10 Things I'll Miss From Studying Abroad in Dublin

Dec 14, 2018 1:13:00 PM / by Jessica Kisluk

In one of her final posts, Jessica lists the 10 things she's come to love in Dublin and will miss as she returns home from studying abroad. From tasty treats to favorite landmarks, check out to see what makes all of these special and memorable in Dublin!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Top 10, Tips

5 Important Skills You Can Gain from Interning Abroad

Dec 10, 2018 10:42:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Only a very small percentage of US students intern abroad. The experience alone can make you stand out from your peers in a pile of resumes once you graduate and will no doubt be a conversation starter in an interview. If you put the effort in and set goals for yourself before you begin, it can be even more than a conversation starter. You will have opportunities to learn some truly important life and career skills that you might not gain in a domestic internship.

Here are just 5 skills (out of many) you can gain from interning abroad.

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Posted in: Internships Abroad, Barcelona, Spain, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shanghai, China, Dublin, Ireland

How to Take Ownership of Your Personal and Professional Development Abroad

Dec 6, 2018 11:43:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Let’s be honest: studying abroad is an incredible experience, but it’s not an automatic ticket to landing a job when you graduate. Yes, listing an international internship, for example, can make your resume stand out in an inbox full of applications, but it’s not until you learn how to talk about your experience in a meaningful way that your future employer’s ears will really perk up. And it’s not until you take ownership of your experience—by learning how to recognize, pursue, and nurture the skills that are key to your personal and professional development while you’re abroad—that you’ll be able to do that.

One of CAPA’s five Student Learning and Development Outcomes(SLDOs), set for those studying abroad in all of our cities, is a focus on personal and professional development.

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Posted in: International Education, Professional Development, Internships Abroad, Study Abroad, Barcelona, Spain, Dublin, Ireland, London, England, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shanghai, China

Experiencing My Family History on a Solo Trip to Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Dec 5, 2018 12:12:00 PM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey brings us to Enniskillen in Northern Ireland to witness her family origins and landmarks. She spends the day there and experiences the charm of the town and its people, weather, food, and hospitality.

To some, traveling alone can be a scary thing, but to others it can be liberating and empowering. In my experience I’ve found it’s a bit of both.

I took my first solo trip after a day trip to Belfast with CAPA. I ended up in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Enniskillen is about a 2½ hour journey west from Belfast. It’s so remote, only one or two buses travel there a day. My Airbnb was located just outside the main city, which is basically in the middle of nowhere. Locating it was a struggle, and thankfully the town has nice people that helped me out, but that’s a different story.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Cultural Insights, Personal Learning, Travel

Highlights from a Trip to Dublin, Ireland

Dec 5, 2018 10:14:00 AM / by Ellen Anderson

In this week's post, Ellen Anderson ventures to Dublin and Howth, Ireland for the weekend and takes us along for the trip. Watch for more of her weekend full of Irish Adventures.

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Posted in: Travel, Must Do, Dublin, Ireland

What It's Actually Like to Spend Thanksgiving with CAPA

Nov 28, 2018 4:58:25 PM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey shares how she overcame homesickness and celebrated Thanksgiving in Dublin with activities by CAPA and Griffith College Student Union. She also reveals what she's grateful for during this semester of adventure.

It has been a long, emotional, and fun week here in Dublin. Homesickness settled in as Thanksgiving approached. It was the first time I wasn’t home for a major holiday, and since Thanksgiving festivities aren’t celebrated in Ireland, I had to go to my internship and class. While that was unusual for me, the activities were a lot of fun.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Holidays Abroad, Homesickness

10 Tips to Prepare Financially to Study Abroad

Nov 15, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

There's no doubt that studying abroad is the experience of a lifetime, but it is also one that needs careful planning, especially as it relates to finances. Studying abroad is possible even if money is an issue for you, but you need to give yourself enough time to save and apply for grants and scholarships.

There's really no magic short cut and students tend to fund their programs through a combination of efforts, but we hope these tips will give you some guidance. 

1. GET A JOB ON OR OFF CAMPUS. There's no question that the best best way to save money is to make more than you spend, so send out your resume and ensure you have an income if you're serious about going abroad. If you're already employed, find out if it's possible to increase your hours slightly. For motivation, think of every $10 you make as another meal abroad.

"I saved a decent amount of money before I came to Dublin by working all the way up to the day before I left," said CAPA alumna Kaylen Nese

CAPA Sydney alumna Sierra Glasscock had been saving to study abroad since she was 16-years-old. "I had a part time job that helped with my expenses and plane ticket," she said. "I was very blessed that my parents paid for the school side of the program and my accommodation. My parents said as long as I had good grades through college, they would help pay for me to study abroad."

To fund her semester in London, Kathryn Tenney took on more than one part time job. "Ultimately, I took out loans to pay for my time abroad, but I also worked (on campus and as a babysitter) to have a decent amount of pocket money," she said. 

David Kozhuk and Jacquelyn Jones, also CAPA London alumni, shared that they too worked to raise money toward the goal of studying abroad. David spent a summer focusing on his role at an investment bank in New York and Jacquelyn secured a position a local supermarket. 

"I heard countless times that a semester abroad costs about the same as a semester at your home institution, but for me it was double," said CAPA London alumna Cassie Naes. "The first thing that helped me fund my time abroad was working a part-time job at Kohl’s. Although I was making basic minimum wage, I saved for a year and by the time I left for London I had $4,000 saved." 


Photo: CAPA Sydney alumna Sierra Glasscock

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Financing Study Abroad, Scholarships & Financing, Barcelona, Spain, Buenos Aires, Argentina, London, England, Dublin, Ireland, Shanghai, China, Sydney, Australia, Florence, Italy

A Mid-Semester Escape to Naxos, Greece

Nov 14, 2018 12:26:00 PM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey heads to Naxos, Greece with her roommate to enjoy a weeklong break filled with food, relaxation, sun, and time by the ocean. Read on as she shares about unwinding in between classes and feeling refreshed before heading back to Dublin!

Lacking Vitamin D and in desperate need of relaxation, going to Greece for assignment week was possibly the best decision I could have made. I walked off the plane and immediately felt refreshed and energized even though I had been up since 3am and on a plane for over 4 hours.

Most people chose to go to London and Paris or even Italy. Nope, not me. I wanted to lay on a beach and let my worries fall away just for a little bit, so Naxos, Greece was the place to go. My roommate and I joked that it was like we were on our honeymoon because of how beautiful the location was.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Travel, Activities Abroad, Fall Break Abroad

From Dublin to Howth: My Favorite Study Abroad Day Trip

Nov 14, 2018 11:05:00 AM / by Grace Vitale

In this post, Grace talks about her favorite day trip that she took during her summer abroad in Dublin.

Of all the day trips I took while studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland, my trip to the town of Howth during the first weekend of the program was by far my favorite. Howth is a quaint fishing town located just a quick forty-five minute train ride north of the Dublin city center. One of my CAPA professors had suggested this spot as a must-see of Dublin because it offers a little taste of everything, including shops, restaurants, the beach, a cliff walk, a castle, and my favorite, fish and chips. 

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Day Trip, Study Abroad, Travel

5 Travel Tips for Students to Make the Most Out of Their Time Abroad

Nov 9, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Jessica Kisluk

In this week's post, Jessica shares 5 practical travel tips for you to add to your list—from booking flights to trying new food—so that you can make the most of your adventures abroad! 

This past week was assignment week, which means we do not have classes so we can work on our major semester assignments. Luckily, I got most of my work done ahead of time so I’m headed out to Paris, Amsterdam, and London.

Traveling throughout Europe from Dublin can be cheap, if you do it right. There are a few things I’ve learned and found helpful in order to plan trips.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Travel, Tips, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Activities Abroad

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