Kristina's Top 5 Apps for Study Abroad

Apr 22, 2015 12:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Kristina_Worm_-_Bio_PictureKristina Worm is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post Kristina shares her top 5 favorite apps that have helped her during her semester abroad in Sydney.

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My semester in Sydney is winding down, but as my time here comes to an end I wanted to share my top used apps. During my time here I made sure to bring my iPhone, but it is definitely personal preference if you choose to bring your smart phone.

I also got a pre-paid phone that I used to text and call people within Australia. Having my iPhone was convenient when I had access to the internet and especially convenient because I was still able to iMessage and FaceTime people back home.

When connected to the internet, these are my top 5 apps that I used during my time in Sydney:

1. GOOGLE MAPS. I’m not sure if I’ve used a navigational app so much in my life! Whenever it was possible to connect to WiFi or before leaving the apartments, I would always use Google Maps to make sure I knew where I was going. This app is very convenient in planning out trips and it was especially useful during our first few weeks here. Even with only having a week left, I still google directions to places. Google Maps is nice for those that are in an unfamiliar place because it connects to public transportation routes as well. I was able to get driving directions, walking directions, and public transportation directions from this app alone.


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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Practical Study Abroad Advice

Emily's 5 Favorite Apps for Study Abroad

Mar 12, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Emily Kearns is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and business major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her post below, Emily shares her top 5 apps to use while studying abroad.

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While I mentioned in one of my posts how refreshing it is to be abroad and non-reliant on my iPhone at all times of the day, there are definitely times when it’s necessary to break out that handy-dandy little device.

I am oh-so-thankful for these five apps below, that have helped me in a countless number of ways!

1. GOOGLE MAPS. This app comes in handy so much, especially for people like me who are not so great at directions! On a beautiful day in Florence, it sometimes feels great to be lost and wander around; however, when it’s cold, dark and you can’t find your way back to your apartment, it’s nice to have a helping hand. I definitely recommend to anyone going abroad purchasing a phone/plan with at least some internet capability, even if it’s just to use for emergency situations like when you need to find your way home. It’s always better to be safe than sorry! Not so much in a small city, like Florence, but in bigger cities this app especially comes in handy because it can tell you exactly what bus, tram, or train to take to your destination as well as what times they run.

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy


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