WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College announces a partnership with CAPA International Education to expand its study abroad program and to give students more opportunities to learn overseas. Through this partnership, students now have the opportunity to study at CAPA academic centers based in London, England; Florence, Italy; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Dublin, Ireland; Istanbul, Turkey; and Sydney, Australia.
Lycoming first made a connection with CAPA when Barbara Buedel, Ph.D., director of international education, arranged to meet the president of the organization, John Christian, when she visited England in January 2013. She toured CAPA Global Cities London, which offers courses in most majors, including business, communications, economics, marketing, international relations and a newly developed theatre track. The center has an association with London South Bank University, through which students can take courses with local students, and most CAPA London students participate in an internship program, which gives them professional experience in their respective fields.
In February 2013, Buedel explored the CAPA Global Cities academic center in Florence, Italy, which is housed in a 15th century palazzo. The program offers a variety of courses in studio art and art history, literature, Italian film, creative writing and history, to name a few, as well as an advanced Italian language track with the University of Florence.
“Based on visiting the centers in London and Florence, attending classes and meeting with the academic directors, I was impressed by CAPA’s academic rigor, internships and support system for students,” Buedel said.
According to Nora Larkin, CAPA institutional relations manager, CAPA was interested in working with Lycoming because the college’s philosophy matched the organization’s mission: to encourage academic rigor, offer more opportunities for students to prepare for careers and to build a strong community.
“We were impressed with the commitment of President [Kent] Trachte and Professor Buedel to internationalize Lycoming and applaud their initiatives to invest in their students’ learning from a global perspective,” Larkin said. “We are truly excited by this new partnership!”
Established in 1972, CAPA International Education is a trusted global leader in international education. With programs in Beijing, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Florence, Istanbul, London, Shanghai, and Sydney, CAPA Global Cities programs focus on academic excellence, personalized learning, and cultural engagement embedded within each class. CAPA’s curriculum is designed to be culturally enriching, using a tested and proven educational program called MyEducation to blend theme-based classroom learning and outside-the-classroom experiential learning opportunities. Through this approach, students are immersed in the culture in which they are studying and are continuously challenged, both academically and personally. Visit www.capa.org for more information.
About Lycoming College
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.