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 51 reviews
  • Academics 7.9
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.4
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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 this program
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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 this program
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Sean
9/10

A Review on CAPA Sydney

For the Fall Semester of 2013, I studied abroad in Sydney under CAPA International Education. At Sydney, I took classes for International Business and Marketing as well as undertaking an internship with a local Rugby Club for academic credit. The program's scheduling is not too heavy, allowing plenty of time to explore the city and find time for fun.

How can this program be improved?
The classes could've been better structured as sometimes it seemed that the professors weren't always on the ball when it came to teaching, although they were mostly knowledgable on the subjects that they taught.
Yes, I recommend this program
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WBenisek
10/10

Summer in Sydney

Completing an internship while in Sydney, Australia was probably the best decision I have ever made. The opportunity to learn about the workplace culture of a different country and meet and work with locals was an unforgettable experience. CAPA International Education organized everything I needed to succeed in my internship including finding an internship site, accommodation, and organized a travel agency for weekend getaways to vineyards, surf trips, and the Great Barrier Reef. The program was absolutely incredible and each student was given the freedom to explore the city on their own after the first weekend. The CAPA staff were amazing and always there to help and provide tips to make each student's time abroad amazing.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Madeline
9/10

Everything I Wanted

This abroad program had everything I wanted. It had the educational experience, the internship experience, and the immersion experience.

For the educational experience this program pairs with professors from Australian Catholic University. I took Australian Government and Politics which gave me an understanding of the history and basic structure of their government. It was especially interesting because while we were studying abroad we had the unique opportunity to see their government head get voted out of office. I also took and internship course that allowed me to reflect on the work I had done for Caritas and help me understand what I want from a Career.

For the internship experience I worked at a international nonprofit organization based in Sydney. Although this was not my first choice for an internship I loved working there. It was a very nurturing environment and I learned how to work on a fundraising team.

The immersion experience is what I value most from my time abroad. Even though I was only there for six weeks I only spent two weekends in Sydney. I had the opportunity to travel every weekend which was very important to me. I traveled to Melbourne, Hamilton Island, Center Head Beach, and Port Stephens. Every place I went I learned something new about the Australian culture.

Overall I had a wonderful experience and I would absolutely do this program again!

How can this program be improved?
I wish I had been more prepared for my abroad experience. They sent us information packets but I wish we had the opportunity to talk to a student who had done the program before.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Connor
9/10

Best experience you'll ever have

My time as a student with CAPA was one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to meet friends that I will have for ever as well as become more aware of a culture that although is very similar, is also different. This program allowed me to work with a professional basketball team where I had many great experiences that would be hard to obtain in the United States. Living in a hotel with a bunch of friends is a great experience that allowed everyone to become more social and experience as much as possible while abroad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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robmclarkson
9/10

Truly a great experience

Going on the CAPA Program is an experience you'll never forget.

Besides it's relatively cheap cost, the internship placement, and the location, there are many things about this program that make it unique. You get to stay in the Meriton Serviced Apartments- not in a dorm at a University. Think of it as staying off campus, with incentives. Each apartment has at least two balconies, 24 hour room service, a full kitchen, and two bathrooms, not to mention the spacious living area with a large flat screen TV (but you probably won't be watching too much if you spend your time the right way), and the gym and sauna access. It's conveniently located next to a small market, some shops, restaurants, the highway, a fabulous park (with great sight lines of the city), and the bus stop. It is without a doubt a great place to stay.

You get to live with other Americans on the program, so if you are fearful of living on your own, you get the camaraderie and a little dose of culture to fall back on when you need it. Some planned trips in the beginning of the program allow you to make friends with the other students very early on.

Of course, this doesn't mean you don't meet Australians or anyone from a different culture. I certainly met many people from all over the world through my travels and still communicate with them today- 6 months later. As is the case with any abroad program and experience, meeting people, and immersing yourself in the culture is completely up to you. Australians are all around- trust me when I say you meet many people. Make the most of it.

The program is there for you when you need any assistance. I can't say enough about how they helped everyone on the trip.

While abroad, I was more freely able to step out of my comfort zone, as high as 12,000 ft in the air, and as low as 60 ft in the waters below. I gained invaluable cultural awareness, experience, the knowledge to successfully live on my own, and the lasting sensation that I can do anything in the world I put my mind to. I highly recommend the program.

How can this program be improved?
If there is one thing I would change, I would probably change the University associated with the program. While going to the University currently allowed us to constantly travel over the Harbour Bridge to North Sydney, which was very nice, it would be better in my opinion to foster a relationship with the University of Sydney, for example, which has a campus close by the apartments.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Britney
10/10

Sydney Internship

While I was in Sydney I completed a 140 hour internship with Bradfield Bentley Pty Ltd. I not only developed a lot in my personal life but also my professional life. I learned how to adapt to a new environment and culture and still be able to provide a practical view on the industry. My time spent in Sydney was also occupied by taking an International Business class. This was an extraordinary experience considering I was able to take what I was learning in class and apply it to my international internship.

My time abroad was the best time of my life and I wouldn't change it for anything! I only wish that everyone had the chance to experience something like that!

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would change is being able to have some more time to set aside for traveling. It was difficult to stray too far from Sydney when I only had 2 days to work with.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexa
10/10

The greatest 6 weeks of my life!

Studying abroad with CAPA was an incredible experience. CAPA arranged living situations, transportation and internship placements, which made the transition abroad much less stressful. They led multiple events to introduce students to Australian culture and staff members were always helpful. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat!

Due to my internship schedule, I had plenty of free time to wander around Sydney to check out galleries (Art Gallery of New South Wales), museums, beaches, delicious cafes, nightclubs/pubs, beautiful parks, hiking trails, and my favorite, Aussie wildlife. I would highly recommend checking out the Taronga Zoo and/or Featherdale Wildlife Park.

I was also lucky enough to be able to take a trip up to Cairns where I got to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and tour the Daintree Rainforest.

However, Australia is quite expensive and it can be really difficult to do and see all of the things you want. Especially when it comes to traveling around Australia, flights are often around $300, so you do need to budget trips in advance if that is important to you.

How can this program be improved?
Luckily my internship placement worked out perfectly for me. However, I know that not everyone experienced such a perfect fit. If CAPA could give students multiple options for internship placements, rather than just making the decision for them, I believe that would result in much better fits with companies and provide all CAPA students with a more positive internship experience.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Doriane
9/10

Aussie Aussie Oi Oi! Best Experience Down under!

If I could describe my experience in Sydney in 3 words, those words would be Informative, relaxing, fun, insightful, lovely, awesome…Ok I know that was definitely more than 3 words but it’s just sooo hard to put a limit to the description of my Journey. Coming to Sydney I was more focused on gaining experience in the workplace than “exploring” the city like most students did (not that I didn’t want to enjoy the city, but my internship was my main priority). I was hoping that all the knowledge I acquired from my financial related courses taken at Purdue would transpire the tasks I performed while interning and they certainly did. After completing my internship, I have no doubts in my mind that Financial Counseling and Planning is the route I want to take as a career. I am thankful for my awesome supervisor! I will most likely never forget about her due to the fact that we went skydiving together (highlight of my trip!). Some of my best memories in Sydney also include the blue mountains trip, hunter valley, and all the attractions I got to visit. I am thankful for my coworkers for allowing me to be part of their end of financial year lunch and farewell lunch they had for me. That truly showed how much they care about their interns, which I appreciated. I am also grateful for our instructors, and all the knowledge I gained from them. I often do not come across instructors as passionate as Varina and Andrew about their job. Last but not least, I would like to thank CAPA for giving me the opportunity to be part of this program, and making my experience worthwhile, and rewarding. I am pleased to have gotten to know some of the ladies from CAPA personally ( you know who you are lol) I am definitely planning on coming back to Sydney one day, during summertime of course! I will make sure that I keep in touch with all of these awesome people!

Yes, I recommend this program
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KateKunk
9/10

CAPA Sydney = AWESOME

This experience taught me to get out of my comfort zone and live spontaneously! It was a blast. I became much more sociable after this trip and better at doing things on a whim. DEFINITELY stay with a host family. Mine treated me like family and allowed me to have a great time abroad - plus they made AMAZING food. :)

How can this program be improved?
I would warn students to have patience with public transportation. Always bring a book/iPod and be ready for LOTS of waiting...and getting lost.
Yes, I recommend this program
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maddieann
8/10

Experiencing Oz

I don't know how to describe Australia. You have to experience it yourself. The CAPA Staff are very professional and helpful and do everything they can to make you feel at home and comfortable. I found CAPA to be encouraging and helpful. My internship placement was also wonderful, it was my favorite part of the Study Abroad because of who I worked with.

How can this program be improved?
The price is a little high!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
9/10

CAPA Sydney, Australia

This was the best experience of my life. The internship placement was perfect and suited me well. I feel like I learned so much about another city, another culture and a lot about myself. The apartments that we were placed in were beyond perfect and were in a great location close to the airport, beaches, and the downtown part of the city where the Opera House and Harbor Bridge located. My day to day experiences looked like: waking up and off to the internship or class in North Sydney, spend all day out and come home to make dinner. I had three day weekends which allowed for ample beach time and traveling around Australia and even New Zealand.

How can this program be improved?
I would have really liked to be in class with other Australian students. Our classes were held on the Australian Catholic University campus but only with Americans and I would have enjoyed meeting some local Aussies.
Yes, I recommend this program
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racheltwedt
10/10

Can I Go Back Now?!

Studying abroad in Sydney was the most incredible experience of my life. I was so blessed with all of the opportunities that I had while I was there! I was able to experience the beauty of the country and the Australian culture. While I was there, I took surfing lessons, climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, saw a show in the Opera House, walked along the coast, saw whales, had an internship in a school, attended Hillsong Church, and so much more! The opportunities are endless! I grew so much as a person because it opened my eyes to another culture and further developed me into an independent person. One of the greatest accomplishments was that I was able to maneuver throughout the huge city of Sydney using various modes of transportation. This greatly boosted my confidence! I loved it so much! I want to go back!!

How can this program be improved?
It's honestly hard to find something wrong with the program. Honestly, my only suggestion would be that it would've been nice to have the meal cards distributed all at once instead of weekly. We had to go up to North Sydney at the beginning of each week to receive the cards. North Sydney was 45 minutes away from where we were living, so some weeks it was a hassle to get up there to receive my card. I know it sounds trivial, but it would've saved some travel time.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Morgan
10/10

Australia, You Must Go!

This semester abroad with CAPA was the best decision that I have ever made. I would encourage everyone to seize this opportunity because it has changed my life and I am positive it would change your life as well. The cultural diversity that I was exposed to and the positive perspective I have left with has been one of the many valued changes I have undergone. I was able to accomplish more than I thought was imaginable. I went skydiving, attending Hillsong Church, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and watched a performance in the Opera House. I was able to conquer public transportation and learn about the different lifestyles of the people in Sydney. Day to Day it was difficult to take public transportation from my internship to the campus because it was very time consuming and annoying but it is what most of the people in the city use. My internship was tremendously beneficial to my future career and my life. CAPA was very helpful and cooperative in any needs or accommodations. They are so very friendly and we all loved to come visit the office! This experience has benefitted me in numerous ways and I was able to develop professionally, mentally, and spiritually. Simply, the best three months of my life.

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing, I would change the meal stippends being at the CAPA office in the city. We had to arrange a specific time to stop by the office weekly to get our meal cards. If there were an easier way to do this, it would make it more convenient for the students.
Yes, I recommend this program

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