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Program Description


CAPA Shanghai

   Quick Facts

  • MyEducation - CAPA’s unique educational enhancement program that allows students to live abroad, not just study there.
  • Housing is included as a part of the Program Fee.
  • Unlimited Local Transportation: An Opal card is included for transport throughout Sydney, on ferries, trains, buses and the light rail.
  • Summer study abroad option also available. Please see CAPA Sydney Summer Program website for summer option. 
  • Offering coursework for ASU International Business Certificate.
  • Check out CAPA World Blog for insight from CAPA's student bloggers & vloggers.
  • Internships and service-learning options available for most majors (Internship seekers must have a 2.80 GPA).


CAPA Shanghai - ECNU

CAPA Shanghai - ECNU

Location Details

The CAPA Sydney Program Center is housed in a beautiful heritage building at TAFE NSW Sydney Institute (Ultimo Campus). It is within walking distance to the CAPA student apartments, Central Station (Sydney's main transportation hub), Darling Harbour, and many shopping precincts. 

The CAPA Center has: 3 large classrooms; a light-filled contemporary student lounge with Wi-Fi access; student computer and printing facilities; a faculty/meeting space; and administrative offices for CAPA on-site student services, internship, and academic staff. The beautiful grounds surrounding the Center include many lawn and seating areas, a campus bookshop, and a well-resourced library that students can access as a part of their program. 

The CAPA program organizes a range of events throughout the year, and regular activities encourage interaction between students from the many institutions represented on the program.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Spring and Fall Offerings

CAPA Sydney offers courses and internships in many different areas. All CAPA students receive full credit and grades for courses and internships completed.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies. Other courses are available on this program.


Internships are available in businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Local staff visit each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns. Students are placed in sites within commuting distance of the center that best meet their individual interests, abilities and academic background. Internship students are required to complete a 3 or 6 credit internship course, along with working their internship hours throughout the term.  Faculty act as internship mentors to ensure that participants have academic guidance during their internships. Please note that internship seekers must have at least a 2.80 GPA.  


CAPA Shanghai - ECNU

CAPA Intern meeting Tony Blair




Program Housing

While you’re in Sydney, you’ll have two different housing options:

Student Apartments

Students will live in apartments in Sydney in multi-bedded rooms that include bedroom and study furniture.  Linens are provided but students should bring their own towels with them from home.  You will have a shared kitchen available so you can cook your own meals.  Basic cooking utensils are provided.  All flats are easily accessible by the Metro service from nearby stations or by bus.


Students can also opt to live in homestays. Students will have single rooms and breakfast and dinner will be provided daily. Internet access is not guaranteed within the homestay, and typically carries an additional cost.

Housing assignments will be distributed within two weeks before the start of the program.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet and Spring Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.