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Thank you for your decision to participate in, and contribute to, this dynamic field. For more than 40 years, CAPA International Education has been a recognized leader in the development and management of faculty-led and custom study abroad programs. Each of our learning abroad locations and corresponding on-site support services has been strategically designed to support the unique needs of you, the faculty, and your students.
We hope you find the information featured on our website to be comprehensive and helpful. We want to provide you with all the tools you need to make the CAPA site, as well as the entire city you’re teaching in, a successful, holistic classroom. Please refer to the following pages for a snapshot of your experience abroad, and don’t hesitate to contact the CAPA office with any specific questions or requests.
CAPA offers a broad range of program models and services at our program sites in Beijing, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Florence, Istanbul, London, and Sydney.
Faculty-led and Custom Programs
CAPA has been hosting faculty-led and custom study abroad programs since our beginning in 1972. We believe these programs can offer both the student and faculty members a powerful and unique experience abroad. We consider each faculty-led and custom program to be unique, and to ensure this is the case, CAPA's Faculty-Led and Custom Program Team will help you consider the price, location, dates, length of stay, course-related activities, as well as ways to enrich your program with local faculty, co-curricular activities, and internships. Once we complete our initial consultation, we will present you with a program proposal and budget outlining your particular program’s requirements.
CAPA Global Cities Programs
At each program site CAPA has designed a series of programs open for individual enrollment. These semester, quarter, and summer programs have been developed to offer students a powerful and supportive education abroad experience. Our fees are deliberately affordable to ensure they are accessible to a broad range of students. Each program offers contextual courses across many fields and departments, internships, service-learning, and a broad range of cultural events and activities.
Academic Partnership Programs
Choosing to build a customized program matching the dates of a CAPA Academic Program is known as a “Partnership” model. This cost-effective model enables your institution to expand its curriculum by combining your specific courses with a CAPA Program’s course offerings that appeal to a broader audience. Institutions that choose a partnership model have the option of allowing their students access to all of CAPA’s course offerings, or they may shape the identity if the program by limiting course options. Partnership programs allow your students to engage fully with all that CAPA provides onsite yet still allows you ownership of the program identity.
CAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan in order to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for students and faculty. CAPA endorses the guidelines published by the NAFSA Inter-organizational Task Force on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad. A leader in health and safety management, CAPA has implemented the following policies and procedures for managing emergency situations that occur abroad.
CAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan in order to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for students and faculty. This plan includes specific guidelines for dealing with emergencies, such as student assault, suicide, serious accident or emotional issues, as well as large-scale crises such as natural disasters or acts of terrorism.
Teams are in place to lead the plan, to locate all students to confirm their whereabouts and safety and provide them information, instructions, and advice, and to keep home campus informed at all times. CAPA’s relationships with tour operators, housing providers, and other international education organizations in each program site ensure it will be possible to relocate students should such a need occur.
CAPA’s health and safety committee regularly evaluates the health and safety protocols to ensure they are robust and up to date. For security reasons, CAPA’s full plan cannot be disclosed.
CAPA has retained the services of docleaf for professional support. docleaf has over 15 years experience providing strategic crisis management, communication support, and psychological intervention. They have worked with CAPA to create a full crisis response plan specific to our organization, and are on call 24/7 to provide staff with support for dealing with any student emergency or large scale crisis.
Please visit docleaf for more information.
CAPA staff members receive regular training from an organization specializing in crisis management and support, and comprehensive and ongoing health and safety training, including guidelines on referral and working within the limitations of their own competencies.
CAPA staff members receive regular comprehensive and ongoing health and safety training, including guidelines on referral and working within the limitations of their own competencies. Training is provided both in house by experienced senior staff members as well as by docleaf, a professional external organization specializing in crisis management.
CAPA is registered with the U.S. Embassy and is on the State Department’s advisory list to receive regular updates on security issues abroad. Updates pertaining to our program sites or possible areas of travel are always communicated to students.
CAPA refers to data from a variety of sources in order to make decisions regarding program operations. This includes the consular information sheets and advisory messages posted by the U.S. Department of State as well OSAC, CDC, and WHO briefings, international and local news alerts, and advice from local law enforcement. This data will be used to assess where there is a local condition that requires our students to exercise additional caution for which they will be briefed and advised, or whether there is a need to relocate the program or to suspend the program and evacuate participants.
In making individual decisions concerning participation, we suggest that participants and their parents carefully review the State Department Travel Advisories.
Communication with the Home Campus
CAPA keeps home campuses informed of the welfare of their students and faculty, and informs them of issues arising abroad. In the event of a large scale local emergency, the CAPA locator plan will be activated and the home campus will receive regular updates on the security of all participants.
24-Hour Emergency Contact
CAPA provides 24-hour emergency telephone coverage for faculty and students in distress in the US and all program locations. The CAPA Emergency Line in the US is 617-999-8126. Students and faculty will be given the emergency line for their program location prior to departure.
All students are provided with a full program orientation which includes a section on health and safety specific to their local environment and surroundings. Students are informed how to contact CAPA in the case of an emergency and are given an emergency card and asked to put the CAPA 24 hour emergency number into their mobile phones. They are instructed to contact CAPA in the event of an emergency affecting their program location and to keep CAPA abreast of their security. Such communications can be in the form of a text message if phone lines go down as SMS data will still go through.
Students are also advised to contact their parents, guardians, or emergency contacts as soon as possible should there be any incident within the country they are studying, whether or not they or the city they are in is affected. They are reminded that US news can amplify situations abroad and contact with home is that much more important.
CAPA provides insurance for each student and travelling faculty member, including health, travel, and accident coverage; emergency evacuation and repatriation; basic accident; sickness; trip cancellation; trip delay; trip interruption; and baggage loss. Additional coverage is also made available to participants.
Advice for Participants and Their Families
CAPA has the following recommendations for students and their emergency contacts:
- Participants and their emergency contacts should keep in touch with each other throughout the participants’ time out of the United States.
- Participants should make sure their parents and / or emergency contacts have their accurate and up-to-date local contact information at all times.
- Participants should immediately notify their emergency contacts in the event of any emergency, accident, serious health problem, or other serious mishap.
- Participants are required to notify the Resident Director in the event of any health condition that lasts longer than a day or two.
Communication between CAPA and participants’ sending institutions is considered “internal communication” in regards to the Family Rights and Privacy Act, and CAPA has the right and the duty to communicate all relevant information concerning participants’ health and safety, academic progress, behavior, etc. to appropriate officers at the sending school on a need-to-know basis.
It is important to note that the U.S. Department of State Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management will generally not release information about specific individuals to CAPA or to other third parties.
The U.S. State Department website includes the following statement: “Families in the United States whose U.S. Citizen relatives abroad are directly affected by a crisis can communicate with the Department of State through our Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (202) 647-5225."
CAPA's mission since 1972 has been to provide learning abroad opportunities which educate students and visiting faculty about the people and culture in which they are learning.
CAPA has established and continues to develop comprehensive standardized policies, procedures, and outcome assessment tools to enhance and support the academic activities of its program locations worldwide.
Chief Academic Officer
CAPA is one of the few international education organizations to have a Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Michael Woolf is based in London and is responsible for academic oversight and rigor at our CAPA study sites around the world. He evaluates our incoming local faculty to ensure they meet our high standards for teaching and have the appropriate credentials.
Dr. Woolf is also responsible for developing our curriculum offerings on current CAPA programs and creating academic concentrations which blend courses, internships, and service learning into focused tracks speaking directly to specific academic departments. Dr. Woolf also plays a key role in the development of new learning abroad destinations for CAPA, which will serve the CAPA mission and strategic direction.
Dr. Woolf has been working in the field of learning abroad for many years and is a recognized leader in innovative program and curriculum development. He has held leadership roles in many international education organizations, among them FIE, CIEE, and Syracuse University. He has written widely on international education and cultural studies.
Department of Academic Affairs
CAPA International Education has established and continues to develop comprehensive standardized policies, procedures, and outcome assessment tools to enhance and support the academic activities of its programs.
The Department of Academic Affairs has oversight of all of CAPA’s educational activity and is responsible for all of the academic aspects of the CAPA program locations, including internships, and the educational value of such experience.
The Department’s mission is to provide management of the total holistic educational and experiential development of our Learning Abroad students. This is achieved through oversight of both traditional academic curriculum and experiential learning courses, management of internship placements and their educational value, and development of the MyEducation co-curricular calendar of events in order to create an all-encompassing learning environment throughout CAPA education abroad.
Dr. Annagene Yucas is the Vice President for Academic Relations and oversees the work of the Department of Academic Affairs. She also assists the academic team with new curriculum and oversees the Academic Advisory Board activities. CAPA has worked closely with Dr. Yucas since the early 90s when she first developed an institutional relationship with CAPA as the Director of Study Abroad at the University of Pittsburgh. Having built several programs with CAPA over the years, she has an excellent understanding of CAPA's mission and program models.
Dr. Yucas has enjoyed an outstanding career in International Education for over 28 years. She possesses comprehensive knowledge of education abroad programming and assessment; student advising; campus and community life in the US; national outreach; fundraising and scholarship resources; standards of good practice; relevant legal issues; and effective crisis management practice.
The CAPA Academic Advisory Board
The CAPA Academic Advisory Board (AAB) provides advice and counsel on the development and maintenance of CAPA program locations. The AAB is composed of faculty and administrative experts in the field of education abroad. Board members serve as individuals with no implied or explicit expectation that their institutions approve or recommend their students use CAPA programs. For a current list of AAB members, please contact Dr. Yucas.
We are very proud of our outstanding faculty in all sites. They all have Masters or PhD qualifications, and have a wealth of experience in instructing American students and bringing the cultural pulse of the host country into the classroom at all levels, and in relevant and interesting class visits.
The CAPA Academic Advisory Board (AAB) provides advice and counsel on the development and maintenance of CAPA Program Centers. Academic Advisory Board members play a substantive, time and labor-demanding role on the Board and are key to ongoing quality assurance for all aspects of CAPA programs. The AAB receives periodic reports from the Curriculum Committee, which may assist the Board in responding to the needs of the CAPA Program Centers. The Academic Advisory Board is composed of faculty and administrative experts in the field of education abroad. Board members serve as individuals with no implied or explicit expectation that their institutions approve or recommend their students use CAPA Program Centers. In addition CAPA's President/CEO, Chief Academic Officer, and Vice-President of Academic Relations are staff liaisons for the Academic Advisory Board and serve as ex officio members of the AAB. The CAPA CAO asks one of the AAB members to carry out the Annual Performance Assessment (APA) for each CAPA Program Site using relevant statistics and documentation – including student evaluations and reports from key CAPA staff. Student services, academic life, and curriculum are the subjects of the review. The APA’s are shared with the full AAB membership and discussed at the annual AAB meeting held in August. A comprehensive AAB Site Review team composed of three persons, including education abroad professionals and at least one faculty member with appropriate expertise related to the programming offered, visits and assesses each CAPA Program Center at least once every five years.
Academic Advisory Board Members - August 2012
Melissa Hardin, Ph.D. - Chair
Assistant Dean for International Studies and Assistant Professor of Spanish (Visiting)
Dr. Melissa Hardin has co-directed the Ursinus/CAPA semester program in Madrid. She studied in Spain (summer, semester, academic year) and has 20 years teaching experience with over 10 years as study abroad coordinator and academic advisor. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College.
Dean of International Studies
Adrian Beaulieu is the Dean of International Studies at Providence College, overseeing both study abroad and international students/scholars. Prior to that, he held leadership positions in education abroad at Smith College and the George Washington University. Over the last 20 years, he has served on many program advisory boards including presently the editorial board of Abroad View magazine. He has presented at many national and regional conferences especially on study abroad issues particular to private liberal arts colleges and on financial issues related to study abroad. He is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad, its working group on the Code of Ethics as well as a peer reviewer for the Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) evaluation process. He has an Ed.S. degree in higher education administration from the George Washington University and a S.T.L degree in theology and Christian ritual from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. Most of all, he is a proud charter member of Red Sox Nation.
Susan A. Carty
Director of Administration and Program Management, Office of Overseas Study
Susan Carty is Director of Administration & Program Management in the Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University (IU). She has worked in various areas of international education at IU for over 25 years.
Susan manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of Overseas Study, serves as personnel representative and primary supervisor of both professional and support staff, manages the development and implementation of Overseas Study programming, and oversees institutional cooperation with several large co-sponsoring organizations. She guides and facilitates the internal process for the development, creation and implementation of new overseas study programs. Susan plays a primary role in the preparation of resource materials and training of faculty members and instructors who will direct programs abroad. Susan has served in a variety of leadership positions in her professional association, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, at the national and regional level, and currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Education Abroad Knowledge Community.
At IU, Susan has served as a member of various university-wide and campus search and screen, advisory and planning committees, including the Office of Student Ethics’ Campus Review Committee, the Office for Women’s Affairs Staff Advisory Council, the Women’s Leadership Conference Planning Committee, the Educational Task Force on Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Concerns, and the Executive Council of the Commission on Multicultural Understanding.
Associate Director, Institute for Global Studies
University of Delaware
Lisa is Associate Director for Study Abroad in the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Delaware. Overseeing some 70 study abroad programs enrolling about 1,300 students annually, she has direct responsibility for program development, crisis management, policy development and implementation, and quality improvement. Her research in higher education appears in numerous professional and educational journals. She earned her MA in German Literature and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware.
Julius E. Coles
Director of Andrew Young Centre for International Affairs
Mr. Coles is the former president of Africare, the oldest and largest African-American led organization providing aid to Africa. Previously, he served as the director of the Andrew Young Center for International Development at his alma mater, Morehouse College, and the director of the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University. In 1966, Mr. Coles joined the United States Agency for International Development where he worked over a 28-year career in a broad range of countries including Vietnam, Morocco, Nepal, Liberia, Swaziland, and Senegal. He retired with the rank of Career Minister in 1994. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee. He has served on the boards of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, the African Development Foundation, InterAction, Global Impact, Alliance Francaise of Washington, and the Society for International Development. Mr. Coles was given the James Madison Medal from Princeton University in 2007, the Amistad Achievement Award in 2003, and was named a Commander in the Order of the Lion by the Government of Senegal in 1994. He was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and his master’s degree from Princeton University.
Director of the Office of International Studies
Stephen became director of OISP in August 2012. Originally from the UK, he earned a BA in Classics from the University of Oxford and an MPhil in Renaissance History from the University of London, before coming to the USA as a college teaching intern. His study "abroad" experience took place in this country, with further graduate work at Princeton University; he also studied on a summer program in classical archaeology in Greece. He has taught Classics at Bowdoin College in Maine for five years before serving sixteen years there as director of off-campus study.
Vice President for International Affairs and Outreach
Office of International Affairs
South Dakota State University
Kathleen Fairfax was previously the Vice Provost for Global Education Services at the Arizona State University. Until July 2008, Ms. Fairfax was the Director of Study Abroad at Michigan State University where she administered more than 260 academic programs in 66 countries. Before that she was the Director of Study Abroad at Purdue University and at Southwestern University. She has been active in NAFSA leadership and has served as a tenured foreign service officer and as a Fulbright program officer.
Joshua S. McKeown, Ph.D.
Director of International Education and Programs
State University of New York at Oswego
Dr. Joshua S. McKeown holds both an MBA and a Ph.D. in Higher Education. He is author of The First Time Effect: The Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Development based on his dissertation research, numerous articles, and has presented internationally at NAFSA, APAIE, AMPEI and other conferences. He has worked in international education and related fields for 15 years at both SUNY Oswego and Syracuse University. He studied abroad and worked as an ESL instructor in Madrid, Spain.
Ming-te Pan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
State University of New York at Oswego
Ming-te Pan is an associate professor at the History Department of the State University of New York, Oswego. He received his Ph.D. degree in History from the University of California, Irvine, where he was trained as a social economic historian of the Late Imperial China (ca. 14th century to early 20th century). Since 1993, he has taught various topic related to China and Japan. Dr. published a book titled Pawnshop Industry in Modern China (1644-1949) and many journal articles related to the peasant economy in Late Imperial china. Between 2006-2009 he chaired the history department at SUNY Oswego. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Pan serves as a member of the Board of Editor for H-Asia, which is an on-line discussion group that has over 3,000 Asian specialists from more than 20 nations in the world. He is also a member on the editorial board for a journal The Chinese Historical Studies.
Simran Sahi, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Economics
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Dr. Simran Sahi has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota since 1991. She has an M.Phil. in Economics from the Punjab University in India, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sahi has been teaching undergraduate economics students for the past thirty two years; eight of them in India, and the rest in the United States. Her work focuses on teaching International Trade to economics seniors and other interested domestic and foreign students, managing the undergraduate economics curriculum, supervising 75 teaching assistants in the department (most of whom are foreign students), monitoring and improving the quality of undergraduate instruction (in conjunction with the Center for Teaching and Learning), and on Study Abroad for University of Minnesota students. She is a staunch believer in the benefits of Study Abroad and advocates for it relentlessly!
April H. Stroud
Associate Director, Education Abroad
University of Massachusetts Amherst
April has been a study abroad advisor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2005. She holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.A. in German Studies and English from Mount Holyoke College. April is keenly interested in identifying barriers that prevent students from studying abroad. She has published on the topic and is currently completing her doctoral dissertation titled, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Factors Impacting the Decision to Study Abroad Among Students Who Have Expressed Intent.”
Denis Sullivan, Ph.D.
Director of International Initiatives and Professor of Political Science
Dr. Sullivan is the founding Director of the International Affairs program at Northeastern as well as founding Director of the Middle East Center for Peace, Culture, and Development. Since 1987, Dr. Sullivan has been an Affiliate in Research at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In 2009, Sullivan was a CASA III Arabic language fellow at American University in Cairo where he conducted research on the Muslim Brotherhood and their role in Egypt’s parliamentary elections. He has held three Fulbright research grants as well as grants from Pew, US Institute for Peace, and American Research Center in Egypt. The author of nearly three dozen journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, Dr. Sullivan also has published a number of books, most recently Egypt: Global Security Watch, with Kimberly Jones, (Praeger 2008).
Dr. Sullivan established Northeastern’s internationally recognized “Dialogue of Civilizations Program” (faculty-led study abroad programs), beginning first in Egypt in 1998, and now operating in over 40 countries around the world, with over 1,000 students participating annually. Sullivan has led more than 23 Dialogue programs to Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Qatar, and the UAE, enabling students to live and study Arabic language and culture, the history and politics of Egypt, Islam, and the Arab World.
Program Director, Learning Abroad Center
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Ms. Holly Zimmerman LeVoir holds an MA in Spanish and has served for over 20 years as a Program Director at the University of Minnesota with responsibility for programs in Spain, Latin America, London, China, Australia, and Denmark. She is a Program Coordinator for the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities and a teacher of Spanish and teacher education. She was the recipient (2008) of the "Cross of the Order of Queen Isabella the Catholic", one of the highest civil honors granted by the Spanish Royal House for “her outstanding contributions to the dissemination of Spanish Culture within The United States of America.”
One of the key reasons faculty and institutions choose a CAPA partnership to create and host their program is because of our comprehensive network of domestic and international services and support. To ensure your program's success, CAPA works with you closely and in a co-creative process from the very start of the program's concept.
A Comprehensive Administration and Service
Our USA and overseas staff act as an administrative resource to help recruit students and assist your faculty with the pre-departure organization of the program. Once abroad, CAPA will manage all aspects of the program, from events, lectures, and excursions to all aspects of health and safety, allowing your faculty to focus on teaching and learning abroad.
CAPA program managers located in Boston will help both faculty and students plan for their program abroad in the follows ways:
- Marketing assistance to facilitate student recruitment.
- Assistance with the student application process, billing, and financial aid for those institutions that request it.
- One-on-one student advising via email and dedicated 800 student services number.
- CAPA will arrange student and faculty housing in homestays, shared apartments and residence style accommodation.
- Co-curricular planning to include course related excursions, guest lectures, entrances to museums, and theatre tickets, to mention a few.
- CAPA program managers in the US begin to map out the contents of your program with our staff overseas to ensure all the necessary reservations and arrangements are made for your arrival.
International Program Services
CAPA International Program Services staff around the world have been professionally trained to support the needs of both faculty and students. Every CAPA location has a resident director and support staff to examine logistical as well as welfare and educational needs to ensure all aspects of your program have the support they require.
Arrival and Orientation
Both students and faculty are presented with a comprehensive on-site orientation seminar just after arrival. These orientations cover health and safety issues, medical and professional support service information, and appropriate emergency response measures. We also examine issues of cultural integration, personal travel, transportation, and other key topics related to living abroad.
In most program locations, faculty have access to the CAPA visiting faculty offices where they can meet other visiting faculty, prepare coursework, and plan their program sessions using our computers, internet, and photocopying services. CAPA will also arrange faculty housing to meet the needs of the individual faculty members and their traveling companions or family.
Weekly program newsletters called the Monday Memo is delivered to each program via e-mail to keep faculty and students informed of weekly events in the city and at the CAPA site.
Emergency Support Services
CAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan in order to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for students and faculty. This includes 24/7 emergency support.
Internships have rapidly become one of the most popular and successful methods for connecting students to their study abroad location while building their professional, personal, and intercultural competencies.
CAPA has long been considered one of the leading internship providers in the field of learning abroad. We have an extensive network of internship sites available across many of our program locations. These include businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, art galleries, health care facilities, schools, and more. Internships are offered on all of our CAPA study programs and can be added as a component to a faculty-led or co-sponsorship program.
We treat each student application as an individual placement having its own unique educational requirements. Each placement is carefully considered to ensure it best meets the individual interests, abilities, and academic background of each student.
Internship participants participate in a reflective seminar entitled Learning through Internships. Specially chosen CAPA faculty administer the seminars and mentor internship students to ensure substantive learning occurs over the course of a term.
Internship participants produce papers, write reflective journals, and make presentations on their internship in class. Site visits, guest lectures, and community visits are included in the course to add a cultural dimension to the overall internship experience. In addition, each student must produce a portfolio at the end of the internship which must meet clear academic criteria in order for the student to attain credit for the internship.
MyEducation offers intentionally defined pathways through the city: means of engaging with the urban environment in ways that are relevant to your studies and interests. The intention is to empower you to make specific connections between classroom theory and the world outside.
CAPA developed our MyEducation program to help you select cultural experiences that are relevant to your academic courses and personal learning goals abroad. Events, activities and reflective sessions are identified and designed around significant themes such as Community and People, Government and Power, Landscape and Time, Diversity and Identity, and Arts and Culture. Participation in these activities will help you develop an intelligent, well-rounded, and in-depth perspective on the global city where you are studying.
You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning.
Some examples of MyEducation sessions offered in the past few months include:
- Walking Tour and Curry in Brick Lane, London
- Visiting a tea house in Beijing
- Cooking classes in Italy
- Wine tasting and vineyards tours in Sydney
- Tour of BBC Broadcasting House
- Attending the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
How does it work?
Each CAPA center presents a MyEducation Calendar to all students and faculty. The MyEducation calendar is designed for you by local staff and faculty as a way of helping you get the most out of your time in your study abroad destination. MyEducation brings theory to life and offers a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.
MyEducation activities are either staff-led or self-directed. Every week, one item will be selected as the MyEducation Event of the Week, and further information will be given on this highlighted event in hand-outs and in a weekly email, delivered directly to your inbox!
Some CAPA professors integrate MyEducation activities into their courses and assessment, so that you may have an opportunity to reflect upon, write about and present your experiences. MyEducation is also an excellent way to develop areas of interest that may be extended into an application for the CAPA Record of Achievement.
What MyEducation events are currently being offered?
Check out this semester's MyEducation calendars:
The calendar for Istanbul will be available from Spring 2013.
What do students say about MyEducation?
“CAPA's MyEducation program is a great way to explore your city! With a little helpful guidance from people that know the city best, you can travel to some interesting places and participate in a lot of fun social activities. You meet great people, you see awesome things, and you learn more about the city you are studying in...what could be better?”
-Amanda Cecil, Lindsey Wilson College, London Summer 2011
“MyEducation programs made it easy to go places and see things without trying to figure out what to do on my own. It was great to be led on day trips and be able to see different places, and see things you might not even think to see on your own!”
-Sara Berthiaume, Emmanuel College, London Summer 2011
“With the CAPA MyEducation weekly visits I was able to visit so many sites. We were constantly on the go. . . . It is something anyone would have to experience in person to believe.”
-Sachelle Taylor, Chatham University, Beijing Summer 2011
“MyEducation provided me with opportunities to take advantage of my experience abroad. I was able to do things that were exciting, cheap, and fun. This program is an excellent resource that helps you really discover yourself and the city you're studying in.”
-Lindsey Forte, SUNY Oswego, Florence Spring 2011
“MyEducation is a great program offered through CAPA. It helped enhance my classroom learning by introducing me to some of the great culture London had to offer that I had learned about in class. It was a great way to explore the city while learning more and meeting some great people within the CAPA program.”
-Brooke Fine, Michigan State University, London Spring 2011
“The CAPA London MyEducation program provided more cultural experiences than could ever have been offered in a classroom. If it were not for CAPA’s desire for students to experience, through MyEducation programs, the fullest cultural experience they could, my time studying abroad in London would have not been complete.”
-Caitlin Harley, Ursinus College, London Spring 2011
When you go abroad with CAPA, you will learn about real people and real issues in the location where you live, work and study.
Each semester CAPA hosts Global Cities Conferences at our CAPA program locations. For Fall 2013 we are pleased to offer a conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 20-24, 2013.
Buenos Aires: The City as Canvas
Buenos Aires is one of the world’s largest cities, a throbbing cosmopolitan place that is one of the most important cultural centers in Latin America. Its mix of European and Latin American styles has created a complex social, political, economic, and historical place in which the past constantly intermingles with the future.
Of the city, George Diez has said, “Buenos Aires helps us understand the present precisely because here the future has a face that bears an astonishing resemblance to our past. Buenos Aires is foreign and yet familiar, something that here is not contradictory, but rather two sides of a complementary reality” (Diez: Argentina's Self-Confident Capital: Buenos Aires, Metropolis of the Zeitgeist).
The global stamp the country has on the world makes it a significant and vibrant environment in which to analyze and explore the impact of globalization and urbanization. The CAPA Global Cities Program in Buenos Aires invites students to focus on this complicated place, in part considering the city itself as a work of art.
Participants in the CAPA Buenos Aires Global Cities Conference The City as Canvas will explore the words and images that transform the city into a canvas that links past, present, and future. Included in the conference are a guided site visit to La Boca, a neighborhood of intense color, wide streets, and the tango. The visit will include lunch and a guided gallery tour of the Fundación Proa, the contemporary art museum that opened in 1996. Conference attendees will also participate in a literary walking tour of the Palermo, the birthplace of Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine writer.
These site visits will give participants the opportunity to experience directly the teaching and learning that takes place in this challenging environment. Participants will also discuss pedagogical practices with program faculty and staff that intend to empower students to apply what they learn and, therefore, to remove the barrier between formal and informal learning.
Opportunities to meet students, attend classes, and visit housing locations will be provided.
Dates: October 20-24, 2013
Fees: $650 CAPA Affiliate Partner institutions; $750 non-affiliate institutions
Reserve your spot today and find out why CAPA has been the trusted global leader in learning abroad since 1972. Bienvenidos!
Register Now for the Global Cities Conference
Conferences generally include:
- Accommodation in a twin room (Single supplement available)
- Welcome reception and farewell functions
- Some meals, including breakfast at the hotel
- Conference participation and materials
- Guest lectures and discussions with local adjunct faculty
- Walking tours and co-curricular activities that explore the Global City
- Ground transportation related to workshop activities
- Tours of CAPA classrooms, academic and staff facilities, and student accommodations
- Visits to CAPA internship and / or service learning sites (where available)
- Round-table discussions with CAPA staff and colleagues from other U.S. institutions about current student development and service issues
Woven by Memory: The Idea of Nation in Education Abroad
Nations are invented: made by politics, poetry, vision, ambition, invasion, cruelty, ignorance– and a myriad of forces that rattle around the backyard of history. For education abroad this offers a challenge in that for many students nations simply are; they exist like rivers or mountains – part of a permanent landscape.
At CAPA International Education our on-going interests in urbanisation, globalization and cosmopolitanism have led us to consider those co-related, if conflicting, notions of patriotism, nationalism and national memory. The question of the creation and re-creation of national memory reverberates around this area of thought and raises profound questions of identity across the world. To what degree these issues should and could impact upon the study abroad agenda is worth careful consideration.
The seminar will explore notions of the creation of nationalism and national memory and the impact of these on education abroad through a series of case studies and general theories. The seminar will generate a set of conversations around the following questions:
- What is national memory? How does that form of memory coexist and/or collide with private memory?
- Is the nation the appropriate focus for education abroad rather than the globe, the region, the city, the tribe, or the neighbourhood?
- Can these concepts be raised in the study abroad classroom?
- Should these concepts be raised in the study abroad classroom?
- How can these concepts be raised in the study abroad classroom and beyond?
The idea is to explore these fields of investigation so as to enhance the environment in which international learning occurs. Presenters will be from the field of international education.
Where: NAFSA National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri at a conveniently located conference hotel
When: Monday, May 27, 2013 from 1:00-4:30pm
Cost: $75 for CAPA partners/affiliates and $100 for non-partners