scenery is just what you need for a boost in motivation to write a paper or to provide you with inspiration to complete a big project. Luckily, there are lots of great alternative places to study in London. If you’ve been sticking to CAPA’s study space or your bedroom and find yourself getting distracted easily or are feeling uninspired, it’s time to take your laptop out into the city. Try one of our 10 recommendations below:

Continue Reading

Posted in: London, England, International Education

The Rhythm of the Uilleann Pipes: My New GPS

Mar 2, 2019 10:33:00 AM / by Emma Aulenback

In this week's post, Emma discovers the sounds of Uilleann Pipes, a traditional Irish musical instrument, as part of her Irish Language and Culture course in Dublin. She also shares what makes this extraordinary instrument so special and even gives it a go at playing it!

“What did you say the address was again, girls? The GPS can’t seem to find this place.”

You know you are in for a real adventure when that persnickety little blue dot on the Taxi’s Google Maps starts having a meltdown. Desperately computing and recalculating...searching for the unsearchable. Gems are meant to be hard to find, right? Or wouldn’t we all be rich?

It just so happens that the meeting place for our CAPA course, Irish Language and Culture, was a cultural goldmine—full of good craic (the Irish term for FUN!)!

Continue Reading

Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, International Education

6 Packing Tips for a Semester Abroad in Barcelona

Mar 1, 2019 10:58:00 AM / by Victoria Irra

In her first vlog of the semester, Victoria Irra prepares to depart for a semester in Barcelona and has been packing away! From portable chargers to 3 months worth of spices - you'll want to watch more for Victoria's tips on what to pack and how to pack for a semester abroad. 

Continue Reading

Posted in: Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Barcelona, Spain

Everything You Need to Know about the CAPA Blue Mountains Excursion

Feb 27, 2019 12:01:00 PM / by Kara Davis

In this week's post, Kara heads to Blue Mountains National Park on a CAPA excursion and gets a firsthand experience with the Australian wildlife and natural mountain and valley formations. This getaway from Sydney included hiking on a trail, passing through a rainforest, overlooking the famous Three Sisters rock formations, and interacting with animals. Read on for more details (and photos) from this day trip!

This February, CAPA Sydney embarked on our second official excursion to Blue Mountains National Park. On our way, we also made a short stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park and the town of Katoomba. Read on if you’d like to hear about our fun day out and see some pictures of cute animals and the beautiful Blue Mountains!

Continue Reading

Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Local Culture


All posts