|London Fall 2019||April 26, 2019|
|London Spring 2020||October 1, 2019|
|Arrive||May 22, 2019|
|Depart||July 6, 2019|
|Arrive||July 10, 2019|
|Depart||August 24, 2019|
|Arrive||September 4, 2019|
|Depart||December 14, 2019|
|Arrive||January 8, 2020|
|Depart||April 18, 2020|
Students planning on using financial aid will need to work with their home campuses to complete CAPA’s Financial Aid Disbursement Form (Please also refer to our “Financial Aid” page on this website for additional useful information). Financial aid students need to submit this completed form along with 30% of their program fee by the application deadlines above. The remaining 70% of the program fee is due at 30 days before the program. Students not using financial aid will be responsible for the full program fee payment upon the application deadline noted above.
|Withdrawal Date||Cancellation Fees|
|Cancellation prior to 60 days||$300|
|46 to 60 days prior to departure||25% of the program fee plus $300|
|22 to 45 days prior to departure||50% of the program fees plus $300|
|21 days or fewer prior to departure||100% of the program fee|
This cancellation penalty policy is necessary because the booking of overseas facilities requires substantial non-refundable payments and commitments from CAPA in advance of the program start date. All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing and sent to CAPA The Global Education Network. Students requiring CAS numbers for Tier 4 visa applications on the London program to participate in internships or service learning will include a $500 cancellation penalty for withdrawal from the program, or just the internship component between issuing of the CAS and 61 days prior to departure. Standard penalties will go into effect after that point.
Semester programs earn 12 to 18 credits. Summer session earns 6 credits.
Optional experiential learning opportunities are included in the program fee. CAPA's Global Internship Program consists of completing an internship along with a seminar for credit. The seminar meets 1.5 hours per week (3 in the summer). The internship is for credit. The number of credits granted for the internship varies per university.
During the fall and spring semesters, students have the option to participate in a 6 credit service-learning course, which includes 15 hours per week of field experience, alongside a course.
Students live within commuting distance (45 – 75 minutes) of the CAPA London Center in homestays or shared apartments. Homestays include breakfast and dinner with the family. No meals are included in the apartment.
A Zone 1-2 London Underground pass is included for use on the Underground (subway), buses, and trains for all students staying in apartments. Zones 1-4 is included for homestay students.
Half-day panoramic coach tour of London
Full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath
One of the following full-day excursions: Stratford-upon-Avon and Kenilworth Castle, Salisbury and Glastonbury, Oxford by Rail, or Brighton by Rail
Student Union Memberships
Student Central is a social space and student service building provided by the University of London for all students studying in the United Kingdom. Student Central provides a student-focused environment that hosts many clubs and societies, offers training and courses, and houses a gym and the largest pool in Central London.
International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
The ISIC card allows students to prove their official student status and make the most of targeted student benefits and discounts in close to 125,000 locations across over 130 countries. All students will be provided with an ISIC card.
Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner (semesters only), and a farewell ceremony.
My Global City
My Global City 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 London into your classroom.
Medical, travel and accident insurance.
CAPA Services and Support
The CAPA London 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.
Learn more about the housing options for your program.
Whether you are traveling for the first time, or have been traveling your entire life, studying abroad is a one-of-a-kind experience. Your housing is meant to be a supportive part of your program experience and time abroad. Housing may be different from what you are used to at home, and this can require some adjustment and changes to your lifestyle. This is a critical part of the development process, however, and this flexibility is a skill that will carry over into your future travels.
Living in student apartments, you will share an apartment with students that you know from home, or students that you’ve just met in London! This is a great way to make new friends and hear what others are doing around the city. You will be able to explore together and make the trip to CAPA with your new flatmates.
Some things to remember about staying in apartments:
- You are studying in the city of London, not the neighborhood of South Kensington. London is a dynamic, diverse, global city. Each neighborhood has a distinct identity, and we seek to engage you with this on the CAPA program. We discourage students from requesting to live within close proximity of the CAPA center for convenience or comfort’s sake.
- Be prepared to cook for yourself! You will be provided with a kitchen, refrigerator, stove and other basic cooking supplies to make meals or lunches in your apartment. Every housing area is within a short walk of a local grocery store, so it is easy to pick up ingredients you may need. This will help you budget your money better by not having to eat out for breakfast lunch and dinner every day.
- There will most likely be washers for your clothes, but many cities outside the US do not use dryers. In the common case of air-drying, be prepared to take time to let your clothes hang before you can wear them again! Drying racks are often provided.
- You will have roommates! European apartments are much smaller than in the US, so try your best to not over pack. You will most likely live with at least three other students, and in most cases share your bedroom with one of them. This means you should expect to respect their space as you would want them to respect yours.
- Be prepared to share a bathroom. Leave extra time in the morning to get ready—your flat mates will probably be trying to get out the door to class or their internship at the same time you are!
- Commuting will be a way of life. The average Londoner has a commute well over an hour. You should anticipate that an average commute each way could be 45 minutes to an hour. This is a reflection of the size of London.
Homestays are a great way to get a better insight to your new city. Living with a local host family may provide you with a way to get to know other aspects of the community, such as meals, living arrangements, day-to-day activities, and the lifestyle aspects of Londoners.
Here are some considerations to have about the homestay experience:
- You might be the only student living with your host. Your host may also have rooms for other international students, who will most likely be learning English as a second language during their stay in London. You will not be living with any other American students. It is unlikely that homestays will be near CAPA’s student apartments.
- Hosts tend to live in familial suburban areas that are further away from central areas of London where many student apartments are located. This means that your commute into CAPA for class and to your internship site may take longer than students who live in apartments.
- Homestays offer a domestic setting and will certainly not reflect the type of ‘college environment’ that students living in apartments might experience. For some students, this is more desirable than living in a ‘dorm-like’ setting, but for others the homestay option may be seen as a detriment to a campus style social life with lots of other students around at all times.
- Remember that homestays are not typically located near CAPA’s student apartments and are most often located in suburban areas. Journeys into (and back from) central London at night will take longer and may need to be done on your own.
- Hosts must provide a continental breakfast and a dinner for students; you may be told that these meals will be served at the same time each day, or be prepared to call in to report if you will not be home to your host. Likewise, your host may set specific times during the week for you to do your laundry or, in some circumstances, may even set a curfew for you to be home by at night. You must be prepared for the possibility of these rules in a homestay.
- Hosts come from a variety of cultural, educational and religious backgrounds. This is a great way to experience the multi-culturalism of London, which IS the ‘typical London experience’, but you need to be prepared to be flexible and open to a different type of environment than you may be expecting. For example, your host might be any of the following: A single parent, an immigrant who came to England a few or many years ago, still have adult children or grandchildren living at home, retired, of a different ethnic, religious or cultural background than yourself.
Some things to remember about staying in a homestay:
- This is someone’s home! Please remember you will be expected to respect their space—belongings, household guidelines, and schedule. If you are expecting to have early mornings or late nights, it may not be the most convenient fit to be living in a homestay.
- You will be provided breakfast and dinner every day. This means you will be able to save money by eating with your host family—a great time to connect and catch up on your day. They will be able to provide you with interesting tips about your new city. You can be upfront about your diet, and your host family will do their best to accommodate you, but keep in mind American eating habits vary greatly from the rest of the world! It will still be your responsibility to buy lunch and snacks and any other goods that your host family doesn’t provide.
- The Wi-Fi and landlines are in the control of the host family. They may have these accommodations, but if not, please be aware that you may need to go to a local café or restaurant to pick up Wi-Fi. The CAPA center has Wi-Fi access to all students.
- Your host family is not your personal tour guide! They live busy lives, just like you. They will be able to give you tips and tricks of the city, but the exploring will be left up to you. My Global City events are a great way to get involved and interact with the city and your fellow CAPA students.
- Students living in a home stay have a single room to themselves, equipped with a bed, a closet / dresser or some clothing storage facility, and a desk or place to study / do homework.
- Students will have access to a bathroom that includes a bath / shower.
- The host will provide a continental breakfast and dinner for students living in their home.
London is your Classroom!
Each semester and summer CAPA offers a wide variety of courses that fit a variety of majors. Our diverse range of academic courses will challenge and inspire you. Across the board, every CAPA course has integrated activities designed to get you out of the classroom and into the city, making your whole time abroad an engaging and dynamic experience!
It is important that you contact your study abroad office for more information on which courses will be available to you.
As part of the London program, you will also have the option to participate in community-based service-learning or an international internship. All CAPA students receive full credit for courses and internships completed. Each contextual course earns 3 credits. The number of credits earned for the internship may vary depending upon the requirements of your university. Any student participating in an internship will be enrolled in the Global Internships Program course.
Internships and more…
Students studying in London can take advantage of CAPA’s extensive network of internship sites, offering internship placements for any major.
Internships available include businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Our local staff visit each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns. Students are placed in sites that best meet their individual interests, abilities and academic background. The internships are within commuting distance of the center.
CAPA will help you to gain professional experience in your field of study in a global environment. Below are just a few of the benefits you can expect to earn through your participation in an international internship experience.
– Demonstrate flexibility and courage in unfamiliar surroundings.
– Gain cross-cultural communications skills.
– Learn about your field from a different perspective.
– Stand out from the crowd in the competitive job market.
– Build relationships with international references.
– Find further immersion in local culture.
– Get academic credit for your work.
The internship placement is paired with a Learning through Internships class that meets once a week. When applying to the CAPA Program you will need to turn in a resume and cover letter for your future potential intern sights!
Students studying at the CAPA London Study Center during the fall and spring semester have the opportunity to enroll in a six-credit course, Contemporary Issues through Service-Learning: The Social Dynamics of London that includes 12-15 hours of service-learning each week. The course, with a sociological focus, will look at urban issues facing Londoners including multiculturalism, inequalities in social services ranging from education to healthcare, and welfare concerns. The course is coupled with group projects at community service organizations throughout London.
Service-learning allows students studying abroad the opportunity to work on a project during the semester that benefits the community while developing an understanding of community issues. Unlike an internship, which builds on professional skills for future career growth, the main focus of a community-based experience is to fulfill the needs of the community. CAPA has developed its community-based program to give students the opportunity to engage with the community while having time in the classroom each week to reflect on their experience. Each week students will have a three-hour seminar that looks at a variety of urban and community issues. They will also work in groups of 2-4 students at their assigned community center on a semester-long project.
NOTE: All interns and students participating in the service-learning program must apply for a UK Tier 4 Prior Entry Clearance Student Visa prior to arrival in the UK, costing approximately $550. Students who are not US citizens (including permanent residents) may have extra steps required to complete the visa process. Students with criminal records and outstanding convictions could face difficulty obtaining a visa. Contact CAPA at 1-800-793-0334 for more information.
While you are in London, you will have the exciting opportunity to participate in volunteer opportunities that will undoubtedly enrich your experience abroad. There are many ways to get involved that will make an impact on the local community as well as your perception of your host city. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with locals, expand your worldview, and try something new. By volunteering in London, you’ll engage in an authentic cultural exchange that will enable you to experience your study abroad program to the fullest.
Types of Opportunities (Please note these vary each semester):
- Soup Kitchen support
- Community Clean Up events
- Assisting with the London Marathon day
- Steward for charity gala
- Volunteer at CAPA Conferences (topics have included Human Rights and
- And numerous other options!
Programming and Activities
CAPA’s unique My Global City Program was developed to offer you, the student, a unique opportunity to make decisions about how you will learn about culture according to how you enjoy learning. Compiled by local CAPA education abroad advisers, the calendar offers a menu of different activities, events, volunteer opportunities, lectures, visits, and self-directed tours to help teach you the most about London.
With My Global City in London, you and your new CAPA friends will be able to:
– Go on the street art walking tour and attend curry night in Brick Lane
– Tour the BBC Broadcasting House
– Attending the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
– Witness a Victorian Amputation and the Old Amputating Theater
– Attend a Mendhi (Henna) Workshop
– Visit the Victorian Jurassic Park
– And many more!
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. CAPA presents a My Global City Calendar to all students and faculty. The events, reflective sessions, and activities listed are designed around significant academic themes such as Diversity, Social Dynamics, Globalization and Urban Environments. Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well rounded, and in depth view of London and the UK.
Some CAPA professors integrate My Global City activities into their courses and assessment, so that you may have an opportunity to reflect upon, write about and present your experiences. My Global City is also an excellent way to develop areas of interest that may be extended into an application for the CAPA Record of Achievement.