How to Write the Right Resume for Internships Abroad

Jun 22, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

As you enter college and embark on your study abroad journey, you'll begin to realize how important your resume is. There's an emphasis on having impressive jobs and skills to put on your resume, but many people think that's all you need. Few realize that things like layout of your resume could actually make or break getting the position you're applying for. Some employers will take one look at a resume, see that it is unorganized, and move on to the next. When applying for internships abroad, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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The first thing to point out is that many countries outside the US, particularly in Europe, use to term CV which stands for "curriculum vitae" instead of resume. In Latin, this term means, “course of my life”, and it's the same exact thing as a resume. It is important to highlight experiences, skills, qualifications, education, and your personal information.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Internships Abroad

10 Little Tips that Will Help You Around Florence

Jun 20, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Jiwon gives us her list of 10 things that will help you out when you study abroad in Florence.

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1. Summer in Florence is very hot

The average temperature in Florence is around 90F and being around large group of tourists doesn't help. Bring something to keep yourself cool, such as a fan, cooling pad, hat, water spray…etc. You will find them extremely helpful especially in crowded, enclosed museums.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy, Top 10

5 Tips to Pack Like a Pro

Jun 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

While packing before you travel abroad, you’ll probably want to find a magical way to bring everything you own without needing 50 suitcases. It can be pretty difficult to only bring what you need considering the amount of clothes and other items you have. If you really can't decide what to bring with you, you can keep these tips in mind to make sure you've got the essentials for your study abroad adventure.

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1. Define needs vs. wants

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How to Write a Study Abroad Scholarship Essay and Win

Jun 14, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

We've all had those times where we find ourselves sitting at our computer for 45 minutes, staring at the bliking line at the begining of a word document. We end up not writing a single sentence that we’re happy with despite knowing how important the essay is. If you're finding it hard to start writing a scholarship essay, you're not the only one. How can you write something that's compelling, honest, and really conveys why you deserve this gift that will help you study abroad?

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When wondering where to start, be creative. Whichever scholarship foundation you're applying to is likely to receive many applications, so the more creative and unique your essay is the more likely it will stand out. Be sure to read the prompt carefully and then tailor your story to that question. Point out the most unique parts of your story to make it as special as possible, so that you're exciting the reader and not boring them.

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How to Cook Afforadble Food at Home in Florence

Jun 6, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Jiwon gives advice on where to buy groceries to make affordable food in Florence.

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Going into my third week in Florence, I've gotten used to the little roads that form a complicated maze. My old apartment full of antiques is really starting to feel like home. As I began to feel comfortable living here, I realized that it's difficult to eat out all the time.

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Of course when your'e in another country you want to try their unique cuisine and dishes, and here you can have the best pasta and pizza you could ever imagine- but it comes with a price. You won’t regret spending your money, but if you want to keep your meals less expensive you have to find a different solution.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy, Food in Italy

Transportation Options in Dublin

May 31, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Sarah Kaplan Profile Square.jpgSarah Kaplan is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A screen studies major with a concentration in film/media production at Clark University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's video, Sarah talks about different ways to get around Dublin- by bus, train, and more!

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice

Make the Most of Your Time Abroad: 5 Time Management Tips for Study Abroad Students

May 26, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Nathan Overlock - Profile Photo (Choice 1).jpgNathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Nathan gives us 6 tips to help manage time effectively abroad, from academics to organization.

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When most chances to travel overseas and explore new countries come in 1-2 week vacations, a full semester abroad can feel like all the time in the world. And it’s true: 4-months in a foreign country is an amazing amount of time to spend immersing yourself in a new culture and travelling around. Yet, looking back after 4 full months in Dublin, my time here is almost up, and every week felt as busy as it was exciting. Add on classes, studying, internship, meetings, city commutes, and campus events and suddenly find yourself with no more free time than you’d have during a normal semester at home. Even if the specific classes and internship are why you chose CAPA, they're probably not what brought you to Ireland. Don’t worry though; even with everything I mentioned above, and a part time job on the side, I still managed to travel across Ireland and Europe, explore the city, hang out, and even keep up with my netflix queue without falling behind. So, here are 5 tips I learned for getting to do everything I wanted to in Ireland while keeping up with classes and work.

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1. Get organized

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice

My Tips to Survive the Long Flight to Your Host Country

May 23, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her first post, Jiwon gives us some good tips on how to survive long flights.

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As an international student I have some experience on long flights, and with multiple experiences I have some good tips and know-how on how to get through these torturous hours as easily as possible.

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1. Wear simple clothing

I know you want to look stunning and perfect on your first day in a new foreign country, but if you want to go through the long trip easily you better wear something comfortable. I prefer casual clothes like a simple t-shirt and sweatpants, but anything light would do. Avoid wearing clothes with metal decorations as they will become torturous iron maidens, poking and leaving marks on your body from all directions once you are on the airplane. Any shoes are fine but it is best if you take them off as soon as you are in your seat and change into slippers the airlines sometimes provide. Having your feet comfortable will greatly improve the quality of your experience on long airplane flights. 

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy

So You Want to Study at an Irish College?

May 19, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Nathan Overlock - Profile Photo (Choice 1).jpgNathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Nathan explains how Irish school systems work, and the best ways to plan for the differences you'll encounter.

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This week, I’m wrapping up the “study” part of study abroad, and taking my last exam at Griffith College. And yes, it’s cumulative. If you ask an Irish lecturer that, instead of the collective groan you’d expect from a classroom in the U.S., you’ll probably see a look on confusion on your teacher's face, and hear a snicker or two from the students around you. That’s because I use “cumulative” loosely; apart from a practical assignment in the middle of the system, the exam is all there is: three hours, a couple of prompts, and a blank book to prove everything you’ve learned from 60+ hours of lectures, readings, and tutorials. So, without a decade of practice taking these types of exams in Irish schools, how do you even prepare? Hopefully I’ll know the answer by the 2:15 on Wednesday when I start filling in the first questions.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice

How Not to Pack for a Summer Abroad

May 17, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_SethNeu_London_Headshot.pngSeth Neu is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing & Management Information Systems major at the University of Minnesota, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In his first post, Seth tells us 5 ways to pack efficiently for maximum space and style.

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As a person who loves fashion, I have a lot of clothes—an embarrassing amount, really. I also really hate not having all my clothes with me. This creates quite the conundrum when I’m supposed to be traveling light. But somehow, by nothing short of a miracle, I managed to fit all my fashion needs into one large suitcase (weighing in at 49 pounds), a carry-on, and a backpack.

So, to help all of you out, or possibly just to highlight the ridiculousness of my packing process, I’ve constructed a list of some things I’ve learned to not do while packing.

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1. Don’t think you’re too good for a packing list

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Posted in: London, England, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

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