How to Keep in Touch with People Back Home When Studying Abroad

Oct 12, 2018 11:39:59 AM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher discusses how he finds time to keep in touch with friends and family while studying abroad, and how he's learned to navigate busy schedules and the time difference between himself and the people back home.

During my time abroad there has been a situation that has been rather complicated to effectively manage. I'm specifically referring to staying in contact with my friends and family back home in the United States. It has been rather difficult trying to coordinate time during the day talk to all my friends and family back home. Between working twenty hours a week at my internship, taking four classes, and having to handle the course load that goes along with them, there already is very little free time during my day. In addition, the five-hour time difference makes it rather difficult to find a specific time in the today to talk. However, when its people you truly care about you go out of your way and make the extra effort.

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Posted in: Homesickness, London, England, Communication

Tips for Coping with Homesickness While Abroad

Oct 9, 2018 9:26:32 AM / by Maya Crawford

In this week's post, Maya addresses a common concern about studying abroad: homesickness! Read more  for her tips on coping with homesickness and why you shouldn't let that scare you away from studying abroad!

So it has been about a month since my arrival to Barcelona, Spain and while this has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, homesickness is inevitable. Being so far away in a country with a new language, new foods, and new culture will definitely cause someone to start missing home. You would think homesickness comes from just being in such a different place but it can hit at the most random times.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Homesickness, Tips, Food In Spain, Shopping Abroad

On Homesickness, Keeping in Touch, and Being Present

May 7, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Claire talks about the ways she keeps in touch with her family and friends back home and how she toggles between speaking in Spanish and English.


Within our first week here, we had a guest lecturer on culture shock. I kind of rolled my eyes through most of the conversation. I had arrived to Argentina early, and this was my third time here. I loved it, and thought surely I, the one who has been drinking mate and making empanadas at home for six years now, won’t experience culture shock or homesickness or any of the normal things. After all, I love Argentina.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - FaceTiming from Argentina to the USVideo chatting between Argentina and the U.S. What a joy to be connected!

I do love Argentina. And though I knew Argentina when I got here in February, I knew it like you know someone after a couple of dates. I was still enamored with every part of it and my knowledge was more dreamy idealizations than reality. After two-and-a-half months, I’m not so naïve as to say I know Argentina like I’m married to it, but I know it like a best friend. I still adore it and am enamored with it and so thankful to call it my home for the time being, but sometimes I get frustrated with it or, dare I say it, homesick.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Homesickness, Tips

Top 10 Ways to Cope with Homesickness Abroad

Nov 6, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


Celess is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Riverside City College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Celess lists 10 ways to cope with that bout of homesickness that hits you when you're studying abroad.


Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Homesickness, Tips

Smile. Act. Repeat.

Oct 27, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


Hanna is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing, Finance, and International Business major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Hanna visits a historical Sydney site and tackles the issue of homesickness abroad as well as how to deal with it.


I've been slowly getting back into the routine of my program since we had a couple of events come up. Last Saturday, we went to the soccer game, which Aussies as well as Europeans call "football." This was an A-League Match; Sydney F.C. was playing against Sydney Wanderers, which was one of the highly anticipated rivalries.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2017_From Hanna Okhrimchuk - Sydney FC and Sydney Wanderers Match_2.jpg

Modern soccer was introduced in Australia in the late 19th century by mostly British immigrants. The oldest club in Australia currently in existence is Balgownie Rangers. They formed in 1883 in Wollongong. Soccer is the most played outdoor team sport in Australia, and ranks in the top ten for television audience. Although the match was quite boring in terms of playing technique and it ended tied with score of 2:2, I really enjoyed it and the atmosphere was amazing.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, History Abroad, Homesickness

Dealing With Homesickness Abroad

Mar 17, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Graysan Tompkins Profile.pngGraysan Tompkins is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's vlog, Graysan talks about missing her family and friends after they visit her in London.


Thanks Graysan!

Graysan's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned

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Posted in: London, England, Homesickness


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