A Student's Guide to Parks and Gardens Near CAPA Sydney

Mar 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Kara Davis

In this week's post, Kara shares the antidote to a busy lifestyle by listing 5 parks and gardens you can visit all within a range of a 1-minute walk to a 30-minute bus ride from CAPA Sydney! Whether you're looking for an escape to walk the trails, sit and relax, or a change of scenery as you finish up some homework, Kara's suggestions are a great starting point for you.

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Posted in: International Education, Sydney, Australia

5 Things You Must Do When Studying Abroad in Sydney, Australia

Mar 19, 2019 10:01:00 AM / by CAPA Study Abroad Ambassadors

In this post, CAPA Alumna Lilly shares 5 things you must do when you study abroad in Sydney!

Last spring, I studied and interned in Sydney, Australia with CAPA. It was the best experience and I created so many amazing memories. While there, I got to become a local and explore every inch of Sydney. I wanted to share five places and experiences that I enjoyed the most and highly recommend to anyone spending time in Sydney.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Study Abroad, CAPA Ambassadors, Activities Abroad, Must Do

Senior Year in Sydney: An Interview with a CAPA Student

Mar 8, 2019 12:11:00 PM / by Elizabeth Westermeyer

After writing about her own study abroad experiences over the last few weeks, Lizzy interviews fellow CAPA student Callie Schapekahm to get a different take on studying and interning in Sydney. Check out why Callie chose Australia, how she juggles her academics and internship, and the one thing you must absolutely do while in Sydney!

In this interview with a fellow CAPA student you get to meet Callie Schapekahm, a senior at University of Minnesota Crookston!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Why Study Abroad

Everything You Need to Know about the CAPA Blue Mountains Excursion

Feb 27, 2019 12:01:00 PM / by Kara Davis

In this week's post, Kara heads to Blue Mountains National Park on a CAPA excursion and gets a firsthand experience with the Australian wildlife and natural mountain and valley formations. This getaway from Sydney included hiking on a trail, passing through a rainforest, overlooking the famous Three Sisters rock formations, and interacting with animals. Read on for more details (and photos) from this day trip!

This February, CAPA Sydney embarked on our second official excursion to Blue Mountains National Park. On our way, we also made a short stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park and the town of Katoomba. Read on if you’d like to hear about our fun day out and see some pictures of cute animals and the beautiful Blue Mountains!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Local Culture

Learning Beyond the Classroom With CAPA Internships & Field Trips

Feb 25, 2019 11:45:00 AM / by Elizabeth Westermeyer

In this week's post, Lizzy talks about what it's like to intern at the Leukaemia Foundation in Sydney and the lessons she's picking up along the way. Follow along as she takes us through her day and what she's been doing for the foundation's World's Greatest Shave campaign. In addition to getting real world experience, Lizzy points out how beneficial field trips and Globally Networked Learning are to acquainting yourself locally and communicating globally. Check out the professional tips and advice she has for aspiring students!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Internships Abroad

Experiencing Lunar New Year in Sydney as a Chinese American

Feb 23, 2019 10:22:00 AM / by Guest Posts

CAPA Spring 2019 Diversity Advocates scholar Jeff Chan shows us how Lunar New Year is celebrated in Sydney. He tells us about the similarities and differences between the celebrations in Sydney and Boston (where he grew up), as well as what he enjoyed the most during this cultural festival. 

Lunar New Year is a celebration of the beginning of a new year based on the lunar calendar. Determined by the cycles of the moon, this date changes from year to year. Typically held in January or February, cities all across the world hold festivals and celebrations to help ring in the new year. Unlike the United States, Sydney celebrates the holiday for a week!

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Posted in: International Education, Sydney, Australia, Diversity Abroad

Urban(est) Living: Housing in Sydney to the CAPA Center & More

Feb 18, 2019 11:20:00 AM / by Elizabeth Westermeyer

In this week's post, Lizzy tells all about apartment living, activities abroad, and CAPA life in Sydney. She also lists places within the area you can spend your time at, as well as the kind of amenities Urbanest has. Find out what you can do and more when you study abroad in Sydney!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

An Overview of the Housing Options with CAPA Sydney

Feb 14, 2019 10:43:00 AM / by Kara Davis

In this week's post, Kara writes about the student accommodation options for those looking to study abroad in Sydney. She contrasts the features of Urbanest Apartments and Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments and outlines what you can expect as a CAPA student. Want a look inside? Kara's got you covered! 

In my last post, I briefly discussed my experience living at the Urbanest student accommodation and commuting to my internship. CAPA’s accommodation can differ from term to term, but this semester some CAPA students also live at Urbanest like myself, while others reside at the nearby Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments or in a private homestay. Read on if you’d like to learn about fellow a CAPA student’s experience living at Oaks Goldsbrough and commuting to her internship.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Student Living and Commuting with a CAPA Sydney Internship

Jan 25, 2019 10:28:00 AM / by Kara Davis

In this week's post, Kara talks to us about her student apartment, its amenities, and its central proximity to stores and restaurants, as well as her commute to classes and her internship. As she chronicles her time abroad, go through this photo tour to see where she'll be living this semester. 

It’s hard to believe, but it has been nearly a full week since I arrived in Sydney and moved into my apartment. Located less than a quarter-mile (350 meters) from the CAPA Sydney center, my apartment Urbanest provides a range of accommodations for university students. While the majority of CAPA students also live at Urbanest, others either reside at the nearby Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments or a private homestay. Read on if you’d like to learn about my experience so far living at Urbanest and commuting to my internship.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Local Culture

How to Make A Semester Abroad Possible When Living With a Chronic Illness

Jan 22, 2019 10:09:00 AM / by Elizabeth Westermeyer

In her first post, Lizzy opens up about her reasons for studying abroad and the steps she took to make it possible to accommodate her cystic fibrosis. She did her research and prepared ahead of time to be an informed traveler and find solutions that worked best for her medically. Read on to see how Lizzy traveled all the way to Sydney without a hitch!

On my list of requirements for potential colleges, amongst many others like having a smaller-sized student body and a drivable distance to home, it was a must to have the option of study abroad. One of the reasons I chose Providence College was because they offered the help and resources to make this dream of mine come true. I knew I wanted to travel to somewhere warm with easy access to the water and that was English-speaking, so Australia was the move! CAPA’s tolerating team based in Boston has answered every single of my silly questions and has made it so that when I arrive I know I will have the support system I need, from academics to doctors. They also give the opportunity to complete an internship which was important to me, as I hope to not only grow personally and as a student but in the professional setting in a foreign country.

The availability of modern healthcare and the ability to communicate how I am feeling without a language barrier is crucial for me because I have a chronic illness called cystic fibrosis. Making studying abroad in Australia become a reality is a personal achievement of mine because not only did I have to keep up academically, but I had to make sure to keep up with my health regimen to be able to stay healthy while I’m across the world.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

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