CAPA International Education

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For over 40 years, CAPA International Education has provided students with authentic learning abroad experiences. Both individual and group based study abroad programs are available for students across the globe. With program centers located on four continents in seven countries, students are taught using a tested and proven educational program called MyEducation which blends theme based classroom learning and experiential learning to give students the context they need to expand their understanding of the world in which they live.

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Program Reviews

  • Alexandra
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Winter Park, Florida
    Rollins College
    Great city and great learning experience
    08/18/2015

    Dublin was a fabulous, lively city with more to do than I could squeeze into six weeks. The city was just a few hours from the most breathtaking sites in Ireland, including Galway, Cork, and many other suburban landscapes. The program provided the upmost support and the class I took to coincide with my internship was very helpful to adjust to Irish culture.

    How could this program be improved?

    The location of the apartments was in very close proximity to a more dangerous area of the city. However, I was never personally put into danger in Dublin.

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    Response from CAPA International Education
    08/28/2015
    Dear Alex, Thank you so much for your positive feedback on the Dublin program! We are excited to learn about the impact it has had upon you, and look forward to hearing about where your experience takes you from here. We are sorry to hear about your perceptions of your safety during your time in Dublin. Dublin is a very safe city, and the security of our students is a top priority in any location in which our students are accommodated, alongside being reflective of Dublin's global nature. Distinctions between environments at home and abroad can impact a student's sense of the place in which they are living. We would be curious to hear more about what led to this sentiment and will reach out to you directly to discuss further. Cheers, The CAPA Team
  • Mary
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Indianapolis, IN
    Indiana University–Bloomington
    Why Florence
    08/10/2015

    My favorite part about living abroad in Florence was exploring the city itself. The staff and faculty in my program made this especially possible through sharing their favorite sights, restaurants, and museums of Florence. The city itself is highly populated with study abroad students, but I still was able to explore the city on my own. Experiences like speaking Italian at my local bakery or taking trains to less famous cities like medieval Prato helped shape my experience. I wanted to study abroad for lots of reasons, but in the end I miss Florence because of the incredible and unique people I met both through my school and outside of it.

    How could this program be improved?

    The program's schedule changed often, which made planning trips difficult. There were make up classes that would occasionally land on a Friday. MyEducation events were fantastic ways to explore Florence with a staff member, but often coincided with classes. I wish I had been able to experience more of the program.

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    view from piazzale michelangelo
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  • Rebecca
    Female
    Philadelphia, PA
    Ursinus College
    Best Independent Learning Experience!
    07/30/2015

    I am so glad I chose CAPA London; it was my first time in Europe, and it was a great time for me to learn and discover myself independently. With the exception of the nighttime bus routes, (those maps are very confusing) I had no trouble navigating around the city. (Safe community, and no language difficulties). Flexibility in scheduling allows for external travel and discoveries, in a culture rich city. However, one must keep in mind that a study abroad experience is what you personally make of it. I've had friends who have done the same exact thing, and said that it was nothing special.

    In the beginning, you are introduced to the city via tourist route; that is, we took a bussed tour around the city, where a tour guide gleefully introduced us to the major land marks, and well known historic areas. We also visited Stone Henge, which, for me was the highlight of the tour- I'm not one for tours, because I find them, well, rather bland, but I'm not sure how I'd have gone to Stone Henge otherwise.

    I would say this program is more about personal learning and exploring rather than pure academics. It all depends on your university, but mine did not take our final grades, only the credits as long as we reached a certain grade. This is not to say that I didn't try- as long as you complete the assignments, and listen during lectures, doing well in your courses is not an insurmountable task. Classes simply consist of lectures, assigned reading, a few presentations, and a final exam at the end. If you have any questions, the professors are always more than willing to help, and are very chatty and friendly as well. I will say it is a more American style of learning, as we have assignments throughout the course, and our final mark is not contingent on just one exam.

    However, I do wish the program as a whole was a bit more organised- sometimes I felt like all the components of our responsibilities- housing, assignments, travelling, etc. lacked in proper cohesion. Often times, we were confused as to what we needed to do, where we needed to go (such as finding our flat, assignment due dates, etc.) This was more of a problem for my classmates, though I just found that a bit more communication would have solved the issues. Sometimes, for example, a professor would be expected to adhere to the CAPA curriculum instead of their own, and they weren't aware that they were to present certain presentations- and embarrassingly found themselves fumbling with the content. However, the content is what matters- all the other issues are easily solvable by asking questions if you need additional instructions.

    Travelling is so easy in London that it would be a crime to take a taxi. CAPA gives each student a prepaid Oyster card that can be utilised on all public transportation for the duration of the program. Take advantage of the free museums and cultural attractions- London is one of the world's most diverse cities, and places like Borough Market and Camden market has food stalls in rows with food from all over the world.

    I would also advise to take advantage of the student union at Imperial College, a partnership that is unique to CAPA. There, you can make friends with British University students, join clubs and sports, and utilise facilities. Imperial is one of the top universities in the UK- and you can easily be a part of the community- it is there that I've made some of my best friends, and also discovered London through a local's point of view.

    Travelling is also a must- though you are not on the mainland of Europe- any country is within a few hours away. I suggest planning ahead to find the cheapest rates.

    Quick tips for making the most of your experience:

    1. Don't just do what tourists do- by doing the "typical" things, you don't experience London as a local; just what all foreigners see- anyone can see Big Ben- but going on a street art walk in Shoreditch is something I wouldn't want to miss

    2. Get to know the locals- you'll have friends with different view points, who can introduce you to their city- too many of my friends say they didn't know any British people by the end of our program- that's because they just stuck to each other. You're not in a foreign country to get to know more Americans.

    3. Utilise your Oyster card as much as you can- it's prepaid- anyone who's stayed after the program knows that those fees really add up.

    4. If you're going to travel- plan ahead of time. Airline flights are ALWAYS more expensive the closer you get to your departure date. And hostels are a marvellous alternative to expensive hotels.

    5. Document your discoveries with photos and maybe even a journal- you'll look back on it in the future and be glad you could relive those memories.

    6. Go out of your comfort zone and try something new- you never know what you're going to discover. You have time to sleep and rest when you get home- these several months should be filled with discoveries and new things. So get out there and enjoy yourself!

    How could this program be improved?

    I would probably say that a bit more communication could improve the quality of education in our courses, but otherwise, there's nothing more that I would change. And if our courses were not so long, I'm sure that we would glean more from the materials being presented- there's a lot of information all at once, and it takes a bit of time to digest it all.

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  • Kate
    Female
    Vancouver, Washington
    Arizona State University
    Adventures in Sydney
    07/17/2015

    While abroad I was doing a 6 credit internship. The CAPA staff did an amazing job at matching an internship to my major, interests, and it was even walking distance from my home. I learned so much from doing an internship in another country. The administrations in Sydney were very helpful. They were all quick to respond to emails and made us all aware of any resources we might need. They also kept us up to date on any activities that we might be interested in, in sydney and made sure we didn't forget to do our assignments.While studying abroad I was lucky enough to participate in the homestay option. This made it a little bit harder to always keep up with the other students, but this was an amazing way to learn more about the countries culture and see just really how people on the other side of the world live! I felt very integrated since I did the homestay. I also spent some time volunteering in Sydney, which was an amazing way to meet the locals and learn more about the culture. It was especially easy since there was no language barrier. Although things may have seemed very similar to the states, getting involved was a great way to realize and appreciate the differences. Although it sounds kind of cheesy I learned a lot about myself while being abroad. I have always been a fairly independent person but that really gets put to the test when you are in a foreign country where you don't know anyone. I would say it helped me grow up a bit and learn some good life skills, like how to take the public transport! I also learned a lot about working in an international company. I had lots of responsibilities at my internship and learned how to balance my time seeing a new country while getting my work done. This was an amazing experience and I would do it all over again if I could.

    How could this program be improved?

    The program could have been improved by having more group activities or trips planned. There were 3 required events that we went on and they were all a lot of fun. They did a good job of mixing us up at the events so we met more people on the program. It would have been nice to have more excursions planned with the CAPA group.

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  • Danielle
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Howell, NJ
    CAPA Florence
    04/16/2015

    My study abroad experience with CAPA was nothing short of amazing. The staff was extremely accommodating, my flat was gorgeous and right in the city center, and my classes were interesting. I was happy to arrive in Florence, ready for a new adventure, and CAPA provided me with just that. I made countless new friends, who became family. I would never take back my decision to study abroad with CAPA.

    How could this program be improved?

    The only thing that I would change about this program would be that I would have liked for the classes to be a little bit more organized. But, overall I did enjoy them!

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    Weekend trip to London
    Exploring Paris during Fall Break
    Overlooking Florence
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