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

Reviews

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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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Aariyana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am absolutely thrilled that I was chosen to have the opportunity to study abroad in one of my favorite countries. Being overseas allowed me to not only further my education in medicine, but it allowed me to have a wider outlook on life and gave me a sense of variety when it comes to the multiple patients I will have to face in the future. It was a very informative time and I was able to gather so much knowledge and understanding not only about myself but England as well. I am now well equipped to becoming a better person and doctor.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Lamb Curry! It was my very first time having either of these and I loved them.
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Sean
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CAPA is a unique study abroad experience that gave me some amazing opportunities for personal growth. I studied in Barcelona in spring 2019. My specific program was small which at first was scary but it came with some amazing flexibility. The small class sizes allowed professors to personalize the coursework and even take us on trips to teach us lessons in terms of their lives in the city. This means professors could give us their unique take on living in Barcelona from the city rather than a classroom. I had friends in other programs in the city as well. Although these other students enjoyed their experience I honestly feel that CAPA did an exceptional job of encouraging immersion and providing a raw look at what it means to live in a global city. The internship opportunities are also something that stands out among study abroad programs that they provide. I cannot recommend CAPA highly enough!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would push myself farther out of my comfort zone. Salsa and Bachata Classes were very fun and a great way to experience Spanish culture in the world of dance. If dancing isn't your thing (well it can be) but using the opportunity of a new place to grow as a person and try things you otherwise might not is so fun.
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Thomas
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Honestly, doing the CAPA Program was one of the best decisions I made in my life. CAPA allowed me to discover a side of me that I never knew I had. For three months, I was able to get an idea of what life was going to be life after college. I was responsible for cooking my own food and relying on myself for simple everyday tasks. CAPA allowed me to become more acquainted with a side of the world I have not previously experienced. I gained real knowledge while completing my interest with Survivor Watch. While completing my international internship (which looks great on a resume), I was able to become more dynamic and flexible with working with different types of people. CAPA placed me with a great internship site that allows me to learn what I did in Sydney to be applied back to any future career work. For the Academic side, I had three classes (Including one for my internship that meet almost every other week). Classes were anywhere between 2.5 hours to 3 hours. All of the professors were really nice and accommodating to students. No questions were left unanswered and all assignments were given back with grades in a reasonable amount of time. I have learning accommodations and CAPA was able to make sure my studying experience was replicated to what I get in my home university. The excursions were fun and really showed you what is it like to be an Australian. These three months were honestly some of the best of my life and I would love to do it all again.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I tried Vegemite which is like a sweet soy sauce. I wasn't a fan but you get exposed to the culture down under.
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Angella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia during the fall semester of 2019 and absolutely loved it! My semester was filled with travels to wonderful beaches, great food, and overall a great adventure for my independence. The classes at the CAPA center had wonderful professors that enjoyed helping students, and really cared about ensuring that our study abroad experience gave us enough time to enjoy the new country we were in as well! The city of Sydney itself was beautiful and featured easy transportation since CAPA paid for our transportation. The excursions that we went on were amazing, from a hike in the blue mountains with an energetic tour-guide to an overnight stay at the Toronga zoo where we got to see nocturnal animals at night and even feed giraffes their breakfast! A unique aspect of CAPA is the ability to also participate in an internship while abroad. I enjoyed it thoroughly because I was able to network with my employer there, improve my sparse resume, and learn information necessary to my future career once I graduate. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking for an incredible adventure where they can experience another country's culture, improve their resume, and become more independent!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Travel to as many amazing places as you can! Traveling can be expensive in Australia, as well as to other countries around it, but it will be so worth it! I wish I traveled to Bali and New Zealand!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Kailee Stobbe

Kailee studied in Australia for a semester abroad in her sophomore year of college. Her home state is Colorado but she attends school in Massachusetts. She is studying for a double major in Business with a concentration in Sports Management and Communications and Media.

She chose to go abroad on the other side of the world for a new experience and a first-hand understanding of international sports companies.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose the CAPA program because it fit all of my needs on an academic level and a professional level.

The classes I took abroad offered a unique perspective on courses such as art, where I was able to experience art styles and artists on a first-hand level with classes taking place in art museums. They really fit my learning style as a whole with a hands-on ideology.

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

The program provider (or university) assisted me with everything and showed support the whole time. My classes, living situation, transportation, and internship opportunity were all provided to me, and I had to organize very little myself.

Events within my program were also scheduled for us to participate in order to get to know our program members better.

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

One piece of advice I would give to someone going on my program is to save up your personal funds.

One of my biggest personal struggles was managing my money in order for me to travel as much as I wanted to. My best advice is to have enough personal savings when you go abroad to allow yourself the freedom to travel, try new things and food, and still be able to support yourself with things such as groceries.

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

An average week as a participant in the program was busy, but not busy enough where you had no free time. I had three classes that only met once a week for three hours at a time, and my internship required me to do 20 hours a week. So, I attended class three days out of the week and went to my internship five times a week, which still allowed me the weekends and the evenings to myself.

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

Going into my experience abroad, I would say my biggest fear was not finding a group of friends out there. It was overcome very fast since I became fast friends with people in the program. On the first day out there you meet everybody you will be in the program with, and it was easy to make quick friendships since everybody there is looking for the same thing. After the program, my views on the issue changed because I realized it was never a concern.

Is there any other advice for prospective travelers?

My experience abroad was one of the best experiences of my life, but it also threw some curveballs. People tend to not think of the possibility of a medical emergency while they are abroad, but it is in the cards. On my spring break in Indonesia, I actually ended up needing 16 stitches across my forehead from a swimming accident. This was an intense experience since I was in a third world country, but it was handled very professionally and quickly. I would say that when you travel, always prepare for the worse.

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.