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

45 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

Summer Deadlines Extended!

CAPA is pleased to announce the extension of our Summer 2020 programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Florence, London, and Sydney. Get started on your application today!

Reviews

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Dominique
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was my first experience in Europe and I couldn't have asked for anything better. CAPA organized numerous excursions for us and set up our housing in a cozy hostel. My favorite part about the trip was the walking tour around Shoreditch. It was beautiful and we were able to learn the area's history through a personal tour guide. Additionally, all of the staff member were jut a phone call away if we ever needed anything which made me feel safe and comfortable when getting acquainted to a brand new country.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
It may not seem too unfamiliar but I had a cucumber sandwich! We went to a traditional British tea where they served us sweets and sandwiches.
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Kendall
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied in Dublin in the fall of 2019. I was the only student from my college, and I was completely terrified. I had never traveled further than outside the New England area, much less out of the country. In addition to this, I was a first semester senior. So I knew going in that this may be one of my most challenging semesters. Especially in a new academic environment, different from any other I had been exposed to.
Most of my worries and fears stemmed from this. I was petrified that I wouldn’t be able to handle my course load. Since I was a senior, my home institution required that I take 5 courses, as well as an internship while in Dublin. I had already known that I had good time management skills. At home I had taken five classes and worked during one semester. I knew I could do it at home, but I was worried that the cultural differences would make it difficult for me to succeed.
I have never been so happy to be wrong in my life. They say that studying abroad changes you in ways that you’d never imagine. I can say from first hand experience that they are absolutely true. My semester abroad was the best that I have ever had. I ended up becoming friends with everyone in my program! This made my transition and adjustment so much easier. In addition to this, I had the endless support of the CAPA staff in Dublin. If ever I had a question, comment, concern, or just wanted to share something I had learned, they were always there and more than happy to listen.
My courses were some of the best I’ve ever taken while in college. Each lecturer made their class filled with new knowledge in ways that I can apply to my career. We analyzed problems for real-life scenarios, then worked as a group to find real life solutions. As a business major, with hope of one day starting my own business, this is incredibly useful.
My internship was one of my favorite places to be during the week. I worked 15 hours, going to my site four days out of the week. My internship was at a startup Irish fashion company called Tonn. They make specialty T-shirts themed with the beauty of Ireland. I learned so much from being there. The company itself is only made up of four to five people, so I was able to see first hand the ups, downs, joys, and struggles of owning your own business. Here I learned how to plan for the unexpected, when and how to cope with frustrations, as well as when to walk away. In the U.S. I feel we sometimes struggle with this. Sometimes we take on more than we can chew, or get so invested in what we are doing that we can forget how important it is to take a break. My internship and my courses taught me that walking away and taking breaks are essential to success. While we would love to complete a task all at once, it is important to remember that we are not robots. We cannot run, continuously, forever. We are all human, and that is what makes us unique.
They say that studying abroad changes you in ways you can’t imagine. I can say that they are right. My time abroad allowed me to learn more about myself than I ever had before. It allowed me room to grow as a person, and find myself in places I’d never thought I’d be. I have made relationships that will last a lifetime, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't sweat it. Fear will melt when you arrive. Everything will fall into place. Be patient, and have an open mind.
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Jack
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An experience of a lifetime! CAPA supported me from the moment I applied to the moment I arrived in Ireland. CAPA made me feel safe and kept me engaged and informed while I was in Dublin. Anyone who wants to study and learn about the culture of Dublin is the place to visit. I learned so much about the history and the culture of Ireland. Be apart of a family and go with someone who will connect and show you the ins and out of the country CAPA is the program to go with! Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey.

What would you improve about this program?
The biggest thing that I would approve of this program is making sure students understand the difference between US grading and European grading.
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Bonnie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my experience in Sydney, Australia! My internship was amazing working with Chiropractors and a physiotherapist. My homestay was absolutely amazing, the best host mom and family. My class while I was abroad wasn't amazing as it was tailored to students that were business majors not students that were health care or anything else. The program for me was fine as I was happy with my internship and my homestay, however other students from my school didn't love their experiences and not being able to do all of the extra experiences that students from other schools got to do.

What would you improve about this program?
For my school in particular I would make it so that the students can do all of the activities the other schools got to do as well as make it more inclusive for our students to meet students from other schools. Since we didn't get to meet many students from other schools we spent most of our time with students from our own school and didn't get to make those connections like all the other students did.
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Liz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying in Sydney was the most amazing experience. Sydney is such a magical city and CAPA made the transition so much easier. CAPA offered a great support system and really created a community for all the students.

CAPA Sydney is a study center, so your classes and housing will be with other American university students - making it a different type of experience. So, if you are looking to meet locals, thats on you to branch out and make those connections.

Having an intern experience was a great way to get to know the city and opens a door into a different type of study abroad experience.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Angella Barton

Angella is always up for an adventure and to broaden her knowledge of public health systems in the US and other countries. That is what led her to embark on her study-abroad/internship journey with CAPA in Sydney, Australia!

Why did you choose this program?

CAPA was one of the only programs offered at my school that included an international internship along with a study abroad experience, so it was easy to narrow my choices down given my options!

CAPA also had incredible excursions outlined for participants and a wonderful support staff that answered all of my questions, and I have always wanted to visit Australia, so for me, it was an obvious pick!

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

CAPA assisted me through the entire application process. Whenever I had questions, I was able to reach out to someone at their local Boston office, and my issues were always resolved in a quick manner.

Once I had been accepted into the program, they also supplied me and other students with the instructions to apply for a Student Visa in Australia, which took a lot of stress out of that process as well. Additionally, they even found our internships for us by asking what fields we were interested in, and acted as a third party to set us up in the internship!

The only thing I had to do on my own was to handle the plane ticket!

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

Travel!

A common misconception about studying abroad in Australia is that there are not a lot of opportunities to travel as you would have to study abroad somewhere in Europe. This is definitely not the case! I was able to travel within Australia with ease, and even got a chance to visit the Great Barrier Reef! Additionally, a lot of my friends traveled to Bali, Singapore, Fiji, and New Zealand, and saw some of the most beautiful sights

Australia is a wonderful country with lots of grandeur, and despite the price, you may see to travel to where you want to go, do it anyway! You will not have the same opportunity again!

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

Our classes were held once a week for three hours. My schedule was really nice since I went to my internship for eight hours a day, Mondays and Tuesdays, and then took my other three classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This left me with a three day weekend to go to beaches, shops, and travel!

It was rare for someone in the program to have class or the internship all five days of the work-week.

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

I was terrified of not making friends and being left all alone for three and a half months. The best way to combat this is to throw yourself into activities with people as often as you can. By doing so, I made four great friends that I still talk regularly with even though our program ended months ago. This program made that very easy because we were all housed in the same hotel, and therefore, were only a few rooms away from each other.

You should say "yes" to any opportunity that interests you, whether you're feeling a little tired or unsure of it (as long as its something you want to do!). I traveled to as many places as I could afford, and spent every weekend with those four girls and had the time of my life!

Any tips for students to save money and budget their bank accounts?

Learn to cook! I can not stress this enough. Right off the bat I began cooking myself meals and limited my trips to Starbucks for frappuccinos. By doing this, I was spending way less money on eating out and could put it towards souvenirs, gifts for my family, and of course traveling.

By the end of the program, I did start to splurge a bit (because I totally deserved it) and I still came home with more money than I anticipated having leftover.

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.