The Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break Travel While Studying Abroad

Mar 9, 2019 10:29:00 AM / by Daniel Arnabar

Want to explore Europe while you study abroad? In this week's post, Daniel shares a list of do's and don'ts from his travel adventures to Portugal and Spain over spring break. Here's everything you need to know about planning trips, booking flights, and most of all—coordinating it with your travel buddies!

For my spring break abroad, a couple of my friends and I decided to take the week to hit Lisbon and Lagos in Portugal and Barcelona, Spain. This was the most travel I have ever done basically on my own, and I definitely learned a lot from my experience. I put together some do’s and don'ts that will hopefully help you have the smoothest journey possible when it’s your turn to explore Europe.

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

Living in Shanghai: The Best of ECNU Student Accommodations

Mar 7, 2019 11:49:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

Are you ready for student life abroad in Shanghai? In this week's post, Imani shares her take on the dorm accommodation and facilities around the ECNU campus. From finding what you need around campus to a look inside her dorm room, she gives more insight on what to prepare for and what she already enjoys about living on campus.

Before I arrived in Shanghai, I was given instructions to get me to the East China Normal University (ECNU) Zhongbei Campus (not the Minhang Campus). There are about 10,000 students here, which is huge compared to Hood College. There are many metro stations and malls nearby.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

6 Packing Tips for a Semester Abroad in Barcelona

Mar 1, 2019 10:58:00 AM / by Victoria Irra

In her first vlog of the semester, Victoria Irra prepares to depart for a semester in Barcelona and has been packing away! From portable chargers to 3 months worth of spices - you'll want to watch more for Victoria's tips on what to pack and how to pack for a semester abroad. 

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Posted in: Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Barcelona, Spain

On FOMO, Packing, & Other Preparations for a Semester in Buenos Aires

Feb 21, 2019 12:18:51 PM / by Shivani Pandya

In her first post, Shivani breaks out her packing lists and shares how she researched and prepared to leave for Buenos Aires. She also considers what she'll be missing out back home while studying abroad, but muses at the opportunity to live like a local and document her time in this global city. Read her open letter about her anticipated journey overseas!

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Urban(est) Living: Housing in Sydney to the CAPA Center & More

Feb 18, 2019 11:20:00 AM / by Elizabeth Westermeyer

In this week's post, Lizzy tells all about apartment living, activities abroad, and CAPA life in Sydney. She also lists places within the area you can spend your time at, as well as the kind of amenities Urbanest has. Find out what you can do and more when you study abroad in Sydney!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

An Overview of the Housing Options with CAPA Sydney

Feb 14, 2019 10:43:00 AM / by Kara Davis

In this week's post, Kara writes about the student accommodation options for those looking to study abroad in Sydney. She contrasts the features of Urbanest Apartments and Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments and outlines what you can expect as a CAPA student. Want a look inside? Kara's got you covered! 

In my last post, I briefly discussed my experience living at the Urbanest student accommodation and commuting to my internship. CAPA’s accommodation can differ from term to term, but this semester some CAPA students also live at Urbanest like myself, while others reside at the nearby Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments or in a private homestay. Read on if you’d like to learn about fellow a CAPA student’s experience living at Oaks Goldsbrough and commuting to her internship.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

From Indecision to Ireland: Why I Chose to Study Abroad in Dublin

Jan 30, 2019 11:49:00 AM / by Emma Aulenback

Where in the world should you go? In her first post, Emma walks us through her study abroad dilemmas and how she eventually selected a city and program that aligned with her degree and interests. She's thrilled about making her way to Dublin and shares how her family, friends, and advisors, as well as a four-leaf clover, nudged her toward her decision!  

Where we’re going, we don’t need luck!

In the soundtrack to my life, “Should I Stay or Should I Go” sums up my fall semester perfectly, as my journey to study abroad was no walk in the park! No, no, no, not one bit! Indeed, I was very lost in the park with no compass to make clear which path I should take and no map to answer my burning question: “Where should I study abroad?!"

I was searching all over the globe for a program that would satisfy my academic requirements, financial needs, and personal desires! I met with several advisors, made spreadsheets, and had weekly conference calls with friends and family to poll opinions. For most of the semester, I had several applications started in various different programs.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

How to Make A Semester Abroad Possible When Living With a Chronic Illness

Jan 22, 2019 10:09:00 AM / by Elizabeth Westermeyer

In her first post, Lizzy opens up about her reasons for studying abroad and the steps she took to make it possible to accommodate her cystic fibrosis. She did her research and prepared ahead of time to be an informed traveler and find solutions that worked best for her medically. Read on to see how Lizzy traveled all the way to Sydney without a hitch!

On my list of requirements for potential colleges, amongst many others like having a smaller-sized student body and a drivable distance to home, it was a must to have the option of study abroad. One of the reasons I chose Providence College was because they offered the help and resources to make this dream of mine come true. I knew I wanted to travel to somewhere warm with easy access to the water and that was English-speaking, so Australia was the move! CAPA’s tolerating team based in Boston has answered every single of my silly questions and has made it so that when I arrive I know I will have the support system I need, from academics to doctors. They also give the opportunity to complete an internship which was important to me, as I hope to not only grow personally and as a student but in the professional setting in a foreign country.

The availability of modern healthcare and the ability to communicate how I am feeling without a language barrier is crucial for me because I have a chronic illness called cystic fibrosis. Making studying abroad in Australia become a reality is a personal achievement of mine because not only did I have to keep up academically, but I had to make sure to keep up with my health regimen to be able to stay healthy while I’m across the world.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Study Abroad Checklist: 9 Steps to Prepare for a Semester Abroad in Sydney

Jan 17, 2019 12:12:00 PM / by Kara Davis

Sooner is better than later when it comes to getting ready for your study abroad semester. In her first post, Kara takes us through a step-by-step guide on how to prepare and have a seamless pre-departure experience before you get on your flight to your global city. Spoiler alert: this list will let you know the 9 things you must  absolutely do to get everything sorted—from passports to courses to insurance and medications!

Planning to study abroad in Australia next semester but don’t know where to start? Read on for 9 things you can do right now to get started.

(Note: Although the following content is tailored to the CAPA Sydney program, the basics can still be applied when studying abroad in other locations or with a different institution.)

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

The Do's and Don'ts of Preparing for A Semester in London

Jan 16, 2019 11:08:00 AM / by Sarah Mai

In her first post, Sarah makes a case for preparing everything early—from applying to study abroad and collating documents to packing for your needs. Check out some of these lessons and save yourself from several headaches as you get ready for a new semester abroad!

(Original illustrations by Sarah Mai)

There seemed to be an endless list of things to do before my flight off to London. When I completed one task, three more appeared in my email inbox. Determined to complete everything on my own, I worked through each of the steps of pre-departure, ending up finishing my task list the morning of my flight day—which I do not recommend (more on that in a second). Despite my shortcomings, there was light at the end of the tunnel, and I learned some very important lessons before I set my feet on British soil.

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