What Makes Barcelona a Global City?

Nov 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

The UN estimates that, by the end of this century, 84% of people will live in cities. Barcelona is a welcoming one, a community that embraces and encourages diversity, ambition and creativity. It’s a city that is thinking ahead, that is actively preparing itself for the future and for growth.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Globalization, Diversity Abroad, Global Cities, Study Abroad

Comparing My Semester in Florence to Friends' in Madrid and Paris

Nov 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

In this week's post, Payton talks about visiting her friends over fall break in Madrid and Paris, and shares what their study abroad and daily experiences are like over there compared to hers in Florence, as well what she has learned about herself thus far.

Ciao! I just got back into the swing of things after an amazing fall break spent visiting Paris, Amsterdam, and Madrid. I absolutely loved exploring, but, of course, started to miss Florence, and was ready to come home after a long week away. I stayed with friends that are also studying in Paris and Madrid, and it was really interesting to see how their experience differed from mine. Although there were a bunch of awesome things to appreciate about studying in those cities, it made me realize everything I love about CAPA and Florence, and why it’s such a perfect fit for me.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, Fall Break Abroad, Travel, Personal Learning, College Life, International Education

Strategizing for Assignment Week in Dublin

Nov 7, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey talks about what assignment week is in Dublin and what college life is like during this time, including the projects she has worked on so far!

I’m in shock how fast time has flown by. It is officially midterm time and assignment week. This means there is only a month and a half left of my time studying abroad! For those of you who don’t know, assignment week is a week off for us students. It is supposed to be used to work on midterm assignments that are due the following week. A time where you do all your research and hope it’s enough to get you a passing grade on the assignment.

Not to say assignments aren’t important in America, but they’re way more important here. Between my two Griffith College classes I have a total of five assignments for the entire semester. I have three essays for my Film Studies course, each worth 33.3% of my final grade. For my Visual Communications course, I have two assignments, one worth 40% and one worth 60%. I have no final exams at all this semester. Also, grades don’t go up to 100 here, they go to 70. This means that I need a 40 overall in my classes to pass, or I fail. Talk about stressed, right?

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Classes, Classes in Dublin, Academics Abroad, Study Abroad, College Life

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

5 Tips for Budgeting Your Money in London

Nov 6, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Ellie Telander

In this post, CAPA Alumna Ellie Telander shares some of her top tips for budgeting while studying abroad in London!

There’s no doubt that London is an expensive city, but it doesn’t have to be, so don’t let that scare you! There’s plenty of ways to make London an affordable place to live. I would knowI did it! With overwhelming amounts of incredible restaurants, historical places to visit and endless things to do, it can be intimidating as to how to budget your money while living in such a bustling city. This city is worth every pound you’ll spend, and I will show you how to spend those pounds wisely. Here are some tips and tricks to use during your time in London that will have your bank account thanking you.  

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Posted in: London, England, Budgeting, Study Abroad, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Scholarships & Financing, Financing Study Abroad

9 Reasons to Study Abroad in Barcelona

Nov 6, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Have you considered studying abroad in Barcelona? This exciting global city awaits! Here are 9 reasons why we love this city.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Study Abroad, Activities Abroad, Food Abroad

Talking About My Generation

Oct 30, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

Well, people try to put us down.
Talkin' bout my generation.
Just because we get around.
I'm not trying to cause a big sensation.
I'm just talkin' bout my generation.

—The Who (written by Marley, Carter, Jones etc.)

The idea that being born at a particular point in time creates some kind of collective identity is a relatively recent invention. The idea of a “generation” only came to be used to distinguish the younger from the older in the early 20th century. As an arbitrary means of interpreting historical change, it implies that those born within a given period are invested with distinctive behavioral traits. Sarah Laskow argued that “Societal generations are a relatively modern idea, hit upon by 19th century European intellectuals and refined in the beginning of the 20th century.” The idea of the generation offers a mechanism by which we impose some kind of pattern upon history: a model defined by age conflict.

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Posted in: Study Abroad, International Education, Cultural Insights

Welcome to My Neighborhood and the Entrepreneurial Stories That Live Within

Oct 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Mariah Thomas

Mariah Thomas

Mariah is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at SUNY Purchase College, she is studying abroad in London.

In today's post, Mariah talks about her curiosity and interest in her new Shepherd's Bush neighborhood for the semester and shares some of the entrepreneurial stories that led to businesses in the area.

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When I arrived in Shepherd’s Bush, the neighborhood I was set to live in during my stay in London, I didn’t know what to expect.

Entrance Leading to Study Abroad AccommodationWalk-through entrance to the study abroad accommodation area.

What kind of neighborhood is this? What kind of people live here? What should I expect?— were questions that ran through my mind as I google mapped the Goldhawk location in the comfort of my home, contemplating if the wide bricked drive thru and tall black gates was the entrance to my new temporary home.

To my utmost satisfaction and shock, it was.

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Posted in: London, England, Accommodation Abroad, Environment, Study Abroad, College Life

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.

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Thanks Michaella!

See more of Michaella's journey in Florence.

Learn More about the CAPA Florence Program

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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.

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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

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