Experiencing the Spirit of Dublin

Oct 3, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth scores a chance to witness Gaelic football in Dublin and experience the city's spirit.


My friends and I started to hear music as we walked down Friary Ave. As we turned into Smithfield Square we were greeted with a sea of different shades of blue. People were waving Dublin flags and little kids ran around wearing Gaelic football jerseys. Every woman, man, and child were dancing to the music of a band patiently waiting for the celebration to begin.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Fall2017_Dublin_From Elizabeth Leahy - Gaelic Football Homecoming Ceremony_1.pngA few of the waving flags at the Homecoming Ceremony

We went to Smithfield Square to celebrate the victory of the Men’s Dublin Gaelic football team winning the All Ireland game.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad

My First Gaelic Football Experience

Sep 29, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


Tylor is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Communication major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Tylor steps foot in Croke Park and finds herself in the middle of a roaring Gaelic Football experience.


Thanks Tylor!

Tylor's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad, Activities Abroad

On Being in Dublin and Exploring Sports

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

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Shannon Hart 3-916918-edited.jpgWords by Shannon Hart, a Spring 2017 CAPA student in Dublin.


I am a junior from Cape Cod, Massachusetts at Lasell College studying Sports Communication. I have an interest in Sports Journalism and a passion for soccer, running and hockey. 

While Studying Abroad in Ireland through CAPA I have been given the opportunity to take classes at Griffith College Dublin, take part in an internship as well as travel around this amazing country. CAPA provides students with amazing support while Studying Abroad; it wouldn’t be the same without Hayley, Sussanne and Darren.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad, Internships in Dublin, Holidays Abroad

My First Australian Rugby Match

Apr 6, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Natalie 



Thanks Natalie!

Natalie's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Sports Abroad

The Top Sports to Follow Abroad

Apr 4, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

There’s nothing that brings people together quite like sports. Although we all love the teams of our hometowns or alma maters, the excitement of cheering on any team with those around you is the same no matter where you are. Here are some sports that are popular overseas, and some teams you can follow during your study abroad experience to celebrate with friends and locals alike.

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Posted in: Sports Abroad

Surprisingly Familiar: Super Bowl Sunday in Dublin

Feb 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Nathan Overlock - Profile Photo (Choice 1).jpgNathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Nathan talks about sports in Dublin and getting involved in the Super Bowl celebrations even while abroad. 


Let’s just get this out of the way: I’m not the world’s biggest sports fan. I’ve played baseball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, fencing, and tried my hand at football and volleyball once or twice, but stuck with none of them. Even my eight years of soccer came to an abrupt halt when I discovered there were more exciting things to do with my time in high school.

While I still play the occasional game for fun, not even the greatest boredom has made me enjoy actually watching sports. I thought I’d escaped the craze of football and fandoms when I came to Ireland. Even though I knew sports are a big part of Irish culture, I figured I could just avoid it. But the shouts of “Go Falcons!”, NFL memorabilia decorating the local pubs, and invitation to the Student Union’s Super Bowl party quickly taught me otherwise. When I visited Croke Park earlier this semester, I half expected it to be an American football stadium.

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So, seeing how big sports are to campus life, and knowing there was no way I was going to join a club, I decided I had to start somewhere. So, I double checked which teams were actually playing, bought my ticket at the Griffith College Student Union, and headed out for an obscenely long Sunday evening at Copper Face Jack’s, one of Dublin’s quirkier late night hangouts.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Sports Abroad

Olympics in Global Cities

Aug 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

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

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The Rio Summer Olympic Games are on in the global city of Rio de Janeiro, so it is timely to ask about the connection between global cities and hosting the Olympic Games (mainly the big one - the summer version acknowledging that there are other Olympic events). After all, can there be a more global event that brings the world together in one place?

Sure, the football (soccer) World Cup is very global, but it is hosted by a country not a city and matches require many stadia; in Brazil, in 2014, they used 10 soccer stadia in many locations. If England ever got to host the World Cup again, we can be sure that will involve games in St. James Park, Newcastle, the Theater of Dreams (aka Old Trafford), Manchester and/or the legacy from the Commonwealth Games, the then City of Manchester stadium and Villa Park in Birmingham and that is to name but a few. So the impact of the World Cup is more spread out than the Olympics.


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Posted in: Global Cities, Sports Abroad

2016 Summer Olympics: Athletes from CAPA Locations

Aug 10, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

The Olympic Games of Summer 2016 are under way, with each country sending their best athletes to compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Though we hear a lot about the contenders from our own country, there are so many more talented competitors from across the world who hope to strike gold every four years. Check out these awesome athletes from each country you can study abroad in with CAPA, and you may even be able to speak with some locals about their incredible performances while you're there!


2016 Summer Olympics: Athletes from CAPA Locations


Great Britain: Nicola Adams

Born in 1982 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Nicola Adams is ready for her next fight at the 2016 Olympics. As the first female boxer to ever win an Olympic boxing title, she inspired many young women to reach for their dreams. She is also the first openly LGBT person to win an Olympic boxing gold medal, and the first woman to be invited to the Boxing Writers' Club of Great Britain’s awards ceremony. Talk about girl power.

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Posted in: Sports Abroad

From a Sports Internship Abroad to a Career with the Pittsburgh Steelers

Jun 17, 2016 11:58:20 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2015_From_Lindsey_Spirk_-_Kangaroo-246063-edited.jpgWords by Lindsey Spirk, a communications major alumna from the University of Pittsburgh who studied abroad with CAPA Sydney during spring semester 2015.

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My name is Lindsey. I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia my spring semester junior year of college in 2015. Since then, I have graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and am now working with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Studying abroad in Sydney, Australia was undoubtedly one of the best and most fulfilling experiences of my life thus far. From exploring four out of the six states in the beautiful country, to taking selfies with kangaroos, to trying alligator pizza, to seeing a show in the famous Sydney Opera House, to skydiving across the ocean, to interning with a professional sports team, my time in Australia is an experience I will never, ever forget.

Going into college, I had a few goals set for myself that I wanted to accomplish in my four years at the University of Pittsburgh. I wanted to make sure I took full advantage of my time and resources. I knew those four years would help set the stage for me for the rest of my life. Studying abroad was high on my “to do” list. I was so excited to go on this adventure that I remember being in the study abroad office nearly once a week since I was a freshman. I started to learn a lot more about studying abroad and all that was available for me to maximize my time.


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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Sydney, Australia, Internships Abroad, Sports Abroad

Oh To Be a Center Fielder! Sport & Study Abroad

Apr 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Dr Michael Woolf CAPA International Education

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 higher education in general, participation in sport is a form of experiential education that receives inadequate attention or recognition. It is also rarely given comparative status with other forms of participatory engagement such as internships, volunteerism and so on. The stereotypical athlete or “jock” is a satirized figure -- dumb and ill-educated: a subject of fun, or worse, ridicule (often created by those with a sense of class superiority). Scandals associated with institutions who allow athletes to “pass” courses without real study are assumed, unreasonably, to represent the norm. Sport in higher education is frequently represented (mis-represented) through a combination of parody, prejudicial elitism, and thoughtless assumption.

Participation in sport deserves more serious theoretical consideration: as a mode of experiential education it teaches many of those skills we associate with ostensibly more prestigious models. Engagement in team sports (at least) has the potential to achieve a number of learning objectives more commonly associated with other forms of experiential education -- not least, personal time management, group cooperation and collective responsibility (an important counter to prevailing individualism), the necessity of listening rather than speaking and so on. At a very obvious level, sport involves the acquisition of such disciplines as individual responsibility to contribute to the team; and personal behavior qualities such as emotional control, time keeping, and respect for public standards.


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Posted in: International Education, Sports Abroad


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