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Welcome to CAPA The Global Education Network!
Thank you for your decision to participate in, and contribute to, this dynamic field. For more than 40 years, CAPA The Global Education Network has been a recognized leader in the development and management of faculty-led and custom study abroad programs. Each of our learning abroad locations and corresponding on-site support services has been strategically designed to support the unique needs of you, the faculty, and your students.
We hope you find the information featured on our website to be comprehensive and helpful. We want to provide you with all the tools you need to make the CAPA site, as well as the entire city you’re teaching in, a successful, holistic classroom. Please refer to the following pages for a snapshot of your experience abroad, and don’t hesitate to contact the CAPA office with any specific questions or requests.
CAPA offers a broad range of program models and services at our program sites in Buenos Aires, Dublin, Florence, London, Shanghai and Sydney.
Faculty-led and Custom Programs
CAPA has been hosting faculty-led and custom study abroad programs since our beginning in 1972. We believe these programs can offer both the student and faculty members a powerful and unique experience abroad. We consider each faculty-led and custom program to be unique, and to ensure this is the case, CAPA's Faculty-Led and Custom Program Team will help you consider the price, location, dates, length of stay, course-related activities, as well as ways to enrich your program with local faculty, co-curricular activities, and internships. Once we complete our initial consultation, we will present you with a program proposal and budget outlining your particular program’s requirements.
CAPA Global Cities Programs
At each program site CAPA has designed a series of programs open for individual enrollment. These semester, quarter, and summer programs have been developed to offer students a powerful and supportive education abroad experience. Our fees are deliberately affordable to ensure they are accessible to a broad range of students. Each program offers contextual courses across many fields and departments, internships, service-learning, and a broad range of cultural events and activities.
Academic Partnership Programs
Choosing to build a customized program matching the dates of a CAPA Academic Program is known as a “Partnership” model. This cost-effective model enables your institution to expand its curriculum by combining your specific courses with a CAPA Program’s course offerings that appeal to a broader audience. Institutions that choose a partnership model have the option of allowing their students access to all of CAPA’s course offerings, or they may shape the identity if the program by limiting course options. Partnership programs allow your students to engage fully with all that CAPA provides onsite yet still allows you ownership of the program identity.
CAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan in order to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for students and faculty. CAPA endorses the guidelines published by the NAFSA Inter-organizational Task Force on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad. A leader in health and safety management, CAPA has implemented the following policies and procedures for managing emergency situations that occur abroad.
CAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan in order to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for students and faculty. This plan includes specific guidelines for dealing with emergencies, such as student assault, suicide, serious accident or emotional issues, as well as large-scale crises such as natural disasters or acts of terrorism.
Teams are in place to lead the plan, to locate all students to confirm their whereabouts and safety and provide them information, instructions, and advice, and to keep home campus informed at all times. CAPA’s relationships with tour operators, housing providers, and other international education organizations in each program site ensure it will be possible to relocate students should such a need occur.
CAPA’s health and safety committee regularly evaluates the health and safety protocols to ensure they are robust and up to date. For security reasons, CAPA’s full plan cannot be disclosed.
CAPA has retained the services of docleaf for professional support. docleaf has over 15 years experience providing strategic crisis management, communication support, and psychological intervention. They have worked with CAPA to create a full crisis response plan specific to our organization, and are on call 24/7 to provide staff with support for dealing with any student emergency or large scale crisis.
Please visit docleaf for more information.
Staff Training and Continuous Assessment
CAPA staff members receive regular comprehensive and ongoing health and safety training, including guidelines on referral and working within the limitations of their own competencies. Training and 24-hour staff support is provided both in house by experienced senior staff members as well as by docleaf, a professional external organization specializing in crisis management.
CAPA is registered with the U.S. Embassy and is on the State Department’s advisory list to receive regular updates on security issues abroad. Updates pertaining to our program sites or possible areas of travel are always communicated to students.
CAPA refers to data from a variety of sources in order to make decisions regarding program operations. This includes the consular information sheets and advisory messages posted by the U.S. Department of State as well OSAC, CDC, and WHO briefings, international and local news alerts, and advice from local law enforcement. This data will be used to assess whether a local condition requires our students to exercise additional caution for which they will be briefed and advised, or whether there is a need to relocate all or part of the program or to suspend or terminate the program and evacuate participants. In the event of a relocation or termination of the program, CAPA will work closely with pre-identified local vendors and consular officials/US Department of State to ensure that students are informed and fully supported through this process. docleaf will will serve as an additioanl resource for oversight.
In making individual decisions concerning participation, we suggest that participants and their parents carefully review the State Department Travel Advisories.
Communication with the Home Campus
CAPA keeps home campuses informed of the welfare of their students and faculty, and informs them of issues arising abroad. In the event of a large scale local emergency, the CAPA locator plan will be activated and the home campus will receive regular updates on the security of all participants.
24-Hour Emergency Contact
CAPA provides 24-hour emergency telephone coverage for faculty and students in distress in the US and all program locations. The CAPA Emergency Line in the US is 617-999-8126. Students and faculty will be given the emergency line for their program location prior to departure. All CAPA students are required to have a cell phone with a local number and to keep it turned on and charged at all times. This ensures that CAPA is able to locate and advise students in the case of a major event affecting the location in which they are studying.
All students are provided with a full program orientation which includes a section on health and safety specific to their local environment and surroundings. Students are informed how to contact CAPA in the case of an emergency and are given an emergency card and asked to put the CAPA 24 hour emergency number into their mobile phones. They are instructed to contact CAPA in the event of an emergency affecting their program location and to keep CAPA abreast of their security. Such communications can be in the form of a text message if phone lines go down as SMS data will still go through.
Students are also advised to contact their parents, guardians, or emergency contacts as soon as possible should there be any incident within the country they are studying, whether or not they or the city they are in is affected. They are reminded that US news can amplify situations abroad and contact with home is that much more important.
Mental Health Issues
While CAPA staff are trained to respond to a variety of health and safety situations, it is important to note that they are not qualified psychologists, psychiatrists or counsellors. Instead, staff are trained to provide students with appropriate referrals and guidance for gaining professional help while abroad. Students with existing mental health issues should carefully consider whether studying in a different and unfamiliar country is right for them. This should include investigating in advance what resources they will be able to access while abroad and assessing whether these resources will provide an appropriate support structure. Additionally CAPA recommends that students ensure they take with them enough medication (if applicable) to cover the entirety of their program and to remain in contact with their mental health professionals back home throughout their time abroad. Students deemed to be a risk to themselves or to others will likely need to withdraw the program and return home in the interest of safety.
CAPA provides insurance for each student and travelling faculty member, including health, travel, and accident coverage; emergency medical evacuation and repatriation; basic accident; sickness; trip cancellation; trip delay; trip interruption; and baggage loss.
Advice for Participants and Their Families
CAPA has the following recommendations for students and their emergency contacts:
- Participants and their emergency contacts should keep in touch with each other throughout the participants’ time out of the United States.
- Participants should make sure their parents and / or emergency contacts have their accurate and up-to-date local contact information at all times.
- Participants should immediately notify their emergency contacts in the event of any emergency, accident, serious health problem, or other serious mishap.
- Participants are required to notify the Resident Director in the event of any health condition that lasts longer than a day or two.
Communication between CAPA and participants’ sending institutions is considered “internal communication” in regards to the Family Rights and Privacy Act, and CAPA has the right and the duty to communicate all relevant information concerning participants’ health and safety, academic progress, behavior, etc. to appropriate officers at the sending school on a need-to-know basis.
It is important to note that the US Department of State Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management will generally not release information about specific individuals to CAPA or to other third parties.
The US State Department website has information specifically for students abroad which includes a section on emergencies and the State Department’s contact details.
CAPA's mission since 1972 has been to provide learning abroad opportunities which educate students and visiting faculty about the people and culture in which they are learning.
CAPA has established and continues to develop comprehensive standardized policies, procedures, and outcome assessment tools to enhance and support the academic activities of its program locations worldwide.
Department of Academic Affairs
As the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Annagene (Angi) Yucas heads the CAPA International Academic Management Team which is comprised of the academic directors of all CAPA programs. She is responsible for the implementation and compliance of all CAPA academic policies and procedures, as well as curriculum development. Her top priority is maintaining a high standard of academic quality in CAPA programs, conducting annual program assessments and five-year comprehensive, onsite reviews. She also serves as the CAPA liaison to the CAPA Academic Advisory Board and the Schools of Record. CAPA has worked closely with Dr. Yucas since the early ‘90s when she first developed an institutional relationship with CAPA as the Director of Study Abroad at the University of Pittsburgh. Having built several programs with CAPA over the years, she has an excellent understanding of CAPA's mission, sites, and program models.
Angi has enjoyed an outstanding career in International Education for over 30 years. She possesses comprehensive knowledge of education abroad programming and assessment; student advising; campus and community life in the US; national outreach; fundraising and scholarship resources; standards of good practice; relevant legal issues; and effective crisis management practice.
Angi has served on the advisory boards of several education abroad organizations, has held leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Council for International Education and NAFSA Regions VIII and IX, and is currently a member of three committees of the Forum on Education Abroad, as well as a QUIP Peer Reviewer and an Assessor for the Forum’s Certification Program. She has taught courses on intercultural communication, leadership development, journal writing, mythology and modern literature. Dr. Yucas holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in English and French Literature and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Comparative Literature; she has recently completed a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh.
The CAPA Academic Advisory Board
The CAPA Academic Advisory Board (AAB) provides advice and counsel on the development and maintenance of CAPA program locations. The AAB is composed of faculty and administrative experts in the field of education abroad. Board members serve as individuals with no implied or explicit expectation that their institutions approve or recommend their students use CAPA programs. For a current list of AAB members, please contact Dr. Yucas.
We are very proud of our outstanding faculty in all sites. They all have Masters or PhD qualifications, and have a wealth of experience in instructing American students and bringing the cultural pulse of the host country into the classroom at all levels, and in relevant and interesting class visits.
The CAPA Academic Advisory Board (AAB) provides advice and counsel on the development and maintenance of CAPA Program Centers. Academic Advisory Board members play a substantive, time and labor-demanding role on the Board and are key to ongoing quality assurance for all aspects of CAPA programs. The AAB receives periodic reports from the Curriculum Committee, which may assist the Board in responding to the needs of the CAPA Program Centers. The Academic Advisory Board is composed of faculty and administrative experts in the field of education abroad. Board members serve as individuals with no implied or explicit expectation that their institutions approve or recommend their students use CAPA Program Centers. In addition CAPA's President/CEO, Chief Academic Officer, and Vice-President of Academic Relations are staff liaisons for the Academic Advisory Board and serve as ex officio members of the AAB. The CAPA CAO asks one of the AAB members to carry out the Annual Performance Assessment (APA) for each CAPA Program Site using relevant statistics and documentation – including student evaluations and reports from key CAPA staff. Student services, academic life, and curriculum are the subjects of the review. The APA’s are shared with the full AAB membership and discussed at the annual AAB meeting held in August. A comprehensive AAB Site Review team composed of three persons, including education abroad professionals and at least one faculty member with appropriate expertise related to the programming offered, visits and assesses each CAPA Program Center at least once every five years.
Academic Advisory Board Members - 2016-2017
Melissa Hardin, Ph.D. - Chair
Assistant Dean for International Studies and Assistant Professor of Spanish (Visiting)
Dr. Melissa Hardin has co-directed the Ursinus/CAPA semester program in Madrid. She studied in Spain (summer, semester, academic year) and has 20 years teaching experience with over 10 years as study abroad coordinator and academic advisor. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College.
Director of International Programs
Giselda Beaudin has been the Director of International Programs at Rollins College since 2010 and she was Assistant Director of International Programs at Binghamton University before coming to Rollins College. She is a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps and served as a member of the NAFSA Consular Liaison Sub-committee. She led workshops at NAFSA regional and national conferences and presented at multiple NAFSA regional and state conferences, and at the Forum for Education Abroad. She recently co-taught an interdisciplinary winter intersession course at Jacobs University in Germany and has extensive prior experience working with college and high school students as an advisor, tutor, and instructor. Giselda earned her BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and her MA in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. She has studied abroad in China and Quebec; has lived abroad in France and Italy; and has traveled in Australia, Europe, Central America, South America, the Middle East and Asia.
Julius E. Coles
Director of Andrew Young Centre for International Affairs
Mr. Coles is the former president of Africare, the oldest and largest African-American led organization providing aid to Africa. Previously, he served as the director of the Andrew Young Center for International Development at his alma mater, Morehouse College, and the director of the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University. In 1966, Mr. Coles joined the United States Agency for International Development where he worked over a 28-year career in a broad range of countries including Vietnam, Morocco, Nepal, Liberia, Swaziland, and Senegal. He retired with the rank of Career Minister in 1994. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee. He has served on the boards of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, the African Development Foundation, InterAction, Global Impact, Alliance Francaise of Washington, and the Society for International Development. Mr. Coles was given the James Madison Medal from Princeton University in 2007, the Amistad Achievement Award in 2003, and was named a Commander in the Order of the Lion by the Government of Senegal in 1994. He was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and his master’s degree from Princeton University.
Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, St. Edward's University
Bill has worked in international education for the past 26 years. He spent 17 years at the University of California San Diego International Center as Director of the Opportunities Abroad Program, and 5 years as Executive Vice President of Research and Strategic Alliances at ISA: International Studies Abroad. Bill studied at the Université de Bordeaux, France for one year as an undergraduate, and joined the Peace Corps in Senegal where he and his wife served for 2 years upon graduation. Bill brought his family to Akita, Japan for one year where he taught Japanese on the JET Programme, and he managed the computer lab aboard the Semester at Sea university ship for 10 weeks. Bill earned his bachelor's degree in Management Science and French Literature from UCSD and his master's degree in Higher Education Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. Bill was given the gift of languages and speaks seven. He is happily married and is also the proud father of three, enjoying his family’s company on a regular basis.
Joshua S. McKeown, Ph.D.
Director of International Education and Programs
State University of New York at Oswego
Dr. Joshua S. McKeown holds both an MBA and a Ph.D. in Higher Education. He is author of The First Time Effect: The Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Development based on his dissertation research, numerous articles, and has presented internationally at NAFSA, APAIE, AMPEI and other conferences. He has worked in international education and related fields for 15 years at both SUNY Oswego and Syracuse University. He studied abroad and worked as an ESL instructor in Madrid, Spain.
Ulises Mejias, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications Studies
State University of New York at Oswego
Ulises Mejias was born in Mexico City, and has lived in the United States since 1990. He is an associate professor in the Communication Studies Department at SUNY Oswego. He did his Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the Communication, Computing and Technology in Education program. Previously, he was Director of Learning Systems Design at eCornell, where he was the principal architect behind the company’s approach to online learning systems design and production, Learning Molecules.
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Zach Mohs is a Program Director in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota, where he has worked since 2006. He received a bachelor's degree in Communication from Saint John's University (MN), and a master's degree in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota, with a thesis that explored the gender imbalance in education abroad participation. His current duties include managing enrollment, instructor-led programs, and center-based programs in London, Rome, and Florence.
Ming-te Pan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
State University of New York at Oswego
Ming-te Pan is an associate professor at the History Department of the State University of New York, Oswego. He received his Ph.D. degree in History from the University of California, Irvine, where he was trained as a social economic historian of the Late Imperial China (ca. 14th century to early 20th century). Since 1993, he has taught various topic related to China and Japan. Dr. published a book titled Pawnshop Industry in Modern China (1644-1949) and many journal articles related to the peasant economy in Late Imperial china. Between 2006-2009 he chaired the history department at SUNY Oswego. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Pan serves as a member of the Board of Editor for H-Asia, which is an on-line discussion group that has over 3,000 Asian specialists from more than 20 nations in the world. He is also a member on the editorial board for a journal The Chinese Historical Studies.
Simran Sahi, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Economics
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Dr. Simran Sahi has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota since 1991. She has an M.Phil. in Economics from the Punjab University in India, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sahi has been teaching undergraduate economics students for the past thirty two years; eight of them in India, and the rest in the United States. Her work focuses on teaching International Trade to economics seniors and other interested domestic and foreign students, managing the undergraduate economics curriculum, supervising 75 teaching assistants in the department (most of whom are foreign students), monitoring and improving the quality of undergraduate instruction (in conjunction with the Center for Teaching and Learning), and on Study Abroad for University of Minnesota students. She is a staunch believer in the benefits of Study Abroad and advocates for it relentlessly!
Liesl Smith, Ph.D.
Director of Global Education, Merrimack College
Dr. Liesl Smith recently joined Merrimack College as Director of Global Education after a decade with Gordon College where she served first as Assistant Director and then Director of Administration and Management of Global Education. Liesl made the move into international education (an area of long-standing interest based in her experience teaching ESL in China and Mongolia in the early 1990s) after several years on the teaching side of academia. She has a particular interest in international programs that advance students’ understanding of the global realities of their particular disciplines. Liesl has a strong background in working with faculty to develop short-term academic seminars as well as serving on core curriculum committees for nearly a decade to assist in the integration of international education within the wider curriculum. She has published on the complicated nature of re-entry for students in the Chronicle for Higher Education. Liesl has a PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in Literary and Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA from Virginia Tech in English literature.
Joseph Stanley, Ph.D.
April H. Stroud
Associate Director, Education Abroad
University of Massachusetts Amherst
April worked in the Netherlands for 5 years before joining the Education Abroad staff at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has over 10 years of experience advising students on study abroad opportunities in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands and works closely with the University’s Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences to integrate study abroad options into the academic curricula. April holds an Ed.D. in Educational Policy & Leadership from UMass Amherst and has published in the Journal of Studies in International Education about factors that influence student intent to and participation in study abroad. Her current interests related to study abroad are curriculum integration, strategies to increase STEM major participation and identifying and removing barriers to study abroad.
One of the key reasons faculty and institutions choose a CAPA partnership to create and host their program is because of our comprehensive network of domestic and international services and support. To ensure your program's success, CAPA works with you closely and in a co-creative process from the very start of the program's concept.
A Comprehensive Administration and Service
Our USA and overseas staff act as an administrative resource to help recruit students and assist your faculty with the pre-departure organization of the program. Once abroad, CAPA will manage all aspects of the program, from events, lectures, and excursions to all aspects of health and safety, allowing your faculty to focus on teaching and learning abroad.
CAPA program managers located in Boston will help both faculty and students plan for their program abroad in the follows ways:
- Marketing assistance to facilitate student recruitment.
- Assistance with the student application process, billing, and financial aid for those institutions that request it.
- One-on-one student advising via email and dedicated 800 student services number.
- CAPA will arrange student and faculty housing in homestays, shared apartments and residence style accommodation.
- Co-curricular planning to include course related excursions, guest lectures, entrances to museums, and theatre tickets, to mention a few.
- CAPA program managers in the US begin to map out the contents of your program with our staff overseas to ensure all the necessary reservations and arrangements are made for your arrival.
International Program Services
CAPA International Program Services staff around the world have been professionally trained to support the needs of both faculty and students. Every CAPA location has a resident director and support staff to examine logistical as well as welfare and educational needs to ensure all aspects of your program have the support they require.
Arrival and Orientation
Both students and faculty are presented with a comprehensive on-site orientation seminar just after arrival. These orientations cover health and safety issues, medical and professional support service information, and appropriate emergency response measures. We also examine issues of cultural integration, personal travel, transportation, and other key topics related to living abroad.
In most program locations, faculty have access to the CAPA visiting faculty offices where they can meet other visiting faculty, prepare coursework, and plan their program sessions using our computers, internet, and photocopying services. CAPA will also arrange faculty housing to meet the needs of the individual faculty members and their traveling companions or family.
Weekly program newsletters called the Monday Memo is delivered to each program via e-mail to keep faculty and students informed of weekly events in the city and at the CAPA site.
Emergency Support Services
CAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan in order to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for students and faculty. This includes 24/7 emergency support.
Internships have rapidly become one of the most popular and successful methods for connecting students to their study abroad location while building their professional, personal, and intercultural competencies.
CAPA has long been considered one of the leading internship providers in the field of learning abroad. We have an extensive network of internship sites available across many of our program locations. These include businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, art galleries, health care facilities, schools, and more. Internships are offered on all of our CAPA study programs and can be added as a component to a faculty-led or co-sponsorship program.
We treat each student application as an individual placement having its own unique educational requirements. Each placement is carefully considered to ensure it best meets the individual interests, abilities, and academic background of each student.
Internship participants participate in a reflective seminar entitled Learning through Internships. Specially chosen CAPA faculty administer the seminars and mentor internship students to ensure substantive learning occurs over the course of a term.
Internship participants produce papers, write reflective journals, and make presentations on their internship in class. Site visits, guest lectures, and community visits are included in the course to add a cultural dimension to the overall internship experience. In addition, each student must produce a portfolio at the end of the internship which must meet clear academic criteria in order for the student to attain credit for the internship.
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 world outside.
CAPA developed our 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 the themes of Globalization, Urban Environments, Social Dynamics, and Diversity. 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. Participation in these activities will help you develop 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 include:
- Walking Tour and Curry in Brick Lane, London
- Cooking classes in Italy
- Wine tasting and vineyards tours in Sydney
- Tour of BBC Broadcasting House
- Attending the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
How does it work?
Each CAPA center presents a MyEducation planner to all students and faculty. The MyEducation planner is designed for you by local staff and faculty as a way of helping you get the most out of your time in your study abroad destination. MyEducation brings theory to life and offers a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.
MyEducation 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 way to develop areas of interest that may be extended into an application for the CAPA Record of Achievement.
What do students say about MyEducation?
“CAPA's MyEducation program is a great way to explore your city! With a little helpful guidance from people that know the city best, you can travel to some interesting places and participate in a lot of fun social activities. You meet great people, you see awesome things, and you learn more about the city you are studying in...what could be better?”
-Amanda Cecil, Lindsey Wilson College, London Summer 2011
“MyEducation programs made it easy to go places and see things without trying to figure out what to do on my own. It was great to be led on day trips and be able to see different places, and see things you might not even think to see on your own!”
-Sara Berthiaume, Emmanuel College, London Summer 2011
“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.”
-Lindsey Forte, SUNY Oswego, Florence Spring 2011
“MyEducation is a great program offered through CAPA. It helped enhance my classroom learning by introducing me to some of the great culture London had to offer that I had learned about in class. It was a great way to explore the city while learning more and meeting some great people within the CAPA program.”
-Brooke Fine, Michigan State University, London Spring 2011
“The CAPA London MyEducation program provided more cultural experiences than could ever have been offered in a classroom. If it were not for CAPA’s desire for students to experience, through MyEducation programs, the fullest cultural experience they could, my time studying abroad in London would have not been complete.”
-Caitlin Harley, Ursinus College, London Spring 2011
When you go abroad with CAPA, you will learn about real people and real issues in the location where you live, work and study.
Please join the 2017 CAPA Global Education Workshop in Dublin with option to visit London or Florence.
Busy, bustling Dublin heaves with a millennia’s worth of stories to be told, set against the soundscape of a thousand bands. Dublin has the feel of a village while it offers a wealth of different attractions to which many visitors and international students are drawn to every year. The charm of the city lies in its warm friendliness, making you feel at home as soon as you arrive.
As a workshop participant, you will analyze and explore this unique environment, much like your students will, while gaining insight into CAPA's approach to teaching the city. This means:
- You will be exposed to the ways in which CAPA creates learning pathways for our four key academic tracks: Creative Arts; Exploration of the Media; Human Rights, Crime and Journalism; and Globalization and International Trends in Business and Society.
- You will meet with faculty and staff at our CAPA Dublin Center, engage with our host institution Griffith College, and learn about the vast resources and experiences available to students through this partnership, including classes, housing, and campus life.
- You will visit CAPA internship sites and participate in a signature My Global Education event to further explore the opportunities students have to immerse themselves in local Irish culture and build professional skills.
- You will take a guided tour of Dublin, dissecting what makes this Global City a modern center of education, the arts, administration, economy, and industry.
Following the Dublin Workshop, you are welcome to extend your time with CAPA by visiting a second Global City: choose between our centers in London or Florence.
Price and Inclusions
CAPA Affiliates $449
Non-CAPA Members $649
Optional extended visit to CAPA London or Florence Center: $99 additional for each participant.
Ground transportation (excludes airport transfers)
Workshop events, activities, and excursions
Entrances for tours or museums
Note: Participants will be responsible for their own flights, including flight from Dublin to the optional second site visit.
"The objective of CAPA's symposia series is to create space for reflection on, and discussion of, themes and topics of interest to colleagues in international education. The intention is to broaden the range of exploration and analysis beyond the narrow focus on practical and administrative issues. We share with many colleagues the view that international education would be enhanced by a discussion of concepts that transcend the normal range of our discussions." - Dr. Michael Woolf
Seventh CAPA Symposium: Globalization, civilization, and their discontents
March 29th 2017, 1pm – 5pm
Forum on Education Abroad Conference
The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue, Seattle
Spaces are limited. Register today to secure your spot!
Education abroad has a particularly complex and ambiguous sense of globalization - it has become a shorthand for positive values. As such, it litters the rhetoric used to indicate approval. Global perspective, a global education, the global mission of the university, global reach, even the contested notion of “global citizenship”: these terms imply aspirations and qualities that transcend the parochial. However, when the process of globalization is brought into focus, it is located within the ambiguities and disturbances that challenge human existence within environmental, social and political contexts. If global is good, why is globalization so troubling?
Political events, such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, suggest that discussions of globalization have become even more critical: an ideological separation has emerged between those who perceive themselves as “victims” of trans-national dynamics and those (international educators/cosmopolitans) who have benefitted from the mobility of people, ideas, trade and so on. The processes of globalization have not enhanced equality but have arguably increased the difference between the privileged and the dispossessed.
Our discussions will consider the problem of mobility: something that enriches the lives of an educated elite and those who are involuntarily mobile. The question of migration raises core paradoxes and reflects profound schisms in the fabric of our lives. The global ideological struggle between state intervention and neo-liberalism may belong to history. The new dichotomy may be between open and closed ideologies.
Note: All participants will be invited to contribute to Occasional Paper No.7 on this theme and will receive a copy of Occasional Paper No.6 on the topic of Civil Rights and Inequalities. There is no cost for this event.