Discovering the True Florentine Lifestyle by Getting Lost in My City

Dec 12, 2018 5:14:55 PM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor explains the alluring charm of being a flâneur and exploring your own city. He also suggests how to learn more about your environment while studying abroad and shares how he discovered the local Florentine lifestyle.

The word flâneur refers to someone who saunters around observing society. It means to stroll, to lounge, or to loaf. A flâneur is someone who has no place that they need go, so they simply walk around observing their surroundings. This semester I have often felt that I need to go to certain places or that I have to see specific sites. I have not taken much time to simply wander through Florence and observe the culture and the landscape. I decided on Sunday that I need to get lost within Florence to help learn more about the city.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Must Do, Local Culture

Spending Thanksgiving in Florence with My Second Family

Nov 27, 2018 5:17:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

Celebrating holidays overseas is a rite of passage for those studying abroad. In this week's post, Connor tells us how he spent Thanksgiving in Florence and felt at home with his classmates who shared this experience—with the help of CAPA and a very special dinner!

Spending Thanksgiving while studying abroad can be bittersweet. On one hand, I missed being with my family and the traditions we have for Thanksgiving, but on the other hand I had the opportunity to spend this special day in a unique way. Despite not being with my family, I realized how lucky I was to be able to spend this special holiday in Florence with the amazing people that I have met here.

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

7 Must-See Places to Visit While Studying in Florence

Nov 27, 2018 9:09:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

Want to know the beautiful and iconic spots you should visit when you study abroad in Florence? Let Connor walk you through his list of the 7 must-see places in this global, historic, and art-filled city. From museums to churches to great architectural structures, make sure to take note of these places!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Must Do, Activities Abroad

Feeling Grateful for Daily Life as a Student in Florence

Nov 22, 2018 10:45:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

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.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Academics Abroad, Holidays Abroad, Day in the Life, Classes in Florence

Experiencing a Fiorentina Futbol Match Like a True Florentine

Nov 20, 2018 9:17:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor and his friends make their way to see a soccer match between Fiorentina and Roma in Florence. Read on to see how this exciting match turned out and what it was like to be surrounded by passionate locals at this sporting event!  

Ciao, I just returned home from the Fiorentina vs. Roma soccer match in Florence. It was a great game and another exciting event I have been able to attend this semester. I got the tickets with some friends from CAPA. We bought the tickets through a travel agency called “Florence For Fun” and they only cost €30!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Activities Abroad, Local Culture, Sports Abroad, Must Do

Q&A with CAPA Florence alum Lindsey Feamster

Nov 16, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Lindsey Feamster

In this post, Lindsey answers 10 questions about her experience studying abroad in Florence and her time so far as a CAPA Ambassador!

CAPA World: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you study abroad and from which home institution? What is your major?
Lindsey Feamster: My name is Lindsey Feamster and I’m a junior at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.  I’m a theatre performance major with a minor in sociology and this past summer I had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy for a month. 
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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews, CAPA Ambassadors, Interviews, CAPA Alumni

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

10 Great Places to Eat as a Student in Florence

Nov 13, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

After studying abroad and eating his way through Florence this semester, Connor compiles a list of 10 of his favorite places to eat in the city. From grabbing a panini on the go to eating some of the best gnocchi in Florence, check out these recommendations!

Florence is filled with so many amazing places to eat. Nobody has the same exact favorite places because there are just so many to choose from. Regardless, in this blog post I am going to list my personal 10 favorite places to eat around Florence. This includes all types of food, from nice restaurants to gelato shops to cafes. I will give you an inside look at what food I think is the best in Florence, and, to me, what are some of the best in the world.

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

Comparing My Semester in Florence to Friends' in Madrid and Paris

Nov 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

In this week's post, Payton talks about visiting her friends over fall break in Madrid and Paris, and shares what their study abroad and daily experiences are like over there compared to hers in Florence, as well what she has learned about herself thus far.

Ciao! I just got back into the swing of things after an amazing fall break spent visiting Paris, Amsterdam, and Madrid. I absolutely loved exploring, but, of course, started to miss Florence, and was ready to come home after a long week away. I stayed with friends that are also studying in Paris and Madrid, and it was really interesting to see how their experience differed from mine. Although there were a bunch of awesome things to appreciate about studying in those cities, it made me realize everything I love about CAPA and Florence, and why it’s such a perfect fit for me.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, Fall Break Abroad, Travel, Personal Learning, College Life, Why Study Abroad

Adulting 101: 10 Money Saving Tips from CAPA's Finance Team

Nov 1, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Adulting (otherwise known as growing-up) is hard. Having your own responsibilities and making your own money can be an adjustment when you’re used to living at home and being taken care of. But there’s nothing like getting that first paycheck and knowing that all of your hard word amounted to something. You, and only you, just got paid!

Now that you’ve got that paycheck, what should you do with it? All that talk of saving for retirement so young can seem like it’s too far away to care about, but is it? The truth is that it’s never too early to start saving or learning the smart way to spend your hard-earned cash.

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To help you out, the experts from CAPA's very own finance department have come up with some tips to keep you on track toward financial stardom. Following these steps will put you on the right path toward saving and spending money efficiently:

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

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