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 gives us a look into the CAPA Florence program and where you'll spend most of your class time.
For those of you who have plans to study in Florence in the upcoming semesters, get ready for one of the biggest journeys of your life! Making the change from your university or college to a small program may have you worried or curious about where you will be doing your studies during your time in Italy.
This week, I will be giving you a look around the CAPA Florence program. You can think of this as your orientation before arriving in the beautiful city of Florence!
This is the lobby of the CAPA Florence office. Usually you will be greeted by a staff member of CAPA at the front desk and find students hanging out on the couches before, between, or after classes. Because we are a small program, you are bound to run into one of your classmates here!
This is what a typical classroom looks like here at CAPA Florence. The amount of people in each class is usually small making each course very hands on. But, keep in mind that some of your classes won’t have you stuck in your classroom for the whole time period. Many professors enjoy taking their students out of the classroom and into the culture of Florence for a better academic experience. The professors here are extremely helpful and insightful. You may even be on a first name basis with some of them.
The study room is a great and quiet place to get your work done for the day and study. The study room is exclusively for CAPA students so you won't need to worry about finding a table at the crowded public library. This is also a convenient way to meet up with your group members while doing group projects.
The CAPA staff office is where you will find helpful staff members ready to answer any questions you have. In this office you will find staff members Guido and Vittoria!
Left your laptop in your apartment or homestay? No worries, because there is an accessible computer lab for all CAPA students. Also, the WIFI at the CAPA office is fast and efficient!
We are extremely lucky to have such a great program facility with wonderful staff. The CAPA building from the outside blends in with the old architecture of Florence, but on the inside it has a modern casual appeal. CAPA also provides you with many resources such as bookshelves filled with beneficial books and even snack and cappuccino machines! Overall, I couldn’t think of a better academic institution in Florence!
Hayley's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.