The Global City

Utilizing The Global City

The global city is at the core of CAPA’s identity. It is both a location and a set of subjects. It is where we are and what we teach and study through the intentional integration of curriculum and experience. CAPA’s academic approach is designed to engage with the way these cities have been imagined, invented, and transformed by the forces of globalization and the realities of urbanization.

Our My Global City program arms students with an intentionally defined and guided approach for ways to explore their new urban environments. Our goal is to give students access to unique and valuable opportunities that help them make the most out of their experience.

My Global City

The My Global City calendar includes fun and engaging social events and cultural activities with opportunities for reflection with the staff leader or professional walking tour guide, or through reflective questions on self-guided explorations. 

Activities are chosen based on their relevance to our Student Learning and Development Outcomes: Globalization, Urban Environments, Social Dynamics, Diversity, and Personal and Professional Development. Students can personalize their engagement with their city by selecting activities that speak directly to them and their way of learning.

Examples of My Global City events our students participate in include:

  • Barcelona: Visiting the Picasso Museum to learn about Barcelona's most famous painter and the historical events that influenced his artwork. 

  • Dublin: Visiting the National Museum of Ireland to explore an amazing collection of artifacts dating back to 7,000 B.C.

  • Florence: Walking through the secret rooms of the Medici family at Palazzo Vecchio, now Florence’s town hall.

  • London: Participating in a walking tour of the diverse Brick Lane neighborhood followed by a curry dinner.

  • Sydney: Attending TropFest, the world’s largest short film festival and one of Australia’s most prestigious and most iconic cultural events.

The activities may be led by CAPA staff or a professional guide, while others are self-directed with background information and reflective questions provided. Activities range from free to low-cost.