CAPA Dublin: Study & Intern Abroad

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Try and nab the luck of the Irish when you find yourself in Dublin, Ireland. Established as a Viking settlement in the 10th century, Dublin has always been a city for true explorers. Check out the medieval quarter to see history come alive among the castles and cathedrals of years past. Walk around the cultural quarter to discover new restaurants and markets to try with friends after class. Make your way to the creative quarter for some inspiration in design and creativity. Get motivated and be motivating as you discover a new city, and new parts of yourself.

Get out of the typical classroom and turn your study abroad city into a place you can learn from. CAPA specializes in customizing 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 are unique to the places they’re located, and everyone there will help you feel at home.

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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

96%
based on 40 reviews
  • Academics 7.9
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 8.4
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.4
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Brianna
10/10

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

How can this program be improved?
Amount of time it took for home institution to receive grades from the semester abroad, but i understand it is an important lengthy process.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jonathan
10/10

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)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dani
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Maggie
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Luz
9/10

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!

How can this program be improved?
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!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Chris
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
I would add a meal plan.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kirsten
9/10

Lovin' Dublin

I was really nervous about going abroad, but I was determined to follow through with it. At my home institution I commute, so I had never lived with anyone besides my family. I was also very nervous about making friends because I'm quite shy. CAPA was extremely supportive and the Dublin staff always tried to help when it was needed. The weekly "Tea at CAPA" was a great way to talk to the Dublin staff about how my experience was going and if I was having any problems. At one point I injured my foot and they were able to set up an appointment for me. The flats on campus were comfortable (although the mattresses were very springy) and there was a kitchen so my flatmates and I could make food whenever we wanted to. I ended up living with 3 amazing women and we all got along great! CAPA also provided bus passes, so transportation in the city was easy. The best parts of the CAPA program were the excursions and classes. The classes weren't fully lecture-based; we were able to be immersed in the Irish culture and explore Dublin by going outside of the classroom. The trip to the Cliffs of Moher was spectacular and a fantastic way to end the program. Overall I'm glad I made the choice to go abroad and I was extremely happy with the program and location I chose.

How can this program be improved?
The improvement I would make goes all the way back to arriving in Dublin. There were several flights coming in, depending on where students were coming from. I arrived on the first flight and the pick-up to take students to the college was not there. This led to a lot of confusion upon arrival as students were expected a sign saying "CAPA Dublin" or something similar as soon as they arrived. I would suggest sending the drivers to the airport earlier if possible, so that those students arriving first are not confused and feeling rather helpless.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexandra
10/10

Great city and great learning experience

Dublin was a fabulous, lively city with more to do than I could squeeze into six weeks. The city was just a few hours from the most breathtaking sites in Ireland, including Galway, Cork, and many other suburban landscapes. The program provided the upmost support and the class I took to coincide with my internship was very helpful to adjust to Irish culture.

How can this program be improved?
The location of the apartments was in very close proximity to a more dangerous area of the city. However, I was never personally put into danger in Dublin.
Response from CAPA The Global Education Network

Dear Alex,

Thank you so much for your positive feedback on the Dublin program! We are excited to learn about the impact it has had upon you, and look forward to hearing about where your experience takes you from here.

We are sorry to hear about your perceptions of your safety during your time in Dublin. Dublin is a very safe city, and the security of our students is a top priority in any location in which our students are accommodated, alongside being reflective of Dublin’s global nature. Distinctions between environments at home and abroad can impact a student’s sense of the place in which they are living.

We would be curious to hear more about what led to this sentiment and will reach out to you directly to discuss further.

Cheers,
The CAPA Team

Yes, I recommend this program
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Clara
10/10

Missing Dublin!

I left Dublin with so many skills and friends that I didn't have prior to the experience. Dublin is the perfect city to go out and meet locals because everyone is so friendly, and I met many locals that I plan on keeping in touch with a long time. It was nice to live with Americans though to come home to a sense of understanding of our own culture. I interned at a small social media company and was given a great view of how small companies work in Ireland. I really enjoyed learning about the culture in a work environment instead of just a social setting. My experience was so positive that I am returning to Dublin this year with one of the other American students that was enrolled in the CAPA Fall Dublin program for graduate school. The city has so much to offer and I could not imagine not spending more time there.

How can this program be improved?
I found myself enjoying the classes that were provided through CAPA much more than the classes at Griffith College. This could have been because the CAPA classes were so personal and we were given the opportunity to explore the city with our professors, but I wish that the Griffith College classes could have been as interactive as this.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Samantha
7/10

CAPA Dublin!

CAPA Dublin differs from other CAPA programs in that it is totally immersive; you attend classes with Irish and international students. I found it very affordable and the staff very supportive. The trips offered by CAPA allow you to see more of your host country without breaking the bank and the staff is always available for other travel recommendations or help in general! Dublin is an extremely affordable and well-located city, so it is easy to venture out and see more of Europe.

How can this program be improved?
I would change the size of the program; however, it is new and the number of students in CAPA Dublin has since grown.
Response from CAPA The Global Education Network

Thank you Samantha for your feedback regarding the size of the program. Although the program is new and your particular group was smaller, this semester's group doubled and we are on track to have a larger cohort for the summer. We also like to encourage students to get involved with Griffith College's student population in addition to the CAPA cohort.

Yes, I recommend this program

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