CAPA Sydney: Study & Intern Abroad

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Sydney is just like the Koala bear that comes to mind when you think of Australia. They’re both independent, wise, laid back, and super cute (but don’t worry—the city won’t sleep for 22 hours of the day leave the other 2 for eating). Be carefree as you spend a day on Bondi Beach, or head to your internship to get hands-on experience in your major. Even though the main language is English, don’t think that you won’t get a taste of a different culture when you study abroad in Sydney. The excellent school you’ll attend will help you find your independence in a setting where you’ll be comfortable and challenged at the same time.

Get out of the typical classroom and turn your study abroad city into a place you can learn from. CAPA specializes in customizing your experience— from everything to what classes you’re interested in to what kind of housing you’ll live in. Our internships will give you the skillsets you’ll need to succeed in you’ll need to succeed in your career.

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based on 49 reviews
  • Academics 7.8
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.3
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Lauren
10/10

My Summer Abroad

I abosutely loved studying abroad through the CAPA program. I spent 7.5 weeks in Sydney, Australia, and I learned so much. CAPA helped me prepare for the trip, helped me find an amazing internship, and the staff was always there in Sydney if we needed anything. As a group, CAPA took us on a trip to the Blue Mountains and a wildlife park where we got to pet and feed so many kangaroos. Interning abroad really introduced me to the Australian culture. I got to apply the skills I have learned in the classroom to real life situations for a company that was really happy I was there.

How can this program be improved?
I wish a CAPA staff member could have come to my school before the program started. I didn't really understand that a different company was in charge of the program until I actually got to Australia
Yes, I recommend
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Julia
10/10

AMAZING EXPERIENCE

The internship aspect was the best part about this program. I made so many new friends and learned a lot about what I wanted to do for a career after graduation. Who else can say that they had an internship abroad?!

How can this program be improved?
It was a bit unorganized at times.
Yes, I recommend
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Kate
10/10

Adventures in Sydney

While abroad I was doing a 6 credit internship. The CAPA staff did an amazing job at matching an internship to my major, interests, and it was even walking distance from my home. I learned so much from doing an internship in another country. The administrations in Sydney were very helpful. They were all quick to respond to emails and made us all aware of any resources we might need. They also kept us up to date on any activities that we might be interested in, in sydney and made sure we didn't forget to do our assignments.While studying abroad I was lucky enough to participate in the homestay option. This made it a little bit harder to always keep up with the other students, but this was an amazing way to learn more about the countries culture and see just really how people on the other side of the world live! I felt very integrated since I did the homestay. I also spent some time volunteering in Sydney, which was an amazing way to meet the locals and learn more about the culture. It was especially easy since there was no language barrier. Although things may have seemed very similar to the states, getting involved was a great way to realize and appreciate the differences. Although it sounds kind of cheesy I learned a lot about myself while being abroad. I have always been a fairly independent person but that really gets put to the test when you are in a foreign country where you don't know anyone. I would say it helped me grow up a bit and learn some good life skills, like how to take the public transport! I also learned a lot about working in an international company. I had lots of responsibilities at my internship and learned how to balance my time seeing a new country while getting my work done. This was an amazing experience and I would do it all over again if I could.

How can this program be improved?
The program could have been improved by having more group activities or trips planned. There were 3 required events that we went on and they were all a lot of fun. They did a good job of mixing us up at the events so we met more people on the program. It would have been nice to have more excursions planned with the CAPA group.
Yes, I recommend
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Bridget
9/10

There's no place like Oz

In Australia, I was able to have a full time internship with a physical therapist. I got a good feel for the ins and outs of the typical day of a manual and orthopedic physical therapist. I was able to volunteer with my supervisor and assist in the treatment of athletes participating in 111km canoe race at the various check points. I went to two classes that were held on the same day, so I only had to go to campus on Wednesdays. I took The Global City: Sydney, and I recommend this class in any location because our teacher took us on tours and taught us politics, history and interactions of local social groups. In my free time I was able to go to the beach, go on coastal walks and enjoy all of the fun social things Sydney had to offer. This time was beautiful, and I was the happiest I have ever been.

How can this program be improved?
The way the internship class was graded was a bit frustrating because our time at our placements counted very little towards our grade. And we should have had more local student interaction. It was lacking.
Response from CAPA The Global Education Network

Thank you Bridget for your feedback regarding the internship and contact with locals. The internship experience is structured as an academic course, and most of the institutions who allow their students to attend our program do not give credit for the work itself; rather, they give credit based on the coursework that compliments the actual work experience. For this reason your grade is based almost completely on the coursework.

Furthermore, the CAPA Sydney Program follows the US academic calendar. For that reason our students cannot direct enroll in courses at a local university since the academic calendar is vastly different. We encourage integration with locals through the internship, MyEducation activities, volunteer projects as well as casual encounters with students at local establishments.

Yes, I recommend
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Jake
9/10

Gettting involved

My time in Sydney Australia was truly enhanced by the amount of involvement I took part in. My program offered a student council to coordinate events, and I highly suggest taking part in this. In addition I think it is vastly helpful to get to know everyone in your program and create friendships that will help you deal with culture shock and share adventures with. Once you are settled and feel comfortable in your new home, make sure to explore and see everything you can. While I was there I tried doing something in the city at least every week, and even traveled farther on several occasions. Doing so with other people in your program will make that experience that much better.

How can this program be improved?
I wished there was more opportunity to engage with local Australians my age from other Universities.
Yes, I recommend
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Ciara
10/10

A Life Changing Australian Adventure

I will forever be grateful for the CAPA Study Abroad program for offering such an amazing experience. I recently completed a fall semester study abroad in Sydney, Australia. I was able to hone my time management skills as I juggled coursewor, a part-time internship at drinks Association in Chatswood, and personal travel. After returning from my study abroad, I feel that I am able to add more valuable input in class discussions. I created long lasting ties with my co-workers at my internship site and took part in amazing travel opportunities to the Gold Coast and Cairns. I was busy and found I had to put n more work than originally anticipated, but nothing worthwhile comes easy! I would do another Study Abroad in a heartbeat; it is truly a life changing experience!

How can this program be improved?
The one thing I would have wanted to change would be commute times. Finding a more central location for students to live would make the commute times shorter and allow for more free time.
Yes, I recommend
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Hunter
9/10

A Life Changing Experience

Going to Sydney was something I will never forget, and the internship program left me with a lot of lasting memories. I interned at Driftwood Capital, a financial firm that helped growth-stage companies obtain capital. Being my first internship and it being in Australia, I had no idea what to expect. I was not treated like an intern at all and I became friends with some of the people I worked with. Even though we did not take classes with Australian students, I felt I was able to get my cultural experience by spending a lot of time with my coworkers.

How can this program be improved?
Internship wise, I would have like for our final project in the internship class to be more focused on what we did in our internship as opposed to what we did. My project was focused on minimum wage in Australia, and no one at my company made minimum wage. I would have liked to reflect on my internship more.
Yes, I recommend
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Sierra
9/10

Australia and Interning

I work from 9 - 5 Monday through Thursday and traveled on the weekends. I enjoyed my internship but I didn't care for the commute and public transportation. It was rewarding to get to see so much of Sydney, Australia. Like the Opera House and Darling Harbour. I got to make new friends and build my network for my future career. I work at a travel guide publishing company. I wrote for their blog and website. I also did the events section for their publication for the spring. The first day I was there I got an assignment and wrote an article that was published. Having this internship help me become a better writer and employee. There was a confidence that came with have my writing being used each week. I found myself to be more liberating young woman. When you are 15 hours ahead of everyone you know you can’t call you mom and have her fix your problems. You have to figure it out for yourself.This experience has taught me to except people for who they are. This trip has made me want try to learn something about all cultures and to continue to travel the world.

How can this program be improved?
More education options for KU students. Also customer service by the CAPA staff in Australia is sometimes too lax for American students.
Yes, I recommend
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Brian
10/10

CAPA Sydney Life

Best experience abroad I could have imagined! Location was very convenient with the public transit, which made it easy to get around.

It was great to be able to do an internship! The internship placement was a perfect, and CAPA regularly checked in to make sure everything was going fine.

This program makes you feel like a adult by the freedoms you get, but give a comforting feeling knowing they are more than willing to help if need be.

Yes, I recommend
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Jacquelyn
10/10

Living the dream in the land down under

Studying abroad is the best experience of your life so take advantage of every opportunity. By going abroad with CAPA I was able to intern, take classes, and travel all over in a span of three months (granted I could have stayed longer). CAPA guarantees you an internship placement with their program and helps you to find an internship relevant to your major. Interning abroad helps you to establish an international network and build your resume for future positions. While there you also will be taking classes which are for 3 hours, but you only meet one time a week. Classes are fairly simple and professors want you to get the most of the culture from their classes. Make sure to budget your money because traveling can get expensive, but you will want to do it. I highly recommend exploring the Great Barrier Reed, it is the most beautiful thing you will ever see. Also, the cost of living is high in Australia so budget as best you can. Overall I had an amazing experience with CAPA. I loved this program and would do it again in a heartbeat if given the opportunity.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would improve is the internship class. This class is meant to give you a reflection of how you think your internship went, your likes and dislikes, and day to day stories. I think this class could be greatly improved because I do not feel as though it was reflective, but more research based which I did not like.
Yes, I recommend
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Brett
10/10

A Lasting Impression

I had never been abroad before, and going from upstate NY to Sydney, Australia was quite the trip. Other than the few trips to Canada just 10 minutes north of me, this was my first international experience. Navigating a new city was difficult at first but like anything, you get better with practice. I learned the bus routes and walked most of the time because the weather was always beautiful. My internship was at a local gym and going there taught me the true meaning of a global city. In one day, there would be clients speaking a number of different languages and the translation was difficult. Exploring the city was always a great time and I learned something new every day. Being right on the water, the views Sydney has to offer are tremendous and something I will never forget. I would suggest to anyone going abroad to save extra money for traveling as Australia is a large country with so much to offer. There are surrounding areas including New Zealand and Bali in particular, which I traveled to that are new experiences well worth your time. CAPA themselves were very helpful getting us to these places. The first few days we were taken on explorations of Sydney and learned quickly how to navigate the city. Any time there was a question, the staff was there and always offered suggestions of great places to go around town. Definitely the best decision I ever made was to go abroad. Being in a place like Sydney made my choice even greater. The friends and experiences gained along the way will never be forgotten. I can truly say going abroad has changed my life.

How can this program be improved?
The academics at times were difficult, maybe a little less in class work and more related to learning points around the city. Other classes did a lot of exploring but for some reason our classes didn't do that. It is widely understood that you go abroad to enjoy a new experience and learn about how other people live. Classes should focus in on this a bit more as opposed to theory based teaching and so on.
Yes, I recommend
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Kayla
10/10

Take me Back to Sydney

My entire experience in Sydney was beyond explainable. The program was extremely organized. All of our living arrangements, travel passes, and internships had been set up for us prior to arriving into the country. The program offered us a booking service to get from the airport to our hotel where we were greeted by CAPA staff and allowed time to settle in. There was nothing to be afraid or nervous about, everything was completely taken care of. During orientation they taught us about places to go, currency, opportunities to take advantage of while abroad, and more.
Once we were settled in we were allowed much more freedom, but they were still there for support when needed. I learned so much from my classes that I actually retained, where as here in the states I feel like i memorize things for exams and then forget the information.
My internship was with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, a National Rugby League Team. It was one of the best experiences of my time abroad, I got to be on the field for the playoffs, and worked with every department in the organization during normal office days. Sport management internships are really hard to land here, so I was very greatfull to be placed with the Rabbitohs.
During Spring Break me and three of my friends traveled to South East Asia and got to visit three different countries. Apart from studying abroad in general this is one of my best memories of my life. Studying Abroad gets you so excited to explore the world, you have to take advantage of every opportunity you encounter.
I can not explain all of the things that I learned and discovered in a written recap, all I can do is tell you that if there is any possible chance you have the opportunity to study abroad - DO IT! It will be a life changing opportunity you will cherish for the rest of your life.

How can this program be improved?
I would make it so that it were easier to connect with locals.
Yes, I recommend
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Mollie
10/10

Amazing Time!

My trip to OZ was amazing. I had the time of my life, CAPA is so supportive in the entire process and the internship option was the biggest highlight for me. Being able to gain experience working abroad is what set CAPA apart for me. The living is absolutely wonderful and very comfortable. The optional activities such as the walk about park, and tour of the city were great. I loved the optional trips for the entire group and opportunities to bond with the other students. I really enjoyed the week break to be able to travel as well.

How can this program be improved?
I would change the class room facilities. Having to spend almost an hour commuting to classes and the CAPA office was a pain and not being involved with the Australian students was also a downside for me. I would have also liked a clearer idea of the calendar, times and dates of things. It would have been nice to know exactly when things were going to happen to plan better. I would also not require 20 hours a week for the internship- i felt like i was always working and not enjoying my time abroad.
Yes, I recommend
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Steven
9/10

An Amazing Experience!

I had an amazing time in Sydney, Australia on the CAPA program. CAPA allowed me to intern while also take classes. Each day was different, but some day I interned more, since I needed 20 hours a week, while some days I had more classes. While on this program, you get to learn the public transportation really well, since it's your only source of transportation around the city.

How can this program be improved?
I would immerse the CAPA students much more with Australian students. I had an amazing time, but I felt the American students at Australian Catholic University were separated from the Australian students.
Yes, I recommend
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Kristen
10/10

CAPA Sydney

I spend my Fall 2013 semester studying and interning in Sydney with CAPA International Education. I loved being in Sydney! The city is packed with things to do from cultural events to concerts to shows in the iconic Sydney Opera House. There was definitely never a dull moment. Studying with CAPA was a great choice. They offered interesting classes that allowed me to learn more about Australia as a country as well as the city I was living in. They also arranged for my internship in Sydney based on my interests and majors. Having an internship in Sydney was the best way to get to interact with locals. I got to learn a lot about day to day life in Sydney, was educated about the city by those who knew it best, and was treated to the best food tour of the city. Pub life is very important and Sydney, and getting to unwind with my coworkers after a long day was what made me feel like Sydney was home. Studying in Australia is a great option for anyone who wants to go abroad and experience another lifestyle without knowing another language.

How can this program be improved?
My group was the first group that they had cut a weekly food stipend from the program fees. It would have been a bit easier to manage expenses with the stipend in place, even if it made the program itself more expensive.
Yes, I recommend

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