CAPA The Global Education Network

CAPA: The Global Education Network

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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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Abby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied abroad through CAPA’s Dublin program for an entire semester.My two favorite things about CAPA’s program is their opportunity to do an internship and the attention they put towards making you feel like you’re truly apart of a community. There was only about 22 people in the program so we all bonded very quickly. CAPA organized so many events so that everybody could become a second family. From walking tours around Dublin on our first day to weekly lunches, movie and game nights, to thanksgiving dinner to side trips to places like Galway and Belfast. CAPA really put effort into making Dublin feel like a second home. Our three advisors were always there 24/7 to make us feel comfortable and safe our group always called them our Irish mom, dad, and big sister. When I think back to why I loved all of my experiences abroad it’s because of the people I was with.

By far the best part of being in Dublin was my internship. Before going abroad students send their resume and a general cover letter to CAPA and they set you up with a skype interview with an internship.I interned for a non profit organization called Fighting Words which was founded by popular Irish author Roddy Doyle. Fighting Words holds daily creative workshops for primary and secondary students. Students come to Fighting Words on a field trip.
In the morning we had a class of primary school children and I took turns with the other interns to teach the workshop where I would go through the basics and foundations of what a story needs such as a main character, title, plot. The kids worked together to come up with the story and they came up with the funniest things like a main character who is a french fry who’s greatest wish is to get a pet unicorn and is afraid of being dunked in ketchup and then they would break off into tables of 3 to 4 where an intern would sit with them and help them finish writing the story and create illustrations.
In the afternoon the secondary school students came and we’d give them a situation such as you’re both in trouble in the principal’s office but only one of you actually did it and then we’d have them improv a scene. We’d type out their dialogue and then we’d get the class to fill in the gaps and create a story and then they’d also break up into groups with an intern to finish writing their own stories. There was honestly no better feeling than getting a hug from a kid or to hear them walking out saying they wanna come back here everyday. It solidify my future career goals to be in education and work with students.
For doing this internship I got 6 credits and I worked 20 hours a week. Once a week CAPA held a night class where we discussed our internship. We learned how to “sell” our internship during interviews and we had to write reflections on our internship and what we learned about the culture. At the end of the semester we had to do a mock interview where we talked about abroad experience. These assignments and the class were where we earned our 6 credits from.

CAPA requires you to take a minimum of 12 credits so I had to take two classes along with my internship. I actually loved my internship so much that I wished I could’ve done it full time but I really enjoyed my classes as well. The first class I took was called Irish History & Culture. We met once a week for three hours. Each class was a 40 minute lecture about Irish history followed by a 2 hour field trip with in Dublin. These field trips included walking tours, visits to Trinity College, ChristChurch Cathedral, Dublin Castle, the Dublina museum, and the Irish Emigration museum. We were graded on our weekly reflection that were 800 words where we had to tie in the lecture from class to our experience on the field trip. The second class I took was a film studies class that also met once a week for 3 hours. We had an hour long lecture and then used the rest of the class for screening of that week’s film. We went through different units of various film genres such as Italian neorealism, French new wave, and road movies at the end of each unit we were assigned a paper where we picked a film to focus on and show how it exemplified that genre.

Being in Dublin was a memorable, life-changing and magical experience.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
That’s not to say that I didn’t face obstacles in my internship. Some of them were small such as my responsibility to write name tags for all the students. I would get a really Irish name such as Niamh or Aisling or Saorise and not to know how to spell it all. No matter how many times I asked them to say their name again or I tried to sound it out it got misspelled and I’d have to write a new name tag. It was very embarrassing because these were very common names to them.
One of the biggest obstacles was actually transportation. I used Dublin’s public buses to get around and it made me late on my first day of my internship. I had obviously looked up the correct number bus to take to my internship and I was all happy when I got in so proud I’d conquered it only to realize the bus was going in the wrong direction. I had forgot that in Ireland they drive on the wrong side of the road so I got on the correct number bus but I was on the opposite side of the road and got on the wrong loop of the bus. I called my supervisor in a panic and she completely understood but it was still stressful. In fact I was so overwhelmed about being late on my first day that I didn’t remember how I got to my internship once it was time to leave. The gps on my phone was being finnicky and I was literally walking through backroads and side street searching for a bus stop. I had no idea where I was and the location on the gps wasn’t moving and I couldn’t retrace my steps. It was only my first day but I like started crying in the middle of the street and I was ready to call my mom and tell her to pick me up I was like mom I don’t know where I am and I’m alone but you have to come find me and take me home. I eventually found a main road and a bus stop and it was fine but It really felt like the end of the world for five minutes. By the end of my time in Dublin that bus ride had become routine and I could do it with my eyes closed
My transportation issues didn’t stop there. A couple weeks later on the day I was supposed to lead the workshop for the first time I missed the bus I usually took. Most days I get to my internship early to help set up the space such as pencils and paper, but because of the bus I was going to get there just in time. However since I always got there so early all of my co workers and supervisors were worried about me. So my supervisor went to call me but all of my information sheets only had my American phone numbers and not my Irish number so my supervisor called the landline of my house and woke my mom up because of the time difference. Luckily I walked in while my supervisor was still on the phone with my mom. Later my supervisor asked me if I was nervous to lead the workshop and I said no honestly more nervous my mom is gonna yell at me on facetime for waking her up so early.
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Erin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My internship abroad couldn't have been more exciting. Through the CAPA program, I was able to travel to the number one city on my bucket list and partake in my dream internship. Work/life balance was perfect — I had plenty of time to travel and explore London and Europe while receiving a great experience professionally and academically. I met some of my best friends through the program and lived in one of the coolest parts of London. If I hadn't gone through CAPA, there is no way I would've been able to have the experience I did. I was able to experience so many things from new foods, West End shows, football matches at Wembley and so much more. I am now considering working abroad after graduation because I loved it so much! I 100% would recommend this program for anyone considering an internship abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Going abroad can be overwhelming! Take time to explore the city and don't be afraid to pick your colleague's brain about the industry you wish to enter. The experience is so rewarding and you can learn a lot.
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Morgan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was apart of a faculty lead program that was hosted by CAPA. CAPA allowed us to use their space, set up housing for us and took us to My Global City events and excursions outside Florence. We were able to meet a lot, if not all, of the CAPA Florence staff who were extremely helpful when it came to recommending places to eat, have fun and site see. They gave us a tour of the city and a training session that taught us what to look out for in terms of safety. Everyone was very nice, the facility was beautiful and the excursions to other cities was so much fun. I gained a lot of knowledge and saw so much of Florence I probably wouldn't have seen without CAPA's help. Our housing was very nice. It was an apartment on the quieter side of the Arno River and it had very nice amenities such as a full kitchen, a TV, wifi and cooking appliances.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go to as many My Global City events as possible! Experience all that you can while you're there. You don't want to come home and regret not doing something!
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Katherine
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied abroad in Dublin through the UF in Dublin program through the CAPA Program. I would recommend this program to anyone. I got the opportunity to have an internship abroad, take classes at UF and in Dublin, and got to be immersed in the culture. This program lets you have the opportunity to see the everyday life of a local, partake in weekly festivals, and travel Europe at such an affordable cost. CAPA had an amazing amount of workers abroad that were so friendly and there for me at all times. They gave us weekly newsletters letting us know what was going on around the city while also having us get the chance to see the Gaelic football stadium of Dublin. Our entire program went to a game and it was an amazing experience. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have more excursions through the program and allow more opportunities to get involved in the program.
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Clare
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed my time with CAPA in Dublin. During the application process, they were really hands on and worked one on one with me to make sure I was not confused. The only issue I had was that it took a long time for my internship placement. I did not have my placement until the week that I left for Ireland. Other than that, it was all good. I ended up loving my internship at a water-sports company doing social media and marketing. I loved the Global Cities class and loved learning the history of Dublin while exploring it as well. I feel confident that my experience interning will give me that little extra on my resume. They took us to Belfast which was amazing. I also had plenty of time to travel all over Ireland and Scotland as well. I would recommend this program to someone who wants to both study and intern abroad.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was nervous about getting around Dublin because I had never really used public transportation but CAPA gave us a leap card and I figured it out really quickly.

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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.

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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.

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