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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Kelly
9/10

CAPA Intern

The CAPA program was rewarding in several ways. With the option to participate in an internship is especially rewarding. You fill out some forms of what you expect from your internship and a few weeks before you leave for your program you find out where you have been placed. You can either choose from a 15 or 20 hours at your internship site. I chose to do the 15 hours which was equivalent to 3 credits and it was perfect for my schedule. I was able to work Mon-Wedn. It left me with courses on monday, wednesday, and thursday. Fridays we get off which is great for exploring. CAPA also provided us with planned trips such as Stonehedge and Bath which was one of our first trips. Classes themselves were a breeze, never had any tests and homework was mostly just written papers which were not difficult according to course. All my classes were able to transfer to my University as required credits which is always a great thing. Food in London was a disappointment as it does taste different than American. Other than that this city has not left me disappointment. With the beauty of the city all possibilities are endless.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kyleigh
8/10

CAPA London - Highly Recommended!

CAPA London is one of the best programs out there! I did not do an internship, but I wish I would have taken advantage of this opportunity as CAPA placed many others in the program with excellent internships. The staff are all friendly and super helpful -- they truly care about the student. I lived with a host family and therefore had a rather unique experience compared to most students in the CAPA London program. CAPA did an excellent job matching me up with my host family and checked up on me routinely to make sure things were still okay at my host house. The CAPA professors do a fantastic job at incorporating your experience abroad into your academic studies and take advantage of the location of your study by having various class-related field trips throughout London. The CAPA location is in a safe and rather unique area in central London near many locals restaurants and shops. I would recommend the CAPA London program to anybody!

My most memorable experience with the CAPA London program was traveling to Bath and Stonehenge with the other students in the program to gain a more intimate knowledge of such a large part of world history.

I was not aware of many study abroad programs prior to studying abroad and my home university recommended CAPA. I am so glad they did!

My accommodations were unique as I stayed in a homes stay in London with a host family. The host family was very nice and I had my own room. I lived with other international students that were not part of the CAPA program, including, but not limited to, Italians, Dutch, French, Japanese, and Brazilian students. This was one of the most enriching experiences ever. Most of these students came to London to learn the English language. I had the pleasure of learning about these students' cultures and traditions as well as learning to adapt to others' way of life. The typical amenities we hold for granted in America were not as available in London. For instance, most British homes lack clothes dryers. I had to hang my clothes up indoors and wait days for them to dry. This was part of my learning experience as I had to learn to adapt and compromise with these conditions. I ate meals cooked by my host mother, most of which were actually really good! Please do not be reluctant or afraid to request to stay with a home stay -- it will be one of the most enriching learning experiences of your life!

CAPA also does an excellent job at showing you around! Many trips are included in the program, including local London trips, trips to other parts of England, such as Bath and Stonehenge, and many museum and educational trips throughout the city. Take advantage of these!

How can this program be improved?
I wish the program would have done a better job on the first day abroad at getting students to know their host families. It felt as if you were picked up from the airport and dropped off at a location near your home stay were your host would then pick you up and take you to your house. It was a rather awkward and rushed experience. Also, although CAPA was courteous enough to pick students up from the airport, they did not drop stuents off at the airport for their return flights back to the states at the end of the program. Although I was very familiar with the city and had no major issues with getting to the airport, many students have large amounts of luggage, making it difficult to travel to the airport alone on public transport. Thus, many students choose to take a taxi to the airport which costs out-of-pocket for the student. At the end of the program, most students are out of money from their time abroad and can't afford a cab and are therefore forced to lug 2 large suitcases (or more), a large carry-on bag, a book bag or laptop case, as well as worry about public transport delays and/or pickpocketing while having so much to carry. I rather would have paid more in my program cost up front to have my airport transfer home taken care of.
Response from CAPA The Global Education Network

Thank you for your thorough review. We appreciate the feedback about the home stay arrival and transportation. As the Westminster program is a custom program, and is not part of our standard CAPA London Program, Westminster selected the inclusions. They choose to have an airport pickup but decided to allow students to arrange their own airport transfer upon departure. Had Westminster decided to include the return the cost would have been built into your program fee initially, so you would have had to pay for it anyway, and we do feel that since there are so many options to get to the airport you probably would have been better off selecting the one that met your budget. The Tube is obviously the cheapest, and costs about $8.00 whereas the Heathrow Express is more like $50. However, we do understand that money can be very tight by the end of the program. We typically advise students to budget wisely throughout the program, and saving money (maybe 100 GBP) is wise to do for unexpected last minute expenses.

Regarding the awkwardness of the first day and arrival, we endeavor to ensure that students can get to their housing as quickly as possible since the first day you arrive very early in the morning and are tired from the overnight flight. Bringing you to the CAPA Center to have a meet and greet with the host family would extend your travel time by several hours, so we choose instead to have you go directly there. We can certainly look into some tips on how to make the transition easier on both sides.

Thank you again for your feedback.
- the CAPA team

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mary
9/10

Much more than I ever expeceted

Before I studied abroad, I didn't think that the culture or experience I would have in London would be much different than what I have experienced before. I was totally wrong. I had no idea how HUGE London really is and how many people from all over Europe and the rest of the world live and work there. London is truly a global city where it is normal to meet people from all over the world.

My internship placement with an international non profit organization called The Walkabout Foundation was incredible, and the highlight of my experience was the travel I was able to do independently.

I felt that my experience with CAPA helped me become a well-rounded traveler and student. I definitely recommend this program to anyone who is unsure about studying abroad because CAPA provides a lot of resources and help to those who need it. It is also a great program for someone like me, who is independent and needs space to do things on my own.

How can this program be improved?
We were not told who our roommates were, where we were living or where we were working until 2 weeks before we left. Having a little longer to research our placement and talk to our roommates would have put my mind at ease.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jen
10/10

Studying in London- the time of my life!

This was by far the best semester of my life! I gained greater personal independence and confidence in myself, plus a better understanding of global culture. I had the chance to travel extensively and become better acquainted with London! This semester has encouraged me to seek a career with significant international travel and it is due to my positive time abroad!

How can this program be improved?
The housing was not that close to central London, and felt more like a family-oriented, suburban neighborhood. It was much farther and more isolated than other students' housing, and it definitely changed the experience.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicole
10/10

Can I go back now?

CAPA valued school very highly so I attended my classes from Monday to Wednesday. Meaning I spent most of those days on the London Underground, also known as the Tube. I have never been fond of public transportation, but I loved taking the Tube everywhere. It made me feel like I was a part of the London culture and helped me learn valuable tells of me being an America, like "No one talks on the Tube. Ever." You talk on the Tube you have a flashing light over your head now that says "TOURIST". I of course thought this to be funny and mostly ignored it when I was with friends and we all shared a laugh over the funny looks we got from other passengers.
When I was not in school though I spent my time like any other normal college student in a foreign country. Trying to find as many places to go in a short span of time. London is where I made friends that became like family, the trips I took with all of them around Europe just cemented the fact that these were people I can no longer live without.

How can this program be improved?
How the school handles tube closures or delays. I know that it is hard to fit every single CAPA student into a neat little area but living in the furthest flat complex from the school meant I sometimes had trouble getting to classes because of snow/rain delays or closures. Telling the students that they should plan for this is very unhelpful for someone who doesn't normally have to deal with such problems coming from the desert. I loved my flat complex in Ealing, the borough was lovely and the people were very welcoming. My only problem was what happens if I don't get to classes because my train has stopped because the tracks are covered with ice.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kmckovich
10/10

Best Experience Abroad

I loved the CAPA program because you can tell the staff really care about the students. Anytime there was a problem they helped right away and always had a positive attitude. I also enjoyed the events they had every week to allow students to learn more outside the classroom and were free! This program does everything possible to make sure their students have a safe and an amazing time abroad.

How can this program be improved?
I would add more classes to give more variety so students with different majors could attend and still get important classes done while abroad.
Yes, I recommend this program
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blair.s
10/10

Best Four Months of my Life!

I learned how to live in a huge city but still make it feel like home. I learned a lot about myself and my capabilities to adapt to new situations and environments. Would definitely recommend CAPA - I took great classes and they offered amazing day trips and activities that made London more exciting!

Yes, I recommend this program
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vicelysg
10/10

CAPA, London

This was an amazing experience! Very glad that I did it. Everyone was very nice and helpful. I had the opportunity to meet new people not only from London but also people through out the USA. I was able to develop some friendships as well as to have a great support group.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing is that I wished the apartments were bigger. However, I did spend that much time in there anyways so it was not a big deal.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lianne
10/10

That really happened?

Going abroad was the best decision I have ever made. It forced me to be completely independent, separated from friends and family at home. It forced me to grow up. Being on my own also really helped to give me a sense of who I am as an independent adult, not as a unit with the people I have been with my whole life. I found out how smart I am and how well I can take care of myself. Most importantly it allowed me to see and experience people and cultures completely different from that of my own. People are products of our lives and surroundings, how can we truly know what we love and who we want to be if we only know one place or group of people? I am still learning about myself everyday as a result of this experience. I wouldn't take it back for anything in the world, it was truly the best time of my life.

How can this program be improved?
I would like to see more interaction with local students. I feel as though I was only exposed to Americans through my program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
9/10

Overall, I could not have been happier with CAPA London or my semester abroad.

Living in London and attending CAPA was the best semester of my life. The school building was so cute and quaint. All my teachers knew so much about the world and the subjects they were teaching. The social scene in London was a blast and the friends I made here will last a lifetime.

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing about my semester abroad it would be where my housing was located. I was living in the suburbs of London and I would have preferred to be right in the city. The commute to class was 40 minutes and taking the night buses home at night was difficult at times.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emma
10/10

Best experience of my life!

I spent my Spring semester of junior year with the CAPA abroad program. The four months that I lived, worked, and studied in London were some of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. The friendships I made were first and foremost what I feel most lucky to have gained, but also to have had the opportunity to work in my field in another country was an opportunity of a lifetime. I was able to work with professionals in my field of interest and actually apply knowledge I learned in college. I feel as though my studies and work in London have truly prepared me for a future in my profession. When you are placed into a completely new environment, you are truly tested to see how you will respond. Your new surroundings can affect your life either in a positive or negative way but I felt only a positive influence from my time in London. The experience made me feel braver and stronger living on my own, and gave me the courage that I can do anything I strive to do in life. I truly feel blessed and thankful for the opportunity of studying, working, and living in London. I traveled extensively through Europe and created memories that will last a lifetime. I was so sad to see it come to an end, but I keep remembering how much knowledge and wisdom I gained from my experience and how that will stay with me always.

CAPA made the experience better than I could have ever asked for. When we first arrived in London, the CAPA staff met us at our flat and were there to help us settle in. They walked us around our neighborhood and really helped make us feel comfortable with our new home for the next couple months. Even as the semester went on, the CAPA staff always made themselves available to their students even on the weekends if we needed them. The professors that taught our classes were so passionate about what they were teaching, and almost every class used famous landmarks to incorporate the London culture into the curriculum. CAPA also really took pride in the internships they offered their students. They really tried to exactly place each student in their top choice of internship. The program also incorporated a lot of different kids from around the United States, and I made life long friends from different states that I would have never known if it wasn't for CAPA international program. I highly highly recommend this study abroad program. You will not regret it!

How can this program be improved?
Better support financially with food!
Yes, I recommend this program
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michaeljgutierrez
9/10

Studied and Interned in London with CAPA

I studied and interned in London, UK with CAPA in spring 13'. It was honestly one of the highlights of my life. CAPA placed me in an internship with a small multimedia company where I got to work on so many different projects and people. A lot of my class included field studies where I got to see and explore the city in depth. I gain so much experience and learned so much about the culture and myself. I would highly recommend studying in London with CAPA.

How can this program be improved?
A longer roommate application process. A bigger push for students to use the Facebook group more while on the program. Students used the group a lot before leaving but then very rarely posted when we were actually in London.
Yes, I recommend this program
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scortes
10/10

CAPA London

I had an amazing time with CAPA International Education in London. Although it was initially daunting to be dropped in the middle of such a huge city with a bunch of random people, it turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had in my life. CAPA was really good about trying to get you acclimated to British culture and customs. They never lacked knowledge on how to handle various cultural situations that we as Americans were not accustomed to. They were able to provide a lot of help and support in many different arenas. They also had a wide variety of interesting classes and internships available to the students. One particularly memorable class I took was Post-War British Popular Culture with Moe Dodson. He was very intelligent and toted his students all over London; places that one would never even imagine existing. It was an amazing class and made for a memorable experience. CAPA also offers a wide variety of trips and tours within London as well as outside of the country. If you do study with them it would definitely be in your best interest to take advantage of these offerings. Through CAPA I was able to have an amazing cultural adventure and make life long friendships as well as gaining much needed work experience. I highly recommend going on this program if you want to get work experience outside of the United States and have an overall amazing time.

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing about the CAPA program it would have to be how the internship selection process for the students works. I think their method of choosing can be a bit vague and confusing for the students applying.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lori
9/10

Loved London Life

Do something new everyday! Travel on the weekends! Don't be afraid to make new friends! Everyone is in same boat! Loved my classes! Loved my location in Kingston, loved everyone I lived with! Just a great time!

How can this program be improved?
I would say students should maybe get 50 pounds a week, instead of the 40. Just because London is so expensive, to future students make sure you bring a lot of money, and budget day to day.
Yes, I recommend this program
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wilsonga
10/10

Best experience of my life!

I learned so much from my experience abroad that it is hard to pin point on specific moment. Something I would like to touch on would be finding out about the differences in theatre there versus theatre in the United States. I found myself much more at peace with the arts in London then I have ever felt in the United States. It was amazing to see the differences and understand how they are perceived by the people of their societies. I loved learning about this and definitely will carry it through my own career within the arts. This experience was completely worthwhile and I just wish that everyone would be able to have a chance to study abroad.

How can this program be improved?
A larger course selection to choose from!
Yes, I recommend this program

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