CAPA is aware of the incident in London this morning. We are checking in with all students but have no reason to believe any of our students are involved. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected.
In this week's post, Payton expresses what she's grateful for—the chance to experience a semester abroad and Thanksgiving in Florence. Her daily life hasn't been the same since the beginning of the fall, so read on to see what her new routine and habits are like and how she'll be spending Thanksgiving abroad.
Ciao! This week, I thought I would describe a typical day in the life of a CAPA student, and why I find it so interesting to live and study in Florence. First, let’s talk about Mondays.
On a typical Monday morning, I wake up around 10 am and start my stroll to class shortly after. I live about a 15-minute walk (20 minutes if I’m feeling hungry and stop for a croissant) from CAPA, and make my way through one of my favorite squares in the city, Piazza Della Repubblica, preceded by alleys lined with high-end designer retail stores. The square has been under construction since I’ve been in Florence, making it a bit less picturesque, but I’ve been able to see some pretty cool Roman ruins that lie beneath the Florentine streets as a result of the excavation process. The square is a hot spot for street performers that station themselves in front of the carousel and play beautiful acoustic versions of well-known songs, surrounded by happy onlookers. I always leave myself a little extra time to stop, listen, and remind myself how cool it is that I live here.
In this week's post, Lorenzo describes his experience working with his student peers in London on class projects through Globally Networked Learning at CAPA Sydney. Globally Networked Learning allows students and faculty to go beyond timezones and distances to collaborate during classes for lessons and projects. See what Lorenzo learned from this international experience!
The classes I am taking with CAPA this semester are International Marketing, Advertising & Promotions, and International Organizational Behavior (focusing on Asia-Pacific). Since this is a study abroad program, it makes sense that many classes are globally-oriented, but there is even more to it with CAPA. In fact, CAPA organizes projects for each “International” class where you collaborate with study abroad students taking the same course in another location; for us, that location is London. In today’s modern economy where more teams and workers are doing their job remotely, this is a chance to see how well you could deal with the assignment.
In this week's vlog, Amaia Rioseco visits her roommate from back home at her program in Paris, France. The two students chat over breakfast and compare their semesters abroad, discussing some common differences they've noticed between their life at Emerson College in Boston and their programs in Paris and Barcelona.
In this week's post, Casey talks about what assignment week is in Dublin and what college life is like during this time, including the projects she has worked on so far!
I’m in shock how fast time has flown by. It is officially midterm time and assignment week. This means there is only a month and a half left of my time studying abroad! For those of you who don’t know, assignment week is a week off for us students. It is supposed to be used to work on midterm assignments that are due the following week. A time where you do all your research and hope it’s enough to get you a passing grade on the assignment.
Not to say assignments aren’t important in America, but they’re way more important here. Between my two Griffith College classes I have a total of five assignments for the entire semester. I have three essays for my Film Studies course, each worth 33.3% of my final grade. For my Visual Communications course, I have two assignments, one worth 40% and one worth 60%. I have no final exams at all this semester. Also, grades don’t go up to 100 here, they go to 70. This means that I need a 40 overall in my classes to pass, or I fail. Talk about stressed, right?
In this week's post, Connor compares his school life and classwork at CAPA Florence to that of his at University of Pittsburgh back home in the US.
Ciao! This past week was midterm week for me and my peers at CAPA, so it was a week full of studying and tests. There are a lot of pre-conceived notions about classes while studying abroad. In this blog I am going to discuss classes, teaching styles, assignments, and the tests a typical CAPA student might get while abroad.
A main difference about class structure I have had here compared to the University of Pittsburgh is the length and occurrence of my classes. At the University of Pittsburgh, and most universities in The States, classes meet 2-3 times a week for either 50 minutes a class or for 75 minutes a class. In Florence, my classes are once a week and they meet for 3 hours. There is usually a 15-minute coffee break in the middle of each class as well. This was certainly different than what I am used to back home. It can be difficult to stay focused class for 3 hours consecutively, but it is nice because each student generally only has one class a day. The rest of your day can be spent catching up on work or exploring the wonderful city of Florence.
In this week's post, Maya goes through the details of her class schedule, field trips, workloads, and expected attendance, explaining what academics with CAPA Barcelona are actually look like.
A lot of times when people think about studying abroad, they are only picturing themselves traveling, going out, and experiencing new things in their chosen country. While this is a big part of studying abroad there, IS actual studying that you will be doing! The good thing about CAPA is that all the classes are held at the CAPA center in the middle of the city, so there is no getting lost finding your classes across a huge campus or any confusing language barriers.
In this week's posts, Genevieve talks about her coursework from her CAPA London Trip and highlights the unique "field trip" aspect of many CAPA courses.
When people think about study abroad, their first thought usually isn’t actually about studying. Most people think study abroad and think travel or meeting new people or in my experience, something along the lines of how brave you are for studying abroad is and how they wish they could do the same thing. However, no one immediately says, “Wow, study abroad! What classes are you taking?” In my experience of CAPA, much of study abroad is indeed about being abroad, even the classes!
This semester I am taking Arts Administration, Writing the City, a Global Internship course, and Detective Fiction and the city. These classes are not like my ordinary classes back home. The biggest difference is this: we take field trips. The classes that CAPA offers are focused on helping the students to make the most of the fact that we are abroad. They translate this into showing us the relevance of what we learn in lectures in the real world. I honestly wish that my classes in The States did this more. In only a month, I have learned so much about how my chosen field of study—English Literature, or creative arts if you want to be less specific, can play out in my future.
In this week's post, Martyn goes over what his course load at CAPA Sydney is comprised of, discusses how Globally Networked Learning is woven into his class projects, and takes us on a virtual tour of the CAPA Sydney Center.
Mid-terms have come and gone for most of CAPA classes, so I figured that this week’s blog post should cover my academics while studying with CAPA. Along with my internship I am taking three classes this semester abroad. I am taking International Marketing, Advertising and Sales Promotion and Australian Cinema: Representation and Identity. All courses abroad take place in the CAPA Center which is located in an old TAFE NSW building (Technical and Further Education NSW) and is only a quick five-minute walk from Urbanest Housing. Since it’s hard to capture the day-to-day of classes and studying I’ve included some photos of the CAPA center in this blog to help get a sense of the environment where I work and study.
In this week's post, Ellen Anderson introduces you to CAPA faculty Dr. Richard Maguire and takes you along on his class field trip to Abbey Road and Camden to discuss the history of British subculture in those neighborhoods.