How College in Ireland Works

Apr 6, 2018 1:30:00 PM / 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 describes five ways college classes work in Ireland from his experience at Griffith College and what you should be prepared for.


Before coming to Dublin, I really had no idea about how the Irish school system worked. I didn’t know how grading was carried out or what professors would expect of me academically. In order to make sure that other students coming to Griffith College aren’t similarly in the dark, this blog post will be dedicated to describing how college here in Ireland works.

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Griffith College

First of all, grading is completely different in Irish schools. Instead of grading scales going from 1 to 100, Irish grading scales go from 1 to 70 (and sometimes 80 depending on the class). In simple terms, a 1 is considered a “0” and a 70 is seen as a “100” in Irish schools. Don’t ask me why, I personally think it’s ridiculous and no one can seem to tell me why it works this way. In the U.S., if I received a 95 on an essay, my letter grade would be put in as an A+. However, here in Ireland, in order to get an A+, you have to get a 65 or higher. When I got back my first essay last week and saw that I got a 66, I nearly had a heart attack because I thought I got a D on a major assignment.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Academics Abroad

My Advice on How to Get Yourself Acquainted with Florence

Dec 26, 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 his last post, Kristopher looks back on his study abroad and shares simple ways to quickly integrate with life in Florence.


Thanks Kip!

See more of Kristopher's journey in Florence.

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

4 Pieces of Airport Advice for First-Time Travelers

Dec 14, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

You’ve been waiting to travel to a different country for the longest time, and that moment has finally come. You know this is a journey you’ve been working up to. From city to city and state to state, your travel experiences have been accumulating for your first major trip overseas for your study abroad. While there may be similar aspects to the type of travel you’ve accomplished back home, getting on your first international flight will be quite the experience.

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1. Be Prepared

Start your preparations early on--both mentally and packing-wise. Whether you’re an experienced or last-minute packer, it helps to go through 1 or 2 rounds of asking yourself whether you really need what you’re packing. Keep all your important documents together in a safe and handy manner. Unsure about the airport you’ll be stopping over and arriving at? Do some research to see what amenities are available during your travel.

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Posted in: Travel, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Tips

From Professor to Student: Study Abroad and Career Building Advice

Nov 17, 2017 3:30:00 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 interviews CAPA Professor Andy West on how students can make the most of their experiences studying abroad in Sydney.


I cannot believe we are about done! A week ago, we all had our last days in our classes and at our internships. As we were trying to wrap up all the assignments and exams, we were all also hectically trying to pack. Now, looking back at the program I feel that it was a great time—one to be grateful for.

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Many of us, especially back in the U.S., are concerned about academics and education systems these days. I was glad that the professors and CAPA staff in Australia were very easy to approach and communicate with. During my final week, I decided to talk to one of my professors to reflect on the experience with CAPA from a different perspective. Andy West, a CAPA Sydney professor, leads the International Economics and the Global Internship course. I really enjoyed both his classes and felt like I had a lot of opportunity to get to know my professor and the Australian culture better, as well as also engaging in interesting conversations on various topics. Thus, I decided to conduct a small quick interview and ask him a couple of questions. Read on for his responses and see what advice he has to share.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Sydney Interviews

How I Packed Efficiently for My Semester Abroad

Sep 11, 2017 3:30:33 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 her first post, Celess shows us how she fit everything in her bags without going over the weight limit.


Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

The Gilman Scholarship: How to Look for Other Ways to Fund Study Abroad

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

A CAPA Student Interview: Sarah Pressler

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Photo: Me & Mauro. Meeting up with an old Twitter friend before the program started. I never thought we'd ever meet in real life, but here we are enjoying Italy! What a treat.

Meet Sara Pressler, a Public Administration major and Honors Studies minor from Texas State University who is studying abroad in Florence this semester, summer 2017. Below, she talks about being a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, why she chose to study abroad, and ways you can look for more scholarship opportunities.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
SARAH PRESSLER: My study abroad program has brought me from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, to Florence, Italy. I'm finishing up my bachelor's degree in Public Administration and my minor in Honors Studies. In the fall I'll begin working on my Masters in Legal Studies with ABA Paralegal Certification. Texas State University is currently the only college in the state of Texas to offer a combination degree program where you earn your Masters AND certification as a Paralegal through an ABA (American Bar Association) program. It's an amazing opportunity for those of us who want to work in the legal field but do not want to, or cannot, attend law school. I'm looking forward to diving into the program! Other than academics, at the moment, my hobbies and interests are focused on my four children ages 20, 17, 15, and 13. Between home life and academic life, the only other interest I have is napping!

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Posted in: Interviews, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Financing Study Abroad

Why Staying in Shape Abroad has More Benefits than You May Think

Aug 2, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

While you’re abroad you’ll be busy studying, eating, traveling and much, much more. While you are caught up in all the excitement of your new location, you may forget about the importance of exercising and staying in shape. Even though you may think running or biking (or any other exercise you may chose) will take time out of your day, there are plenty of ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, especially in the early stages of your travels.


One of the best things you can do when you arrive in your new city is run or bike. You’ll be able to do two things at once by learning about where you’ll be living while also burning off the delicious food you ate the night before. You may run past a café that you want to try, or you may get to meet some locals to run with! Either way, it’s a win-win situation. Make sure to not get lost, and also speak to your advisors to see which areas are better to run in than others.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Health Abroad, Activities Abroad

The Top Ten Affordable Foods Found Throughout London

Jun 28, 2017 3:30:00 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 this week's post, Seth shows us 10 of the best places to eat on a budget in London.


My favorite thing about cities has always been the confluence of so many cultures, forming a diverse gastronomy. So for the past six weeks, I’ve scoured the streets of London in attempts to find the best places to eat—that will also be easy on the wallet. Fortunately, oftentimes the best and most authentic restaurants are also highly affordable. After six weeks of taking tube rides to find all the spots, I finally completed my list. Looking at it, I was pleased with the diversity of cultures represented; nearly every single continent was present. However, it was at this point that I realized nearly all of the restaurants on the list were located in Soho. Which really illustrates how overflowing the Soho area is with the best and most affordable places to eat. So if you’re looking for somewhere cheap to eat in London, I’d suggest hitting up one of the places on this list or wander around Soho to find your own!

1. Bibimbap

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Bill: £7.50

Location: Soho

Bibimbap, literally translating to “mixed rice”, is precisely what this restaurant entails. Served in a scorching hot stone bowl, Bibimbap traditionally includes rice, an assortment of vegetables, sometimes meat, and usually an egg. I went with the classic Bibimbap called Dol Sot, which contained sections of julienned cucumber, daikon, bean sprouts, spinach, and carrots, topped with a fried egg. Also, when the waiter warns you about how hot the stone bowls are, take them seriously: after I had finished eating, I unintentionally touched my hand to the bowl, only to jolt it back with a squelch. After nearly 20 minutes the bowl was still hot enough to burn my skin.

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Posted in: London, England, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Top 10

5 Tips to Write your Cover Letter

Jun 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

Cover letters are the best way to express yourself and desires when applying for a job or internship. The letter is often the first time that an employer sees who you truly are. Your resume will describe any skills or experience you have, but your cover letter is more personal, and allows for more self-expression. It provides you with the opportunity to make a great first impression. If you're finding it hard to find your voice, here are 5 tips to help.

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1. Make it Personal

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Internships Abroad

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


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