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Jun 28, 2023
Mar 20, 2015
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Since 1972, CAPA The Global Education Network has been an organization committed to empowering student learning through personal choice, academic integrity, and engagement in urban environments abroad. Their unique and holistic programming approach challenges, excites and inspires its participants.

The CAPA The Global Education Network alumni network page is dedicated to programs that are no longer in session, but nonetheless had significant impacts on these students' lives.

Alumni of programs no longer in session are encouraged to leave a review of their past experience with CAPA The Global Education Network. To view alumni reviews, click on the "Reviews" tab below. For more information about CAPA The Global Education Network and for a current list of all available programs, check out the CAPA website or their fabulous profile on Go Overseas!

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Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.75
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.75
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program


Everyday I woke up happy in Beijing. From the atmosphere to the people, Beijing was such a great scene. I honestly have not ever had such a enlightening and fun experience all in one. I spoke no Mandarin before going to China. Thanks to Capa International Education and The Capital Normal University, I learned Mandarin to the point where I could have conversations with the natives. I lived with foreigners from all over the world, including Russia, Italy, Grenada, Dubai, Antigua, and many more. Thanks to my friends from Russia, I now know the Russian alphabet and can read the Russian language. Beijing is the only place that I have ever been where I feel safe at all times of the day and night. The people are very nice and calm and they really welcome foreigners. The prices of EVERYTHING are just right! From luxurious restaurants to taxis to clothing. Most things that you may need are VERY AFFORDABLE. (Especially thanks to the exchange rate of many Western Countries to the Renminbi). If I ever must recommend any place to study abroad, I recommend Beijing China. YOU WON'T REGRET IT!

What would you improve about this program?
More school options for the students that choose to study abroad in a certain city!
68 people found this review helpful.
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East Meets West

Istanbul is an amazing city. The history is everywhere and the city overall encapsulates the best of a European city as well as bringing its own flair. The food, culture, people, and sights are all worth seeing and CAPA does a great job of combining study opportunities with learning about the culture. CAPA has representatives on hand to help deal with any problems encountered but they are not overbearing and allow you the freedom to explore and engage the culture. The campus is pretty interesting to say the least and it is ridiculously easy to navigate the city. Overall Istanbul is a relatively safe city and I would not let any fears about that influence your decision to choose this program. I really had the time of my life and I would choose this program again in a heartbeat.

What would you improve about this program?
The CAPA Istanbul program is relatively new so there were a few kinks to work out in the beginning. Sometimes working with the school administration was a hassle even though CAPA did all they could to fix things quickly. Other than that, any students who wishes for a truly immerse experience will have to work toward that goal since the program does not offer home-stays and the prevalence of English in the city does not force you to learn an extensive amount of Turkish.
70 people found this review helpful.
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Capital of the World

Istanbul is an amazing place. Whether you like history, art, culture, business, sports, engineering or technology Istanbul has it all. If you are looking for a diverse experience this is the city for you.

60 people found this review helpful.
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The seed of adventure is planted

I wanted to immerse myself within a culture I held close to my heart, yet at the same time I wanted my time abroad to be an investment for my future. CAPA includes an international internship (I highly recommend) which provided invaluable lessons both professionally and personally. The experiences I gained as an English Teaching intern have served as my foundation in my current pursuit of teaching English in Asia.

Beijing has it's rough edges but these can serve as growth provoking opportunities if you open your mind to them from buying groceries at the local WuMei, to being in a real life version of Frogger each time you cross the street, to confronting the excitement and frustration of the language barrier. There are times when sanitation does not appear to exist, a sense of humor is encouraged. The locals are quite friendly, even more so if you display an interest in learning the language. If your thinking about talking to the locals, do it. I will argue that is one of the most enjoyable aspects of living abroad. Once you get over making a fool out of yourself it's a ton of fun.

CAPA offers weekly trips through it's "My Education" which exposed me to much more than I would have ever planned on my own. Some highlights were the Forbidden Palace, the Great Wall, and a weekend trip to Shanghai. We would always have native students accompany us who were very friendly and provided perspective into their culture. There is also flexibility and encouragement to create your own adventures. My favorite adventure was hiking with a group of friends to the top of Tai Shan to watch the sunrise. Afterward we stopped over at Qu Fu, the birth town of Confucius.

I recommend to stay in touch with the people you meet, as your friends and family will only be able to take so much of your stories. Make the most of your time abroad! This will be the most valuable decision you will make in college. Take it all in 须品味百味人生 (all the flavors of life must be tasted).

What would you improve about this program?
More structured time together to reflect and share. At times I was a bit shy and only afterward was able to realize my culture shock and homesickness. I think it would have been helpful to have some structured way to process our experiences with the other students in the program.
63 people found this review helpful.

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