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A Message from CAPA's President

April 8, 2020

Dear CAPA Community,

This spring has presented all of us in the education abroad community with immense challenges to bring thousands of students  home safely from their study and internship sites while also keeping them inspired and able to complete their credits through online learning. Throughout these professional trials, our personal lives have also been deeply impacted. Many of us who have been in this field for numerous years have gone through other tragic and extraordinary events, but none have been as disruptive to the work and mission of international education as what we have experienced this year.

While we all need time to continue to manage these changes and uncertainties, this is also a time for us to reflect and regroup. We are being called upon to look forward to the future while creating new opportunities for students seeking global experiences through education and internships abroad, and to find innovative ways to expand our reach in meeting the needs of your students and institutions amid this shifting global landscape. It is also a time for us to share gratitude for our victories and successes.

On March 31, Diversity Abroad announced that CAPA is this year’s recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Organizational/Institutional Champion Award. We are honored to be recognized as a leader within the field of international education and cultural exchange in championing access, inclusion, diversity, and equity in global education on a broad scale. This has reminded us that we cannot lose sight of our mission and values during this time. 

Times of great crisis and change can often present a catalyst for innovation and development, and CAPA is dedicated to leading this charge. We are now designing and implementing fresh ways of learning and teaching in this different global environment.

We are excited to announce fully online summer programs, allowing students to collaborate across locations. Students will also be able to access courses taught from multiple locations, creating a broader global experience. Full details of the programs are available on our website: CAPA Summer Study Abroad & Remote Global Internships

Each of our new summer programs will utilize our Globally Networked Learning technology, first launched in 2015, making CAPA one of the first international education organizations to enrich our teaching and learning with a global perspective through our digital classrooms around the world, bringing students and faculty together across our sites. Our goal is to make these new fully online programs as engaging as traditional experiences on the ground. We are hopeful that these new programs will enable your students to have a meaningful global experience this summer.

In preparation for summer, CAPA has also been working in collaboration with our extensive and long-standing global internship partners, and we are positioned to continue facilitating outstanding Remote Global Internship offerings. Available across multiple fields and industries, interns will be carefully matched with one of our dynamic organizations, engaging in exciting and rewarding projects through virtual platforms. Guided by a dedicated internship site supervisor and in conjunction with CAPA’s Global Internship Course, interns will be supported and mentored throughout the placement. Through these remote internships, students will not only hone and develop specific vocational skills, they will acquire essential transferable skills that transcend any particular role or industry. Interns will analyze and explore evolving global workplace communications, compare and contrast intercultural practices while developing both personal and professional skills that will support them in navigating a world becoming ever dependent on remote and virtual staff collaborating to realize a shared vision.

This is an extraordinary time in history, but we anticipate that, like historical events of the past, it will resolve, and CAPA will continue to provide onsite programming across its Global City centers around the world. I am so grateful for your partnership and for the wisdom, efficiency, and goodwill you shared with CAPA during this crisis. I look forward to continuing our work together and am excited by the opportunities ahead to provide innovative global experiences for your students.

I want to assure you all that CAPA’s first priority has been the safety of our staff, students and partners, and CAPA and our leadership team are taking all the necessary steps to preserve the CAPA mission for the short term and long term. We have every confidence we will be fully operational in all our Global Cities when the governments of these countries allow us to do so. We look forward to continuing with strong education abroad opportunities for you, our partners, and your students in summer and fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021.

In the meantime, please stay well and healthy. I remain optimistic about the future of education abroad and hope that you do too.

Sincerely,

John Christian

President & CEO
CAPA: The Global Education Network

A Message from CAPA's President

Dear CAPA Community,

With our students, staff, and faculty’s health and safety in mind, CAPA has made the incredibly difficult decision to suspended all in-country programs for the remainder of the spring 2020 term. We are pleased to report that all of our students have now safely arrived back home.

CAPA’s Globally Networked Learning platform, along with distance learning technology from our partners at institutions, means we are able to continue our academic programming remotely, so that all CAPA spring students will be able to complete their term and receive academic credit.

We would like to acknowledge the CAPA staff and faculty, as well as our colleagues in the education abroad community, who are handling this with intelligence, grace, and goodwill. They have overcome the incredible challenges of bringing home thousands of students from abroad while also working to ensure that students are able to receive credit for their term abroad.

This is an extraordinary and unprecedented time in history, but we at CAPA anticipate that, like historical events of the past, this crisis will pass, and CAPA will continue to provide future programming across its global city centers around the world.

This is a challenging time for everyone around the globe and our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus. We hope that you, your families, friends, and colleagues remain safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

John Christian

President & CEO
CAPA: The Global Education Network

 

March 19, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

Student, faculty, and staff health and safety is CAPA’s number one priority. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the in-country portion of our Sydney program and to direct all students to return to the US where they will be able to complete their coursework for the semester remotely using alternative online instruction. 

Considerations leading to CAPA’s In-Country Program Suspension:

  1. The Department of State’s advice to US citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  
  2. The decisions being made on a daily basis by US and other governments to limit air travel. Australia has already begun 14-day quarantines for anyone entering Australia, they are now recommending all Australians return immediately ahead of any potential border closures, and there has been a significant reduction in flights in and out of the country. 
  3. The large and growing number of home institutions directing their students to return to the US, thereby rendering the academic experience within Sydney for any remaining students less robust and unable to meet CAPA’s student learning and development objectives.

CAPA is working with our partners at US colleges and universities, along with our students and their families, to ensure that the needs of all our students are being met during this challenging time. We have also now extended ALL of our CAPA Center Program summer deadlines to give schools, students, and families more time to make decisions about future terms.

We will continue to provide regular updates as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 800.793.0334.

CAPA's updated FAQ page regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

March 14, 2020 10:30 AM ET

It is currently being reported that beginning on Tuesday, March 17, the government of Argentina will restrict direct flights between Argentina and several destinations, including the United States. We expect the last flights will operate on Monday, March 16. As a result, we have no choice but to make the difficult decision to suspend the in-country portion of the CAPA Buenos Aires Global Cities program, and all CAPA Buenos Aires students should return to the US.

Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, CAPA has made the difficult decision to suspend the in-country portion of our London and Dublin programs and directed all students to return to the US.

CAPA is working to enable students to complete their coursework for the semester remotely.

CAPA continues to carefully monitor all recommendations and updates regarding COVID-19 from the US State Department, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the government of Australia with regards to our programs in Sydney. Our on-site student services staff continue to provide regular updates to students through town halls, drop-in appointments, the CAPA Community portal and the CAPA Guardian App (our student notification and emergency management app).

We will continue to provide regular updates as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 800.793.0334.

CAPA's updated FAQ page regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

March 13, 2020 11:15 AM ET

Student, faculty, and staff health and safety is CAPA’s number one priority. We are aware of the US government decision regarding suspending travel to and from the Schengen area countries in Europe, which include Spain and Italy, but do not include Ireland or the United Kingdom, beginning Friday, March 13. US citizens and permanent residents and their immediate families are exempt from this suspension and will still be able to fly to and from these countries in Europe during this time. We are also aware that on the evening of March 11, the US State Department issued a level 3 advisory recommending travelers reconsider international travel and the CDC issued a level 3 alert.

As a result, CAPA has made the decision to suspend all in-country programming in Spain and are working with all students to ensure their safe return to the United States to complete their academic program remotely using CAPA's Globally Networked Learning technology. We have confirmed that US citizens will not be denied entry back to the United States, but they could be required to go through additional checks and screenings. We are aware as well that today at approximately 11am ET, the Spanish government declared a state of emergency and our staff is working to address any impact of this decision on our students' plans to return to the US. We understand that there are lots of questions and concerns and our staff are currently working with all students to address these concerns. 

CAPA continues to carefully monitor all recommendations and updates regarding COVID-19 from the US State Department, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the governments of each country in which CAPA runs programs.

Our on-site student services staff continue to provide regular updates to students through town halls, drop-in appointments, the CAPA Community portal and the CAPA Guardian App (our student notification and emergency management app).

Out of an abundance of caution, CAPA has communicated with all students who have traveled to Italy or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 to contact CAPA Staff. Additionally, they have been advised to follow the directives of the local health authorities and self-isolate (with CAPA’s assistance) if local health authorities deem this necessary.

CAPA is working with our partners at US colleges and universities, along with our students and their families, to ensure that the needs of all our students are being met. We have also now extended ALL of our CAPA Center Program summer deadlines to give schools, students, and families more time to make decisions about future terms.

We will continue to provide regular updates as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 800.793.0334.

 

European Program Update

March 12, 2020 8:30 AM ET

Student health and safety is CAPA's number one priority. We are aware that the CDC has issued a level 3 advisory for several European countries, including Spain but not the UK or Ireland, and the US State Department has issued a level 3 advisory stating that US citizens reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. CAPA is currently working on plans with our staff, students, and institutional partners and will have a broader update later today. 

 

March 11, 2020 9:45 PM ET

Student health and safety is CAPA's number one priority. We are aware of the US decision regarding suspending travel to and from 26 countries in Europe ​(this is specifically the Schengen area countries which does not include the UK or Ireland) beginning Friday, March 13. US citizens and permanent residents are exempt from this suspension and will still be able to fly to and from these countries in Europe during this time. We are working to ensure the health and safety of all of our students.

 

Friday, March 6 2020, 10:30 AM ET

Student, faculty, and staff health and safety is our number one priority and CAPA continues to carefully monitor all recommendations and updates from the US State Department, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the governments of each country in which CAPA runs programs.

At this time, CAPA programs abroad in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Dublin, London, and Sydney remain open for the spring 2020 semester. CAPA is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff in these locations, including regular communication to students about health and safety measures.

In addition, CAPA is developing academic contingency plans for each location in the event that the CDC or US State Department raises the warning to a level 3 or higher, and we determine we need to suspend the in-country portion of our programs in one of our currently operating program locations.

We have extended our summer deadlines for the following programs to give you more time to make decisions about future terms:

Our academic contingency plan provides for academic work related to CAPA Global Cities Programs to be completed online through our Globally Networked Learning technology and our Canvas learning management system. We have already put in place this online learning plan for our Florence students, who will begin their online coursework the week of March 9.

As the situation is constantly changing, we will continue to make updates as appropriate. Please contact us at 800.793.0334 with any questions.

 

UPDATED: Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Sunday, March 1 2020, 12:30 PM ET

CAPA is aware that at approximately 4pm ET, Saturday, February 29, the US State Department has issued a level 4 travel advisory with the following advice to US citizens: “Level 4 - Do Not Travel to Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures.” CAPA has notified students of this travel advisory through our CAPA Community portal and CAPA Guardian app emergency alert notification system.

Updated Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Saturday, February 29 2020, 8:30 AM ET

At approximately 5:15 PM ET on February 28, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) increased their warning to Level 3 recommending travelers to avoid all non-essential travel to Italy.  Student’s health and safety is CAPA’s number one priority, and as a result of this recent information we have no choice but to make the difficult decision to suspend the in-country portion of the CAPA Florence program. We have sent a detailed communication to all Florence students informing them that they should return to the US through the CAPA Community portal and CAPA Guardian App (our student notification and emergency management app). 

CAPA has put in place plans to use CAPA’s Globally Networked Learning technology to deliver remote access to coursework for all Florence students so that they are able to complete their coursework from the US. 

CAPA spring study abroad and internship programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Dublin, London, and Sydney are currently running as normal. We anticipate there could be changes to excursions and activities, but that the rest of the programs will run as planned.

CAPA continues to monitor the information provided by local and international resources, including the US Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and government agencies in the countries in which we have students.

We recognize that students put a lot of effort into planning for their semester abroad and we have not taken this decision lightly, but as health and safety is our priority, this decision was made with that in mind. 

As the situation remains fluid, CAPA has developed contingency plans for its Centers around the world and will take further action as appropriate.

We will continue to provide regular updates as situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 800.793.0334.

 

Updated Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Friday, February 28 2020, 2:30 PM ET

CAPA spring study abroad and internship programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Dublin, London, and Sydney are currently running as normal. We anticipate there could be changes to excursions and activities, but that the rest of the programs will run as planned.

CAPA continues to monitor the information provided by local and international resources, including the US Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and government agencies in the countries in which we have students. 

Given the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Italy, CAPA is offering current students in Florence who wish to return the US the option to do so and continue their studies remotely for the remainder of the spring term, and has put in place plans to use CAPA’s Globally Networked Learning technology to deliver remote access to coursework for these students. Students choosing to remain in Florence will continue their studies at the CAPA Center as planned, and CAPA will continue to monitor the situation in Florence and follow all local, regional, and national guidelines and recommendations.

We have recommended that all students reconsider their travel plans and to take time to appreciate all that their chosen CAPA location has to offer, and will remind them that the potential for exposure increases the more they travel as it is difficult to predict whether there will be another destination with an emerging, localized outbreak.

Students will also regularly be reminded that if they experience any of the symptoms of the Coronavirus, they need to seek the opinion of a local medical doctor and also call the CAPA In-Country Emergency Phone.

Students are being kept up-to-date and provided with resources through town hall meetings, drop-in sessions, and regular communications using the CAPA Student Community portal with push notifications delivered through the CAPA Guardian App (our student notification and emergency management app). We have informed students about the importance of keeping their cell phones and data on at all times in order to receive these notifications and that they are required to fill out the travel logs. All of this is outlined in their Code of Conduct and any failure to do either results in a warning from CAPA.

As the situation remains fluid, we CAPA has also developed contingency plans for its Centers around the world and will take further action as appropriate.

We will continue to provide regular updates as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 800.793.0334.

 

Updated Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 3:00 PM ET

CAPA’s priorities are to provide a safe and comfortable program experience and ensure that all students can complete their academic program and receive credit for their work. 

Given the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Italy, CAPA is offering current students in Florence who wish to return the US the option to do so and continue their studies remotely for the remainder of the spring term. Students remaining in Florence will continue their studies at the CAPA Center as planned, and CAPA will continue to monitor the situation in Florence and follow all local, regional, and national guidelines and recommendations.

All other current spring CAPA programs are currently running as normal, including programs in CAPA’s other European locations. We anticipate there could be some changes to excursions and activities, but that the rest of the programs will run as planned. We are utilizing our CAPA Guardian App, CAPA Community, and onsite student support to actively advise all students on spring programs, regularly share resources and updates, and monitor student’s travel plans.

CAPA is continually monitoring the information provided by local and international resources, such as the US Department of State and Center for Disease Control. As the situation remains fluid, we have developed contingency plans and we will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.  

 

Updated Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 5:00 PM ET

CAPA’s priorities are to provide a safe and comfortable program experience and ensure that all students can complete their academic program and receive credit for their work. 

After much deliberation and after closely monitoring the information provided by local and international resources, such as the US Department of State and Center for Disease Control, the CAPA executive team has made the decision at this point in time to continue to run all of our spring programs. We anticipate, however, that there could be changes to excursions and some activities.

While we do not plan on cancelling or altering any summer programs at this time, the situation remains fluid and we are continuing to adhere to guidelines set forth by the US Department of State.

CAPA has no reports of any students, faculty, or staff contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to date in any country. CAPA staff in Florence, Italy and throughout CAPA’s locations are being advised to strictly adhere to all directives issued by local governments and to take all precautions needed for the health and safety of CAPA students. CAPA is continuing to closely monitor the situation in Italy following a recent increase in the number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

As the situation remains fluid, we have developed contingency plans and we will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.  

 

Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 11:00AM ET

CAPA is continuing to assess the situation in Italy following the increase in recent cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), including local reports in Florence of two cases of people being isolated in hospital after having tested positive for the virus. The city is still operating as normal. 

The situation remains very fluid, but current levels of infection as well as official recommendations from the US Department of State and the Italian Authorities, do not merit relocation or evacuation.

Courses and on-site activities remain uninterrupted, although excursions and activities may be cancelled.

Our executive team is developing multi-situational contingency plans to support all students across CAPA programs, and ensure student safety as well as academic continuation. 

 

Monday, February 24, 2020

CAPA is continuing to closely monitor the situation in Italy following a recent increase in the number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. The Italian government has taken proactive steps to curtail the outbreak in several locations within Northern Italy including some quarantines and the shutdown of certain events and schools for seven days. While Florence is not directly impacted by these measures, we understand that this situation raises everyone’s level of concern.

The situation remains very fluid, but current levels of infection as well as official recommendations from the US Department of State and the Italian Authorities, do not merit relocation or evacuation. Courses and on-site activities on our CAPA Florence Program remain uninterrupted, although some excursions beyond Florence may be rescheduled or cancelled.   

As this is the CAPA spring break week for several of our programs, we have been, and will continue to be, in touch with all students studying at our European locations to ensure that they are closely monitoring and adhering to all directives and location restrictions issued by the national and local governments while traveling and to regularly monitor the new sources. We recommend the following as the most objective and factual:

We will recommend students reconsider their travel plans and to take time to appreciate all that their CAPA Location has to offer, and will remind them that the potential for exposure increases the more they travel as it is difficult to predict whether there will be another destination with an emerging, localized outbreak.

Students will also be reminded that if they experience any of the symptoms of the Coronavirus which include fever, cough, tightness of the chest, and difficulty breathing, they should seek the opinion of a local medical doctor and also call the CAPA In-Country Emergency Phone so they can help to support and advise the student on next steps.

All updates will go out to students via email and the CAPA Community with push notifications from the CAPA Guardian app alerting them to review these. We will remind students about the importance of keeping their cell phones and data on at all times in order to receive these notifications and that they are required to fill out the travel logs so we can be aware of what students are affected in the case of major incidents. All of this is outlined in their Code of Conduct and any failure to do either results in a first warning from CAPA.

Please reach out if you have any ongoing or immediate concerns.

 

Statement on Shanghai, China

January 30, 2020

It is with great regret that CAPA: The Global Education Network is cancelling our Spring 2020 programs in Shanghai, China.  The Centers for Disease Control issued a level 3 warning on Tuesday, January 28 to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus.

It is never an easy decision to cancel a program, particularly at such a late stage, as we know students and institutions have been planning for months to prepare for their spring semester in China.  We are taking this decision as a precaution to ensure none of our students are potentially in harm’s way and upon advice of our executive team.

CAPA is committed to doing whatever we can to assist our students who were planning on studying abroad with us in Shanghai. We are working individually with them on options for their spring term that meet their needs, including transferring to a different study abroad location or deferring their semester abroad to a future term.  

While the situation continues to evolve, at this time, CAPA plans to operate summer and fall programs in Shanghai.