3 Personal and Professional Perks of Study Abroad You Only Realize Once You Return Home

Nov 12, 2018 10:55:00 AM / by Claire Shrader

CAPA Alumni Claire Shrader shares 3 areas in which she's noticed a lasting benefit from studying abroad in Buenos Aires. 

Everyone has a different purpose in spending a semester abroad. For me, there were many, but one of the biggest reasons was to greatly improve my Spanish ability in a way I knew I could only do by being immersed in it 24/7. Man, did Buenos Aires totally surpass all of my hopes in that regard. It was amazing to me to watch my language ability develop from the first day, where I shyly rode the whole way back from the airport without saying a word, to two days later, where I was laughing and chatting with my host family, to two weeks after that, where I was so comfortable speaking, and could understand them most of the time, too, to two months later, when I understood almost 100% of what was said to me, and was able to articulate my thoughts and ideas in a way that made sense, and was actually, dare I say it, almost eloquent.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Why Study Abroad, Why Buenos Aires, Reflection, Professional Development

What Living in Argentina Taught Me About Myself and About Life

Nov 9, 2018 10:57:30 AM / by Claire Shrader

CAPA Alumni Claire Shrader reflects on some of the most important things she learned about herself while studying abroad in Buenos Aires, and the different outlook on life she gained from her time abroad.

I think those of our friends who have not studied abroad could definitely tell those of us who have that the line, “I miss _________ about studying abroad!” has become a staple in our conversations. Living in another country for 3-4 months is no small endeavor, and processing it once you’re home often hits at strange moments. For me, the smell of exhaust as I wait at the stop light to get to my dorm can take me right back to my 12-minute walk to the subway station in Buenos Aires, where I took subway D to my internship in Belgrano. It’s a small thing—just a stop light and a smell—but that experience is so fresh to me, that’s all it takes to instantly transport me back to that moment. There are a million things I miss about being in Argentina, and most of them revolve around food, ha.

But along with all of the things I miss, every time the word “Buenos Aires” comes to mind, I can’t help but think of the things I learned while there, too.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Why Study Abroad, Reflection, Why Buenos Aires

A CAPA Team Member and Student Talk About Life in London

Nov 7, 2018 12:33:00 PM / by Ellen Anderson

In this week's post, Ellen is interviewed by Andrew Rose, an internship coordinator at CAPA London, and discusses the differences between London and the US, the convenience of the Tube, meeting locals in London, and even social cultures in the workplace.

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Posted in: London, England, London Interview, Interviews, Study Abroad, Internships in London, Reflection, Personal Learning

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

My Top 10 Pivotal Moments from Studying Abroad in London

Oct 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Ryan Crotty

Ryan Crotty

Ryan is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Graphic Design major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In her last post, Ryan outlines her top 10 takeaways from studying abroad in London and how they formed pivotal moments during her experience.


Thinking back to my study abroad experience in London, it would not have been complete without my internship at emc3, my favorite class, and all the time spent in the city. Here are my top 10 takeaways from this studying abroad in London.

1. Workforce Culture

Outdoor in London

The first major takeaway I had from studying abroad was the difference in the culture of the workforce. While I had the opportunity to intern, I learned a lot about the fun atmosphere a UK office can contain. In the office, music was playing and everyone was extremely friendly and upbeat!

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Posted in: London, England, Top 10, Study Abroad, Reflection, Personal Learning

How I Grew Academically, Professionally, and Personally in Sydney

Oct 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Sydney Alderman

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Reflection, Academics Abroad, Internships in Sydney, Classes in Sydney, Personal Learning

Bridging the Gap: Theatrical Arts, Prisoners, and the Outside World

Oct 2, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

London ImageVideo by Natasha Wright, a BFA Acting major from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and CAPA London alum.

Natasha talks about her research project focusing on Synergy Theatre Project and their work with prisoners and former prisoners in the theater and arts space.


Thanks, Natasha!

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Posted in: London, England, Academics Abroad, Human Rights, Theater, Art Abroad, Personal Learning, Reflection

How to Handle Returning Home and Missing Your Study Abroad Experience

Sep 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in Sydney.

In today's post, Marianne reflects on her study abroad and internship experience in Sydney, what she misses about it, and tips on how to handle coming back home and maintaining relationships.


I never knew it was possible to miss a place this much. Coming back home was filled with mixed feelings. Even though I am happy to be back, I have missed Australia and all the friendships and connections I made throughout my study abroad experience. I have been back home for a couple of weeks now, and the most random things still remind me of Australia. I have also started noticing some of the slight differences between Australia and the US in terms of how we do certain things a bit differently here. For example, the tiny space between bathroom stalls here in the US are huge compared to the ones in Australia, but I had never noticed until I came back. Also, I got so used to walking on the opposite side of the street, which actually makes a lot of sense to me, that I still do it even after having been back for a while.

Mrs. Macquarie's Chair

Having been an exchange student before, I somewhat knew what to expect when coming back. I knew for example that almost no one will be as interested in hearing about your overseas experience as you are in telling them. This is not to mean that they won’t be excited for you, but this experience will impact you so much that you will be able to talk about it forever.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Tips, Reflection

Students Share What It's Like to Study Abroad in Dublin

Sep 24, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Dublin ImageWhat is it like to study abroad in Dublin?

A couple of Samford University students and faculty answer the question while reflecting on their time with CAPA Dublin.


Thanks to the Samford University students and faculty for sharing their experiences!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Study Abroad, Reflection

On Taking the Leap Abroad and Returning Home

Sep 6, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An American History and Literature major at Harvard College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her last post, Hannah reflects on her choice to study abroad in the summer and how she gained confidence to reach past cultural barriers to connect with locals and Florence's rich art and history.


At first, I thought studying abroad didn’t really fit into my life as a student-athlete in college. As a Nordic skier, it’s hard to take more than a month off from training, and quite challenging to take a semester abroad and have a successful training year in preparation for the racing season. Though it’s been done, I simply wanted to focus on training, academics, and social events on campus at Harvard. However, this past year I had been nursing a foot injury, and when I found out about CAPA’s 6-week program, I decided that it would be a really great opportunity to study abroad while recuperating from my injury. I wasn’t 100% sure about the trip, even as I boarded the plane.

In Siena with My Friend TaylorMy new study abroad friend, Taylor, and I in Siena.

My friends and roommates had consulting and campaigning jobs lined up for the summer in hopes of finding a way to enter job markets for a future career, and meanwhile it seemed like I was dropping everything and fleeing to look at sculptures and arches for a while. However, I had forgotten that, despite constantly comparing myself to others, indulging in art and culture is what I have loved doing in my classes all along, and living in a new and exciting culture abroad was exactly what I wanted to be doing.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Reflection


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