CAPA London: Study & Intern Abroad

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Though it’s just a hop across the pond, CAPA’s London program will always remind you that you’re somewhere new. Try and learn some new vocabulary (“boot” means “trunk”, “chips” are “fries”, and let’s not get started on “football” and “soccer”…) as you take the tube (subway) to class. As the city enters the modern age, it still perfectly maintains its old monarchical roots that kept the arts thriving. From notable literary works and paintings to up-and-coming fashion designers, London is the place to create new ideas among ancient walls.

We want you to get out of the typical classroom and turn your study abroad city into a place you can learn from. CAPA helps you customize 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 your career. Each of our centers abroad are unique to the places they’re located, and everyone there will help make you feel at home.

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Reviews

94%
based on 92 reviews
  • Academics 7.8
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.2
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Jacquelyn
9/10

CAPA London - A Good and Safe Academic Environment

I had never lived anywhere near a city before I studied abroad in London, so this program was the best opportunity for me to learn to adapt to a more urban environment. CAPA was very good about helping me adapt to foreign living through its orientation that spanned over the first few days after arrival. It also helped that CAPA's London headquarters is located at a renovated Victorian-style mansion, giving the school's appearance a rich and almost 'homey' vibe to it.

My flat was well-stocked with all of the dishes and cookery that I and my flatmates needed, and the flat itself was located right in the heart of the city. As such, I was gifted with the incredible opportunity to be able to walk to whatever museum or attraction that I wanted to.

The classes were enriched with field trips and assignments that encouraged travel around the city and allowed for students to gain a greater cultural understanding of the city itself. I know that I personally spent many hours in the museums (and the majority of them are only ten minutes away from CAPA's building!). Not only that, but the program package also comes with a tour trip of Stonehenge, Bath, and other scenic locations far from the city that would otherwise be difficult to get to.

How can this program be improved?
The academics could be more rigorous and challenging, and I would have appreciated spending more time with local students rather than fellow Americans. I also would have liked for the wifi to be a bit more reliable and unlimited.

Apart from those few complaints, the program itself is one that I would be quick to recommend to anyone interested in studying abroad.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hillary
8/10

Study in London with CAPA!

London was an amazing city to study in, and CAPA made it even better. Being able to live in flats as if we were real Londoners was a great experience and made me feel very independent. Our classes were definitely rigorous, but not enough that it made me feel like I was missing out on seeing London by doing work instead. Overall, CAPA was great, they helped us plan activities and gave us ideas of things to do in London, and in and around Europe.

How can this program be improved?
The classes are a little lengthy, and I wish we had classes that were a bit shorter in length or two sessions a week of the same class with shorter lengths. The wifi in London is spotty, and hat is something that CAPA could have worked on for the actual classrooms, as well as our living arrangements.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Meghan
10/10

A Semester of a Lifetime in London!

Life in London is like nothing you could ever imagine. Waking up each morning to the hustle and bustle of this beautiful city is something that I could never imagine getting old. Each morning I rode the tube to my internship at King's College Hospital where I worked with dietitians, learned the ins and outs of the British health care system, and got hands on experience in my future career! When I wasnt at my internship or taking classes at the CAPA Center I was exploring the city, taking in the sights, and sampling the different cuisines that make up London! My free time was spent relaxing with my new found friends from around the world and on weekends I was lucky enough to be able to travel and experience new cultures and life styles first hand. Reflecting back on it now makes me realize how much I miss London Life and what I would do to go back and relive each one those days abroad.

How can this program be improved?
The biggest complaint that I had about my program was the living conditions. Unfortunately I moved into my flat while it was in the process of being renovated and refurbished. Although the flats looked brand new and were very clean we encountered many problems with them throughout the semester including no wifi for the first month, a burst pipe, many power outages and broken furniture. Although we were compensated for our living conditions at the end of the semester it did cause a lot of stress on many of the students living there.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Deborah
10/10

London Calling: You Should Go, Too!

Studying abroad with CAPA International Education was a exciting, fulfilling, and wonderful experience. Every aspect of the program exceeded my expectations - the quality of the staff and teachers, and the programs offered outside of CAPA.
Your day-to-day schedule varies based on whether or not you have an internship, and what classes you take. You choose your own classes, all of which meet on various weekdays except Friday, and you create your own internship schedule. Your hour requirement for your internship varies on how many credits you are taking overall.
I took three classes - one of which was a required class for my internship - and, as indicated, I had an internship. One of my classes was European Government and Politics, and the other was Citizenship and Gender in Modern Europe.
My internship was at the Turkish Cypriot Community Association. I was their legal inten. I revised and re-categorized their policies and procedures, revised their constitution, and created a skeleton for their business plan.
When going abroad through CAPA, I highly recommend taking classes and doing an internship. When speaking to people, those that did not have an internship did not have an enriching, learning experience as those who did have an internship.

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked unlimited WIFI at my flat, and a weekly stipend for food.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sophia
10/10

Studying Abroad in London

I recently studied and interned in London at the CAPA program this past spring. It was the best decision of my entire life! Even though I was scared and nervous to be away from home for 3 1/2 months, by the end I didn't want to leave! The CAPA staff was friendly and helpful and found me a great internship working in an Event Sales office in a huge hotel. This was a perfect fit for me because I am double majoring in Business Management and Hospitality. Also, my classes (I took two) took me on at least one field trip a week so I got to see so much cool stuff around London that I may not have discovered otherwise. The other American students on the CAPA program made me feel really at home and I met some great people from schools all over the United States, as well as local Londoners through my internship. If you're having doubts about going abroad, GO. You may not get this chance to travel and get cultural experience ever again.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
10/10

Amazing experience interning abroad in London!

Having the opportunity to intern abroad in London through the CAPA Program was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Being able to intern in an international city is something that will stay with me forever! Between the other CAPA students, CAPA staff, and being able to live in London I would recommend this program to everyone!

How can this program be improved?
I would make there be more opportunities to interact with other locals. Maybe have an option to take a class with other UK citizens.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jheri
9/10

Great Time Abroad

My study abroad experience is the most important thing I've done in my life so far. Studying abroad opened my eyes to the world and CAPA was a large part of it.
The CAPA staff are extremely helpful. They are knowledgeable and relatable and always there to help. They are so nice and genuinely want to make sure you feel your voice is heard. They plan a lot of programs that are really great, such as henna workshops, curry nights and poetry readings.
The professors were also a key part of my great experience. The classes really focus on getting the students out of the classroom and out and about in the city for a literal hands on experience. Almost every other week, my professors were taking the students out to various parts of London, such as Highgate Cemetery and Greenwich.
Overall, the CAPA Program was an essential part of what made my study abroad experience what it was: the most amazing four months of my life.

How can this program be improved?
If I could change one thing about the program, it would be the way the classes are set up. I felt that the information we learned and the out-of-classroom experiences were essential and actually an integral part of my experience. However, I felt that the classes assigned a lot of busy work, which was not ideal. I also would have liked more interaction with British students.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Elizabeth
10/10

Life Changing

I know that I went to London for academics, but I came back with a spiritual vigor that I didn't think I would have in my young age. I will never change that for anything.

The program was awesome!

How can this program be improved?
If I could have changed one thing, it would have been that I could have had exposure to London students, as in being in class with them, experiencing the lecture, and how their professors teach in a classroom context.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kiley
10/10

I want to go back

I would do anything to go back to London right now. It was the most amazing experience in so many ways. I had a fantastic internship that really enhanced my knowledge. I met some amazing people and got to travel England and Europe with. The tube may seem crazy at first but you'll get the hang of it and you'll miss it when you leave!

How can this program be improved?
The attendance policy
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
9/10

Live the London Life

My experiences in London were definitely some of the greatest of my life. I learned so much not just about other people and cultures but also about myself and my own culture. Personally, I became more confident, more self-assured, and more independent. I saw that I could take care of myself and survive in the world. I was challenged to adapt and deal with problems on my own. I was able to garner a new understanding of the world and global relations. It's truly impossible to put into words how deeply my study abroad experience affected me. It was easily the best decision I have ever made and I would do it again in a heartbeat. CAPA was always there to answer questions and point me in the direction of a new adventure!

How can this program be improved?
The wifi connection for students in their housing was not always at its peak which made doing homework difficult. In general, the resources available were not what I was used to from my home institution and sometimes it was very frustrating.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Imani
9/10

Study Abroad the CAPA Way

My semester abroad in London was absolutely fantastic thanks to the CAPA International Education program. I was housed in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in London, provided with transportation (as apart of the program cost), challenged with difficult but interesting courses, and met some of the most amazing people in my life. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who wants to study abroad in London.

How can this program be improved?
Some of the housing areas did not have unlimited wifi. I'd try to change that for future students. It sometimes made doing homework assignments and research a little difficult.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jorge
9/10

An Experience you will not regret!

I had my doubts about studying abroad but once i arrived to London it all changed. It is definitely an experience that i will remember my whole life. The people and just how different the city is opens your eyes in to seeing how amazing the world is. I learned to better budget myself as everything in London is a bit more expensive especially the food. I know that i changed as a person and the experience is was something that i do not regret and even though at the beginning it might be a struggle because of the culture shock you will fall in love with everything the city has to offer.

How can this program be improved?
The one thing i would change is that it would be nice if the program offered some kind of food stipend like it used too because it would really help out because just the fact that we are living abroad is expensive enough.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rebecca
10/10

London: It's for Everyone

My semester in London with CAPA has not only been the best semester of my life, but the overall best experience of my life. I learned a lot in the classes which were very interesting and had awesome professors. The coursework wasn't bad at all and each class was only once a week. For me, one of the most influential aspects of the semester was my internship. I did a 20hr/week internship which was 6 credits. I interned as a social worker with youth offenders and the experience was difficult yet extremely rewarding. I felt like I was making my time in London worthwhile not only for myself but for others as well. The CAPA staff were always there if you needed them but also didn't smother you if you were comfortable with the transition into the new culture. The housing I was placed in was great, it was walking distance to CAPA and located in a popular area with a tube station down the street. The CAPA program included day trips to Stonehenge and Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon which was nice to get us out of the city and show us more of England. I was able to balance time between classes and my internship to travel which was amazing. I feel as if I packed a lifetime of incredible experiences into one semester and I'm so thankful that I was able to do that. Overall, the CAPA program was a perfect one for me and for many others.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sally
7/10

London At Full Speed

Arriving in London I didn't know what to expect, but the Capa program didn't waste any time to help me adjust. At full speed I was taking four classes and had a 20 hours a week internship. I loved that Capa placed me at a Theatre since my major is Theatre Arts. The class size were small and the professor really took the time to help you. Capa provided me such a rewarding experiences that I would do it all again, if I could.

Most importantly, I have learned to believe in myself more. My internship did this by letting me oversee the whole “We, Macbeth” production. I believe that I am capable to produce great things if I just stay positive. Being a Senior I am beyond nervous about leaving University, but after being a part of this internship , I have become more positive and feel that I am ready to graduate. Now I can do whatever I want, as long as I set my mind to it and believe in myself.

CAPA gave me a chance to study Theatre and hold an internship at a Theatre. The program gave me hands on experiences with offering an internship pertaining to my major.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Brittany
10/10

Go Live the London Life!

Studying and interning through CAPA London is the best decision I've made so far in my academic career. It was a great program that allowed me to make international connections both personally and professionally. What's great about CAPA London is that they are all about you getting the most out of your study abroad experience. They have so many events and are so helpful about making sure you're getting the most out of your internship placement. The city of London is so immersed in the classes in that you're constantly going on field trips around different parts of the city, museums, etc. Also, you're given an oyster card and can travel within zones 1-3 of London on the Underground. It makes it incredibly easy to get around and explore. My experience in London has helped me grow as a person. It's completely changed my life and I made life-long friends as well. If you're on the fence about studying with CAPA London, take the leap and do it! You won't regret it.

My major is Public Relations and I felt that the city of London really reflected the nature of PR: fast-paced and pretty unpredictable at times. I really wanted to do an internship abroad because I think it will give me an edge on my resume and plus it's something awesome to talk about in future interviews! My internship ran an event for the South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 in Trafalgar Square and I got to be only feet away from Prince Harry! Absolutely unbelievable!

Our accommodations were fantastic. I was placed in Hawley Crescent which is located in Camden. It was a great flat and Camden is such a hip area. You can shop in the Camden Markets and there's always such fantastic food in the stalls. Also, the grocery store is right across the street from the building which is super convenient.

How can this program be improved?
I think the classes could be a bit more difficult, but it was really nice to have moderate classes since I was working 20 hours a week and also wanted to travel outside the country. CAPA London also no longer has a weekly meal stipend. It's incredible important to budget for food. It will likely be what you spend the most money on while you're there.

Also, I got along extremely well with my roommates. I made five new best friends, but I know that not everyone else had that experience.
Yes, I recommend this program

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