4 Reasons Why It's Worth Studying Abroad and Other Fun Stories from Sydney

Oct 20, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hanna is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing, Finance, and International Business major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Hanna counts 4 reasons why you should study abroad and shares fun facts and stories she's learned from her time in Sydney.

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Honestly, it has been challenging to get back to the routine of going to classes and internship after an adventurous spring break in New Zealand. However, as I realized we have only about a month of the program left, I spent some time reflecting on my study abroad.

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Thus, I am dedicating this post to the reasons why it is worth studying abroad, and especially why you should visit Australia.

1. See the World

One of the biggest reasons is the opportunity to see the world! With programs like this students are able to see new countries, experience new cultures, people, customs, and activities. You are exposed to a completely new world that has so much to offer and teach us.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Study Abroad

A Day Trip to Glendalough, Wicklow, and Kilkenny

Oct 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Tylor is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Communication major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Tylor brings us to see the beautiful Irish sights on her day trip to Glendalough, Wicklow, and Kilkenny.

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Thanks Tylor!

Tylor's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Nature

Cultural Insights: 4 Daily Differences Between Americans and Italians

Oct 19, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hayley is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication and Media major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hayley ponders over her cross-cultural psychology classes and the daily cultural differences between Americans and Italians. 

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During my time abroad I have gotten to reflect on my personal identity as an American living in a foreign country. My experiences as well as classes have helped me develop a better understanding of the cross-cultural differences that I face every day in the city of Florence. In one of my classes, cross-cultural psychology, we learn about things such as socialization behavior in a cultural context and the different factors in cultural transmission and development.

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One of my favorite lessons we’ve learned in class thus far would be the differences of growing up American versus growing up Italian. This lesson got me thinking about how I may see things differently and act differently because of the way I was brought up in the U.S. Here are some of the major differences I’ve noticed in life in Italy versus life in the U.S.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Cultural Insights, Cultural Differences

Trekking the Glorious Mount Huangshan in China

Oct 19, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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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 treks the glorious Mount Huangshan, also known as Yellow Mountains, in eastern China during her Golden Week break.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Shanghai, China, Activities Abroad

CGCs: World Skills

Oct 19, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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

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Now that sounds pretty Global—"World Skills." In fact Wordskills International is a global event that dates back to 1950, when it was first held in Madrid, Spain. It is a suitable event to bring together participants from global (and other) cities worldwide; almost 60 WorldSkills Member countries and regions typically enter teams to compete. WorldSkills promotes vocational skills through its membership, which represents two-thirds of the world’s population.

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The event is held every two years, and has been dubbed the "World Skill Olympics," as it displays world-class levels of vocational skills in various fields. It is topical to cover it here as the 2017 edition (the 44th) recently got underway this month in Abu Dhabi.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

What It's Like to Intern Abroad in Sydney

Oct 18, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Nicole is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing & International Business major at Villanova University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Nicole interviews her fellow CAPA students to hear about their Global Internship placements in Sydney.

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Thanks Nicole!

Nicole's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Internships in Sydney, Sydney Interviews

Peeking Outside Dublin: Adventures in Northern Ireland

Oct 17, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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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 tours the scenic locations that serve as inspiration for Game of Thrones and The Chronicles of Narnia in Northern Ireland.

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After winding through the hillsides of Ireland, the bus reach a cliffside walk in Ballintoy. As I walk down the steep gravel path, the wind starts to pick up and pushes the hood of my jacket off my head. To our left sloped a patchwork hill filled with horses and a few cows. After stopping to pet two of the horses, we continued to journey down the path.

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As I stand on the end of the walkway, I look out over massive ocean in front of me. The sea-foam green ocean splashes against the edges of the cliffs. Through the fog I am able to make out a slight outline of one of the Scotland islands. As a light rain starts, I stand looking out at the ocean in awe of the beauty of nature.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad

National Pasta Day: 4 Study Abroad Food Experiences in Florence

Oct 17, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

No matter where you study abroad, food will always be an important part of your experience. It's always good to learn about each country's delicacies and appreciate how they're made. For National Pasta Day, we've compiled 4 food experiences our students have had with pasta on their study abroad program in Florence.  

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1. First Week Finds: Fantastic Food in Florence

After CAPA alumna Marte Eggleston's first week in Florence, she followed her foodie instincts and explored the local grocery stores to see what they had. There were some similarities to the grocery stores back home, but to her surprise she found numerous types of pasta—more than she expected!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Top 10, Food in Florence

Sand Between My Toes: A Weekend in the Amalfi Coast

Oct 16, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Celess is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Riverside City College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Celess checks out a gelato festival, the Amalfi Coast, and Mount Vesuvius.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Activities Abroad

A Single Day's Journey by Tube

Oct 16, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Maureen is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maureen brings us along on a London Underground tube ride.

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Thanks Maureen!

Maureen's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Transportation

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