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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ACCENT Paris: The Search For ‘Home’ Abroad

This week’s post comes from ACCENT Paris’ new Intern, Iuliia Demina, who is currently working toward her Masters Degree in Cross-Cultural Management. Iuliia discusses her studies in Lille, France and gives some advice to current students struggling with culture shock.

Bonjour! My name is Iuliia and I am an intern at the ACCENT Paris Study Center. I am from Russia and I am currently studying in France. I would like to tell you about myself, my study abroad experience in France, and the challenges I have faced. Continue reading

Who Wants to Make a “Bella Figura?”: ACCENT Florence’s Italian Culture Trivia Game!

Today’s blog will focus on an activity at  the ACCENT Florence Study Center that helped ring in the new year. A huge success among students, and a great starting point to their time abroad, each semester, the ACCENT Florence staff host an Italian culture trivia game, designed to teach students about cultural differences in a fun, interactive, and competitive way.

What is the most effective way to learn about Italian culture, food, and lifestyle? We have often asked ourselves this very question. In the end, we decided that there is no more effective way of getting to know something than by having fun with it. Continue reading

SBCC in Rome: Buongiorno, Roma!

On February 5, 2018, a group of intrepid SBCC students arrived in Rome, Italy. Carly Schwan, the program’s official student blogger, joined the fun, cataloging the group’s photos and videos. Here, Carly describes the feeling of anticipation that comes with arriving in a foreign city for the first time. Join the students as they embark on their exciting semester abroad!
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Testaccio: Then and Now

Rome’s Testaccio Neighborhood is known for its fascinating history and expansive marketplace. ACCENT Rome’s Alice Mangia takes us through the origins of this vibrant neighborhood over the centuries, from its use as a harbor in Ancient Rome to its status now as a destination for exquisite food and community congregation.

In Rome, you can find history around every corner. In some places, it’s ubiquitous: the city is famous for bearing the evidence of its great past. New versus old mix in different architectural styles and narratives and eras overlap, creating the Rome of today. Just think of the Colosseum, the Forum, Trajan’s Markets, or Ara Pacis! Continue reading

El Camino de Santiago

This week’s post comes from University of California student Hank Sze, who took part in UCEAP’s Contemporary Spain Program last fall. Hank participated in the Camino de Santiago, a six-day walking pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

My name is Hank. I did the Camino de Santiago during the 2017 Fall Break of my UCEAP study abroad program. This trip is undoubtedly one of my highlights, if not the highlight, during my time in Spain. Below are some questions people often ask me about the Camino, along with my answers. I hope you will decide to do the Camino after reading about my experience! Continue reading