Reliving Rome’s Past, Leaving Rome’s Present

This week, University of California student Sherry Wang, participating in UCEAP’s Art, Food and Society Program in Rome, reflects on her final days abroad, contemplating the connection between past and present and how art, academics, and daily life intersect.

I leave Rome in two days; it’s a bittersweet fact. Yesterday I had my last class of the quarter — a site visit to Piazza del Campidoglio on the Capitoline Hill, designed by Michelangelo during the Renaissance — which ended at sunset looking over the city.

As I sat on the steps of the Campidoglio, the sky was darkening with clouds and at one moment it began sprinkling. I took in the Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius standing proud in the middle, the Palazzo Senatorio (town hall) to my left, and tipped my head back to look up at the Capitoline Museum directly in front of me.  Continue reading

Announcing the Winners of the Summer 2019 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 2019 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 2019 recipients!

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ACCENT on Instagram: Spring 2019 in Review

With the launch of our Instagram pages in late 2017, ACCENT has given more and more students the opportunity to share their unique experiences studying abroad. Each photo opens a window into the many services ACCENT provides its partners, from customized visits with local industry leaders to interdisciplinary course content covering everything from STEM subjects to the arts to public policy. Today, we are proud to launch our Term in Review series, where we take a look back at what ACCENT has offered this spring to students from around the country. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Discovering the Beauty of Rome

Today, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Jessica Nichol, who, in her wanderings, has discovered many amazing things about Rome and about herself.

There is an ancient world below Rome that is being uncovered bit by bit every day. My new Italian friend told me that it is impossible to simply put up a new building or house because they will certainly find something of the past and have to call in archaeologists to assess the site. However, I am learning that modern Rome has just as many discoveries to be made as the world below it. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: La Mia Famiglia

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Rachael Sincavage, who, in addition to learning the importance of family in Italian culture, has found a second family of her own in the bright and unique students on her program.

My time here studying abroad in Rome has been amazing. I’ve learned so much about other cultures, made some surprising friendships, and experienced numerous memorable moments I will forever treasure. I feel truly blessed to have been able to participate in this ACCENT study abroad program. Continue reading

The Magic of a Parisian Easter

This week’s post comes from ACCENT Paris’ newest intern, Maella Barçon, who discusses Paris’ many Easter traditions and the opportunities the holiday provides to experience all that the City of Lights has to offer.

Easter is coming!  Do you love chocolate? Because if you do, you will love Paris. Not only are there some of the best chocolatiers in the world in the capital, there are also a lot of public activities during this celebration. Continue reading

ACCENT Madrid: Coffee, Robots, and the Uncanny Valley

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Madrid Programs Coordinator Ana Hernández, who describes a particularly thought-provoking visit to Espacio Fundación Telefónica, where students wrestled with questions of ethics in artificial intelligence.

Every second week of the month, ACCENT Madrid holds its famous Coffee House, an evening during which students are invited to share their experiences with our staff and other students while enjoying a warm cup of coffee and exploring local galleries. Continue reading

From Florence to Bologna

UC Berkeley student Roberto Ulloa is no stranger to our ACCENT Florence Study Center. While completing his 2017 Spring semester with ACCENT, Roberto discovered his passion for Italian language and culture. Upon returning to the States, Roberto declared a second major in Italian Studies and is now completing his degree at the University of Bologna. Roberto drops in from time to time to visit our Florence staff and reminisce about where his Italian adventure started.
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ACCENT Community College Scholarship: A Cultural Exploration

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Jessica Nichol, who is spending her semester abroad in Rome with Santa Barbara City College. Jessica takes us through a day in her life as a study abroad student, including the many cultural differences between Italy and the U.S.

Touchdown! I felt the plane land in Italy late on February fourth. My heart aflutter and my stomach full of butterflies, I disembarked the plane ready to take on what this new adventure held in store for me. When at home, I decided that I would leave behind my American background and embrace the Italian lifestyle. After landing in Rome I decided to dissolve any expectations I had and welcome the experience ahead of me. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Expectations and Assimilation

Today, we join Santa Barbara City College student Rachael Sincavage as she embarks on her adventures in Rome. Though she expected to immediately start blending in, Rachael found that assimilation and language learning are slow– and often stressful– processes. Determined to keep an optimistic outlook, Rachael will continue to learn and grow in Italy!

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