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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Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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

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.

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

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!

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

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!

What would you improve about this program?
The attendance policy
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Lauren
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Sally
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Brittany
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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

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.

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Kyleigh
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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

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Mary
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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

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!

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

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.