Getting the best out of a study abroad experience is important to many. In this week's post, Lizzy lists 5 reasons to study abroad with CAPA, including how to feel supported when you're thousands of miles away from home. She also shares what's included in the program costs, such as excursions and day trips, as well as internship offerings. Whatever your personal or professional goals are for studying abroad, you'll have the chance to find the best way to accommodate and pursue them!
Yeah, study abroad is great in more ways than one. I’m sure you have figured that out by now, by either reading the numerous CAPA blogs, scrolling through stunning photos, and/or the stories you hear when you reunite with these global students whom you call your friends. It gives you a chance to see the world, meet forever mates, and gain new perspectives. What I have come to realize as my time here draws to an end is that I really did myself a favor by picking a program like CAPA. It’s actually more so them doing me a favor by providing the endless opportunities that come in the midst of the semester and post-overseas experience.
Here are 5 reasons why you should choose CAPA as your program provider while 10,000 miles from home:
1. A Built-In Support System
CAPA is an established program that provides support from every angle—from your own regional advisor to help you from the very beginning, to the program coordinators that stash their office with Tim Tams to get you through finals week. Just as your home institution does, CAPA ensures you’re taken care of and keeps open communication to make sure you have the resources to make the most out of your trip.
A sunset view from Taronga Zoo.
Because CAPA is a program and not just a university exchange, ‘Study Abroad Program’ entails more than just the organization of your studies. Our group of 100+ students were able to travel to the Blue Mountains, have a sleepover at the Taronga Zoo, and spend the day at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, amongst others! And by the way, this is all included in your tuition so you don’t have to pay when the time comes. These outings are a fun way to see the country (even parts that you might not have visited yourself) and spend time with your classmates.
Taking it all in at the Blue Mountains (with my CAPA drawstring of course).
3. Knowledgeable Staff
A former coal loading site that is now a sustainability center and public space.
We know that the advisors and coordinators are knowledgeable because they are your built-in support system and help you get here in the first place, but when you are actually here, the professors enforce this also. They are professionals in their field and apply their experience to the class content, so it keeps it interesting by listening to people that care about what they’re saying and it’s firsthand information. Another upside to this is that they show you Sydney from their industry perspective by taking you on field trips to places like the Blackmores plant, the Coal Loader Center for Sustainability, the National Art School, and many more.
A Blackmores bottling facility (they produce natural health supplements).
4. Internship and Applicable Class Offerings
If you have the chance to participate in an internship, it’s a beneficial opportunity to get to know the working culture of another country and gain useful skills to build your resume. It shows you another side of the country that you wouldn’t otherwise see, even if it’s just the commute or the way they handle the work-life balance. Also, the classes that CAPA offers are relevant to your general education even if they don’t count towards your major or path of study. The classes are another way to immerse yourself in foreign culture by learning new content and being taught by local Australians.
Taking it all in on a coastal walk.
In a place that is not so familiar, CAPA allows you to feel right at home in just a few short months. This program gives you the chance to explore new places, new people, and most of all, yourself, but in a weird sort of way, you can still find comfort in the sense of adventure that comes with every new day. I have a feeling that the way I feel now is something I’ll want to carry with me forever. Study abroad is not just about the classes you take while in a foreign country but the experience in its entirety.
Lizzy Westermeyer is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2019, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Management major at Providence College, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.
Lizzy's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.