ACCENT Florence: Adjusting to life in Birmingham

This week’s post comes from Martina Benaglia, our new intern at the ACCENT Florence Study Center. Martina took part in an Erasmus Program, the EU-wide student exchange initiative that allows European students to explore their diverse and varied continent. For her exchange program, Martina went to Birmingham, UK, where, struggling through the often difficult process of cultural adjustment, she ultimately developed unforgettable friendships, a new home away from home, and inspiration to pass along the joys of study abroad.

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Grave Encounters: Visiting London’s “Magnificent Seven”

ACCENT London’s Harry Isitt, a native Londoner, recently stumbled across London’s Magnificent Seven: seven overgrown, architecturally beautiful cemeteries that serve as the final resting place of over a million people. Harry discusses the historical and social origins of these cemeteries, the famous people interred therein, and the quiet, eerie beauty of these sites.

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Hollywood on the Tiber

This week’s post comes from our ACCENT Rome Study Center. As we move into the latter half of October, the whole city starts gearing up for the Festa del Cinema di Roma, an annual film festival attended by big-name directors, writers, producers, and celebrities. Films are screened, auteurs discuss their works, and viewers cast their vote for “Il Premio del Pubblico” — the People’s Choice. Continue reading

Worth the Wait: A Study Abroad Experience

This spring, University of California, Irvine student Shirelle Chalamish spent a semester studying abroad in Madrid and Rome. For this week’s post, Shirelle takes us through the many stages of adjusting to life abroad.

There’s nothing like the rush you get when you’re finally able to tell your friends and family that you’ve been accepted to your desired study abroad program. Everything about your life, the way you view the remaining days you have left in your home country, how you speak to those you love transforms because of this impending life change. You suddenly find yourself trying to savor every moment, every daily task or interaction, just to gain a mental snapshot of what you’re leaving behind. Even packing, a task you’ve gotten more used to since moving away for college, has suddenly become a nearly impossible task. But you’re leaving, you’re going to explore a new society and culture, and every aspect of this new adventure (even the harder parts) is completely worth it.

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Introducing ACCENT London’s New Center Director!

In this week’s post, we are proud to introduce ACCENT’s new Director of Strategic Academic Development and London Center Director, Matthew Erskine. Matthew is no stranger to ACCENT programs, having collaborated with us on several of our London programs during his tenure with USC. Matthew recently sat down with London Programs Coordinator Steph Bell to discuss his professional background, his long connection with ACCENT, and his love of London and the study abroad experience.

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SBCC in Madrid: ¡Bienvenidos!

This Fall, an adventurous group of Santa Barbara City College students will be living and studying in Madrid, Spain. They will be delving into a wide array of topics, from cultural studies, to communications, to film. ACCENT is proud to be sharing the experiences of the program’s Official Student Blogger, Rachel Sevy, as she and her classmates embark on this life-changing adventure!

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Four Days in Galicia: History, Culture, and Beauty

This week’s post comes from William Tsai and Morgan Yee, two students from the University of California Education Abroad Program in Madrid. William and Morgan describe the breathtaking beaches, delectable seafood, awe-inspiring architecture, and the rich cultural traditions of Galicia, an autonomous region in northwestern Spain.

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