Applying

Applying

CAPA is here to help you every step of the way! This section contains useful information to help guide you through the application process. We will walk you through how to personalize your CAPA program starting from the initial stages of filling out your application. In addition you will find helpful information to help you budget for your program fees and personal expenses while abroad as well as opportunities to apply for scholarships to help fund your experience. To learn more directly from students who have attended a CAPA program, visit the CAPA Ambassador and testimonials sections. The CAPA student Admissions team is also always ready to speak with you and answer all of your questions by calling 1-800-793-0334.

Personalize Your Experience

It is safe to say that no two students are exactly alike. We therefore believe that no two learning abroad experiences should be the same either.


Through CAPA’s Global Cities programs and embedded MyEducation activities, our approach to international study is unique in the industry and personalized to suit your needs. This means each student is empowered to make experiential choices that resonate with their personal interests and aspirations. For example, do you want to live in an apartment or reside in a homestay? Do you want to participate in an internship or service-learning project or do you want to only take courses? When studying with CAPA, you are able to make choices to build a program that caters to your goals.

We give you the tools to take control of your study abroad program, helping you meet all of your personal and academic goals along the way.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact an Admissions Advisor at 800-793-0334.
Application Process

CAPA’s online enrollment is easy-to-use and paper free! However, only students applying directly through CAPA and not through your home institution should apply online. CAPA students having fun on a night tour posing, with the beautiful Sydney Opera House behind themIf your institution has a customized CAPA program, please enroll in your program through your study abroad office.

We are delighted you have decided to go abroad with CAPA! Your Admissions Advisor  is here to help you every step of the way to ensure the application process is efficient and as smooth as possible.

Here are the steps for submitting your application:

1. Fill out your online application
2. Send CAPA the additional paper work to complete your application (see the application instructions).
3. Once CAPA has submitted your full application, you will hear about your acceptance within 48 hours.
4. If you are accepted, you will receive instructions about how to secure your space on the program.


If you intend to do an internship and need help with your cover letter or resume (CV), please visit your Career Services Office or click on these helpful guides to writing a resume and cover letter.

CAPA is here to help every step of the way! Please give us a call today if you have any questions! 1.800.793.0334

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact an Admissions Advisor at 800-793-0334.
Academic Rigor and Integrity

Everything at CAPA is designed with the intent to further your understanding of the city in which you are learning and living.


This is done both through the intentional design of the curriculum to use the city as a text and through the co-curricular activities that get you out of the classroom. We know that while studying abroad you will want every opportunity to engage with the local culture and learn, so we have designed our curriculum to focus on helping you best take in the city you are calling home. One of these courses is called CAPA’s Global Cities. It is designed to encourage students to engage in a critical analysis of the development of the city they are living in and learning about. Moreover, many of our MyEducation activities and events are designed with our courses in mind. We have found that this is an effective way for you to learn about the culture in your own way. Whether this knowledge is imparted by a special lecture, a tour of a museum, or guided walking tour of diverse neighborhoods, you get to choose how to best enhance your learning experience abroad.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact an Admissions Advisor at 800-793-0334.
Financial Matters

Financial aid may be available for you to pay for all or part of your program through your home institution. The following information details the most important facts about CAPA and your potential financial aid eligibility.

Navigating financial aid at your home institution can be a challenge. This document about the financial aid office can help you navigate the process.

Should you decide to apply for Financial Aid, you must complete a CAPA Financial Aid Disbursement Form and submit it to your Financial Aid Office immediately. We suggest that you submit this information to your Financial Aid office no later than 120 days prior to program departure. This will give your Financial Aid Officer time to process your request.

After your form is completed, you must return it to CAPA. You may mail, fax or send by email.It is your responsibility to return it to CAPA no later than 70 days prior to departure to be eligible for the deferred payment schedule.

MAIL TO:

CAPA
65 Franklin Street
Boston, MA, 02110

FAX:

(857) 207-3324

EMAIL:

Send to Dekha Mohamed, and write FA Form in the Subject line.

How to Apply

  • Fill out the CAPA program application form and send in your $300 deposit.
  • Set up an appointment to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor as soon as possible. They will advise what types of aid are available and what amount(s) you are eligible to receive.
  • Work with your Financial Aid Advisor/Officer to complete the Financial Aid Disbursement Form. You may also want to print out the specific program budget estimate found at the bottom of this page.
  • Return the completed form to CAPA no later than 70-days prior to departure along with your 30% payment. Failure to send both by the deadline could result in your cancellation from the program.
  • 30% of the Program Fee is due at 70 days prior to departure even if your are waiting for Financial Aid to be disbursed. You will be assessed a $100 late fee and are subject to being cancelled from the program if you do not submit this amount.

1098-T Forms

CAPA International Education is not considered an eligible higher education institution under the Department of Education and therefore does not issue 1098-T forms. The student’s home institution should be issuing the 1098-T form, especially if the home institution bills the program fees to the student’s institutional account. If the student pays CAPA directly, there is no guarantee that the student will be able to use the educational costs of the program to file for the Education Tax Credits, since CAPA does not report these costs to the IRS as eligible tuition costs. We are happy to provide students who paid CAPA directly and would like to consult a professional tax advisor, with a copy of their account statement showing their accounts paid in full.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact an Admissions Advisor at 800-793-0334.
CAPA Scholarships and Grants

CAPA International Education has more than doubled the amount of scholarship money awarded annually to program participants. Each year, thousands of dollars in scholarships will be given to students who submit CAPA study abroad students posing outside of Temple of Heaven in Beijingapplication materials demonstrating high academic achievement and financial need. The following scholarships are available for students participating in the CAPA-Led Programs to Beijing, Buenos Aires, Florence, Istanbul, London, Shanghai, or Sydney.  These scholarships are not for students participating in non-CAPA programs to these destinations.

To be eligible, students must meet all regular program deadlines and be accepted onto a CAPA-led program. A separate scholarship application must also be submitted by the deadline listed. For students who apply for a need-based scholarship, they must show proof of financial need by submitting a Financial Assessment Form to CAPA by the scholarship deadline.

It takes the Scholarship Committee approximately 3-4 weeks to review applications and render decisions. Students will be notified in writing by email of their status approximately 4 weeks after the scholarship deadline. Students should be prepared to commit to the program regardless of whether an award is received. Generally, scholarship money is credited to the program invoice and not given out as cash.

CAPA-NEED BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

CAPA offers several $2500 and $500 scholarships for semester programs, and $1000 and $500 for summer programs to students who demonstrate high financial need. The $2500 semester and $1000 summer scholarships are reserved for students whose financial aid package is at least 50% of their cost of attendance at their home institution. To be considered, students must submit the CAPA scholarship application, the full program application and accompanying documents, and any required application fee (if applicable). Students must also meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.8 and submit a Financial Assessment Form from their home institution financial aid office attesting to their financial need

The scholarship and program application materials must be completed by the deadlines below:

Spring 2015: The deadline has past

Summer 2015: February 15, 2015

Fall 2015: May 1, 2015

CAPA-MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

CAPA offers several scholarships of $500 to students who demonstrate high academic merit. To be considered, students must submit the CAPA scholarship application, the full program application and accompanying documents, and any required application fee (if applicable). Students must have at least a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA at the time of application. The scholarship and program application materials must be completed by the deadlines below: 

Spring 2015: The deadline has past

Summer 2015: February 15, 2015

Fall 2015: May 1, 2015

CAPA-AFFILIATE NEED BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

Over 100 colleges and universities are affiliated with CAPA International Education, which helps make the process of applying for a CAPA program easy, and provides access to a special affiliate discounts and scholarships.  If you wish to know if your institution is an affiliate, please click here.

Regular Affiliate Grants

Students from affiliate institutions automatically receive $300 grants for Summer Programs, $400 for Quarter Programs and $600 grants for Semester Programs.

Affiliate Need-Based Scholarships

CAPA offers $5,000 scholarships for Fall and Spring semester programs to affiliate students who demonstrate high financial need and whose financial aid package is at least 50% of their cost of attendance at their home institution. To be considered, students must submit the CAPA scholarship application, the full program application and accompanying documents, and any required application fee (if applicable). Students must also meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.8 and submit a Financial Assessment Form from their home institution financial aid office attesting to their financial need.  If you wish to know if your institution is an affiliate, please click here.

Students who receive an affiliate scholarship of $5,000 must also agree to participate in the CAPA Ambassador Program upon their return to campus, as long as their institution allows participation in the program.

The scholarship and program application materials must be completed by the deadline below:

Spring 2015: The deadline has past

Summer 2015: February 15, 2015

Fall 2015: May 1, 2015

CAPA-ACCESS SCHOLARSHIPS

CAPA study abroad students posing outside of tiananmen square in China

CAPA International Education is pleased to offer the 2013 Access Scholarships to students who identify with one or more groups whose representation within the study abroad community has been unequal to its representation within the United States population. Underrepresentation in study abroad includes: racial, ethnic, students with disabilities, gender orientation, sexual orientation, age, field of study, veterans, and first-generation college students. For more information on statistics of participation in international education, visit the Open Doors Report. The Open Doors report features participation data as broken down by several factors within the student profile. The above link features the most recent data of education abroad participants.

CAPA will award 3 scholarships in the amount of $3,000 for Semester Programs and 4 scholarships in the amount of $1500 for Summer Programs.

Once you have completed your program, you will be asked to submit a Post-Program Statement describing your program experience. This statement can be a written essay, in video format, blog, audio, or photo-journalism piece.

CAPA International Education Statement on Access and Accessibility: Accessibility is often perceived as being one-sided and benefiting the individual.  At CAPA International Education, we think of access and accessibility as a collaborative and mutually beneficial concept. One of several definitions of accessible is “open to the influence of”. As you prepare for your experience abroad – academically, logistically, and personally – consider not only how your international education experience will influence you, but also the equally important influence that you, as a distinctive individual, can also have throughout your experience abroad. What questions will you be willing to answer about yourself? How will the way in which you define yourself change throughout the course of the program? How will you frame this experience in the future when others ask you about “studying abroad”? How will you describe it? You will not be able to answer these questions today, and you might not even be able to answer them immediately after the program, but they are worthwhile points of reflection. While we may meet people whose personal experiences impact us, we rarely consider how we, as individuals, can also be vehicles of change just by sharing our own story. The relevance of international education is not just vested in its introduction of United States college-level students to a new part of the world; it is also in the introduction of people throughout the country and the globe to one another and the potential impact they can have on one another.

The scholarship and program application materials must be completed by the deadlines below:

Spring 2015: The deadline has past

Summer 2015: February 15, 2015

Fall 2015: May 1, 2015

STUDY AGAIN WITH CAPA

If you studied abroad on a regular or customized CAPA program, you will automatically receive a $600 scholarship to study abroad again on a regular CAPA semester program, or a $300 scholarship toward a regular CAPA summer program. Students studying on another custom program are not eligible, and Affiliate students will not receive the Regular Affiliate Grant in addition to the Study Again with CAPA Scholarship, but are eligible to apply for the special Affiliate Need-Based Scholarship. The scholarship and program application materials must be completed by the regular program deadlines (no extensions).

ACCOMMODATIONS FUND

CAPA International Education is committed to facilitating a learning abroad experience for students with disabilities.  We encourage the disclosure of disability and use a collaborative team approach that involves our support staff both stateside and abroad, the student's study abroad advisor and disability resources coordinator, and of course the student, to determine the best means of accommodation.  While some accommodations are cost-free, we recognize that additional expenses may be incurred. In an effort to defray such expenses, we have established the Accommodation Fund.  We wish you a successful, exciting, and enriching time abroad and we are happy to support you in any way possible.

Grant Application Process: 

  • Email to Anne McDonnell, Manager of Pre-Departure Services, to request an accommodations form outlining your needs.
  • An anticipated additional cost sheet. Please work both with the Pre-Departure Services team, who will liaise with onsite personnel, as well as your College or University Study Abroad Office to assess potential additional costs that may arise. These can be estimates based on average costs advised by onsite personnel.
  • Permission to contact your College or University’s Office of Disability Services as well as (if applicable) State Vocational Rehabilitation Program Coordinator from whom you receive support.

CAPA International Education will review the grant proposal and determine award amounts based on the information provided. CAPA will try to meet the financial needs of the student as they are outlined to whatever degree possible, but some awards may not completely match the amount listed by the student pending the number of grant proposals we receive.

In instances where the grant funds will cover anticipated costs overseas, the grant fund will be managed by the onsite staff and distributed as needed/requested. If the proposed costs pertain to aspects of the program prior to departure, CAPA will make direct payments on the student’s behalf to the designated payee.

The application process must be completed by the deadlines below:

Spring 2015: October 1, 2014

Summer 2015: February 15, 2015

Fall 2015: May 1, 2015

NATIONAL STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS

In addition to CAPA Scholarships, there are many other national scholarship competitions you can apply for to receive extra funding. Many of these scholarships require you to apply a year in advance, so definitely do your homework ahead of time. Please visit each individual link below to learn more about eligibility, deadlines and how to apply:

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad

Critical Language Scholarship (for Istanbul and Beijing)

Diversity Network Travel Scholarship

Foundation for Global Scholars

Fund for Education Abroad

NSEP-Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Phi Kappa Phi

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Sarah's Wish Foundation

Turkish Coalition of America (for Istanbul)

 BLOG AND VLOG GRANTS

Are you an avid writer and photographer or a natural with a video camera? Why not apply for a blog or vlog grant for your semester or summer abroad with CAPA International Education? 

Every term, CAPA recruits official bloggers and vloggers to record their experience abroad through a weekly submission to the CAPA World blog (capaworld.capa.org). In exchange, you’ll receive a $600 grant at the end of the semester or $300 at the end of the summer term. Additionally you’ll have access to a $300 semester or $150 summer “explorer fund” to help you generate content for the blog while you’re abroad. Your contributions will be shared through our social media platforms.

Availability: 

The grants and explorer funds for bloggers and vloggers are available to incoming students on a yearly basis and are subject to annual review.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for a CAPA blog or vlog grant, you must:

  • have been accepted to study abroad on a CAPA program the coming term that is 6+ weeks during the summer or 10+ weeks during the semester
  • have a previous history as a blogger or vlogger and be able to submit a copy of your blog / vlog to the grant committee for review 
  • submit the application form and sample blog/vlog entry as detailed below

Guidelines: 

As a grant recipient, you must commit to writing one blog post or recording one vlog per week to set deadlines during your term abroad. Missing these deadlines may result in deductions from your grant amount. The blog or vlog contributions will begin in the “preparation stage” the week before you leave home. A list of suggested blog/vlog topics will be available to trigger your creativity but you are encouraged to submit your own ideas as well. Blog posts should be between 400 – 1,000 words. Vlog entries should be 1 - 2 minutes long. Blog/vlog content must be appropriate in nature and avoid showing or writing about topics that breach CAPA’s student code of conduct

Distribution of Grant and Explorer Fund:

Once you have completed the required number of blog posts, the grant is sent to you in the form of a check. The explorer fund is distributed by your program site resident director. If you do not comply with the set guidelines for two weeks in a row, you will lose your right to the remainder of your explorer fund.

Use of Explorer Fund:
The use of the explorer fund is strictly intended to further the content of your blog/vlog. For example: ticket entry to events or venues such as museums or galleries that you may not otherwise have experienced that are then posted about on the blog or recorded for the vlog, dinner at a restaurant that you want to review, or in any way that you feel will be beneficial to your contribution as a blogger/vlogger. 

Disclaimer: 

This grant could potentially be taxable. Speak to your consultant for advice. 

How to Apply:

Fill out the application form below at least 45 days prior to departure. Applications are considered by a committee and applicants are notified of the outcome by email. 

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Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact an Admissions Advisor at 800-793-0334.
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“Going to China was one of the best decisions in my life, especially deciding to go with CAPA. Even if I had gone there for a year without going through CAPA, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. With the CAPA MyEducation weekly visits I was able to visit so many sites. We were constantly on the go and I obtained so much from the classes, site seeing, internship, along with the help of Colin Speakman, our CAPA director. It is something anyone would have to experience in person to believe.”
Sachelle Taylor, Chatham University Beijing Student, Summer 2011
"My experience studying abroad with CAPA's internship in Beijing program was beneficial to me in ways I cannot even name. CAPA's personnel provided me with the preparation that I needed to succeed in a foreign land. The internship available to me was not only challenging, but also fun. Working in Beijing for the summer exposed me to insights on international business I wouldn't have been able to obtain elsewhere."
Nhat Duong, University of Pittsburgh Beijing Student, Summer 2010
One of my favorite things about living in Buenos Aires is getting to experience each of the different barrios (neighborhoods) in the city. Every day I always end up passing through several barrios either on my way to school, running errands or out with friends. I love each section of the city because each one is so incredibly alive and has its own unique sights and sounds to offer.
Catherine Brooks, D'Youville College, Fall 2012
“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.”
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“Life takes us on journeys; some are easily forgotten others are remembered for a lifetime. My journey in Sydney, Australia, was indeed a lifetime experience that cannot be put into words. I made long lasting friends and built professional network internationally. Sydney is one of those places where not many people get the chance to go to, but thanks to CAPA I was lucky enough to be in Sydney. Everything I learned there has changed my life both personally and professionally. Studying abroad gives you a different principle on life.”
Comfort Mensah, SUNY Oswego Sydney Student, Summer 2011

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Apply for a CAPA Program

Thank you for your interest in CAPA International Education. To apply for a CAPA program, you must meet the following admissions criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • It is strongly recommended that you are the equivalent of at least a 2nd semester sophomore.
  • Return the completed form to CAPA no later than 70-days prior to departure along with your 30% payment. Failure to send both by the deadline could result in your cancellation from the program.
  • You must be in good standing with your home institution and will be required to present two recommendations with your application.

To begin your application, please click on the program session below. Do not hesitate to contact a Student Admissions Advisor at 800-793-0334 with any questions about the application process.