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Learning the Art of Bargaining in Shanghai

Aug 6, 2019 11:23:00 AM / by Absa Samba

Your first time bargaining may feel awkward so Absa has put together some helpful steps to ease you into the Chinese consumer culture. She also shares the things (affordable luggages and bulk souvenirs, anyone?) that she and her friends have gotten from negotiating with shop owners. You'll leave Shanghai knowing how to bargain, so put this new skill to practice while you're there!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture

How to Spend a Weekend in Huangshan for $150

Jul 31, 2019 11:46:18 AM / by Lauren Girard

One great thing about studying abroad in Shanghai is that it can be incredibly cost-effective to travel to other parts of the country, thanks to high speed bullet trains and youth hostels in tourist hot spots! Don't believe us? Champlain College student Lauren and 7 of her friends were able to spend a weekend outside of Shanghai in Huangshan and Hangzhou for less than $150 per person. She breaks down her planning and the costs in this new vlog, so definitely check it out for helpful advice on how to plan a similar trip when you study abroad in China! 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture

Playing the Same Tune

Jul 23, 2019 1:40:00 PM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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In this month's column, Dr. Mike Woolf describes the connection and relationships between the Jewish and Black communities with music—specifically jazz music. He also shares numerous historic examples of how music represents the empathy found in each community, as well as the controversies that marginalize minorities and their shared experiences.

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Posted in: London, England, Dublin, Ireland, International Education, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shanghai, China, Florence, Italy, Barcelona, Spain

Next Stop, Beijing! How to See The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, & the Great Wall in 3 Days

Jul 17, 2019 11:52:20 AM / by Lauren Girard

Every term CAPA Shanghai students enjoy a trip to China's historic capital, Beijing. This summer Champlain College student and CAPA Vlogger Lauren brings us along as she and her classmates discover the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, & The Great Wall of China! Watch to see these beautiful historic sites and hear about Lauren's perspective on the differences between two of China's biggest cities, Shanghai & Beijing,

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture

Hear from 7 CAPA Students About their Internships in Shanghai

Jul 14, 2019 1:35:00 PM / by Absa Samba

If interning is part of your study abroad plans, then you should read this compilation of student profiles from Shanghai! These rising juniors share what they do in their roles, how their interests align with the internships, and the important lessons they're taking away from each experience. 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Internships Abroad

Inside My Data Analytics Internship in Shanghai

Jul 11, 2019 12:43:38 PM / by Lauren Girard

Want to know more about what it's like to intern in Shanghai? Lauren gives us all the details of her Data Analytics internship with CAPGemini, a French company with offices in Shanghai. From her commute to her daily tasks, the view from her office, and a chat with her coworker, Lauren shares what she is gaining from this experience!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Internships Abroad

7+ National Days of CAPA's 7 Global Cities

Jul 1, 2019 10:48:00 AM / by Jessie Gibson

We have a roundup of some of the important and celebrated days in our global cities! Find out the history behind each National Day and how the locals recognize them. Some are steeped in tradition, while others are commemorated differently. Be sure to take note of the dates as well, you might just get to experience it while studying abroad!

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Posted in: London, England, Dublin, Ireland, International Education, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shanghai, China, Florence, Italy, Barcelona, Spain

3 Tips to Help You Develop Cultural Competence and Adaptability in Shanghai

Jun 29, 2019 10:34:00 AM / by Absa Samba

It's the summer for learning and improving yourself! Absa has moved and lived in several countries over the course of her life, and she is approaching her time in Shanghai with curiosity, openness, and intentionality. Take a quick dive into how you can be culturally competent by being proactive in a new environment (with a completely different language) like China.

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

How I Found a Home Away from Home in Shanghai

Jun 28, 2019 11:01:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

With a semester abroad behind her, Imani writes about her experience with integrating as an African American in Shanghai and finding a home away from home. She gives us an honest look at her challenges and successes, and how attending the Black Expo in Shanghai came at the right time during her study abroad journey. Read how she's doing after being back in the US with some final advice on how to challenge yourself out of your comfort zone.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Diversity Abroad

Expectations vs. Reality of My Semester in Shanghai

Jun 22, 2019 10:44:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

Sometimes expectations won't go as planned when reality comes around; but part of being in a new environment is pushing yourself to adapt to change. In this week's post, Imani opens up about speaking in Mandarin, making friends, and missing food from home. She also shares with us about her overall progress over the semester and how she was able to bring out the best parts of herself while studying abroad in Shanghai.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture