CAPA Dublin: Study & Intern Abroad

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Carrick-a-Rede Bridge
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Ballintoy, Ireland
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CAPA Students
County Antrim
County Antrim
County Antrim
County Antrim
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
Temple Bar Dublin, Ireland
Temple Bar Dublin, Ireland

About

History and technology nestle side by side in Europe’s “Silicon Valley”. Dublin is energetic and charming, home to both a thriving youth culture and a mind-blowing past, especially when it comes to literature and music. Centuries-old castles and cathedrals mingle with a vibrant street art scene, trendy restaurants and creative independent shops. Dublin has always been a draw for explorers and still is, as its diversity, global city status and impressive number of international students will attest.

The CAPA Dublin program is based at Griffith College where 77 different nationalities are represented. 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, and My Global City events. Plus you can choose to participate in a for-credit internship that will offer an incredible professional development opportunity.

Apply by December 15 and receive $300 off any Summer or Fall 2020 program!

Scholarships

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Each year, we award $1.5 million in study abroad scholarships, grants and affiliate benefits!

Value
$500 - $5,000

Questions & Answers

The best answer I can give is that it really depends on the program the student is looking at. Some locations and CAPA programs have the capacity to accept and house more students (such as Australia and England), where as others like the Dublin program I went on or the Florence program, tend to have smaller numbers. My abroad group consisted of about 40 students, but that was also a couple years...

Reviews

94%
based on 49 reviews
  • Academics 8
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.6
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.3
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Nicole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Dublin: My Greatest Adventure

I chose to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland. It was the best decision I could have made.

During my time abroad I was an intern at a social media analysis company. The experience was enriching and positive; never a dull moment. I was able to tap into my major - Journalism, use innovation to suggest ideas, present content I researched, and pitch ideas to the young team. Overall, I am so glad I did my internship abroad - nothing can compare.

Some highlights from my experience abroad are travel, internship, and friendship. All three of those aspects of my experience abroad helped shape who I am and instilled me with new perspectives on the world and myself; the world is a much bigger place than we realize, but that is the beauty of study abroad. You get to see it from your own eyes and perspectives and make connections around the globe.

What would you improve about this program?
Honestly, it is hard to pinpoint anything CAPA could improve because they are proactive and continue to improve all the time.
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Angela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Can I go back?

My CAPA study abroad experience was more than I could have ever hoped for. I not only got to learn in and explore a wonderful country and meet some incredible, lifelong friends, but I was helped along the way by some of the nicest, more genuine people I have ever met.

Dublin was my utterly amazing experience for me and CAPA is a big part in why I got to enjoy it so much. They helped to facilitate one of the best times of my life and I will be forever thankful for that. I got to truly experience Dublin as a resident and learned so much about myself and the world around me. Including the wonderful amazing things everyone has to offer by bringing their own unique background to the table.

I would wholeheartedly recommend CAPA and specifically CAPA Dublin to anyone considering a semester abroad.

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Abby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Only Four Months of Experiences, but a Lifetime of Memories

Studying abroad will always be one of the best decisions of my life. Not only did I gain so much confidence and knowledge about myself, but I also learned cultural competence and a respect for the differences between all the cultures with which I came into contact. I will always be glad I took the leap of faith to study in Dublin, because I knew no one in my program and I was the only person from the Midwest. I had to break out of my introverted shell a bit and I became all the better for it. I was able to travel all over Ireland, learn about Irish history in one of my classes, and experience almost all areas of Irish life.

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Ciara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CAPA Dublin: An Experience of a Lifetime

I studied abroad with CAPA in spring 2016 and it was a life changing experience. Between both studying and interning in Dublin, I was fully immersed in Irish culture in every way possible. I got to explore a career path that I now plan to pursue after graduation and made so many connections that will serve me well in the future. The smaller size of the program in comparison to others that my friends have completed allowed everyone to get to know each other really well and experience the country together. I made lifelong friends who I still speak to regularly. Dublin truly became my home and I cannot be more grateful for all of the opportunities I had while there as well as all of the opportunities I have gotten through CAPA after my return home. I cannot speak highly enough of this program!!

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Bailey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Dublin is the ultimate study abroad location

Going to Dublin was adventure! I was very fortunate that my internship placement was incredible. I was able to work with an award-winning, creative ad agency in Dublin. During my time there, we hosted a promotional event at a local pub for the brand Orchard Thieves. At the event, we had Shaggy,the rapper, perform radio hits and we had photos shoots with local artists. It was an amazing experience!

What would you improve about this program?
Selfishly, I wish the program was longer - it ended too soon. Also, I wish we could have met our directors and professor over Skype before we went to Dublin. The only other suggestion is the internship placement was later than I would have liked. I think our application was very in depth and detailed, but we didn't interview until a month out. I am a type A personality and I would have liked to know my internship earlier.
Kate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Dublin the Fair City!

Dublin is a great city-a lot going on but small enough that you will know your way around sooner than you may think. The CAPA program advisers are right on campus and such wonderful people, willing and able to help with anything you might need. Also, through CAPA you are able to get an internship abroad, an experience that is invaluable and will look great on a resume!
One of my favorite parts of being in Dublin was Thursday nights-two friends and I went to the same pub each Thursday, where we got to know the bartenders and the two guys that played live music. It wasn't a night to drink too much or go wild, just a chance for us to be immersed in the local culture and become "regulars" if just for three months. On the last night the band dedicated a song to us and I got to go on stage and sing with them for the whole bar. Just traveling to other countries is great, but being part of a city for long enough to make relationships like those are what made it so worth it to me.

What would you improve about this program?
My internship was not what I had hoped it would be. I still learned a lot, but I felt underworked and wished I had a different placement. So my only critique of the program would be I wish they had made sure at all of the internship sites that there was a clear role for us interns and guaranteed work. (That being said, most people in my program had good experiences so not everyone had my issue!)
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Sydney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CAPA Dublin Study and Intern

The program as a whole is amazing. The staff are supportive throughout the entire process (even during applying). The CAPA classes are very fun and I learned way more than I thought I would about Dublin. CAPA also gives its students the opportunity to feel at home in the city by providing bus passes and encouraging cultural immersion--the staff are Irish as well. There are also opportunities to explore the country, such as going to Cliffs of Moher or Belfast. I highly recommend the CAPA program!

What would you improve about this program?
I would change the living situation. I lived with 3 other American students and would have preferred to live with students from Europe instead.
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Jane
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CAPA was the best experience of my life. Hands down.

I owe all who I am today to CAPA. Without them, I wouldn't have had two other incredible internships after. Dress for Success Dublin was more than welcoming to me. They are the sweetest people. I never felt afraid or homesick while I was away, but I'm certainly homesick for Dublin now that I'm back.

What would you improve about this program?
I would say the Griffith College beds could be better, but that's it!
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Griffin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Friendliest People in Europe

There was one weekend where my roommates were all traveling and I was on campus by myself, I took a walk into the city center. I walked to Temple Bar where I saw an amazing street performance that drew in a large crowd. Afterwards I stepped into one of the pubs to have a pint, and was immediately welcomed by a group of people at the bar. Realizing that I was by myself, they invited me to have a pint with them and the rest of the afternoon was filled with great craic with a bunch of friendly strangers.

What would you improve about this program?
More networking opportunities beforehand with both people in the CAPA program, as well as with students throughout Griffith College and even throughout Dublin altogether.
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Brianna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Dublin: Home Away From Home

I would definitely recommend Dublin as a study abroad location! Dublin is a great city filled with great diversity, but still rich in Irish history and culture. The people in Ireland are truly kind and willing to help. The Irish are very proud of their country and love to welcome people to experience the country they are so proud of. Dublin is an easy city to adapt to because it is so easy to get around. Within no time, I was able to feel comfortable in Dublin and call it home. There is so much to learn about Dublin and the country as a whole. There are always places to visit or see in Dublin, during free time. Dublin is a rich, lively city that took my heart very quickly.

I LOVE IRELAND

What would you improve about this program?
Amount of time it took for home institution to receive grades from the semester abroad, but i understand it is an important lengthy process.
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Jonathan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience Of My Life!!

Pros-
Great experience working and taking classes abroad
CAPA faculty are willing to help you with anything
Friendly people
Making lifelong friends from around the world
Easy to travel around the country using public transportation
Great food from around the world
Everyone is passionate about sports

Cons-
Living area was small (Dorms)

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Dani
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Home Away from Home, Dublin

Dublin is definitely my home away from home now. From the very first day, there was a level of comfort that I couldn't even comprehend. It wasn't some magical far off land, different from everything I know: it was a city. While I didn't quite have my footing on the first day, I remember looking around at all the people and feeling like I belonged. What made things really easy for me was the welcoming I got from my roommates upon walking into the dorm. By the end of the semester and returning to Dublin mid-summer (after a wallet-draining trip to other European countries), I saw it through a new lens. Dublin felt like just as much as a home to me as my actual home in the states. I looked around at all the buildings and had to say goodbye to the place I lived for 4 months. Somehow I ended up in the same place I was before venturing off to study abroad: sad to leave my home. One thing I learned on that last day was that I became confident enough to face my fears. Doing things that scare me is almost an adrenaline rush, rather than paralyzing. I also knew that my goodbye to Dublin wasn't forever and that I'd see all of those buildings and friendly faces soon enough.

What would you improve about this program?
One thing that can be improved is the process of being picked up from the airport. It's great that they offer that service so we aren't roaming around a new country by ourselves, but somehow the person picking me up didn't. After a red-eye flight and utter exhaustion, the last thing I needed was to be stuck at the airport for an hour and a half frantically calling my mom at 3am (her time). However, the situation was resolved and I made it to the school in time for check in.
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Maggie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best choice I ever made

Studying abroad was the best decision I ever made in my life. I chose CAPA because I was drawn to the fact that they offered the chance to study and explore abroad, but also an opportunity to work abroad. My internship through CAPA was my first and I truly learned so much. Working in Dublin made me learn so much about the Irish work style as well as learn about myself and my strengths. Studying abroad allowed me to grow as a person and put me in situations that gave me more confidence in myself. Studying abroad allowed me to travel, learn, and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish CAPA Dublin had more travel activities or more activities that embraced the Irish culture like watching a Rugby game or having Irish step dancers perform for us.
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Luz
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime

Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to study abroad in college! There are so many options of cities to go to or programs to choose from, but I have no regrets about choosing CAPA in Dublin. The internship component is what really drew me in. I am hopefully pursuing a career that will allow me to travel and deal with people from different cultures. Being able to tell employers that I already have experience working in a different culture is going to be a huge boost to my resume! One of my favorite moments of my semester abroad was traveling to my internship placement on my first day. I consider myself an outgoing person, but I can have a lot of reservations about new places and situations. I was extremely nervous about having to figure out the Dublin bus system, and how to navigate through the city. However, I really put myself out there, and found my office with no issues! I was welcomed by an extremely friendly staff, and felt really great about myself. This was only the first sign that this semester abroad would teach me a lot about myself, and my ability to overcome fears. The Irish people are so welcoming, and I felt integrated into the culture very quickly. The food is delicious and the views are incredible. I am counting the days until I am able to return!

What would you improve about this program?
If I have to change one thing, it would probably be the accommodations. The good part was that I was living right on campus of the college, so I was extremely close to all my classes, the fitness room, dining hall, etc. However, the apartments were pretty small (especially the bathrooms). Sometimes I felt like I ran out of space!
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Chris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AMAZING

The program was very nice. The food was multicultural and very fresh. I took Irish history before and it was neat to see some places like the Irish GPO and monuments from the revolution. Flights are also very cheap from country to country, so you can see a lot of Europe. CAPA also gives an internship, which is a huge boost to a resume.

What would you improve about this program?
I would add a meal plan.