ACCENT Rome’s Summer Gelato Crawl!

With the approach of summer, students in our Italian Study Centers are beginning their search for the best, most authentic gelato experience. To help them on their quest, our ACCENT staff lead a series of gelato crawls, introducing students to some of their city’s hidden gems. This week, ACCENT Rome Programs Coordinator Alice Mangia discusses this spring’s gelato crawl, the history of the dessert, and some notable locations for delicious treats. Continue reading

Announcing the Winners of the Summer 2018 ACCENT Community College Scholarship!

Beginning with its first community college partnerships in 1991, ACCENT has continued to offer affordable short-term and semester-length custom study abroad programs designed to meet the unique academic needs of the community college population. Through these efforts, ACCENT has enabled over 8,000 students from over 25 U.S. community colleges to study abroad over the past 25 years.

ACCENT is proud to announce the recipients of our Summer 2018 ACCENT Community College Scholarship! These students have received scholarship awards to assist their study abroad experiences in ACCENT-supported programs across Europe. Meet our Summer 2018 recipients!

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SBCC in Rome: Ciao, Mia Roma

Today’s post comes from SBCC student blogger Carly Schwan, who has been cataloguing her classmates’ adventures since the start of their study abroad program in February. With a series of images and a video record of the group’s best moments, Carly describes what an unforgettable experience the past three months have been.

Thank you to Carly for sharing these memories with us, and we wish her and her classmates the best as they prepare to return home.

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A Semester in the US: A Life-Changing Experience

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Florence’s student Intern, Jacopo Ragusa. Jacopo spent six months in the United States, living with a Floridian host family and attending American high school. Jacopo discusses what it was like to become immersed in a new culture and how the experience changed his life.

My exchange student experience in the US was amazing. When I was 17, I decided to take the opportunity to go abroad for a semester of high school and live with a new family, learn another language, and live in another culture.  Continue reading

An Excerpt from Insights: Searching for the Sea in Pisa

The Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt comes from our March 2018 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at: https://accentintl.com/insightsmarch2018/

How is it that Pisa came to be a flourishing Maritime Republic and a leading commercial and military power in the Mediterranean during the High Middle Ages, given that the sea is nowhere in sight? In Venice, Genoa, Amalfi and other medieval Italian maritime republics, the sea is visible and its role evident, but what about Pisa, a city nowadays known mostly for its leaning tower, baptistery, and cathedral? Continue reading

La Vaquilla

This week, ACCENT Madrid Programs Coordinator Ana Hernández discusses a popular and festive event that takes places in Madrid early each year: La Vaquilla. La Vaquilla celebrates the act of shepherds moving cattle from one grazing ground to another, representing the arrival of spring and the end of winter.

When I moved to Colmenar Viejo, I was 4 years old. Since then, I have learned to admire and understand the traditions of this town located North of Madrid. Today I wanted to share with you a deeply rooted tradition: La Vaquilla (The Heifer). Continue reading

A Week in Taormina: UMN Sicily Study Tour

Each semester, UMN students in Florence spend one week in Sicily in order to achieve a better understanding of Italy’s regional differences by exploring one of the richest Italian regions, in terms of history, art, culture, landscape, and, of course, food!

Located in Taormina, the study tour is rich in activities and excursions: every morning, the students have class at Babilonia, a beautiful Italian language school, and in the afternoon, they usually have excursions and group dinners or homestay dinners. Of course, they also have some free time to enjoy the amazing beach of Isola bella.

Here are some highlights of the week long excursion…

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Tourist and Student: A Balancing Act in London

Alejandro Anselmi is a student at Washington University in St. Louis who has been studying in a direct enroll program at the London School of Economics since Fall 2017. Here, Alejandro reflects on the challenges of dividing his time between being a student in a British university and wanting to make the most of his time in London, the UK, and Europe.

Studying at the LSE for a year has been a fantastic experience and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, though admittedly, it has not been without its challenges.

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