The Circus

Sep 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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.

---

“Men, women, and children who cannot live on gravity alone need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is, in my opinion, in a business established by the Creator of our nature. If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need never feel that he has lived in vain.” - P.T. Barnum

The final performance of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, took place in a New York suburb on May 21st, 2017. Though the circus began in Europe and will continue in one form or another there and elsewhere, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, represented the peak of the arts; it was simply “the greatest show on earth.”

At the last performance, the ringmaster, Johnathan Lee Iverson, urged the audience, (“ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages”) “to keep the circus alive inside you.”

circus-828680_640.jpg
Photo: public domain

I only discovered this event by accident in a very small item in the inside page of a London daily newspaper.

Continue Reading →

Posted in: Study Abroad

Just Days Away From Florence

Sep 7, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Hayley-Parker-Profile-Picture.png

Hayley is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication and Media major at  Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her first post, Hayley shares why Florence is her study abroad choice and how she plans on reconnecting with her artistic side.

---

Studying abroad has been a dream of mine ever since I was in middle school. It’s hard to believe that I’m just days away from departing from the United States and heading to Florence for the semester. During these last few days at home, I’ve done a lot of thinking about why I am truly participating in a semester away from my college, friends, and family. I’ve come to realize that this experience that I’m about to embark on will not only fulfill my need to travel but will also help me grow as a person.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Fall2017_Florence_From Hayley Parker - Days Away From Florence.png

Continue Reading →

Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, First Thoughts

Bridging My Hop Across The Pond

Sep 6, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Thaddeus-Kaszuba-Profile-Photo.png

Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In his first post, Thaddeus talks about how his study abroad in London motivated him to save money, eat healthy, travel to Italy, and immerse himself in classical texts.

---

Well, here we go.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2017_From Thaddeus Kaszuba - Stopover in Italy_1.jpeg

When I was deciding on where to go to college, I knew that I needed to find a program with some sort of global perspective opportunity. Luckily, the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program requires its students to study abroad as part of the curriculum and degree requirements. After hearing about that opportunity, I immediately knew that this program was the strongest choice for me as an artist.

Continue Reading →

Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, Financing Study Abroad

What My Study Abroad Schedule In Sydney Looks Like

Sep 6, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Nicole-Anderson-Profile-Photo.png

Nicole is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing & International Business major at Villanova University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Nicole walks us through her classes and how they are organized as she studies abroad in Sydney.

---

Thanks Nicole!

Nicole's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA Sydney Program

Continue Reading →

Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Study Abroad, Classes in Sydney

Too Academic: A Therapeutic Approach

Aug 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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.

---

What is wrong with me

I took part in a panel at a recent conference with two of the smartest women in our field; they would be among the smartest women in any field. We received reasonable evaluations except from three anonymous colleagues who, in one way or other, judged it to be “too academic.”

books-2383396_640.jpg

That did not trouble me too much personally. I do not seek unqualified approval (which is just as well) and I respect the opinions of some of my colleagues. Nevertheless, I found myself oddly perturbed at these comments even though they represented 3 out of 15 received (those 15 represented about 22.6% of those “present” at our session, in one sense or another). What really disturbed me was that I was disturbed. I have become very accustomed, almost immune, to a critical focus on my own manifest failings.

But, I brooded.

Continue Reading →

Posted in: Academics Abroad, Study Abroad

The Length of Study Abroad: Does it Matter?

Jul 28, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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.

---

No

The size of a work of art is not a reflection of its value: exquisite miniatures [1] can have as much impact as the monumental paintings by which Jacques-Louis David (1748 – 1825) sought to glorify Napoleon. [2].  By the same principle, the length of a book is no measure of its quality or impact. If it were, a Jeffrey Archer novel (not recommended) would be better than a poem by Emily Dickinson (recommended). [3]

dictionary-1619740_640.jpg
Photo: public domain

By way of comparison, the gold standard in study abroad used to be based upon spending an academic year devoted to the study of the language of a foreign country. This is no longer the case.  A number of factors have combined to expose the redundancy of that notion. A focus on language studies has been eroded by diversification of locations to include minority-language environments. There are obviously valid reasons to study in Hungary, Poland, or the Czech Republic, but learning those languages is only a priority for students with very specialized interests. Another development has seen a growth in theme-driven, discipline-specific, intensive studies in which language learning is of secondary importance (if of any importance at all). There are also regions of the world, Africa in particular, where very few programs prioritize the acquisition of local languages. Broadly, a focus on what might be learned within the environment, rather than on the languages spoken there, aligns with institutional objectives and reflects the fact that fewer universities now require second-language acquisition as a condition of graduation. Familiarity with French, German, Italian or Spanish also endowed the speaker with the appearance of sophisticated cosmopolitanism: a seductive identity to be sought when the cities of Western Europe were more exotic and further away than they are in these internet times.

Continue Reading →

Posted in: Study Abroad

My Advice For Students Considering Studying Abroad

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

CAPA_SaraRountree_BuenosAires_Headshot-1.pngSally Rountree is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology major and Public Health minor at Simmons College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires on a custom program this semester.

In her last post, Sally tells us why she thinks study abroad is something every student should do.

---

Study abroad is a very different experience that can help develop your outlook on the world. Even though you will still be taking classes while you are abroad, it is very unlike your regular college life. It may also provide perspective on your area of study that you can’t quite get in a regular classroom. I think study abroad can be a really great opportunity to expand anyone’s education, and I recommend it.

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Summer2017_From Sally Rountree Plane.jpg

Continue Reading →

Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Study Abroad, College Life

32 Influential People who Studied Abroad

Apr 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

There are many influential people who have credited the experiences they had studying abroad with changing their lives. From famous actors to CEOs, these successful individuals have found their calling while seeing the world.

32 Influential People who Studied Abroad.png

This list barely scratches the surface of those who have set sail on an academic adventure, but here are 32 famous people who studied abroad, and some things they had to say about their experiences:

1. Matthew McConaughey studied in Australia for a year. Thinking back on his time down under he recalls he, “always had a wanderlust for travelling and I wanted…to go on an adventure, and it was.”

Continue Reading →

Posted in: Study Abroad

A CAPA Love Story: From Students to Spouses

Mar 17, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Falling in Love Abroad: Kristin and Tristan Emms

Kristin & Tristan.png
Kristin & Tristan in London in 2006 - Kristin & Tristan in London in 2017

Meet Kristin and Tristan, CAPA alumni who studied abroad in London in 2006. 10 years ago, they met on the CAPA London program and the rest, they say, is history. The couple recently traveled back to their home abraod to pay a visit to the place where they met and fell in love.

Tristan's Point of View

I was afforded the opportunity to attend the 2006 Fall CAPA Program in London through my resident school, Southwestern University. Our school was very active in the program in previous years, and I heard it was an excellent experience in location and content.

Continue Reading →

Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad

An International Identity Crisis

Mar 15, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Colin discusses how losing his passport caused him to re-evaluate his identity.

---

“There’s no way you lost it,” my friend Jane assured me as we boarded the Maiden of Milford for our scenic cruise throughout the Fiordlands of Milford Sound. We glided across the glassy waters through the towering fiords, eventually cruising off into the azure Tasman Sea. This serene, picturesque moment unfortunately tarnished by the terrible feeling of knowing I had committed the ultimate travel “uh-oh.”

That’s right, I lost my passport.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017_From Colin Gilbert - Post 9.1.jpg

Continue Reading →

Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Study Abroad

Previous

All posts