How Studying Abroad in London Teaches You About Budgeting + an Ode to LEON Restaurants

Oct 30, 2018 8:33:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In this week's post, Maisie discusses how living in a city like London has taught her about budgeting and prioritizing spending, including saving money by cooking at home, setting budgets for weekly activities, and finding budget-friendly staples such as LEON fast-casual restaurants. 

As I have mentioned, and I am sure anyone you’ve spoken to about London will tell you (even if you had just mentioned how strange the rain situation is like, “You know, the rain in London feels like a broken glass simulation that might be at Universal Studios.”), London is expensive. So expensive, that when my mother calls to tell me how much I’ve spent, I am always shocked. I have never been so conscious of how much money I spend, and yet I am fighting a losing game. My friends literally said out loud that it would be more money-conscious to eat out at “cheap” places for lunch and dinner, to just skip out on grocery shopping and cooking meals pretty much all together. Absolutely not!!!! Do not fall into this trap. I have saved so much money grocery shopping, and when I am desperate to eat out, I always go for LEON. More LEON praise to come (minus their gluten free chicken nuggets, this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing).

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Posted in: London, England, Financing Study Abroad, Money, Budgeting, Food in London

The Biggest Study Abroad Myth Debunked

Oct 8, 2018 10:54:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

Rachel Epp

Rachel Epp is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Business major at Cedarville University, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Rachel proves why one of the biggest study abroad myths out there – "studying abroad is too expensive" – is false, and discusses the ways in which she made study abroad work  for her financially. 


Thanks, Rachel!

Rachel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Financing Study Abroad, Food in Shanghai, Money, Scholarships & Financing

Diversity Advocates Fall 2018 Scholars and Call for Spring 2019 Applicants

Oct 3, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Jessie Gibson

At CAPA, we seek to foster increased student diversity and to provide all participants with the opportunity to explore, challenge and redefine their identities in distinct ways. Launched in Spring 2017, The Diversity Advocates Program (DAP) is an extension of this philosophy and provides resources for advocates to pursue diversity initiatives of their own within their global cities.

Now, it’s time to announce our Fall 2018 Scholars!

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Posted in: Study Abroad, Diversity Abroad, Scholarships & Financing, Money

The Complete Guide to Financing Your Study Abroad Experience

Jun 29, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

Thinking about paying for college can be overwhelming and stressful- including affording study abroad. However, because there are so many benefits of studying abroad, you have to realize you're making an investment in your future by going on this journey. With careful planning and determination, financing your experience abroad is certainly doable, and in many years to come you’ll be thankful that you took the time to research your options. Below are a few tips that will help you plan out your finances before and during study abroad to help you succeed!

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1. Prepare Yourself Early

The earlier you start planning for the study abroad the better off you’ll be! Not only will you have saved more money, but you’ll be mentally prepared to pay for study abroad. Sometimes you get frightened hearing about owing money, but if you find out far enough in advance, the figure seems lower because you’ll have more time to prepare.

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Posted in: Financing Study Abroad, Money, Top 10, Scholarships & Financing, Barcelona, Spain, Shanghai, China

What Money Looks Like in CAPA's 6 Study Abroad Countries

Feb 28, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Think about what money looks like to you. For most of us it’s boring, green and white, or copper/silver colored coins; it was only in 2013 that United States bills got a splash of color. But did you know that currency around the world is different depending on where you go?

Some countries use bright colors to distinguish bills, or different sizes for different amounts. Some countries even use plastic or other materials to make their bills last longer! Here are some ideas of what money might look like when you go abroad:

1. ARGENTINA. Argentinan pesos (ARS) are colorful, paper bills that come in amounts from $2-500, and coins that range from 5 centavos to 2 pesos. The fronts have different men from Argentine history, while the backs display things from maps to ships. Argentina plans to release coins of $1, $2, $5, and $10 to replace their paper counterparts in 2017, and will release a $1000 peso note in 2018.

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Posted in: Money, Study Abroad


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