A Day in the Life Interning in London

Nov 5, 2018 10:16:00 AM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher tells us about his internship in London at the London Edition Hotel and what a day in the life looks like balancing his commute, internship, and classes.

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Posted in: London, England, Commuting in London, Internships in London, Classes in London

What Makes CAPA's Academics Unique

Oct 17, 2018 11:31:02 AM / by Genevieve Rice

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.

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

A Field Trip To Abbey Road & Camden

Oct 10, 2018 12:57:00 PM / by Ellen Anderson

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.

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

An Interview with Beloved London Professor, Dr. Richard Maguire

Oct 9, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Maisie Haney

During a field trip to Camden Market, Maisie interviews Dr. Richard Maguire, professor of CAPA London course "Postwar British Subcultures," about music, his thesis, and more! 

I spoke to Professor Richard Maguire about our class, Post-War British Pop Culture turned Post-War British Subcultures, his thesis titled “The Last of the Queer Romantics: Mourning and Melancholia in Gay Men’s Autobiography”, and throwing noodles. Here are some dialogues, that read just so. These are simply snippets of conversation you were not present for, on our class walk to Camden Market. Expect nothing out of this “interview” but maybe a slight chuckle, a warmed heart, and a recommendation.

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Posted in: London Interview, London, England, Classes in London

Experiencing London Sub-cultures Inside & Outside the Classroom

Oct 4, 2018 12:48:25 PM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher discusses one of his unique CAPA Courses: Post War British Pop/Subculture. He  highlights the field-trip style setting of the class, including a visit to the Shoreditch neighborhood.

As another week has passed and midterms are right around the corner.  I thought a good topic for this week’s installment would be to discuss my experiences in the classroom. This semester I am taking four classes, Global Supply Chain Management, Post-War British Pop/Subcultures, Exploring and Analyzing the Global City, and my Internship workshop. I enjoy the perspective of challenging myself and ultimately look forward to my time in the classroom each week, I’m going to highlight some of the experiences from my favorite class Post War British Pop/Subculture.

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Posted in: London, England, Classes in London, Local Culture

What Studying Abroad in the UK Taught Us

Oct 1, 2018 2:26:51 PM / by admin

Three students, three different skin colors, three different accents and three different backgrounds all studying media literacy abroad while enriching themselves in a new culture.

One from Washington D.C., attending Portland State University, one from Egypt who is also attending Portland State University, and one from Washington who is affiliated with Portland State through an adjunct professor of Washington State University. Each one of us is in London, a new destination for all of us, to study the same subject and experience the same culture. Since we come from varying backgrounds, we have varying perspectives and consequently have each had different learning experiences. Here are 5 things that we have learned about the UK from a student perspective.

From left to right, Rachel Jones, Yohana Lewis, and Anna Nelson

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Posted in: London, England, Personal Learning, Cultural Differences, Classes in London, Diversity Abroad

Post-War British Pop Culture: Hipsters, Mods, and Punks

Aug 27, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Ryan Crotty

Ryan Crotty

Ryan is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Graphic Design major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In today's post, Ryan writes about her favorite class, what she has learned about the subcultures in London, and the field trips they have gone on to bring their course material to life.


In this summer program, I am taking Post-War British Pop Culture through CAPA. This class is my favorite I have ever taken. It is upbeat, vibrant, and extremely interesting. My professor is passionate about the topics and it has made all the difference! We also have a great balance of in and out of class experience, which helps to create a positive atmosphere and excitement. So far we have learned about 3 main sub-cultures: Hipsters, Mods, and Punks, and we have also visited some of the sites that they claimed as their territory.

Small House Structures

Hipsters are one of the first subcultures we discussed in class. They are often young people who have a fond admiration for vintage things. Hipsters are also often said to be interested in fair trade coffee and new trendy spaces. They love combining modern elements with traditional elements in terms of décor and style. They often take old buildings and convert them into new Instagram-worthy places.

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

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.


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, Classes in London, Academics Abroad

Visiting the Bank of England with My International Finance Class

Apr 2, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Andres is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance, Accounting, and Business Information Systems major at University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Andres takes us along on his International Finance class trip to the Bank of England and the London Walkie Talkie building.


Thanks Andres!

Andres's' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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

Examining Shakespeare in a U.S. Drama School and on London's Stages

Nov 22, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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 combines his theater training from the U.S. with his program in London and brings his performance to life at the Globe Theatre.


My program at the University of Minnesota is a classical training program with a heavy focus on the works of Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Shaw.

One of the reasons we came to London is the opportunity to work with the Globe Theatre, and further examine the practices of bringing Shakespeare's text to an understandable performance on stage. Our sophomore year focused heavily on technique with Shakespeare's text. Now in our junior year, the Globe's education program has been giving us the opportunity to bend and stretch those techniques to make the text more interpersonal and simple on stage, while still holding on to the core techniques that allow us to break down Shakespeare's logic.

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Posted in: London, England, Theater, Classes in London, International Education, Academics Abroad


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