CAPA London: Study & Intern Abroad

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A perfect view of London from the famous London Eye!
A perfect view of London from the famous London Eye!
Big Ben
Big Ben
London Tower Bridge
London Tower Bridge
Harrod's
Harrod's
Camden Town
Camden Town
This is the kitchen in my flat. The laundry is located in the kitchen in almost all flats of London. There are also no dryers, just washers.
This is the kitchen in my flat. The laundry is located in the kitchen in almost all flats of London. There are also no dryers, just washers.
Big Ben
Big Ben
here are some pictures from the Great Wall, and old water town, a temple, Yellow Mountain, the Bund and Shanghai Tower (the 2nd tallest building in the world)
here are some pictures from the Great Wall, and old water town, a temple, Yellow Mountain, the Bund and Shanghai Tower (the 2nd tallest building in the world)

About

With more than 270 nationalities living in London and more than 300 languages spoken, it is a truly diverse, multicultural city where influences from across the globe are woven throughout almost every aspect of life. London is a hub of innovation with a thriving arts scene, emerging fashion designers and an entrepreneurial tech crowd to rival that of Silicon Valley. It’s also a city steeped in history with evidence of events and life from centuries past.

The CAPA London program is in our own center, inside two connected Victorian townhouses, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 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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Value
$500 - $5,000

Questions & Answers

CAPA offers part-time and full-time internship opportunities across our global city locations in conjunction with our undergraduate, academic summer and semester study abroad programs. There are a variety of different placement opportunities available, many of which do line up with the interests of students who are studying English language and literature degrees. We ask students to stipulate...

Reviews

94%
based on 102 reviews
  • Academics 7.8
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.2
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Allison
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

London has become my second home.

Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I could have ever done. I learned so much about London's culture, about myself, and the rest of the world. i was able to step out of my comfort zone, try new things, explore, make friends, and discover what London has to offer. CAPA did a great job in providing the necessary resources for me to learn about London and take advantage of such a diverse city. CAPA also did a great job in giving us opportunities to explore London and get a feel for what it is like to be British. I do wish we were able to interact more with local people, though. I loved where my flat was located, in Camden, which was very different from our classes in Kensington. I miss London each and every day.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I could have taken classes with/ interacted more with British students and local people.
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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was drowning

In a curiously sudden break of time, I found myself being thrown around in a mass of absolutely freezing water, unable to control the movements of my own body. This break of time is indescribable and I've never discussed it with anyone so I don't know if anyone else has experienced something similar. But a pause like this has happened to me four times. I know that because I remember each moment distinctly, and am able to recall my exact thoughts, sights, and feelings without hesitation. In that moment when my body was the subject of a frigid and unfamiliar water, I realized I was meant to be scared. And I wanted to be scared again.

I was in Wales, on a weekend trip away from London, and I was coasteering. The adventure sport was distinctive to the western UK country and I'd traveled out there on a whim, leaving behind every one of my flatmates and my friends to carry on to a heated pub where a pint of cider would be waiting for them: a typical Friday evening event.

I wasn't satisfied with that repetitive event, though. And by the end of November I was quite sad, and homesick. So I hopped on a train to Fishguard and less than 24 hours later, I felt like I was drowning in that body of water.

Nearly a year to the date of that moment, I feel alive when I remember it. Because I felt so alive in that instance that I will never be able to forget it.

What was homesickness hours earlier had turned to a plain rush. A rush for more lack of control. The feeling of lacking control made me feel, ironically, a sense why I should live.

When yet another wave crashed into me, I shook back into existence and laughed at what I had just experienced. I laughed uncontrollably because I knew what a crazy moment it was, and that I would never be able to truly explain it.

London, and the opportunities that CAPA presented to me, were invaluable. And I did not fully grasp to such extent, until I was sitting on my couch at home hours after landing in Boston. What a shame that was.

What would you improve about this program?
The internship team is great, however, I think some of the academic classes need to be reevaluated. Stipends for meal plans should also be included.
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Mary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience Ever

CAPA was the best experience that I was able to have. While the academics of the program were not too challenging, that did mean that I had more time to explore the city. It was great how the professors would incorporate the city into the classroom because it gave you more of a chance to learn more about the city. I also loved having an internship while I was there. I was able to learn vasts amount of valuable information that I can take with me. I was also given an opportunity to organize and hold an event in parliament with 3 MPs. While I loved my internship while I was there, I was originally placed in an internship that I did not like very much. So I went to the internship team and told them it really was not the fit for me and they immediately found me another place that I loved. The staff are extremely accommodating and helpful.

What would you improve about this program?
If I had to change one thing about my program it would be having some type of food stipend from them because there was no cafeteria or place to eat there, therefore, I found myself spending majority of my money on eating out.
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Carolyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Lessons in London

I had an amazing time during my stay in London. I was able to experience the day to day life of London and explore it's incredible variety of people and cultures. Through my internship with an Independent film producer, I learned what it really takes to make it in the entertainment field. My supervisor was a great resource who I felt comfortable talking to because she ran her own company. I basically followed what she did as her shadow which included attending film team meetings in different parts of the city with local and international directors and producers. I realized that exploring by yourself is totally ok and should even be encouraged! These experiences are going to be the most unique gave me the chance to get to know the city on a personal level.

What would you improve about this program?
I thought my internship placement was the perfect fit for me but I knew several other students that were less satisfied with theirs. I think more preparation could go into getting the sites to describe the kind of work that will be assigned before the students goes in or making this process more transparent from supervisor to student so that both parties know what to expect. But the upside is that CAPA has such a large variety of internship options that I was able to get to know students of all different academic backgrounds and interests.
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Daniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CAPA is an Outstanding Program! Best 3 Months of My Life!

I had an outstanding experience with CAPA in London. The staff was extremely helpful, I had great professors and I had an excellent internship placement in the journalism field. Transportation around London via the Tube and busses was included in our tuition, and that was another bonus of the program. If you're interested in interning abroad, CAPA is definitely an excellent program for it!

What would you improve about this program?
I was fortunate enough to have a great internship placement in London while others didn't get exactly what they wanted. However, CAPA will work with you to make sure you get the best placement possible and they have an entire internships team to help you with this as well. This is also reflective of real life. You may not always get what you want, but it's up to you to be resourceful and flexible to make it the best experience possible.
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Lisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Make the best decision of your life, and study abroad in London!

Living, learning, and working abroad in London was the most amazing experience of my life so far. Studying with CAPA allowed me to take classes and go on field trips that made the coursework come to life, and enhance my major studies to encompass international boundaries. I also completed an internship, which gave me invaluable international work experience and influenced my future career plans. The CAPA staff is incredibly helpful and always so friendly. I loved the MyEducation activities which fully immersed me into the London culture by taking me to places I never would have discovered on my own. I also made some of my very best friends. the cherry on top of an overall fantastic experience! If you are at all unsure about studying abroad, I would highly encourage you to DO IT!

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Kate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm Just Mad I Had to Come Home

It sounds a bit cheesy to say that studying abroad really formed who I am as a person, or that it was the best decision I've made throughout my college career, but it's true. Those cliches have to come from somewhere, right? I can't emphasize enough how much I think every undergrad student who has the opportunity to study abroad should take advantage of it. And CAPA, in particular, was such a great program. The professors pushed me, but were so friendly and welcoming along the way. The staff was absolutely incredible in every way (I miss just hanging out with them too)! And the people I worked with at my internship site were total inspirations to me. I miss London every single day, and I would not trade the experience I had there for anything. If you're reading this review, DO IT. APPLY NOW. I promise you won't regret it.

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Cassie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

In Love with London

I loved my experience in London and I'm not sure if that is because of the CAPA program or the city itself. I miss London every single day, it was the time of my life. I grew as a person and I have more of a global mindset than I did in January before I left. The CAPA program at Mizzou is different from other CAPA programs with different universities so my experience was a bit different. My classes were chosen for me and I was with only Mizzou students. I took a class with the Mizzou professor who came abroad with us for the semester and British life and culture class with a CAPA professor. I loved the CAPA class, it was like a weekly field trip to places in London I wouldn't have gone to otherwise. I am a big believer in that any experience is what you make of it. I made the best of my four months in London because I had been dreaming about it for years. CAPA will help you with anything you need, you just need to ask for it. They will switch your internship if you aren't happy and work really hard to make sure you are happy while in London. I recommend the program to anyone willing to take the jump across the pond for the semester.

What would you improve about this program?
I would give students the chance to be more involved in their internship placements. The internship portion of my program was a large reason why I chose it and while I ended up enjoying my placement I would've like the chance to pick between a few different agencies so I could see which one I thought would be more beneficial. I was in a small agency that focused on technology clients and I wanted a large agency that focused more in entertainment PR.
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Kellie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Living the dream

When applying for the program I was looking to get an experience where I would be able to experience the day-to-day life of a Londoner and CAPA provided exactly that. The apartments I lived in Camden were above what I was expecting and it was nice to live with all the other students in the program. The location of the apartment was in a very trendy area that offered different things to do everyday within a short walk. I was also provided an oyster card for the duration of the program that made it possible for me to explore all of central London. Being able to take the tube daily to get to my internship or class made it easier to relate to people permanently living in the city and made me feel like I was a Londoner.

The staff of CAPA were very helpful before my arrival and after. All of the information I could have wanted was provided to me and the staff were always available to assist me when needed. The internships team was especially helpful when my original placement company told me that there was no work for me. The internships team worked to find me a new placement within a couple days and kept me updated on what was happening. Throughout the entire program I always felt like I was living in a dream and always knew that I had support if needed.

What would you improve about this program?
When applying to the program there was not a lot of information on example internship placements which was worrisome to me. Providing testimonies from students who completed internships in multiple fields would be helpful to giving students a better understanding of the types of placements available.
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Katie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An excellent summer adventure

CAPA is a great experience. It gives you the chance to get in some real work experience and try out living on your own but you still have a great safety net in place. The staff is incredibly helpful and great to just stop in to chat with or ask for advice on where to go in London. The classes were fantastic. I did an internship and took the British Post War Pop Culture class. Take that class. It was a blast, and I learned more about London, and navigating London than I could have learned on my own. MY internship was great and really helped me narrow down my career interests. The only downsides to this program are the expenses (living the apartments incurred serious food bills), and culture immersion. If you are just looking to immerse yourself in British culture and surround yourself with Brits you may be disappointed. Definitely choose to do a home stay if that is your goal. You'll meet great people living in the apartments but they will mostly be Americans.

What would you improve about this program?
I would want more details on the internships earlier if possible. We received our internship and housing assignments a mere 2 weeks before take off and that can be stressful and hard to plan for when you are studying abroad for six weeks.
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Jacquelyn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Hillary
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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

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.

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

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.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked unlimited WIFI at my flat, and a weekly stipend for food.
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Sophia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.