Top 10 Free Things to Do in London

Aug 18, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CorissaWurth_London_Headshot.pngCorissa is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Psychology major at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Corissa tells us the best 10 free things to do in London (great on a budget!).


Thanks Corissa!

Corissa's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Activities Abroad, Top 10

Popular Dishes from Each CAPA Global City

Aug 15, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

There isn't much better than trying food from all around the world. At CAPA, our Global Cities Program offers study abroad and internship programs in six of the worlds' major cities. Each city has a massive amount of unique dishes comprised of many flavors. Here's just a taste of each city’s style of food. How many of these foods have you tried before?

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1. Buenos Aires- Asado

Although it might seem generic, the national dish of Argentina is a must try! An asado, essentially a giant barbecue, is a mix of meats that are grilled to perfection. The meat may include pork, beef, sausages, and much more, all topped with a variety of spices and special sauces.

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Posted in: Food Abroad, Top 10

10 English Colloquial Phrases or Words to Learn Before You Travel to Sydney

Aug 8, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Every country has their own idioms that mean something totally different than what they first appear to. You might say to your friend, “Wow! That cost an arm and a leg.” If someone from another country heard you- well, let’s just hope they don’t take it literally or they may get worried! If you think about it, you can probably come up with quite a few other unique phrases you use in daily life.

This is a common phenomenon that you'll encounter no matter where you go. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 important English colloquial phrases to know in Sydney that will help you speak like the locals!

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1. Ace! = awesome, excellent

This is a phrase you'll probably hear every day. It can be used in any context to describe something that you find cool or amazing.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Top 10

10 Awesome Apps for Studying Abroad in Florence

Aug 4, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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It’s no surprise that technology is becoming more prevalent each and every day, and even though some students like to disconnect while they’re overseas, the truth of the matter is that millennials still spend way too much time on their phones and social media. However, while you’re abroad in Florence, there are quite a few scenarios when being on your phone can be very useful, especially since not everybody speaks English in the city. Here are 10 apps that I suggest downloading before you head there:

1. Firenze Up!

This app allows you to find events going on in and around the city of Florence. Going to events and any cultural celebrations in Florence will help you integrate into and learn more about this historic city, so Firenze Up! will be a great resource for you while you’re abroad.


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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Top 10

10 Interesting Facts About Shanghai

Aug 1, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

Before you travel to this bustling metropolis of China, we’re here to inform you of a few interesting facts about one of our great global cities- Shanghai!

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1. City name

The direct meaning for Shanghai is “Above/Upon the Sea,” which alludes to the city’s location along the Yangtze River Delta near the South China Sea.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Top 10

5 Tips for Using Public Transportation in Any City

Jul 27, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

Sometimes when you're headed to a new city, you're so excited to get there that you forget to figure how to get around town. It can be challenging to find the most time effective method of getting from one place to another without breaking your bank. We've compiled five tips that will  help you figure out the best way to use public transportation and discover your new city!


1. Do your research

Often times the internet is a great resource to figure out where you are going, and whether you’ll have to take a bus, train, subway, or taxi to get to your destination. Google Maps has recently added transit mode to their app, which makes it really easy to get around any major city. Try and do some research about bus and subway routes before arriving in your new city.

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10 Interesting Facts About Buenos Aires

Jul 25, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

Before you travel to the capital of Argentina, we’re here to inform you of a few interesting facts about one of our great global cities!

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Photo in background by Gary Hunter

1. Average Temperature

The average temperature in Buenos Aires is 60 degrees Fahrenheit year round.  In the winter months (June- August) the average temperature is just over 50 degrees, and in the summer (December- February) it is just over 80 degrees with high humidity. Be sure to pack shorts and bathing suits!

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Top 10

The Top 10 Best Things I have Done, Seen, and Eaten in Sydney

Jul 11, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_SkyleeLawton_Sydney_Headshot.pngSkylee Lawton is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In her last post, Skylee compiles a list of her top 10 experiences abroad, from food to trips.


As I am writing this last blog, I am filled with nostalgia and heartache. If you had asked me a few weeks ago (while I was sick) if I wanted to go home I without a doubt would have said yes. But with only one full day left in Sydney, my roommates and I are trying not to talk about leaving this amazing city and each other. To wrap up my blogging adventure, I have compiled a list of the top 10 best things I have done/seen/eaten in the six weeks I’ve been here (in no specific order).

1. Seeing Sydney Harbour/Boat rides 

The first time I saw Sydney Harbour was when it really hit me that I was in Australia on the other side of the world. I visited that place so many times that now towards the end, I feel more like a local in that I am getting numb to the amazement of the bridge and Opera House… almost. I guess what surprised me the most was that the Opera House is actually three giant buildings, not just one. My roommates Emily, Katie and I spent a few hours one night just sitting at the Opera Bar for dinner to take in the view.

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Boating around the harbour was also a really cool experience. I mentioned in one of my first blogs that we took a lunch cruise one in the first week we were here. Since then, Katie’s insanely awesome boss Sara took us on her family’s yacht to see Vivid on the water. They both were amazing experiences.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Top 10

Top 10 Hidden Gems of Dublin: Foodie Edition

Jul 10, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CatGloria_Dublin_Headshot.pngCat Gloria is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Cat tells us her top 10 desitnations for delicious food in Dublin.


As you know already, eating is my favorite hobby. The moment I said yes to being a blogger for CAPA, I knew that I would dedicate at least one post to my top spots to eat in town. And here it is.

The places I’ve chosen to include are those many overlook, but are guaranteed to impress you (from my least to most favorite). 

10. Emer’s Kitchen

Located on Leeson Street, this tiny café is in the hub of Dublin’s finest businesses. It is the perfect stop for a quick lunch; serving up fresh dishes prepared daily. From duck breast sandwiches to spicy Thai salad, all of the plates have extraordinary flavor worth coming back for.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Top 10, Food in Dublin

9 Places to Visit Outisde of Florence During Study Abroad

Jul 4, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Jiwon tells us the 9 best places to visit in Italy and beyond when studying abroad in Florence.


These are some of the places my roommates and me suggest going during your time in Florence. Other places you can go to are Parma, Mantova, Lucca, Sicily, San Giminiano, and Pompei. What other city do you want to go during your stay in Florence? If there's anywhere I don't know, I'm interested to learn!

1. Venice

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The city of water is a place of love and romance. Venice is one of the most beautiful and unique places you'll find in Italy. You see scenery so gorgeous and unreal you'll think you're in a painting. There is a direct train from Florence to Venice that takes a short time. You can see the San Marco Cathedral and square, Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sigh, Ducal Palace and more. Others recommend staying a night in Venice to experience the city when all the tourists are gone, but  I went for one day and it was perfect. 

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Top 10


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