What Makes CAPA's Academics Unique

Oct 17, 2018 11:31:02 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's posts, Genevieve talks about her coursework from her CAPA London Trip and highlights the unique "field trip" aspect of many CAPA courses.

When people think about study abroad, their first thought usually isn’t actually about studying. Most people think study abroad and think travel or meeting new people or in my experience, something along the lines of how brave you are for studying abroad is and how they wish they could do the same thing. However, no one immediately says, “Wow, study abroad! What classes are you taking?” In my experience of CAPA, much of study abroad is indeed about being abroad, even the classes!

This semester I am taking Arts Administration, Writing the City, a Global Internship course, and Detective Fiction and the city. These classes are not like my ordinary classes back home. The biggest difference is this: we take field trips. The classes that CAPA offers are focused on helping the students to make the most of the fact that we are abroad. They translate this into showing us the relevance of what we learn in lectures in the real world. I honestly wish that my classes in The States did this more. In only a month, I have learned so much about how my chosen field of study—English Literature, or creative arts if you want to be less specific, can play out in my future.

Much of this was accomplished through my Arts Administration class, which is honestly one of the most enjoyable classes I have taken in a while. Our class has already gone on two field studies in the span of five weeks, and both of them revealed so much about how the arts have practical application in today’s world. 

The Globe TheaterThe Globe theater was constructed as historically accurately as possible, and is a must-see along the bank of the Thames!

The first field study was to the Globe theater, and no, it is not the original. The original burned down in 1613 and this one is a historically accurate recreation. The Globe has a special place in my heart because of my Shakespeare class back home last spring. Parts of the English language were molded and created in that theater. The reason that we went to the Globe is because it has to find funding outside of the government. The entire theater relies on ticket sales, donations, and money from the plays that they perform. This feat of art management is something that people in my class are actually trying to do in the future. That is why I loved this field trip, because it realistically demonstrated what we can do with our professional lives after school. It brought the class out of the classroom and made the material we are studying come alive.

The Operation TheaterOperations were viewed by doctors and students in a time without pain killers or anesthesia

Our next field trip was my favorite. We went to the Old Operating Theatre that was a part of St. Thomas Hospital in the 1800s and is the oldest operating theatre in Europe. This space doubles as a museum and a performance space. In fact, our professor has a play that is showing in the operating theatre this semester. The space is incredible.

Staircase to the Operating TheaterGetting to the operating theatre took effort, a very winding effort

The history that happened in the two rooms, an apothecary and the actual operating room, is still so alive in the space. As I sat in the operating theatre, I could almost see and hear the doctors, students, and patients that came in and out of the hospital doors. The Operating Theatre demonstrated to the class that nothing is impossible to make happen, as long as you aren’t afraid to be innovative.

The ApothecaryThe apothecary holds some terrifying medical tools from the 1800s

Study Abroad may not automatically bring up thoughts of studying; however, CAPA manages to meld study and travel. They utilize the fact that we are all abroad and allow the students to discover London through the material that we are learning. Classes don’t have to be all theory that gets stuffed into boxes and put in the attic of your brain, but they can be something that creates a platform for discovery of the world around you, especially during study abroad.

Thanks, Genevieve!

Genevieve Rice


Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

Genevieve's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.


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Topics: London, England, International Education