An Interview with Professor David Edye

Dec 18, 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 interviews her European Government and Politics professor, David Edye.

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Thanks Maureen!

Maureen's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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

Writing the City: Observational Writing in London

Dec 13, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Thaddeus shares his thoughts on his "Writing the City: London" class and what he has learned from observational writing.

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As my time in London enters its last month, I have started to reflect heavily on my work as a writer after working with Kate Norbury, who teaches Writing the City: London. When we started this class, I had very little idea of how to structure writing and have it critiqued in a productive way that would help me better tell my story.

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Kate works with helping writers become inspired through observational writing - ie. having an experience within the city of London, creating a story based on an overheard conversation, watching somebody interact throughout the city, or finding parallels between physical space and poetical language. To do this, we often took morning field studies to different locations within the city of London where other notable writers in the city have become inspired or had a history of dwelling.

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

How My Classes Abroad are Different

Oct 26, 2017 11:30:00 AM / 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 sheds more light into her academic experience as a study abroad student and how she likes her classes in Shanghai.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China, Academics Abroad

Analyzing and Exploring the Global Cities: Unpacking a City Through a Course

Oct 10, 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 introduces us to a course she's taking at CAPA and how her class went on a walk through the city of Dublin.

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I walked into my classroom at 10 a.m. this morning; except instead of a traditional room filled with tables and a whiteboard, my class met at a coffee shop in the center of Dublin. This semester I have the pleasure of taking CAPA’s ‘Global Cities’ course which allows the students to gain perspective and experience from the city of Dublin. The desks have been replaced with maps of the city allowing the students to indulge in the culture around them.

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‘Analyzing and Exploring the Global Cities’ is a course offered by CAPA that provides students with the opportunity to learn about the history of their study abroad city and culture.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Academics Abroad, Global Cities

World Teachers' Day: Appreciating Our Study Abroad Professors

Oct 5, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

For World Teachers' Day, we would like to acknowledge and thank all the professors who have taught and enriched our CAPA students and their study abroad experiences. Studying abroad would not be the same without them!

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We've compiled some quotes and interviews students have done with the professors they've encountered on their academic journey.

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Posted in: Academics Abroad, Classes

Where We Go to Study: A Tour of CAPA Sydney

Oct 4, 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 shows us around the CAPA Sydney building where students go to classes, study, and take breaks.

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Thanks Nicole!

Nicole's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Academics Abroad, Classes in Sydney

Beyond the Classroom: Studying at CAPA Sydney

Sep 29, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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 talks about the classes she's taking and her favorite part of the CAPA Sydney program.

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Studying abroad might sometimes feel like vacation, but we can’t forget about our classes! I want to dedicate this post to academics and give some more insight on this side of the program!

To begin, many may have noticed that there is a limited variety of classes offered. However, even with a small number of options, it is easy to find one for your interest and degree. Students on the program all come from different backgrounds, and many of us have very different majors. On top of my internship, I am taking international finance, international economics, and literature courses. And even if we are taking the same classes, I think all of us are still able to extract something new and relatable to our interests.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Academics Abroad, Classes in Sydney

Film Spools Are for Folio Fools

Sep 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Thaddeus goes through acting training in London and hunts for a 394-year-old Shakespearean transcript at the library.

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This week I started my sessions with the Globe Theater, as well as endured a very intense week of training. This week has been very informative in finding what I am lacking in my work as an actor.

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We have been working on restoration comedy pieces, which have been able to help me re-discover my sense of play that I have with myself - and translate that into my scene work. I think that is the next step in my training, which is quite a switch up from the very technique-driven curriculum that I usually am used to at the U of Minnesota.

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

A Typical Day of My Study Abroad Life in Florence

Sep 21, 2017 1:30:00 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 walks us through her day-to-day activities on her study abroad experience.

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It’s officially been ten days since I arrived in the city of Florence. During my ten first days I feel as if I have accomplished a lot. I’ve explored the city, memorized how to navigate around without getting lost, tried some of the best places to eat, and fought off a mean case of jet lag.

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Even though it’s only been a little over a week, I've began to notice a cycle in my day-to-day life. Establishing a schedule has been a very good tool to manage my busy days here in Florence. Because there is so much going on in the city, every day is filled with something new and exciting. But, I found that trying to maintain a schedule definitely helps manage getting the most out of my day.

Here’s a look at what a day in my life looks like living in Florence!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Academics Abroad, Food Abroad

Too Academic: A Therapeutic Approach

Aug 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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What is wrong with me

I took part in a panel at a recent conference with two of the smartest women in our field; they would be among the smartest women in any field. We received reasonable evaluations except from three anonymous colleagues who, in one way or other, judged it to be “too academic.”

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That did not trouble me too much personally. I do not seek unqualified approval (which is just as well) and I respect the opinions of some of my colleagues. Nevertheless, I found myself oddly perturbed at these comments even though they represented 3 out of 15 received (those 15 represented about 22.6% of those “present” at our session, in one sense or another). What really disturbed me was that I was disturbed. I have become very accustomed, almost immune, to a critical focus on my own manifest failings.

But, I brooded.

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Posted in: Academics Abroad, Study Abroad

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