Climbing the Great Wall and Other Must-See Stops Near Beijing

Nov 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's vlog, Rachel Epp takes us along for the ride on an amazing 3-day excursion to Beijing, China, where she and other CAPA students see the Summer Palace and Forbidden City, and then take a long hike up one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China. 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture, My Global City, Weekend Trip, Activities Abroad

An Excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains

Oct 31, 2018 10:19:17 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post, Martyn highlights the CAPA trip to the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife park, discussing how important it is to immerse yourself in the natural environment of a place like Australia when you're abroad to fully understand the culture. 

For this week’s blog post I wanted to talk about a CAPA sponsored trip that I went on this weekend to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains. This was a trip that I was particularly excited for because as I mentioned in my introduction and first blog posts (which I’m sure you all read numerous times by now) hiking remains one of my favorite activities to do in my free time. It’s an incredibly therapeutic and relaxing experience for me and a good walk is more than enough to turn a bad day into a good one for me. Granted hiking with me involves seven near death slips, six actual slips and a ballpark estimate of close to five thousand stops for water but that’s beside the point (and myself).

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Posted in: Local Culture, Cultural Insights, Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, My Global City

Visiting the Santa Maria de Montserrat Monastery near Barcelona

Oct 29, 2018 11:15:00 AM / by Amaia Rioseco

In this week's vlog, Amaia and the rest of the CAPA Barcelona students take a My Global City excursion up to the Montserrat Monastery to learn about history, catch some beautiful mountaintop views, and hear a performance by the Montserrat boys choir.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Local Culture, Must Do, My Global City

A Visit to the Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Oct 25, 2018 3:21:50 PM / by Daniel Powell

In this week's post,Dan Powell takes us along to show us what another week in the life of a student Shanghai looks like. This week, he goes on an excursion to Suzhou, encounters a dance party in a local park, and goes on a run. 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Must Do, My Global City, Field Trip

A Highlight of My Favorite Moments in Florence

Oct 24, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Michaella Estevez is an official CAPA vlogger, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her last post, Michaella recaps her time studying abroad in Florence and shows us some of her favorite moments from the experience.


Thanks Michaella!

See more of Michaella's journey in Florence.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, Reflection, Flying, Travel, Airports, My Global City, Academics Abroad, Classes

Exploring the Canals and Gardens of Suzhou, China

Oct 23, 2018 10:49:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's vlog, Rachel Epp documents a CAPA group excursion to Suzhou, where students explore the city's notoriously beautiful gardens, canals, shops, and restaurants!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Must Do, My Global City, Travel, Field Trip

Meeting Italian Students through CAPA's FriendMe Program

Oct 16, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor highlights a CAPA Florence program called 'FriendMe' in which local high school students from Florence meet with CAPA students and swap stories about what it's like to growing up in Italy vs the US.

Ciao! I just got back to my flat from one of the best experiences I have had so far while studying abroad. Set up by CAPA, I was able to meet and hangout with local Florentine high school students with my peers. The program is called 'FriendMe'. This was an amazing way to meet locals around my age and make new friends.

I was initially kind of nervous about the program. I did not know what I had in common with students from Florence. I know very limited Italian so I did not even know if we would be able to understand and talk to each other. However, these concerns went away very quickly.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, My Global City, Local Culture, Activities in Florence

From Dublin to The Cliffs of Moher and Galway City

Oct 5, 2018 5:02:12 PM / by Casey Rhode

Casey recalls last weekend's CAPA excursion to the infamous Cliffs of Moher and Galway city—from the windy outlook on the cliffs to making friends with a local Irish woldfhound.

What is one of the most popular tourist destinations you should visit when in Ireland you ask? Cliffs of Moher. Our CAPA trip to Galway city and the Cliffs of Moher was one for the books and one that makes you realize how afraid of heights you actually are.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Day Trip, Food in Ireland, Must Do, My Global City

Taking an Italian Cooking Class

Oct 4, 2018 2:38:11 PM / by Payton Meyer

In this week's post, Payton signs up for a CAPA My Global City event and cooks up a delicious feast of Italian food with help from the Chefactory instructor.

Ciao! I finally got the chance to attend one of the My Global City events that CAPA offers to its students to help immerse them into the Italian culture and lifestyle here in Florence, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you! This week, I signed up for a 3-course cooking class taught at the Chefactory. My friends and I were expecting to learn how to make fresh pasta the authentic Italian way, but we learned so much more in just a few hours, and it was some of the most fun I’ve had in the city so far!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Food in Florence, Food in Italy, My Global City, Local Culture

My Global City: 'Secrets of Florence' Tour, Hikes, and More!

Sep 25, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

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Connor McGlone is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at  University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Connor recaps his experience participating in CAPA Florence My Global City events. From discovering secret facts about historical Florence during a guided tour, to hiking a mountain at sunset, follow along on his Italian adventures!


One of the best things to take advantage of in the CAPA program are the My Global City events that CAPA organizes. A My Global City event is an activity such as a boat ride around Florence, tastes of different eateries, or a hike to certain hot spots in the city. These events allow the students to discover more about their new city and meet new people along the way. These pre-planned and well-organized events take the stress out of trying to plan something fun to do, as all that is required from the students is to sign up. This past week I was lucky enough to go on two My Global City events. Both events helped me to see the beauty of Florence while learning more about the city itself.

Historical Plaque on Building in FlorenceAn example of the plaques people used to write on buildings around Florence to communicate with their friends!

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Posted in: My Global City, Florence, Italy, Activities in Florence, Activities Abroad, Travel


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