Study Abroad Checklist: 9 Steps to Prepare for a Semester Abroad in Sydney

Jan 17, 2019 12:12:00 PM / by Kara Davis

Sooner is better than later when it comes to getting ready for your study abroad semester. In her first post, Kara takes us through a step-by-step guide on how to prepare and have a seamless pre-departure experience before you get on your flight to your global city. Spoiler alert: this list will let you know the 9 things you must  absolutely do to get everything sorted—from passports to courses to insurance and medications!

Planning to study abroad in Australia next semester but don’t know where to start? Read on for 9 things you can do right now to get started.

(Note: Although the following content is tailored to the CAPA Sydney program, the basics can still be applied when studying abroad in other locations or with a different institution.)

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

The Do's and Don'ts of Preparing for A Semester in London

Jan 16, 2019 11:08:00 AM / by Sarah Mai

In her first post, Sarah makes a case for preparing everything early—from applying to study abroad and collating documents to packing for your needs. Check out some of these lessons and save yourself from several headaches as you get ready for a new semester abroad!

(Original illustrations by Sarah Mai)

There seemed to be an endless list of things to do before my flight off to London. When I completed one task, three more appeared in my email inbox. Determined to complete everything on my own, I worked through each of the steps of pre-departure, ending up finishing my task list the morning of my flight day—which I do not recommend (more on that in a second). Despite my shortcomings, there was light at the end of the tunnel, and I learned some very important lessons before I set my feet on British soil.

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Posted in: London, England, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

From Procrastination to Prioritization – Making a Semester in Florence Happen

Jan 16, 2019 9:11:00 AM / by Daniel Arnabar

In his first post, Daniel shares how he decided to stop waiting for the right moment and take action now by studying and interning abroad. He tells us more about himself, his personal and professional goals, as well as what he wants to do in Florence, Italy!

I have to keep reminding myself that in less than a week I’ll be across the ocean, thousands of miles away from everything and everyone I know. It’s definitely a daunting thought. Now that I can count the number of days I have left in the States on one hand, the nerves are starting to creep in.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

On the Attractions of Studying Abroad in Europe

Jan 15, 2019 2:41:00 PM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

What is Europe?

Europe is not just geographical space. Defining Europe by geography is complex, contested, and controversial. Russia and Turkey are within and without. The British use the term the “Continent” to mean everywhere in Europe except Britain. We should also recall the headline that may or may not have appeared in The Times when Britain was enjoying Imperial pomp (and when “Great Britain” was not irony): “Fog over the Channel. Europe cut off.”

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

Why London? Reasons to Spend a Semester Across the Pond

Jan 14, 2019 12:18:08 PM / by Kendall Hoyt

In this week's vlog, Kendall shares her story of why she decided to study abroad with CAPA in London, touching on the many benefits of spending a semester in this global city and why it may be a great fit for you.

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Posted in: Why Study Abroad, London, England

6 Things You Realize at the End of Your Semester Abroad

Jan 13, 2019 9:13:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

When you study abroad, there are some things you can prepare ahead for and tips you pick up along the way through experience. Fresh from finishing her semester in Barcelona, Maya looks back on her time abroad and lists 6 things she's realized over the last few months. She shares this and more practical study abroad advice in her last post—from balancing time in your host city to becoming more independent while doing things alone.

I wrote this blog post at 4am because jet lag is NO JOKE, and a six-hour time difference makes a big impact on your sleep schedule. Back in Barcelona, it is 10am. I would be up on my way to my favorite cafe, next to my flat, for a freshly squeezed orange juice and croissant before class. Can you tell I miss Spain already?

Studying abroad was one of the scariest and most exciting things I’ve ever done, and even though four months feels like forever, it went by SO fast. My housemates and I have been talking in our group chat since we left, crying about how much we want to go back! Being in Spain was a rollercoaster of opportunities, emotions, and never-ending new experiences. With that, here are my top takeaways from spending a semester in Barcelona.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Why Study Abroad

A Student’s Guide to Street Art in Florence

Jan 12, 2019 12:38:00 PM / by Payton Meyer

Florence is known as THE city for art and history. One of the lesser known types of art in this city is its street art. In this week's post, Payton tells us about the street art scene in Florence and gives us some background on the artists and their inspiration for adorning the city with their expressions.

Everyone knows that Florence is chock full of art, just about everywhere you look. Generally when you think of art in Florence, your mind jumps to the renaissance, and artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli, Brunelleschi...I could go on and on. Florence is the home of the renaissance, but there’s so many other art forms that have been practiced here. One of them, that is pretty much impossible to ignore, is street art.

Street art lines the walls and street signs of Florence, in many different forms. In one single block you can find illegible graffiti, paste ups of Italian poetry, sculptures popping out of the wall, gorgeous paintings of people of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and cheeky stickers with links to different movements and initiatives. I’ve taken notice of a few recurring motifs in the street art that I see all around town, and done some research to find out the meaning and the artists behind these urban masterpieces. So, without further ado, here are 3 different local street artists in Florence to follow during your semester abroad!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

10 Pieces of Advice for those Studying Abroad in Dublin

Jan 12, 2019 9:29:00 AM / by Casey Rhode

In her final post, Casey shares key pieces of advice that will help you through your study abroad journey in Dublin. Whatever you do, make sure you have all you need to prepare for the time of your year (and life) in this global city! Take it from a student who has spent a semester abroad in Dublin: plan ahead, enjoy the moments, and become a local in your city.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Why Study Abroad

On The 40th Anniversary of China’s ‘Reform and Opening Up’

Jan 11, 2019 9:26:00 AM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

For China watchers, 1978 was a pivotal year—after nearly three decades of a planned economy under Chairman Mao, the famous leader’s passing, in 1976, was a prelude to China’s “Reform and Opening-up” led by Deng Xiaoping after he became the new leader in 1978. Thus 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of that reform, marked in part by the launch in Shanghai of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in November.

However, December 18, 2018 marked the precise date that “Reform and Opening-up” was launched and the Shanghai authorities marked this by a short exhibition of “China stuff” from 40 years ago onwards—held in a specially erected steel tent near Zhongshan Park, one metro station from CAPA’s Shanghai campus. Starting just before the weekend to facilitate attendance, it ended on Tuesday, December 18 to commemorate the special day. I was privileged to get a ticket to attend and I did not see any other foreigners while there. I will discuss some of the exhibition highlights below, but first a bit more background.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, International Education

A Student's Guide to Planning a Semester in Florence

Jan 10, 2019 10:40:00 AM / by Oriana Garcia

In her first vlog of the semester, CAPA Florence student Oriana Garcia outlines the 3 areas you need to focus on to prepare for a semester in Florence: how to plan financially, how to get your visa, and how to pack!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations


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