5 Tips to Get the Most of Your Weekend Travels

Oct 5, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


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 this week's post, Hayley lists 5 essential tips for a great weekend travel experience and shares where she's visited so far on her study abroad in Florence.


One of my favorite parts about studying abroad is traveling, and it’s safe to say that I’ve already done a lot of it in the short time I’ve been in Florence. The best thing about living in Europe is the proximity between countries, making weekend travel extremely easy!

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All across Europe, there is a variety of languages and cultures, and what better way to spend your time abroad than to get the full European experience! Traveling can sometimes be considered stressful… But don’t stress! Here are some tips that I’ve put together to help you get the most out of your weekend travel experience.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Tips

10 Unexpected Things I Needed to Pack

Sep 28, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan


Sarah is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Fashion Retail and Merchandising major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Sarah lists 10 unexpected things she needed to bring along on her study abroad in Shanghai.


Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Tips

5 Ways to Adjust to a New Semester Abroad

Sep 26, 2017 1:30:00 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 shares five ways fellow students can deal with a new semester and city as they study abroad.


Seeing double decker buses on every road, being walking distance from the heart of a city, and figuring out how to make a schedule in a completely new country are a few of the things that one is required to adjust to in their first few days in Ireland. Here is a list of a few tips of how to adjust to your new country when studying abroad!

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1. Meet new people

When you first arrive in your new country, you will meet a group of other CAPA students that feel the exact same way: tired, excited, and hungry. Over the first few days you will have multiple opportunities to meet other students and explore the city together.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, College Life, Tips

5 Little Pieces of Advice for Studying Abroad in Florence

Jul 7, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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After being surrounded by the topics of study abroad and travel for the past nine months, it’s impossible to not constantly think of my time in Florence. As I advise students who are interested in going to this city, I’m always thinking of little tips and pieces of advice based off my experience that could help them prepare and feel more comfortable about their decision. Here are five tips that I want to share for future Florence study abroad students:

1. Explore the other side of the Arno

When I was abroad, most of the students on my program were placed in apartments on the side of the Arno closest to the city center. This made it easier to commute to the CAPA Center and explore a lot of the historical landmarks that are in the city. However, it’s a whole different world on the Oltrarno! This side tends to be a bit quieter, less touristy, and has a lot more authentic restaurants. While you should definitely visit all the tourist attractions and historical landmarks close to the city center, I also really recommend spending time on the other side of the Arno and seeing what it has to offer!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Tips

10 Tips for Coping with Reverse Culture Shock

Jun 16, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

You know that when you study and live in a new country, you'll be exposed to a variety of cultural differences that you're not used to. Over time, these unspoken rules become the norm and after a few weeks you'll be settled in and not even give them a second thought. But what happens to these new mannerisms when you return home? You might start to experience a phenomenon called "reverse culture shock", which is what happens when you find yourslef struggling to adjust to going back to old habits and places. Since it may take time to get used to your old (yet new) surroundings, we came up with 10 ways to help you acclimate to no longer being abroad.

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1. Continue to do activities that you did while abroad

If you started playing a sport such as badminton while you were abroad, try to find somewhere where you can continue to play it. If you took up singing, join a choir at home! Whatever the activity or hobby is, don’t just give it up because you're not abroad. It is likely that you’ll be able to continue in a local club, or at your university.

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Posted in: Cultural Differences, Top 10, Tips

10 Tips to Capture Your Study Abroad Memories

Jun 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

People often say to “live in the moment” and enjoy your experiences while they are in front of you. The unfortunate result of this is that soon after the “moment” is over,  you might start to forget your adventures. You might not even remember a dream you had last night if you don't write it down! It's important to strike a balance between experiencing something in person, and taking photos and videos to have tangible memories.

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Here's a list of the top 10 ways to take capture your memories abroad as efficiently as possible, without impeding on your everyday activities.

1. Take photos at the right rimes

There's no point in constantly taking photos or videos. When something interesting or unique is happening around you, take your camera out, snap a few pictures, and then continue to take in your surroundings in person. Getting stuck behind the camera lens can sometimes feel more like a chore than it should.

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Posted in: Top 10, Tips

10 Tips to Take Better Photos

Jun 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

When you're studying abroad, taking photos is a must. You’ll want to post pictures in the present and look at them many years from now. There is a huge difference between average photos and great photos, and we’re here to help you get from the former to the latter! Whether you’re taking pictures on a smartphone or a camera, here are our top 10 tips to help you improve your photography skills.

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1. Have your camera with you everywhere

Nowadays technology is making our devices smaller and smaller so it’s very easy to keep your phone in your pocket or purse. Just in case you go somewhere unique or see something exciting, you can pull your phone out and be snapping in just a few seconds!

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