Definitely my favorite semester of college! January 10, 2016

By (Accounting, Stonehill College) - abroad from 09/02/2015 to 12/11/2015 with

CAPA The Global Education Network: London Study or Intern Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Interning and studying with CAPA I learned a lot and was able to grow personally and professionally. I woke up each morning and was excited for work or for class and that's how I knew I chose the right program for me. With CAPA I learned new business knowledge in class and at my internship along with learning a lot about the city of London and workplace culture in general.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Overall, CAPA offers a holistic study abroad program with interesting courses, great internship placements, and opportunities to experience the city and the rest of Europe

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff at the front desk of CAPA were friendly each day and helpful with answering any questions. The internship and academics team downstairs say they're there for you and I saw that firsthand. Everyone on the CAPA team in London wanted to see me succeed and they were nothing but helpful throughout my time there. Everything through CAPA was well organized and the emails they sent each week kept all participants informed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was in ACORN housing, as opposed to CAPA housing. The location in Bloomsbury (a street away from the British Museum, between Holborn and Russell Square tube stations) was perfect and central. The commute to my internship (in Westminster) and to CAPA (Kensington) were manageable.

* Food:

You're on your own for food, which the program tells you up front. I enjoyed cooking for myself. Although some days it was more difficult than others. Budget your spending on food and plan the week out ahead of time!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The experience of interning 20 hours a week really made me feel fully integrated into the London culture. Working on a diverse team, I met so many people from all around Europe. Creating a routine for going to my internship and to class made me feel like a local as well. Commuting each day, you'll learn the tube map really quick (and CAPA including the tube pass for unlimited travel zones 1 & 2 helps A LOT!)

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got sick in the first month and CAPA told us during orientation to go to the pharmacy to get medicine because they're very knowledgeable in London. Taking that advice, the pharmacist by where I lived gave me medicine right away (at a very reasonable price) and I was better within a few days. If you get sick- go to the pharmacy!

* Safety:

London's a pretty safe city and I never once felt unsafe. CAPA mandates that students have a working UK phone and their alert system checked in on us if needed. I felt safe knowing they kept tabs on the participants safety.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

London is VERY expensive. The cost of things look the same as the US because the numbers are about the same, but the 1.5 exchange rate makes it tough. I spent $150+ each week on food and entertainment. Consider how much you will eat out, especially without a meal plan it can add up quickly.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save as much as you can before going abroad and once you're abroad don't be afraid to spend your money- you're only this young and living in Europe once!

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Internship placements
  • The other CAPA participants
  • CAPA trips and events
* What could be improved?
  • The learning through internships class
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Wherever you go abroad and whoever you go with make sure you do what you want to do while you're there. Studying abroad is a great chance to gain independence and grow yourself- take advantage of that!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Analysing and Exploring the Global City London: Modernity, Empire and Globalisation

Course Department: Urban Studies
Instructor: Dr. Anthony Gristwood
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This is a great course to take if you want to really learn about London while your living and studying (and possibly interning) there! The course is challenging, but in a good way. The professor teaches you relevant and interesting information about London that made me love the city even more. Every other class was a "field study" where we learned about areas like the olympic park or Trafalgar Square. Dr. Gristwood is passionate about what he teaches and it makes the students want to learn. I was assessed with two papers, a presentation and a final exam. Definitely manageable and I'd recommend it to anyone that wants a course about London while they're over there!
Credit Transfer Issues: Credit transferred as an elective