CAPA: The Global Education Network

Program Reviews

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Though it's been a few years since I studied abroad, I still frequently think about my experience on the CAPA Florence Program and how much I grew during my time overseas. This program offers so many interesting courses, along with plenty of extracurricular activities to get out and explore the city. The CAPA Florence staff members are some of the friendliest, warmest, and most caring people I have ever met and were ALWAYS there for support. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to participate in this program!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
When you study abroad in Florence, you will *literally* have the world at your fingertips and will be within a short train or plane ride from so many different cities and countries. It may be tempting to travel every single weekend, but make sure to also take the time to really get to know Florence and make it your home. It is such a magical city with so much to offer!

Also, the CAPA staff is there to help you so don't forget that! They take so much pride in calling Florence their home and are always willing to offer recommendations for things to do, places to eat, etc.
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Joslyn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad for a semester was the best experience of my life. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity and I would do it again in a heart beat! I learned and grew so much during my time abroad and I came back as a completely different person. Interning was probably one of my favorite parts because I was given opportunities I never thought I would be given. My favorite part was going to London Fashion Week. Even though I had classes and a job, I still had so much opportunity to travel and explore with my friends. 10/10 recommend.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I had never tried this little Japanese pancakes before. Upon arriving at Borough Market, all of my friend shad convinced me to try them, and they were so good. The texture was a bit odd to me, but I still really enjoyed them!
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Anjali
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CAPA London was a fast-paced and fantastic experience!

The CAPA courses were dynamic, yet manageable. My favorite class was 20th Century British History. It was particularly interesting to learn about the London boroughs and UK immigration in the 20th century.

I had a very positive experience at my internship at a charity/ community center. I made immediate connections with my co-workers due to their warm and welcoming personalities. My one critique about the CAPA internship programs was that I was not satisfied with my placement. Though I loved my co-workers at my internship, I wish I was placed at a fashion/style company.

Overall, I had a wonderful experience exploring London, making friends, and documenting every beautiful and crazy moment.

What was your funniest moment?
Running into students from my home university at a nightclub. It was funny because I did not think I would ever run into people I knew from the States.
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Fidel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied abroad in Sydney the summer of 2019 on a 6-week trip, in which I completed an internship alongside a class. As someone who is a Film & Media Studies major, I was a little worried about whether or not I could find an internship and activities that I would enjoy considering that I didn't know a thing about the Australian film industry. Luckily for me, I was placed in an internship that let me experience a different side to media creation that I hadn't personally worked on before (managing social media accounts, directly editing content for hundreds of thousands of viewers, proofreading presentations to be given around the country). Moreover, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Sydney Film Festival, since student tickets were affordable any my schedule was flexible enough that I could attend the screenings. Being able to see movies months before they came out in the States was an incredible opportunity I knew I wouldn't get anywhere else! Finally, the staff and students within CAPA made me feel so at home during my time in the country; any questions, concerns, or issues that I had were dealt with immediately, and I never felt alone with the group I was with. I'm trying not to be the person that always talks about their study abroad trip, but it's hard when I genuinely had so much fun on my trip. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who has a tight schedule but is willing to make the time to study abroad in order to learn, work, and explore.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge--I'm not scared of heights, but scaling the iconic Bridge, no matter how safe the harnesses are, certainly brought on the nerves. Once I started moving higher and higher, however, I found that my jittery legs stilled and I regained the feeling in my fingers. I will never forget the breeze atop of the Bridge and how much I loved being up at that height. There were absolutely no nerves by the time I climbed down the other side. It was so much fun that I ended up doing it all over again when my mom came down to visit!
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Maggie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied abroad In Dublin, Ireland, with CAPA, and it was the experience of a lifetime. I went for my spring semester of 2020, so my experience was cut short; however, I did get to go for about 50 days. To start, the people at CAPA were so helpful before and while I was there. Any questions you have, they can answer, which helped relieve my stress. CAPA is a great company that wants to make the transition as easy as possible. The city is absolutely beautiful, and it is easy to get around! Dublin is filled with history, culture, and amazing people. They have an excellent public transportation system as well, and you can walk everywhere. As a hospitality major, it was fantastic to take classes from a different perspective. I met some of the nicest people while I was there, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I think I was scared to go and meet new people. When you go abroad, you leave everyone you know and go to a new country, which is extremely nerve-wracking, and so when I got there, I just tried to be myself and open to new ideas. Once I was there, I remembered that everyone else is just as scared and is looking to make friends!
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Courtney
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied abroad in Sydney during the Fall 2019 semester through CAPA and it is easy to say that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! This was my first time ever leaving the United States so it was definitely a positive life changing experience. The staff both here in the US and Sydney were super helpful with our academics, internships, and were always there to help guide us along the way. They made this transition easy for all of the students. CAPA did a great job at having all of the students in my program get to know each other, and from this I have made so many new friends from other schools. We also went on fun excursions to the zoo and went on hiking trips that they set up. This was such an amazing experience and I highly recommend it for people to study abroad through CAPA Sydney!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do this all over again, one thing I would change is going out to explore the city of Sydney earlier. Of course at the beginning it may take some time to adjust and find a schedule that fit with class, homework, and internship hours. I tried to go and walk around to different sites during my free time or even on my way back from my internship at least every day. What is nice about Sydney is that a lot of the sites and attractions are outside so you can easily walk from your housing/CAPA center to where you want to go. I would have taken more advantage of using the ferries as well.
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Addison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

While the Villanova program is different than the standard, studying abroad through London CAPA was fantastic due to the resources that they provided. From their work pairing me up with a summer internship to planning various excursions around London, I loved my time in the city. Before I left the US, I met with a CAPA advisor to discuss internship preferences, tailoring it to my interests. Living in an apartment by Tower Bridge, I was able to use the Tube to commute to the internship and then spend the afternoons and nights exploring the city, either with the larger program or with close friends. As a large program, we had numerous events planned such as attending the Wimbledon, visiting Lloyds, and so much more!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To make the most of the program, I would recommend mapping out the London sites you are most excited for! Make it your goal to cover as much as possible and take advantage of the numerous free museums and attractions within the city - many have student discounts! Once you have the map, pick a part of the city each day/afternoon and check off everything in that area. This will make you much more efficient, and then you will be able to see the wide array of subcultures and attractions around London! It truly is an incredible city! Take in all it has to offer!
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sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CAPA Study Abroad and Global internships program provides an easy to navigate and personalized process to get internships abroad. My experiences with them was next to flawless-- they connect you with someone who guides you through the process and is knowledgeable about internship connections abroad to help find the best one for you specifically. I highly recommend their services if you want to have easy access to an incredible internship experience abroad.

I had the opportunity to network with my internship and create connections that will help in future jobs nationally and internationally!

What was your funniest moment?
We went to Stonehenge and it was the windiest day in modern Stonehenge history and we almost got blown over but it made it so fun!
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Sophie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As we are in the middle of a pandemic, it has been increasingly difficult to find an internship or study abroad program from the safety of your own home. Initially, I was going to study abroad in person in Dublin. While my trip was canceled, I could instead participate in CAPA abroad's first completely virtual internship experience. Not only does the program pair you with the best match for your major: You take a course as well to improve upon interview, resume, cover letter skills, and more. I was able to intern for HerBusiness in Australia and learned much of what it takes to write for a business that helps other entrepreneurs grow.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would give myself more time to try the My Global Cities events.
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Shannon
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The CAPA London Global Business Institute Program, which I participated in during the Spring of 2020, had so much to offer! From a rigorous academic schedule that developed my knowledge of global business, to an incredible placement in an internship where I applied my skills in a hands-on environment, to a safe and comfortable housing arrangement, to fun and immersive events and activities. CAPA made me feel so supported both academically and socially. I loved every minute and would recommend the program to anyone interested in studying abroad!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is to manage and organize your time the best that you can. Students are always busy and juggling several responsibilities. Your experience will be so much better if you take some during during the first few days to schedule out your internship, classes and homework, and travel schedule.