CAPA International Education has been an established leader in the development and administration of quality international education programs for nearly 40 years. CAPA is located in the South Kensington section of London. The CAPA London Center is housed in two connected Victorian townhouses in the centrally-located Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This is a very exclusive area where one can find the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, Covent Garden, and Kensington Palace.
Does the documentary Making a Murderer or the podcast Serial ring a bell? Wrongful conviction is a universal problem that has received a lot of attention from the media, legislatures and courts around the world.
This four-week, accelerated summer program provides students with the opportunity to study human rights and focus on the specific area of wrongful conviction. This program is composed of two courses and includes opportunities to observe trials and visit London-based organizations working in human rights and on behalf of the wrongfully accused.
This program also provides a unique opportunity to explore real cases with a pioneer in the field, Justin Brooks. Professor Brooks, head of the California Innocence Project, has spent his career working to exonerate wrongfully convicted people. His high profile cases, including that of pro football player Brian Banks, have garnered media attention from Time Magazine, LA Times, TEDx, and others.
As for your experience gained, this program gives you the opportunity to spend a day at Stonehenge and Bath, tour the Supreme Court and Houses of Parliament, visit the Innocence Project Greenwich, and go on a Legal London Walking Tour with a visit to the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales. Visit the following link for more information: https://www.capa.org/london-england/wrongful-conviction
The summer program is designed specifically for CAPA students. This is a short-term accelerated program composed of two courses. Study fact investigation and research, observe trials and visit London-based organizations working on behalf of the wrongfully accused. Students enroll in two, 3-credit classes, Global Perspectives on Human Rights in Action and Wrongful Conviction.
Global Perspectives on Human Rights in Action – 3 credits
This intensive seminar will focus on practical issues surrounding human rights. Students will examine the politics and morality of human rights; analyze the theoretical foundations and development of human rights concepts, and the philosophies underpinning them; investigate frameworks of international human rights law; and explore London as a global center for human rights advocacy, practice, and activism. Topics will include human rights and international relations; humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect; postcolonial and feminist critiques of human rights; the intersection of human rights with gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class; the relationship between human and civil rights; women’s, children’s and indigenous peoples’ rights; and the practical implementation and enforcement of human rights. Syllabus
Wrongful Conviction – 3 credits
This interactive course, taught by a law professor who has spent his career litigating wrongful conviction cases and directing the California Innocence Project will introduce issues and case law related to wrongful convictions—a dynamic and important area of human rights law. Students will develop an understanding of basic procedural processes for litigating a wrongful conviction; debate policy issues behind police investigation procedures; investigate the leading causes of wrongful convictions; draft basic case briefs, and acquire knowledge of current best practices for identifications and obtaining confessions. Syllabus
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in apartment accommodations with shared bedrooms. Student apartments include a kitchen with necessary utensils, bathroom, television, wireless internet connection, and weekly light cleaning service (all utilities and linens are included). Students will be responsible to cook their own meals. There is no meal plan available.
Included in this program are:
Local Transportation: A Zone 1-2 London Underground pass is included for use on the Tube (subway) and buses.
Excursions: Enjoy a full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath.
Student Events: Social events include an arrival tea, midterm dinner, and a farewell ceremony.
Student Safety & Support: The CAPA London team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan with staff available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.
My Global City Events
MyEducation 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.
The My Global City events calendar offers a wide-range of CAPA-led and self-led activities and social events. Events may include walking tours of the iconic South Bank and the Beatles Abbey Road, a boat trip to Greenwich, or a curry dinner on Brick Lane.
Students will have the opportunity to be matched with another student going on their CAPA program during the application process. This a great way to meet new people prior to arrival have additional support through the support of a “pal” and just another way to get involved in the CAPA Community! You will just need to complete a brief survey about your interests and lifestyle so the CAPA team can find your best match in the cohort! Whether you are a first-time or seasoned traveler, looking to make friends earlier than arrival, or just want a support system to help you as you navigate the process of preparing for living abroad - this program is great for all students!
Talk to a CAPA Ambassador
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Talk to a CAPA Program Manager
Margaret Ovian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Phone: (800) 793 - 0334
Cost (Budget Sheet)
Students make their own travel arrangements to London. More details will be provided closer to departure.
All students are covered by full health, evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Apart from completing the SUNY Oswego study abroad application, students applying for a CAPA: The Global Education Network Program need to also complete the CAPA application at the following link: https://go.capa.org/oswego/. Any questions related to this application process should be addressed directly to the CAPA Program Manager, Margaret Ovian <email@example.com>. Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.