What It’s Like to Study with CAPA’s Global Business Institute

Apr 14, 2020 9:17:00 AM / by Sara Shriber

In this week's blog post from Sara, she chats about CAPA's Global Business Institute in Florence, her courses, and the outside-the-classroom components of this unique program. Check out Sara's post to learn more about what to expect from the program.

CAPA’s Global Business Institute allows students to take business-focused courses and have the option to be placed in an internship or service learning project. The Global Business Institute is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and students can receive a Global Business Certificate upon completion. The Global Business Institute program in Florence allows students to experience the culture of the global city’s work environment both inside and outside the classroom. If students decide to participate in an internship, CAPA matches a student with a local company based on the student’s major and interests. 

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2020_Florence_Sara Shriber_CAPAThe CAPA Florence Center.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2020_Florence_Sara Shriber_Classroom CeilingOne of the classrooms.

When researching different study abroad programs in Florence, Italy, I was impressed with the Global Business Institute because of the opportunities available to students and the focused curriculum. As a marketing and international business student, I liked that I would be able to take business courses related to my interests as well as non-business courses that would fulfill requirements for my International Business Certificate at my home university. All of these components solidified my decision to choose the CAPA Global Business Institute program. I was very excited to get hands-on experiences both inside and outside the classroom. 

I enrolled in International Marketing, Managing Global Supply Chains, Italian for the Professions, and Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Florence. All of my courses included field components such class visits to different companies, museum visits, field trips around Florence, and in-class guest speakers. I was excited to be able to apply what I learned in the classroom to outside the classroom experiences. For example, for my Managing Global Supply Chains course, my class went on a field trip to my professor’s company, Kostelia. My professor owns a supply chain company that warehouses, transports, and ships a wide range of products to a variety of clients all over the world. It was very interesting to see how the concepts we learned in class applied to the real world. Experiences like these are what make the Global Business Institute unique and different than most courses in the United States. I really enjoyed the hands-on component of all my courses, and it made it more fun and interesting to learn.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2020_Florence_Sara Shriber_Field TripOne of the Global Business Institute field trips.

I did not participate in the internship component of the Global Business Institute program this semester; however, when I studied in Sydney, Australia during summer 2019 I completed an internship as a part of CAPA’s Global Business Institute (check out my other blog post comparing Florence to Sydney). I had a part-time internship where I was required to complete 20 hours a week. I was a sports marketing intern for a baseball organization that managed all baseball leagues in the state of New South Wales. I was able to get an inside look on the organization and complete a wide variety of projects. The experiences I obtained from my internship will be applicable to my future professional and academic endeavors.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2020_Florence_Sara Shriber_Baseball Field

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2020_Florence_Sara Shriber_StadiumMy internship in Sydney.

Most study abroad programs only offer courses abroad, but CAPA offers both internship and courses abroad. I think this is a really unique part of CAPA’s program and it allows students to achieve a lot over a semester.

Thanks, Sara!

Sarah Graham


Sara Shriber is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2020, sharing her story in frequent posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major with an International Business certificate at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

Sarah's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.

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Topics: International Education, Florence, Italy