A Day Well Spent in Capri

Oct 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Michaella Estevez is an official CAPA vlogger, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this today's post, Michaella takes us on a trip to Capri and shows us the beautiful nature and scenic views of the island.


Thanks Michaella!

See more of Michaella's journey in Florence.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Travel, Nature, Environment, Activities Abroad, Activities in Florence

From Dublin to The Cliffs of Moher and Galway City

Oct 5, 2018 5:02:12 PM / by Casey Rhode

Casey recalls last weekend's CAPA excursion to the infamous Cliffs of Moher and Galway city—from the windy outlook on the cliffs to making friends with a local Irish woldfhound.

What is one of the most popular tourist destinations you should visit when in Ireland you ask? Cliffs of Moher. Our CAPA trip to Galway city and the Cliffs of Moher was one for the books and one that makes you realize how afraid of heights you actually are.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Day Trip, Food in Ireland, Must Do, My Global City

10 Cool Things to Do When You Study Abroad in Sydney

Oct 4, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Sydney Alderman

In today's post, Sydney puts a list of 10 things you can do to be a part of the local culture and city life when you arrive in Sydney for your semester abroad.

While a summer semester abroad may not seem like a long enough time (like a fall or spring semester abroad) to explore all the different things that Sydney has to offer, here's a list that I've put together based on my experience. I can 100% say that this is a good place to start—regardless of how long you'll be abroad. Here are some of my favorite things that I’ve done while abroad in Sydney.


First, spend time at this iconic landmark. Yes, it’s a huge tourist attraction…but that’s for a reason. If you don’t have the money to actually go to a show or a behind-the-scenes tour, but you want more than just a picture outside, try a sunrise yoga class.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Top 10, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Food in Sydney, Tips, Activities Abroad

A Quick Guide to Music, Art, Architecture, and Nature in Sydney

Oct 3, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Martyn creates a quick guide based on his exploration of Sydney's art and culture so far and shares several go-to spots for music, art, architecture and nature in the city.


For today's post, I wanted to talk a bit about some of the art (whether painted or sung) that you can generally find around the CAPA Sydney center and in the city. I haven’t managed to hit all of the cultural touchstones of Sydney yet, but here are a few highlights of what I’ve seen so far. Small note to take—I know very little about plants, architecture, and art so those sections may be lacking in any expert evaluation.


Foundry 616 Hosting The Baker Boys Jazz GroupFoundry 616 hosts a wide range of jazz acts including The Baker Boys.

Five minutes down the street from the CAPA Sydney center sits the small jazz lounge, Foundry 616. Despite the sign outside (which is never lit up and very easy to glaze over), Foundry 616 is hard to spot—being just one of three doors at the entrance to a large business building. Enter and you’ll find a dimly lit lounge that provides a small stage for performances and smaller concerts, as well as the option to dine in. The lounge offers free admission on Tuesdays, and hosts “The Baker Boys” which is a jazz collective that allows musicians from every avenue from Sydney to showcase their talents for prospective bookings. I’m a sucker for jazz and jazz renditions of non-jazz songs, so I really enjoyed their performance- I’m not getting married anytime soon so I’m not going end up giving any of them jobs, but they did put on a good show! I would say if you have a spare hour on a Tuesday it wouldn’t hurt to check out Foundry 616.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, Tips, Art Abroad, Music, Nature

5 Myths About Studying Abroad in Florence

Oct 2, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor uses experience so far on his CAPA Florence program to debunk some myths you may have heard about studying abroad in Italy.

Before coming to Florence to study abroad, I had a lot of pre-conceived ideas about what my time here was going to be like. These notions came from my own head, what I read, or what other people told me they thought it was going to be like. After being in Florence for about a month, I realized a lot of these ideas were just myths. I am going to debunk some common study abroad myths in the following post:

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Posted in: Activities Abroad, Top 10, Study Abroad Myths, Florence, Italy, Activities in Florence, Tips, Accessibility Abroad, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Travel

Experiencing the Australian Sporting Culture Through My Sports Marketing Class

Oct 2, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Marketing and Global Management major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Sydney.

In today's post, Sydney talks about how much she liked and learned from her Sports Marketing class and what it was like to experience the Australian sports culture through lessons, field trips, and attending games.


As much as I sometimes can’t believe it, my experience in Australia, is more than just eating and exploring...I also have to work and go to class. Studying is a vital part of “studying abroad.” 😉 Lucky for me, I’m taking a class on a topic that I find interesting, and with a professor that used our location and experiences outside the classroom to enrich our lectures and make studying not so bad. 😉 For anyone looking to go to Sydney through CAPA, I 100% recommend Sports Marketing with Dr. Andy West.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2018_From Sydney Alderman - Sports Marketing Class Group PhotoA group photo with my Sports Marketing class.

If you know me, you already know that I’m a varsity athlete and a marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, so you may think I’m a little biased towards the topic of Sports Marketing given those two things. But I promise, the class and the professor were just cool despite those things. One of the coolest things we did over the course of the semester was take a few trips to Sydney Olympic Park, home of the 2000 Summer Olympics. We learned about how Sydney won the right to host the games and turned what was once an abattoir, a brickworks, and wetlands into an Olympic venue. Even more interesting, we learned about the post-Olympics development. The area became its own flourishing suburb with places to live, work, eat, relax, see concerts, and of course, watch sports events.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Classes in Sydney, Classes, Sports Abroad, Activities Abroad

Ten Types of Fatigue You Can Experience in London

Oct 2, 2018 11:31:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In this week's post, Maisie talks about the different types of fatigue she has begun to experience as a temporary Londoner.

Disclaimer: Lighthearted and fun! These are all true but I love this city, please love it too!

10.  Afternoon Tea Fatigue

Least of the fatigues is the afternoon tea fatigue. Finding a place that is cheap enough. Sitting down somewhere before you realized it was expensive, asking the waiter if you can just have tea. Actually, I would like to see the pudding menu. I didn’t realize the scones were not on this dessert menu. I am so sorry you cleared all of these plates already. These are the things we say, and we become tired of ourselves.

Scoff and Banter cream tea that they do not really offer.

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Posted in: London, England, Activities Abroad, Humor, Top 10, Internships in London

Study Break: All the Things You Can Do Off Campus in Shanghai

Oct 2, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's post, Rachel shows us the different things you can do and places to visit outside ECNU's campus in Shanghai.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, College Life, Activities Abroad

Exploring Dublin's Irish Museum of Modern Art

Oct 2, 2018 8:01:00 AM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey, a lover of art, uses her free student access to get her art fix and explores the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She discusses some of the exhibits she visited and her favorite pieces from each.

There’s something about art that has always made me all warm inside, so this week I made my way to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It was free since I was a student, which made it even better. I’m still figuring out the bus system, so I decided to get some exercise in and walk. It’s about a 40-minute walk, but lucky for me it was a beautiful day and there wasn’t a drop of rain, just a bit windy. By the time I got there I was ready to dive into gorgeous art, so I grabbed my student ticket and some programs and was off. There were three exhibits open at the time due to renovations going on elsewhere in the museum. 

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Things to Do in Dublin, Culture in Dublin, Photography, Art Abroad

10 Things I Learned from Sleeping Over at Taronga Zoo

Oct 1, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Marketing and Global Management major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Sydney.

In today's post, Sydney lists 10 things she learned from the Roar and Snore overnight experience at Taronga Zoo (with a view) in Sydney.


One of the excursions that was included in the CAPA Sydney program inclusion is an overnight trip to Taronga Zoo, also known as the Roar and Snore experience. This included a night safari through the zoo after hours, a view of the sunrise over the city, an up-close and personal experience with some reptiles, elephants, hippos, kangaroos, seals (and more), and tons of interesting facts about the zoo and its animals. I think what’s so cool is that you can go from a huge city, across a bull-shark infested harbor, and *BAM* there’s a place with the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New South Wales and over 2,000 rare and endangered animals. Following are some of the facts that I learned and found interesting.

Taronga Zoo with a ViewZoo with a view!


The Taronga Zoo is using a technique called cryopreservation (aka freezing) in order to save over 100,000 coral pulps and spores in case the Great Barrier Reef continues to decay, and they need to restore it. SO COOL.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, Top 10


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