Highlights of the Academic Environment of CAPA

Dec 21, 2018 3:13:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

Did you know that classes at CAPA involve both learning inside and outside the classroom? In this week's post, Christopher goes through why he enjoys this style of learning and his overall highlights of the semester. Take a look at what else CAPA London has to offer!

Over the course of this semester I (as part of the CAPA program) would meet for classroom sections in the CAPA building which was located in Kensington off of Cromwell Road. Luckily, this semester I was one of the students who lived in the Longridge apartments so fortunately I had the privilege of walking to class from my flat every morning. Ranging on where CAPA places you in your living situation, a student’s commute will range from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. My housing accommodation allowed me to get a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning since I had the opportunity to leave my building 10 minutes before class and still make it on time.

Located in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the CAPA building is located in one of the more posh areas in London, and the architectural style of the building dons a Georgian style—which is very uniformed for all the buildings in this area.

View of the CAPA London CenterA view of the CAPA London center from outside. Spot the iconic red door!

The most notable feature of the CAPA London center is the iconic red door. All CAPA Alumni can agree they associate their great experiences with that red landmark.

The CAPAccinoThe CAPAccino cafe inside CAPA London.

Once inside the building, there are an abundance of activities that students can choose from to occupy their free time. Whether it be lounging around in the CAPAcinno (the cafe area inside the building), or chat with other CAPA employees, there are various opportunities for students to occupy their breaks between classes. But since my flat was very close to the CAPA center, I could always just head home if I needed to grab anything or wanted to prepare my lunch quickly.

The London EyeStudents get the chance to have out-of-classroom field trips from time to time.

Now, to the actual classes. One huge selling point of studying with CAPA this semester is their ability to interweave classroom learning with out-of-class explorations very gracefully. In each of my classes, depending on the subject matter we would take multiple weeks to spend learning outside of the classroom and experience the cosmopolitan city of London and all that it has to offer. Some weeks would spend inside the program building and on opposite weeks we would meet in some part of the city and either go on a guided tour or on a tour by ourselves as a class and have our professor direct us around. In my favorite class we would alternate on weeks when we would have an out-of-class field study.

The Tube at Earl's Court StationThe Tube at Earl's Court Station.

I found This style of learning to be very effective as we would enhance our understanding of our academic subjects by experiencing first-hand many of our highlighted subject matter. CAPA’s ability to implement these styles of learning as part of their curriculum is very effective and has the ability to heighten the students’ experience in learning new material while also improving the students’ experience in their surrounding city and enabling them to make the most of their time abroad. For this I am very grateful to be given this opportunity and would like to believe I have fully made the most out of my experience. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the final few blog posts!

Thanks, Christopher!

Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

Christopher's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA London Program

Topics: London, England, International Education