Sydney

The Sydney Experience

You have never thought much about boomerangs before, and when you chose Sydney as your study abroad location, these pieces of wood that return to you when you throw them were not part of the reason. Rather, you considered the wide-ranging CAPA curriculum, the opportunity to supplement your formal learning with practical experience through an internship, the MyEducation program that makes your academics three-dimensional, and of course the energy and culture of the city of Sydney itself. You are already filling up your calendar with events like a lecture on immigration, a coastal walk along Sydney Harbour, and a hike in the Blue Mountains. And this one to the La Perouse museum, where you are learning firsthand about Aboriginal culture and getting a lesson on how to correctly throw this device so closely associated with Australia. Now suddenly the boomerang is more than a stick you throw. It is a metaphor for your time here, because even before your Sydney experience is complete, you are already thinking of how and when you will return.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

The Sydney classroom is like no other, and CAPA brings you the best it has to offer. Our thirteen-week semester program and six-week summer program gives you the opportunity to take a variety of courses and to complete a part-time or full-time internship in your major. Plus, as our program dates match the US academic calendar, you will be able to return to campus and not be behind.

Through MyEducation, we actively encourage you to explore beyond the classroom in order to meet and interact with Sydneysiders. You can participate in meetings, discussion groups, and cultural evenings with representatives of the many ethnic and religious minorities who give Sydney its rich cosmopolitan flavor. A city of international business, fine arts, design, theater, technology, politics, and finance, Sydney is an exciting, modern hub that inspires creativity and cutting-edge innovation. All of this awaits you during your time abroad!

Sydney internship studentAs one of the largest internship providers in Sydney, CAPA built an extensive network of internship sites in businesses, nonprofit, and nongovernmental organizations. Intern with locals and enhance your resume! Build professional skills and gain perspective as you engage a network of international contacts in your field.

 
Common Questions About the Sydney Experience
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Why Sydney?

A message from Debbie Shively, CAPA Sydney Resident Director

Dear Students,

A free-spirited and vibrant city, Sydney is built around one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, and the white-sailed Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are Australia’s pride and joy. More importantly, Sydney has emerged as a major cultural melting pot, with nearly 32% of Sydneysiders born overseas. The CAPA Sydney Program will immerse you in the lifestyle of a typical Australian, including city living and studying on the campus of an Australian university.

Students studying with CAPA in Sydney have the opportunity to learn first-hand about Australia’s rich history through courses such as Aboriginal History to Colonization: Current Issues in Historical Perspective, as well as gain a better understanding of current and ongoing cultural issues in the Understanding Modern Australia from a Sociological Perspective class. CAPA’s cornerstone course on Sydney as a Global City is uniquely designed to help you explore and analyze Sydney as a global power, getting you out of the classroom and into the city to understand how Sydney fits into the global scene.

The most important way in which CAPA helps you engage with the local culture is through our innovative MyEducation program. A calendar of events, centered around key themes, provides students with a tool to help personalize their experience in Sydney. This is done through guest lectures, guided excursions, and opportunities to engage the local culture. See the native fruit bats in the Royal Botanic Gardens, get inspired by a wonderful, magical performance at the Sydney Opera House or be enthralled by one of the best Aboriginal art collections in the world at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as you integrate all the unique experiences Sydney has to offer.

Additionally, 90% of CAPA Sydney students take part in an internship with a local business or organization, which provides further cultural immersion and an opportunity to observe Australian business culture. Students are placed within an immense variety of fields and industries, from non-profit or arts organizations to financial services companies or sports teams. 

The CAPA Sydney team can’t wait to welcome you to our great city. Come learn and explore in what has been deemed one of the “most livable cities in the world” with CAPA Sydney as we give you an insiders’ look into the Australian way of life!

Debbie Shively

Sydney Resident Director
CAPA International Education

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Sydney Program Location

The CAPA Sydney Program is located in the North Sydney area of the Lower North Shore. The historic Rocks district is located just a short ferry ride across Sydney’s famous harbor.

The CAPA program is lively with a strong sense of community. CAPA's administrative and advising center is just a two minute walk from the campus of the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Classes and orientation activities take place on the campus, which has fully equipped classrooms, computer labs, a library, bookstore, and dining facility. The CAPA program is well served by public transportation with easy access to all parts of the city.

The CAPA program organizes a range of events throughout the year, and regular activities encourage interaction between students from the many institutions represented on the program and from ACU. These include:


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ACU Campus-outings to museums, theaters, film festivals, and lectures
-special events such as holiday dinners and picnics
-community service projects
-walking tours of Sydney, including the city's different coastal areas

Students live within commuting distance of the center, either in shared apartments or homestays.
Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Academics in Sydney

By taking courses and an academic internship with CAPA, Sydney becomes your classroom!

 

Click here to see Sydney courses. Course offerings are subject to change. Click here to download a PDF of all Sydney course descriptions.

No matter your major, CAPA has the courses and internships to keep you on track while studying in Sydney.

AdvertisingAnthropologyArt HistoryBusiness
CommunicationsEducationEconomicsFilm
FinanceGeographyHistoryInternational Relations
JournalismLiteratureMarketingPsychology
Political ScienceSociologyTheaterWomen's Studies

Sydney internship student

Internships are also available for students studying Biology, Computer Science, Healthcare / Pre-Med, Mathematics, Sports Management, and all other majors. No matter what you are studying, CAPA can find a placement for you.

Academic and Internship Credits
All CAPA students receive full credit for courses and internships completed. Each contextual course earns 3 semester credits. The internship option, including the Learning through Internships course, earns 6 semester credits during the semester and 3-6 credits during the summer depending on the number of contact hours. Credits are issued through the University of Minnesota, the CAPA School of Record in Sydney.


Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus. Course offerings are subject to change up until the start of the program.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
SDNY COMM 3374/SDNY 3018 Advertising, Business, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations
SDNY URBS 3345 / SDNY 3013 Anthropology, Global Studies, Urban Studies, Sociology, Tourism
SDNY ARTH 3311 / SDNY 3002 Art History, Development Studies, Studio Arts
SDNY FILM 2211 / SDNY 3003 Anthropology, Film Studies, Media Studies, Research, Sociology
SDNY PSCI 3351 / SDNY 3011 Global Studies, History, Policy Studies, Political Science, Research
SDNY HIST 3314 / SDNY 3014 Anthropology, History, Indigenous Studies, Research, Urban Studies
SDNY COLT 3312 Cultural Studies, English, Journalism, Research, Sociology
SDNY RSCH 4410/SDNY 3895 Research
SDNY BUSN 3378/SDNY 3023 Business, Business Systems, Economics, Finance, Management
SDNY ANTH 3354/SDNY 3020 Anthropology, International Development Studies, Indigenous Studies
SDNY COMM 3353 / SDNY 3012 Communications, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Tourism
SDNY BUSN 3376/SDNY 3023 Business, Business Systems, Economics, Finance, Management
SDNY BUSN 3374/SDNY 3022 Business, Business Systems, Economics, Finance, Management
SDNY BUSN 3373 /SDNY 3021 Business, Business Systems, Economics, Finance, Management
SDNY BUSN 3372/SDNY 3015 Advertising, Business, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations
SDNY INTP 3347 3348 / SDNY 3006 Internship Course
SDNY BUSN 3380/SDNY 3025 Business, Business Systems, Economics, Finance, Management
SDNY CWRT 3317 / SDNY CWRT 3315 Creative Writing, English, Journalism, Literature

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus. Course offerings are subject to change up until the start of the program.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
SDNY COMM 3374/SDNY 3018 Advertising, Business, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations
SDNY URBS 3345 / SDNY 3013 Anthropology, Global Studies, Urban Studies, Sociology, Tourism
SDNY ARTH 3311 / SDNY 3002 Art History, Development Studies, Studio Arts
SDNY FILM 2211 / SDNY 3003 Anthropology, Film Studies, Media Studies, Research, Sociology
SDNY PSCI 3351 / SDNY 3011 Global Studies, History, Policy Studies, Political Science, Research
SDNY HIST 3314 / SDNY 3014 Anthropology, History, Indigenous Studies, Research, Urban Studies
SDNY COLT 3312 Cultural Studies, English, Journalism, Research, Sociology
SDNY RSCH 4410/SDNY 3895 Research
SDNY BUSN 3378/SDNY 3023 Business, Business Systems, Economics, Finance, Management
SDNY ANTH 3354/SDNY 3020 Anthropology, International Development Studies, Indigenous Studies
SDNY COMM 3353 / SDNY 3012 Communications, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Tourism
SDNY BUSN 3371 / SDNY 3004 Business, Economics, International Relations
SDNY BUSN 3376/SDNY 3023 Business, Business Systems, Economics, Finance, Management
SDNY BUSN 3374/SDNY 3022 Business, Business Systems, Economics, Finance, Management
SDNY BUSN 3373 /SDNY 3021 Business, Business Systems, Economics, Finance, Management
SDNY BUSN 3372/SDNY 3015 Advertising, Business, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations
SDNY INTP 3347 3348 / SDNY 3006 Internship Course
SDNY BUSN 3380/SDNY 3025 Business, Business Systems, Economics, Finance, Management
SDNY CWRT 3317 / SDNY CWRT 3315 Creative Writing, English, Journalism, Literature

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
SDNY URBS 3345 / SDNY 3013 Anthropology, Global Studies, Urban Studies, Sociology, Tourism
SDNY PSCI 3351 / SDNY 3011 Global Studies, History, Policy Studies, Political Science, Research
SDNY BUSN 3371 / SDNY 3004 Business, Economics, International Relations
SDNY INTP 3347 3348 / SDNY 3006 Internship Course
SDNY CWRT 3317 / SDNY CWRT 3315 Creative Writing, English, Journalism, Literature
Common Questions about Sydney Academics
Meet the Sydney Faculty
Academic Management
Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Internships in Sydney

CAPA has an extensive network of internship sites available in Sydney, available in businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. To learn about specific placements for your major, call a CAPA Student Admissions Counselor at 1-800-793-0334.

Our local staff visit each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns. Students are placed in sites, located within commuting distance of the center, that best meet their individual interests, abilities, and academic background.

Starting an internship abroad with CAPASydney internship student

Students participate in an interactive seminar to prepare them for their internship experience. Group orientation exercises are used to examine issues of culture and integration, and focused individual sessions examine site-specific information. All internships are contingent upon a successful interview with the internship-host organization, which will take place right after the student’s arrival and orientation. A seminar on interview techniques is presented prior to the interview.

Internship students participate in a seminar series entitled Learning through Internships. Faculty act as internship mentors to ensure that participants have academic guidance during their internships. Students produce papers, write reflective journals, and make oral presentations examining the real learning that occurs during their programs. Students produce a portfolio at the end of the internship that must meet clear academic criteria in order for the student to attain credit for the internship.

CAPA internships provide lasting results

Students are monitored throughout their internships to ensure that they are receiving appropriate training and guidance. At the end of each session, students evaluate their experience. These evaluations are shared with their home campus.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
MyEducation in Sydney

What is MyEducation?

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 outside world.

CAPA developed the 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 give you 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 in Sydney include:

  • Lecture on immigration
  • Visit to La Perouse to learn about boomerangs
  • Coastal walk along Sydney Harbour


This style of learning is a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.

How does it work?

Each CAPA program presents a MyEducation Calendar to all students and faculty. The MyEducation calendar is designed for you by local staff and faculty to bring theory to life, and to offer a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.

CSP studentsMyEducation 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 mechanism 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 Sydney MyEducation calendar.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Sydney Dates, Prices, & Inclusions

CAPA delivers academic excellence along with a complete cultural experience at an affordable price. The CAPA Sydney Program includes the following:

Tuition
Semester programs earn 12 to 18 credits (maximum of 6 credits for an internship); Summer session earns 3 to 6 academic or internship credits. Credit is issued by the University of Minnesota, CAPA's School of Record in Sydney.

Internship Placement
Optional 3 to 6 credit-hour internships are available for all students in any major field of study at no additional cost.CSP students

Housing and Meals
Students live within commuting distance of CAPA Sydney in homestays or shared apartments. Homestays include breakfast and dinner with the family. 

Local Transportation
Sydney transportation pass, which is good for travel on the buses and trains in the central metropolitan area.

Excursions
Full day excursion to the Blue Mountains. A full day excursion to Australia Walkabout Park.

Student Events
Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner (semesters only), and a farewell ceremony.

MyEducation Sydney
MyEducation is CAPA’s unique learning immersion program which blends local culture and top-notch academics into the experience of a lifetime for our students. A proven education program that combines theme-based learning with unique cultural experiences turning Sydney into your classroom.

Blue Mountains ExcursionInsurance
All CAPA students receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

CAPA Services and Support
The CAPA Sydney team is available throughout your program to assist and support you. Students can also contact the 24 hour emergency cell phone for any urgent situations outside of office hours.

Common Questions about Sydney Dates & Pricing
Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Next Steps

Whether you have questions or are ready to start an application, the CAPA Admissions Team is ready to help! 

Submit your inquiry online or give us a call at 1-800-793-0334. One of CAPA's Admissions Advisors can help answer any questions you have on our programs, explain the application process, and help you start preparing for an exciting study abroad experience. 

Admissions Advisors:

 Julia Campana     Nicole Couturiaux 

Once you start an application, your designated Admissions Advisor  will work with you throughout this process by tracking your application and ensuring you meet all deadlines. 

CAPA’s online enrollment is easy-to-use and available to students applying directly through CAPA. However, if your home institution has a customized CAPA program, please enroll through your study abroad office.

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 received 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 abroad, check out these resources on writing a resume (CV) and cover letter or visit your school's Career Services Office.

The CAPA Admissions Team will walk you through how to personalize your CAPA program starting from the initial stages of filling out your application, advise you on how to apply for scholarships to help fund your experience, and provide information to help you budget for your program fees and personal expenses while abroad. CAPA is here to help every step of the way!

To learn more from students who have attended a CAPA program, visit the CAPA Ambassador and testimonials sections.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Meet the Sydney Staff
 

Dr. Donna Vaughan
Director of Academic Affairs

I am the Director of Academic Affairs, so I have oversight of the CAPA Sydney curriculum and faculty. I hold a PhD in Social Science and Policy (Development Studies) from the University of New South Wales. I have been teaching at the university level for six years and enjoy the intellectual engagement with students as well as helping them find their pathway to a future career through study. I was born and bred in Sydney, and I love the light, the water, and the cultural diversity of the city.

   
  

Debbie Shively (on maternity leave until 2015)
Resident Director
As Resident Director, I run all the operational components of the CAPA Sydney Program. I also manage all the internships. I am originally from California. I began my career in international education at Menlo College where I was the Assistant Director of Admissions, predominantly working with international students. I relocated to Australia in 2003, where I completed my Masters Degree in International Studies at the University of Sydney. I like working with students because I found that my study abroad experiences were life changing and I want to assist other students in this experience. I love the outdoor lifestyle of Sydney including the beach lifestyle and barbies (BBQs).

   
    

Dana Logston
Student Affairs Coordinator

I provide overall program support for the CAPA Sydney Program, and work closely with students on MyEducation and other CAPA sponsored activities. In addition, I serve as the staff liaison to the Student Council. I am originally from Orange County, California where I attended California State University, Fullerton.  I originally came to Australia on a self-directed study abroad program before deciding to complete both a BA and a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary Education) degree from the University of Newcastle.  I am always excited to share my experiences as a fellow American living 'down under' with CAPA students to ensure they have the best experience possible while in Australia. I like working with students because no two days are ever the same and no two students are ever the same; I like the challenge in that. I love the various landscapes around Sydney.  It’s a lot more than just beaches-we’ve got beautiful bushland, city parks, and waterways to explore, too.

   
  

Monique Aronsohn
Interim Resident Director

As Interim Resident Director, I oversee the operational components of the CAPA Sydney Program. I also manage student services. I am originally from South Africa, but immigrated to California in my early teens. I began my career in international education at the University of California, Santa Cruz where I was an International Advisor, working with international students and US study abroad students. I relocated to the UK in 2008, where I completed a Certificate in Counseling at Goldsmith's University and my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Sussex. While living in the UK I worked at the US-UK Fulbright Commission where I directed the scholarship program for US and UK students and scholars. I like working with international students because I have in one way or another always been an international student and see the unlimited benefits students gain from a study abroad experience. I recently immigrated to Australia where I'm really looking forward to working with CAPA students in Sydney, and together, exploring all Australia has to offer. 

   
  

Tamara Sales
Program and Internship Assistant

As the Program & Internships Assistant, I provide student services support for students during their time in Sydney. I completed a Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) degree at the University of Western Sydney and studied abroad at Western Carolina University, North Carolina for the final year of my degree. I also spent a few months living and working in Manhattan, NYC. Having studied, worked and interned both in Australia and the US, I love being able to share my stories, experiences, and advice with students embarking on the same adventure. As a born and bred Sydneysider, I love the mixture of the laidback beach culture and fast pace urban lifestyle this Oceanside city has to offer.

   
 

Lucy Martin
Program and Academic Support Assistant

I am an Australian native, and have just recently returned from a semester of study abroad at San Francisco State University. While studying at SFSU, I also worked at the Office of Research and Sponsored Program. I grew up in Sydney and Newcastle and am completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Communication) at the University of Technology, Sydney. I love Australian theatre, public transport and lamb roasts. I also dislike sunburn and Vegemite (an Aussie favourite!). I look forward to working with you when you come to Sydney!

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
What Students say about CAPA
“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
“I've known since high school that I wanted to study abroad in Australia. Pinpointing exactly what program I wanted to take part in was a bit more difficult. The internship-education program offered by CAPA in Sydney was a unique and a great opportunity that I wanted to become a part of. As a student in the field of Sport Management, having relevant internship experience is essential to getting a full time job in the industry. Additionally, working in Sydney helped me get acclimated to the city's culture.” “Yet the biggest advantage that CAPA has over other study abroad programs is the students they attract. I met several students in the program who I befriended quickly and continued to stay in contact with now that we are all back in the States. On a professional level, these students will also be very important parts of my network as we finish college and begin our careers. Thus, the benefits of the CAPA experience last far longer than the semester spent abroad!"
Tarik Kafel, UMASS Amherst Sydney Student, Spring 2011
“This was the best summer I've had so far. The CAPA internship I was placed in went beyond my expectations- I've gained invaluable experience and connections. I also feel like I really got to build a life for myself in Sydney, experiencing the city beyond just the tourist attractions to really feel like a local. The MyEducation program really makes all the difference in our experience when we are informed about the multiple options available to us. Thanks for putting that together for us!”
Alexandra Nemeth, University of Southern California, Summer 2012
“My co-workers at my internships were very supportive of me- they understood that I was still adjusting to some things and were patient. They took me in under their wing and helped me fully integrate myself into my new Aussie life. They were wonderful!”
Tomi Nauman, Augustana College Sydney Student, Spring 2010