The Places We Go, The Things We Learn: Reflecting on Shanghai My Global City Events

Apr 18, 2019 11:03:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

In this week's post, Imani visits the World Expo Museum and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center as part of CAPA Shanghai's My Global City events for students. She shares her latest insights on structures around the world and in Shanghai, as well as how urbanization and westernization has made its impact in China.

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

Budget Breakdown: How I’m Spending My Money During a Semester in Shanghai

Apr 11, 2019 12:02:00 PM / by Imani Wilson

It can be easy to lose track of your spending while abroad! In this week's post, Imani sheds light on her student budget and how she manages her money monthly. She looks at how she's allocated funds for travel, food, souvenirs, and activities in Shanghai, and what is covered by your CAPA program costs.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Scholarships & Financing

Comparing Global Cities: Shanghai vs. Beijing

Apr 2, 2019 10:32:00 AM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

After a recent visit to Beijing from Shanghai with the spring 2019 students, Colin writes about the opportunities provided by CAPA for students to learn about their host city and other global cities around them. He compares and contrasts the features and local interaction of both cities, while describing how Beijing and Shanghai represent China globally, politically, and culturally.

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

What to Expect from Your Classes with CAPA Shanghai

Mar 26, 2019 11:01:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

In this week's post, Imani gives us a quick rundown of her classes in Shanghai and what she's been learning so far. She's getting a deeper look and a holistic view of China's history, its current issues, and the urban transformation  happening all over the country. In addition, Imani is learning something she's wanted to for the longest time—the Chinese Language! Find out what goes on in these classes and more.

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

My Unexpected Takeaways From a Semester in Shanghai 

Mar 16, 2019 10:51:00 AM / by CAPA Study Abroad Ambassadors

Studying abroad means positioning yourself to receive the best, yet sometimes unexpected experiences. In this post, Jennifer Conner talks about observing the Chinese culture firsthand, interning at an English language school, and building long-lasting relationships with her friends.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Why Study Abroad

How to Master Time Management When Studying Abroad 

Mar 14, 2019 10:30:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

Now that’s she’s been in Shanghai for a few weeks, CAPA Blogger Imani Wilson is learning a thing or two about the time management skills you will gain (out of necessity) while studying abroad. In this blog she shares some tips and anecdotes for mastering time management while abroad to ensure you can make the most of your experience!

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

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

Connecting Global Cities: On Globalization and Brexit

Mar 5, 2019 10:30:00 AM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

With the impending Brexit referendum approaching, the principles and effects of globalization in the UK are up in the air. CAPA Shanghai Resident Director Colin Speakman sheds light on the history of the European Union and several impacts that the UK could face. He also covers perspectives from Shanghai and looks into alternative models of trade agreements.

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This is a relevant article, I hope. By the time readers are seeing these words, it will be March and, in principle, on March 29 the UK is supposed to leave the European Union (EU). Yet, such are the complexities of this event that it could be postponed—at the time of writing we do not know.

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

The Globalization of Chinese New Year

Feb 15, 2019 11:16:00 AM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

This post appears as China approaches the end of its Spring Festival; CAPA students arrive in Shanghai and, at universities all over the country, local students are making their way back to campus—after the long break between the Fall semester ending mid-January and the Spring semester starting at least a month later. Students are one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Spring Festival period which includes a week of Chinese New Year National Holidays but is much longer than that. Officially the Spring Festival ends with the Lantern Festival 15 days after Lunar New year, which would fall on February 20 this year. It is good timing as most locals are back on the week of February 18 so crowds can visit the special Lantern Festival displays in Chinese cities. CAPA Shanghai students are taken to one.

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Posted in: International Education, Shanghai, China

The Past, Present, and Future: Why I am Studying Abroad in Shanghai

Feb 9, 2019 10:15:00 AM / by Imani Wilson

The day she has been waiting for is finally here! In her first post, Imani shares her excitement and anticipation about heading to Shanghai for a semester abroad. This experience has been years in the making! From transforming into a Chinese culture aficionado and learning Mandarin for the past four years, Imani reveals why she can't wait to immerse herself in this global city and her academics abroad. 

I always knew that I was going to go to China. I just didn’t think it would happen like this. I never thought that I would ever study abroad. I find that when people think of travel, they think of vacation or traveling for work. We all know that studying abroad is a possibility, but college students might not be able to because of timing and/or money. Miraculously, Hood College and CAPA made studying abroad more affordable and I decided to take a chance because chances like these are hard to come across for most students. If they weren’t, everyone would do it.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Why Study Abroad

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