How to Pack for a Semester Abroad in Shanghai

Sep 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Daniel Powell

Daniel Powell

Daniel Powell is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An International Relations and Applied Economics major at  Ursinus College, he is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Daniel shows us his packing techniques and what he's using to bring his necessities to Shanghai for a semester abroad.


Thanks, Daniel!

Daniel's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Study Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Conversations in Brave Spaces: Jews and Black Americans

Sep 20, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

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.


Introduction: Safe and Brave Spaces

You might be forgiven for thinking that the history of black–Jewish relations in the United State was one of tension, suspicion, and hostility. For years, the only headlines to include blacks and Jews in the same sentence were ones that screamed mutual mistrust, such as the Crown Heights riot of 1991 and the inflammatory rhetoric of the Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan. And yet the truth of that history is more complicated than those examples might suggest…Coalitions of black and Jewish leaders founded the NAACP and the National Urban League; Jewish civil rights protesters and attorneys flooded the South for freedom marches in the '50s and '60s, while prominent rabbis marched arm in arm with Martin Luther King Jr.

"Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations" From the catalogue for 2011 exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco


From every human being there rises a light.

Baal Shem Tov (c.1700 – 1760).

One of the important conversations at the Diversity Abroad conference in Miami (March 2018) focused around a transition in thought from “safe space” to “brave space” in higher education. The idea of “safe space” is protectionist, intended to offer environments in which students who feel marginalized (by race, origin, sexual identity and so on) can feel unthreatened.

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Posted in: Study Abroad, History Abroad

Choosing to Study Abroad and All the Stops in Between

Sep 10, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In her first post, Genevieve talks about her decision to study abroad in London, her international background and experience, and her expectations for this semester.


I am what some people may call a travel addict. Growing up, the inside of my suitcase was just as familiar to me as the inside of my closet. This is because I didn’t grow up in a normal home. I grew up in Budapest, Hungary, an ocean away from the USA, where my parents are from. My childhood consisted of traveling to countries all over the world with my parents, so the thought of staying in one place for the entire four years of college terrified me. Living in a small town like Anderson, South Carolina, while enjoyable, is outside of my comfort zone. So, when sophomore year started and I felt that familiar itch right between my shoulder blades, the one that tells me that I either need to see some place new or do something drastic, like chop off my hair and dye it pink (it’s happened before and I really would rather not go back there again, it was not a good look for me), I began checking out my options.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2018_From Genevieve Rice - Owl luggage tag

I had considered study abroad before, but it had never seemed like a viable option with the huge price tag and the countless hours of work that goes into it. Then I talked to a friend who had just gotten back from a semester in Uganda. I could see that it had changed her. She didn’t deny that it was a hard road to getting on a plane for a semester abroad, but she also assured me that it was worth it. That night, I emailed our study abroad advisor to set up an appointment for the next week.

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Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

My Thoughts Before Leaving for London

Sep 7, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at  Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In his first post, Christopher shares about his travels to Greece this summer, along with some advice that he received from his friends and family before he departs for London.


Hello, I’d like to start by introducing myself before I go on to share my various adventures this semester. My name is Christopher Halka, and I am currently a junior and accounting major at Siena College, located outside of Albany, NY. However, I originally hail from a small suburban community called Garden City, located on Long Island, which is roughly 45 minutes from New York City.


My decision to study abroad is one that has been in the making for years to come. Being the youngest of three children where both of my older siblings had studied away the fall term of their junior year, I saw that it was fit for me to continue the tradition. My parents have always seen to it, that they enable and encourage their children to go out, learn and experience new cultures in a global setting, just as their parents were able to do so for them growing up.

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Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

The Countdown is On: Preparing for My Semester in Dublin

Sep 7, 2018 3:00:00 PM / by Jessica Kisluk

Jessica Kisluk

Jessica Kisluk is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Broadcasting and Mass Communication major at  SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In her first post, Jessica shares how she took her finances and health concerns into consideration as she prepared for her semester abroad in Dublin.


It’s crazy to think that at one point I was scrolling through the CAPA blog page, looking at the different places to study and at the experiences people had, and now it is actually happening. The decision to study abroad was not easy, as it is my senior year and I gave up a lot in order to come here—but I believe it will be well worth it.

Mint appTesting out the Mint app for budgeting this semester.

One of the major things that I had to think about was finances. If I did go to Dublin, how would I finance it? I decided that I would take out a loan, because this was a once in a lifetime chance and I knew if I went, I could also visit other places in Europe easily. I did look for plenty of scholarships, but after the fact of the decision. If you are looking to study abroad, definitely check with your school to see if they have any scholarships to offer. I have been using Mint as a budgeting app, but I plan to try out a few different ones to see which works best for me. The CAPA online portal also helps a lot to prepare you for arrival or any other miscellaneous questions you may have, from cultural norms to phone service.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Study Abroad, Health Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

My Arrival in Sydney & First Impressions

Sep 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Studies major at the Arizona State University, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Lorenzo shares about his journey to Sydney and his impressions of the city so far.


I arrived in Sydney on a cold, busy Wednesday morning. Having been through many immigration processes almost everywhere in the world, I really have to give a shoutout to the Australian department. They were very quick, very efficient, had everything on an electronic database (basically no stamp on your passport) and also they were polite, quite an occurrence in these situations. The wait for luggage was not bad as most of them were delivered within thirty minutes from arrival.


As I arrived at Urbanest on Wattle St (the CAPA apartments), the residence staff was there waiting and they were fairly fast and efficient in helping students get set up and find their place. Orientation was set for the same day at noon, so I had time to take a shower and start unpacking. The first day in Australia was really tough to stay awake. With my roommates, we fed off meeting each other, talking, listening to music and playing video games to be able to stay up until dinner time. To fight the jet lag I always find melatonin extremely useful, so you can start controlling your sleep schedule and be up and energetic for the right moment.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Study Abroad, Arrival

Packing Smart for a Semester in Florence

Sep 6, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Payton Meyer

Payton Meyer

Payton Meyer is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Strategic Communication major at  University of Colorado Boulder, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Payton shares some packing strategies and outfits that she'll be bringing for her semester abroad in Florence.


I’m writing this the night before I depart for Florence, as I pack away the last few things I’ll need for the next 4 months using the CAPA packing list. I’ve never moved outside of my hometown, or even been to Europe, so needless to say, I’m freaking out a little. It’s been tough to figure out what to take with me and what to leave at home because, unfortunately, I can’t fit my whole life into my suitcase. Here are a few of the things that I’ve been focusing on to help me narrow down what I’m bringing along this semester.

Airport in Iceland

One of the reasons I am most excited to study abroad is to experience European fashion, as Italy is home to some of the fashion capitals of the world. I have always been passionate about fashion, but, living in Boulder, Colorado, a city that has been deemed one of the worst dressed cities in the entire United States (I’m not kidding!), makes me wonder how much I’ve truly been exposed to it. That being said, I absolutely love fashion as a form of self-expression, and can’t wait to see what people are wearing in Europe. I think it will be the perfect place to try out some pieces that I might be hesitant to wear in Boulder but will be so fun to break out abroad. I’m also saving a little room for anything new that might catch my eye in a boutique while I’m there.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Pre-departure Thoughts Before Heading to Barcelona

Sep 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

Maya Crawford

Maya Crawford is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at  University of Massachusetts Lowell, she is studying abroad in Barcelona this semester.

In this week's post, Maya shares why she chose Barcelona as her study abroad city, what she's most excited about, and what her biggest worry is about spending a semester overseas.


Hi guys! My name is Maya Pearl Crawford, I am 22 years old, and I am the Official Blogger for CAPA Barcelona Fall 2018 program. I am a student at University of Massachusetts Lowell and I am finishing up my degree in Entrepreneurial Business. I chose to do my final semester of college abroad in Spain because I wanted to experience something new and different. I chose my CAPA location because Barcelona has been a dream destination for me since a young age. I remember seeing this beautiful city as a child while watching "The Cheetah Girls" and thinking “I have to go there someday.” The beautiful scenery, unique foods, language, and art were completely different from what I have experienced during other travels, and I knew I had to see them for myself.

Maya & family

Unlike most people who study abroad, I hadn’t been preparing for this throughout college. I was involved in so many things on campus from sports to clubs that I never thought I would have the time. Studying abroad never crossed my mind until a good friend of mine returned from her semester away with CAPA in London. She told me about how much fun she had and how easy CAPA made it for her to take the classes she needed that I decided to take a huge risk and sign up for this program myself. The application process was pretty fast and I knew within a few weeks that I was accepted to CAPA and would be flying out at the end of the summer! My family and friends weren’t surprised at all at my decision—they know I have always loved traveling and jump at any opportunity I get to do so.

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Posted in: Study Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Barcelona, Spain

Preparing and Packing for My Semester in London

Sep 5, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Ellen Anderson

Ellen Anderson is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Child Psychology major at  University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Ellen shares how she prepared for a semester abroad in London.


Thanks, Ellen!

Ellen's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Leaving Orlando Behind to Secure my Identity

Sep 4, 2018 7:30:00 PM / by Maisie Haney

Maisie Haney

 Maisie Haney is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maisie shares how identity will play a part in her study abroad experience in London, along with her packing list for the semester.


I've been itching to study abroad and to do so in London with CAPA couldn't make any more sense than it already does. I am a liberal-minded art history student and artist, as well as a music enthusiast. My identity is like this window-maker, and the window-maker only likes the color of roses (for any sort of reference, and you can look this up, I am a Venus in Pisces). Looking through this window, it is so obvious to me that I will head back home at the end of all things with a richer appreciation for the arts, whatever that may consist of, by December 2018.

Identity 1

Attending Rollins College, the local private college in my hometown of Winter Park, I’ve noticed the emphasis placed on studying abroad is ever-present. They urge students to experience the conventions, values, landscapes, etc., of other global cities; the school’s goal, as a liberal arts school, is to ensure our minds have wandered and our horizons have broadened. I think this may also be why we have the idea of identity so fresh on our minds as we prepare for departure. What comprises my identity? It seemed important to ask myself this question, requirements as per Rollins International Programs aside, almost to reassure myself that I would fit in well in London. I chose The Big Smoke (there really is for some reason no pleasant nickname for London, though I do not find this to be discouraging) because it seemed as though every part of my academic and professional life there would coincide with my personal life effortlessly.

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Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Identity


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