CAPA Sydney: Study & Intern Abroad

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Hyde Park!
Best View From the Opera House
Kangaroo Buddy!
There's so much new wildlife in Australia, and many zoos to visit to see this wildlife.
One of our planned MyEducation activities was a hike at the Blue Mountains. This is world-famous and was beautiful, and a great way to get out of the city for a day.
I visited Circular Quay and the opera house on my first night in Sydney. I went there all the time and loved the view. There's many restaurants and souvenir shopping at Circular Quay. That's also where you get the ferry from if you're going to Taronga Zoo or Manly Beach.

About

A breathtakingly beautiful coastal city, Sydney is an exciting and diverse place to study abroad with 120 nationalities and the rhythm of 250 languages spoken here. That means delicious foods from around the world fill the markets and there are international celebrations like Buddha’s Birthday Multicultural Festival to join in on. It can be laid-back, with more than 100 beaches and dozens of coastal walks to enjoy, but it’s also one of the biggest business hubs in the Asia-Pacific region and has been named the “innovation and technology capital of Australia”.

The CAPA Sydney program is based in TAFE NSW Sydney Institute, in a beautiful centrally located heritage building. Our distinctive blend of academic and experiential education takes your learning style, interests, preferences and independence into consideration.

You’ll learn both inside the classroom and beyond, with field studies, excursions, My Global City events, and an (optional) internship placement.

Apply by February 15 and save $150 off of your program fee!

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Questions & Answers

Reviews

94%
based on 59 reviews
  • Academics 7.9
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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Ciara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Hunter
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Sierra
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
More education options for KU students. Also customer service by the CAPA staff in Australia is sometimes too lax for American students.
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Brian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Jacquelyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Brett
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Kayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
I would make it so that it were easier to connect with locals.
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Mollie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Steven
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Kristen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Sean
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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WBenisek
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Madeline
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Connor
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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robmclarkson
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.