CAPA The Global Education Network

CAPA: The Global Education Network

About

Studying abroad with CAPA means learning in the classroom, then supporting that structured academic foundation by going beyond and experiencing the diverse global city firsthand. You’ll do this through field studies and cultural events as well as on your own. Through coursework, internship opportunities, and My Global City cultural activities, you will participate in challenges that excite and inspire you.

CAPA has one of the longest histories as a study abroad internship provider, and works with more than 1,500 organizations across its global city locations. Interning with CAPA means you’ll have an incredible professional development opportunity right at your fingertips.

Challenge yourself and go abroad with us. We have a good feeling that you’ll find a second home and an experience you’ll never forget.

*While we only accept US students and provide undergraduate credit, some exceptions may apply. Contact a CAPA admissions advisor today to talk about what will work best for you.

Website
info.capa.org
Founded
1972
Headquarters

65 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110
United States

Scholarships

CAPA Scholarships
CAPA Scholarships and Financial Aid

Each year, we award $1.5 million in study abroad scholarships, grants and affiliate benefits!

Value
$500 - $5,000

Apply by December 15 and receive $300 off any Summer or Fall 2020 program!

Reviews

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Kelsey
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Being able to study, work and live in a foreign country was the best decision I've ever made. While I was in London, I took two classes (International Marketing and a class regarding internships) and interned in Human Resources at the Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf. This internship has by far been my favorite work experience in the sense that the work environment was great and I learned a lot about HR that I didn't know before, developing a new found passion for the field. A few resources that CAPA provided were housing situations that were within a close proximity to the whole city and unlimited use Oyster cards for the duration of the program, making it very easy to travel around the city. Not only did I gain personal and professional skills needed to live in a different country, but I acquired frienships and memories that I'll never forget.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make sure to set aside enough time for schoolwork but also for traveling and other fun activities. Going to Europe may be a once in a lifetime opportunity so definitely take advantage of the close proximity of other countries. That being said, make sure all assignments are done on time so you don't have to worry about them when you're out and about.
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Kailee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My study abroad experience was an event in my life that has benefited me in so many positive ways. I was given the opportunity to work with a professional rugby team on the Membership and Ticketing team, which exposed me to sports practices in different countries to aide me in my sports management concentration. The classes at CAPA were perfect for my hands-on learning needs, with experience outside the classroom on field trips. The transportation fares were covered by the school which allowed an incredible amount of freedom to independently travel. As an individual, I grew up a lot during my time abroad, and I would do it all over again if I could. I can honestly say I have no complaints about this program. I would recommend this program to any college student that is interested in seeing the world and gaining an education internationally.

What would you improve about this program?
The only aspect of the program I would maybe reevaluate is the number of hours needed for the internship. These students still need time to experience the culture, and gain friends as well within this location to share the experience with.
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Daijah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall, my summer 2019 internship experience with CAPA in Barcelona, Spain was pleasant. Jane and Madeline from the CAPA center in Barcelona were always resourceful when students faced difficulties abroad. My Internship placement was not as formal as I had hoped or expected, but I learned so much. I worked as a business development intern for "The Nanny Line", an international childcare agency based in Barcelona. We worked out of cafes, office spaces, and from home. I learned so much, and got to work with students from all over Europe. The workshop course that accompanied the internship occurred once a week. The class was beneficial because it taught students how to apply our internship experience to our future career goals. On top of professional and academic experience, I grew tremendously in my personal life while abroad. I loved meeting new people and experiencing the nuances of Spanish culture. I cannot put into words ow life-changing my study abroad experience turned out to be. I would definitely recommend CAPA!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate while abroad in Barcelona was a snail.
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Rita
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad while in school saves you the hassle of planning a trip and worrying about the expenses, travel, stay and safety. The CAPA staff were friendly, compassionate, helpful and overall fun to work with. Studying abroad was the highlight of my summer and I would recommend anyone and everyone to pursue an education abroad especially through CAPA.

All though most of the expenses are taken care of while you are abroad, you still have to be financially responsible ensure that you have some money for personal expenses and souvenirs. Make a budget sheet and stick to it. Do not overspend, and make sure to say no to friends about a night out or a trip if you cannot afford it. It is easy to be caught up in a lot of activities that can make you fall short financially.
Make sure to build networks even if it is for a short period of time, and seek out local friends to practice the language of the country you visit.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Live in the moment. As much as it is nice to take a picture or a video everywhere and anywhere you go, try to be more present. The memory you hold on to is far more important than some likes and re-shares
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Alexander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would recommend CAPA because it provided me with a life changing experience. I know there are a lot of other institutes that offer similar programs but at CAPA, the students always come first. A representative met us at the airport and helped us get home from it as well. They care about safety and provide so much knowledge about each global city they represent. The were many way to get involved in the culture as well including outreach and other classes a well such as teaching english to italian children and a pasta making course. Lastly, A lot of credit goes to the staff because no matter what, and I emphasize this again, they are here for you, and they always put a smile on their face and make sure you are getting the best experience while studying abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing, everything that CAPA did had an impact on who I am today through my studies and adventurous side

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Erin Sastre

Erin is a senior at the University of Missouri studying Journalism and Spanish. She loves writing, traveling and anything having to do with movies.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because it offered me the most, considering what I wanted to pursue. I knew I wanted to participate in a program that also had an internship aspect because I wanted a professional experience. I also wanted the program to be based in a major global city where I could learn and experience as much as possible culturally. The London program fit all of those criteria.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

CAPA, the program provider, and my home university assisted in all of the necessary preparations. I was given many resources about funding my semester abroad, interviewing for an internship and so much more. There wasn't really much that I had to organize on my own as both CAPA and the university were very involved in the entire process and program.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

One thing I would say about studying abroad, especially if the program is in a large city like London, is that it can be expensive. I budgeted before my trip to get a rough idea of what I would spend during my time overseas, but things change and you can't plan for everything. I would just say to think realistically about the entirety of your time abroad and take what you want to do or where you want to travel to in account.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

My program was specialized because of a partnership with my home university, so other participants' weeks may look a little different. But for me, an average week as a participant in this program was very exciting!

Each participant was required to work 20 hours a week at their internship and the days you work vary. For me, I worked Monday, Wednesday and Friday and then had classes on Tuesday and Thursday. These classes were also very interesting and there were a lot of site visits.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear of studying abroad was not connecting with fellow program participants. Going abroad when you don't know people prior can be hard. It's a little like freshman year all over again where you get a roommate and meet all of the people living on your floor. I had to get out of my comfort zone a bit, but once I did, I ended up making some of the best friends I could ever ask for.

What was your favorite experience while studying abroad?

One of my favorite things about being abroad was that, because I studied in London, I was able to experience so many cultural events.

I was able to attend the Vault festival which showcased fringe art, music, theatre and more. I was also able to participate in site visits to Stonehenge, Brick Lane, Brighton, and Oxford.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Danelle Boone

Danelle Boone holds a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Chico. Danelle has studied abroad in both Spain and Mexico, and sailed around the world with Semester at Sea. Prior to joining the staff at CAPA International Education, Danelle previously held roles as a Global Seminars Coordinator at UC San Diego, Assistant Director of the Career Development Center at CSU Long Beach, Career Counselor at UCLA, and faculty member at Santa Monica College. Danelle is passionate about the field of international education and considers living, working and studying abroad among the best experiences of her life. Some of her favourite travel destinations thus far have been Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, Kyoto and Sydney. Danelle works from a home office in San Diego, CA.

Did you study or intern abroad? If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Danelle from CAPA International Education

Danelle: I studied abroad initially on a short term program in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and then on a longer program in Barcelona, Spain. My grandparents were from Spain, and I had studied Spanish in high school and just fell in love with the language. I have several extended family members in the south of Spain and was inspired to travel there and improve my language ability so that I could attempt to hold meaningful conversations with them. I am still working on that last part.

What aspect of working at CAPA inspires you the most?

Danelle: I love working with students! I am inspired by their goals, dreams and their sense of adventure. I studied abroad a bit later than most, and now really enjoy working with students who never thought they’d have the chance to study abroad, or might have thought it was too late. I studied abroad after completing my Bachelors Degree, and then again after my Masters Degree, and then worked abroad for a semester after that. It’s never too late.

How do you see the field of international education changing over the next 10 years?

Danelle: It has already changed so much! Studying abroad was historically something that it seemed only the children of wealthy parents could afford to do. But with scholarships and with a more diverse array of programs from which to choose, it is becoming more of a reality for non-traditional students. This is really where my passion lies. I want to see education abroad become more accessible to all students, and I’ve been fortunate enough to work with organizations that believe in and support this mission.

If you had to choose one, what destination would you recommend to prospective students?

Danelle: This depends entirely on the student. Do they want to learn a language? - Maybe Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Florence or Beijing. Do they want to do an internship? - Perhaps London, Dublin or Sydney. What do they want to study? Each of our locations has unique academic offerings, and each city has its own combination of character, culture and history. It is impossible to choose the one location that I would recommend. If I had to choose for myself, I would be drawn to Buenos Aires so that I could continue to learn and practice more Español, and because although I have been to Europe, Asia, Australia and North Africa, I still have yet to make my way to South America.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering going abroad?

Danelle: Go for longer than you think you can. Yes, it is intimidating at first. But after a few weeks abroad, you’ll wish you’d signed on for a full semester or even a year.

Anything else you would like to share?

Danelle: Make connections with people you meet, wherever you go. Rather than spending all of your time with other American students, go to local cafes, pubs or community events and meet people who are native to the city or country in which you are studying. Taking photos of all the monuments and landscapes is great, but your best memories will come from the people you meet along the way.