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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Official Bloggers & Vloggers, Fall 2018 (Up to $650 Grant)

Jul 11, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Will you represent your study abroad city as one of our official CAPA bloggers or vloggers for Fall semester 2018?

Depending on your program length, each student on our team of storytellers will receive a grant of up to $425 along with up to $225 as an explorer fund to help you create awesome weekly content for the CAPA World blog. 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS_Fall 2018

Blog Vlog Grants Apply Now 

Besides helping finance their adventures, previous CAPA bloggers and vloggers have loved the experience for a bunch of different reasons: 

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Financing Study Abroad

My Global City: The Greenwich Boat Tour of London

Jul 9, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Alice Ding

Alice is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Computer Science and Marketing major at Northeastern University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Alice takes us along on the Greenwich Boat Tour—a My Global City event—and gives us a look around London and its landmarks.

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Boats have never really been my thing. I used to get seasick as a kid (and honestly, I still get a little nauseous when on a boat even today) so I’ve tried to steer clear of anything to do with a vessel on water whenever possible.

Near the Tower Bridge on the Greenwich Boat TourThe beauty of being on a boat: you get to be closer to Tower Bridge for a spectacular shot!

The Thames River though… Not really known for waves, right? That and the idea of going to Greenwich? It was enough to convince me to put that deposit in and secure my spot for the Greenwich Boat Tour, a My Global City (MGC) event that my flatmates, other friends from CAPA, and I decided to go on.

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Posted in: London, England, My Global City

The Empowering Experience of Studying, Interning, and Living Abroad

Jul 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In her last post, Claire reflects on her study abroad, international internship, and living experiences in Buenos Aires, and how the past few months will color a lot of her life and friendships.

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It’s so easy for people to ask, “Oh my gosh how was your semester abroad?!” but the answer is so complex.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - Saying Goodbye to Buenos AiresEnjoying some Coca-Cola with my friends before we say goodbye to Argentina!

It was amazing, in so many ways: amazing to get to use my Spanish in new settings, amazing to have an international internship and to learn how to work in the Argentine work environment, amazing to build community and to get to know people I met on my high school trips in a deeper way.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Personal Learning, Reflection

Advice: Spend Your Time Exploring and Becoming Culturally Experienced

Jul 6, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Brandon Mooney_Dublin

Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In his last post, Brandon reflects on his semester abroad and shares 3 major ways he has changed, as well as vital advice for future study abroad students.

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Hello, I hope your week is going well! This is my last post as an official CAPA blogger, and it is bittersweet. On one hand, this means that my time studying abroad is over and I get to return home to see friends and family, but on the other, I have had the most amazing experiences of my life while in Dublin and Ireland now feels like my home-away-from-home. I should add that I will not be returning home immediately, however. I am currently on a family vacation around Europe, and I will be spending some part of the summer working on a vineyard in Spain.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - Self-Outside Temple BarThis is me outside Temple Bar.

I would like to spend my final post reflecting on my study abroad experience. Looking back on who I was before going abroad and who I am now, I can see several significant, positive changes. First, I am far more confident in myself. Being abroad separates you from your traditional support networks, be they friend or family-based, and it forces you to find strength within yourself. Second, I am more comfortable being friendly with strangers.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Reflection

Catch Up with CAPA's Official Bloggers & Vloggers for Summer 2018

Jul 6, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

We’re very excited for you to meet our team of official bloggers and vloggers for summer 2018!

Each of them will receive a grant accompanied by an explorer fund while they are abroad to help them generate their weekly stories here on CAPA World. From their reasons for studying abroad through their reflection upon their return to the States, we will watch the stories of these students unfold as they learn about their host country, explore and discover the real city beyond stereotypes and expectations, interact with locals, focus on their academics and complete internships.

So who are they and where are they studying abroad?

Catch Up with CAPA's Official Bloggers & Vloggers for Summer 2018

Julia SchroderJULIA SCHRODER, VLOGGER, BARCELONA
Julia is our very first student reporting from our brand new Barcelona location. She is excited to get to know this city's authentic spirit and all its locals. A Political Science and Global Studies major from Arizona State University, she's looking forward to being more spontaneous and more fluent in Spanish. Watch along as Julia gives us creative and incredible cinematic shots of Barcelona!
Look for Julia’s posts on CAPA World every Monday this summer and read more about her on her official CAPA vlogger profile where the archives will be compiled. 

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers

My Summer Homestay Experience in Buenos Aires

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

Nora CallahanNora Callahan is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An International Affairs and Math major at Northeastern University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Nora gives us a look at what it is like to live in a homestay and shares with us about her housemates in Buenos Aires.

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I am living out in a neighborhood called Belgrano almost at the end of the D line. There are a lot of good food and coffee options including cheap eats which are essential when adjusting to late dinners and the stress of exams and assignments start to kick in. I like to stop by a place right past the McDonald's on my walk home from the train for big 20-peso (about 80 cents) empanadas if I’m hungry after class and know that it’s still a few hours until dinner. Belgrano also has parks and museums. It was home to some famous historical porteños (translation: someone who is from or lives in a port city) and it is named after Manuel Belgrano, designer of the flag.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Summer2018_From Nora Callahan - A Photo with Friends at the Colonia Sign
Megan, Valentina, me, and Sam in front of the big Colonia sign.
Watch out for our first album release! ;)

If, like me, you are a runner, it’s sort of a blessing to be this far from downtown because there are parks close by to run! We are also very close to Barrio Chino and something about walking through there, if I am a little stressed or homesick, maybe it’s similar to “the Irish pub effect” as my traveling cousin has called it, but it reminds me of D.C. or Boston or other cities I’m tied to back home and it can be calming that way.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Accommodation Abroad

What My Post-War British Pop Culture Course Taught Me

Jul 2, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Alice Ding

Alice is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Computer Science and Marketing major at Northeastern University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Alice tells us about her summer course on Post-War British Pop Culture and the different subcultures she has explored through this class in London.

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Upon receiving my schedule for CAPA, I was surprised at the timings of my classes. Here, I only have classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays; that’s twelve days of classes for the entire course of the program. I’d have five weekends. Compared to American school schedules, it truly seemed like a dream like true, but maybe only on the surface level. Imagine having a class that runs from 8:30am - 4:00pm every Wednesday and then a class right after that from 4:20pm - 7:50pm. Yup. Almost 12 hours of class straight. Part of me dreaded this. Wednesdays were going to be crazy for me. A seven-hour class? No way I’d survive.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Summer2018_From Alice Ding - Street Art in Shoreditch on our Walking Tour
Our first class: street art in Shoreditch where we did a walking tour to see several pieces of work.

After the first day though, I realized that this would probably one of my favorite courses I’d ever take, abroad or otherwise.

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Posted in: London, England, Academics Abroad, Classes in London

Top 10 Dulces (Sweets and Desserts) in Buenos Aires

Jul 2, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Claire compiles a top 10 list that'll make anyone with a sweet tooth delighted in Buenos Aires.

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If you have a sweet tooth, Buenos Aires is the perfect place for you. There’s a never ending supply of sweets here, it’s been a city full of temptations for me. Though I haven’t quite accomplished my goal of trying all the alfajor (sweet cookies with a dulce de leche filling, sometimes covered in chocolate) options there are, I think it’s safe to say I’m practically an expert.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - Eating Sweets in Buenos AiresDecadent Argentinian dulces!

Though Argentina’s best alfajor is debated as hotly as the controversial president, anything with chocolate and ooey gooey dulce de leche is bound to be incredible. So, here’s my list of the top ten sweets in Buenos Aires.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Food in Buenos Aires, Top 10

10 Practical Ways to Fit In Better in Dublin

Jun 29, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Brandon Mooney_Dublin

Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Brandon counts 10 practical ways to fit in better as you study and intern abroad in Dublin.

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As this is my last blog in Ireland, I have decided to make this post about how to better fit in as an American in Dublin. Although letting you in on some trade secrets of a 4-month study abroad student may seem like cheating, I would have liked to have known some of these things before I arrived. Also, it just seemed like a fun way to close out my time here. However, don’t worry, I have one last post after this, but it will be written as a reflection on my time here.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - Grafton StreetThe stereotypical Irish weather.

1. What to Pack

Do not put any stock in online articles telling you how to dress in Ireland. I know that I read a few that told me that only American tourists wear jeans. This is nonsense. Everyone wears jeans everywhere. In addition, some articles are going to tell you to pack tons of heavy sweaters. Once again, this is nonsense and will only take up space in your luggage. Pack a good jacket and some sweaters if you’re a sweater person and you’ll be fine.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Top 10

A Study Abroad Experience Four Years in the Making

Jun 25, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Alice Ding

Alice is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Computer Science and Marketing major at Northeastern University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In her first post, Alice recounts how her high school teacher's advice to study abroad stuck with her and shares why she went through this process independently to fulfill her summer abroad experience.

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Study abroad. Even before entering college, I knew that it was something I’d have to do. I distinctly remember sitting in my AP Spanish class my senior year of high school and my teacher talking about her own experiences with studying out of the country during college.

“If you ever have the chance, take it. I promise it’s an experience you won’t forget.”

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Summer2018_From Alice Ding - The London EyeSummer is the time to go to London, known for one of the rainiest cities in the world,
and yet almost everyday has been as beautiful as this!

I can remember how she was sitting, how she said it, and how those words have stuck with me ever since. Others I’ve talked to have emphasized the same thing, encouraging me at any and every opportunity to go abroad. “Do it, it’ll change your life forever.”

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Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, First Thoughts

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