Why You Should Spend St. Patrick's Day in Dublin (and Not Anywhere Else)

Mar 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Brandon witnesses St. Patrick's Day festivities in Dublin and shares some highlights from this cultural celebration.


I am writing this blog from a hostel in Berlin. Next week I will be sure to talk about my spring break (or “assignment week” as it’s called in Ireland) travels, but for this week, I wanted to talk about St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland.

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What is St. Patrick's Day Like in Dublin?

The entire city becomes a Mecca for foreign tourists for the weekend. I have never seen the city so full of people. Walking around to get dinner on Friday night was incredible because the entirety of South Circular Road was bustling with people when it is typically frequented by a few locals and college students. You will meet so many different people from so many different walks of life, which was honestly the best part of the entire weekend. I met two men from the Isle of Man, one who works in software design and the other in stocks and bonds; a very friendly woman from Amsterdam who talked to me about what to do in the city; a group of people from the University of Dublin; and a woman from California in Dublin for spring break who also played ultimate Frisbee.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Holidays Abroad, Cultural Insights

Does God Like Christmas?

Dec 22, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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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.


Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.
– Ronald Reagan

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Introducing Winterval

Things about which I am sceptical are unavoidable in these cold dreary days of December. If you live in London (or in most of the cities in which we operate) Christmas is omnipresent in our media, streets and shops. It begins, in fact, in early October and drags on for close to three monotonous months. It is in our eyes—tinsel town and twinkling lights —urging us to commemorate the conjunction of holiness and poverty by buying more and more things. It is also in our ears. Many of the Christmas Carols with which we are familiar were written in Victorian times. They are now heard, more often than not, as a kind of seasonal muzak in department stores: droning reiterations of sound devoid of meaning.

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Posted in: Study Abroad, Holidays Abroad

Christmas Markets in Florence

Dec 12, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


Kristopher (also known as Kip) is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at University of Colorado - Boulder, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Kristopher takes us on a tour of a Christmas market in Florence.


Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA Florence Program

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

6 Gift Ideas for Someone Who Has Studied Abroad in Florence

Dec 1, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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Even though I’m constantly surrounded by study abroad for my job and by nature I think about it quite often, December is typically a time of the year where I’m very strongly reminded of my study abroad experience. Even though I left for Florence in January, the months leading up to my departure were quite memorable as well. December 2014 was filled with a ton of researching information about Florence, packing, and preparing mentally for what my life was going to be like for the following few months. Amongst all the craziness with preparing for my time abroad were the holidays, which tend to cause some stress (in a good way). With the holidays coming up, I wanted to share some gift ideas that any past, present or future Florence study abroad student would love to receive!        

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Photo: Evelyn Henson and Etsy

1. Map of Florence

Maps are great, easy pieces to hang on any wall, and there are so many different variations that you’ll be able to find a color scheme/style that works for anybody.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Holidays Abroad, Life After Study Abroad

'Twas 6 Weeks Before Christmas in London

Nov 13, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


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 experiences the first signs of Christmas in London.


Thanks Maureen!

Maureen's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA London Program

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Posted in: London, England, Holidays Abroad

On Being in Dublin and Exploring Sports

Apr 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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I am a junior from Cape Cod, Massachusetts at Lasell College studying Sports Communication. I have an interest in Sports Journalism and a passion for soccer, running and hockey. 

While Studying Abroad in Ireland through CAPA I have been given the opportunity to take classes at Griffith College Dublin, take part in an internship as well as travel around this amazing country. CAPA provides students with amazing support while Studying Abroad; it wouldn’t be the same without Hayley, Sussanne and Darren.

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Posted in: Internships in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad, Holidays Abroad


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