ACCENT Community College Scholarship: A Tale of Two Cities

Although they are studying abroad in two different cities, ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipients Kate Gallant and Francisco Edeza have both forged unforgettable bonds with their newfound homes. Here, they describe their first impressions of the experience of life abroad and the process of adjusting to to their new surroundings. Whether it’s overcoming the language barrier or exploring the city’s complex history, both students come to the conclusion that studying abroad makes an indelible impact on personal and intellectual growth.

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My Day as Sarrie the Camel

This Spring, Washington University student Hank Michalski interned with the Saracens, a London-based Rugby team. During the team’s biggest game of the year, Hank was able to have the unique and memorable experience of serving as the team’s mascot.

This Spring, I have been interning in the finance department at Saracens Rugby Club and was their mascot at the biggest match of the year. Their usual mascot guy was out of town for their game against the Harlequins at London Olympic Stadium, which was completely sold out at around 55,000 attendees, and televised across the UK. Continue reading

It’s Time to Go Back to the Castle

This week’s post comes from East Tennessee State University MBA student Rayallan Fredericks, who embarked on an Intercultural Studies program with ACCENT in Rome. An avid and experienced traveler, Ray discusses how Italy was a truly unique and enjoyable experience.

It was June 4th, 2018, a week into my ACCENT program when I heard the best sentence…ever. It was about 11:45am in Montalcino just after our tour of  the Banfi Winery facility when our guide said “Okay, it’s time to go back to the castle.” It was my dream to hear those words because I have always wanted a posh lifestyle. If I had a vision board, having my own castle would definitely be on there. One of the reasons for choosing my MBA program is that I hope one day to have a better life with the opportunity to travel the world, as well as support my family.

This day at Banfi was one of the best days of the ACCENT program. The story of how two brothers started the winery after being importers in the U.S was inspirational. The different flavors of wine paired with the wonderful Italian lunch served in the castle was the perfect accent to this trip. Continue reading

An Excerpt from Insights – Art, Literature, Medicine, Science: Our Transdisciplinary Approach

The Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt, written by both Alison Essary of Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and Mark Lussier of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, comes from our May 2018 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at: https://accentintl.com/insightsmay2018/

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Language and Learning: A Semester at ETSAM

The Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) is one of Spain’s leading architecture schools, equipped with cutting-edge technology and lectures tailored specifically to the needs of architecture students. Carleton University student David Anderson recently took part in an ACCENT-sponsored program where he attended ETSAM, gaining not just knowledge for his future career, but also a whole new level of language proficiency and immersion. David was happy to sit down for an interview with ACCENT staff and discuss his academic and cultural experiences in Spain.

ACCENT’s program with Carleton University in Canada is our first partnership with a school outside of the United States.
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Adventure and Discovery: The Joys of Solo Travel

Today’s post comes from UC Merced student Henali Joshi, who took part in UCEAP’s Art, Food and Society program through ACCENT. Henali describes how she overcame a lack of confidence and ended up trekking across Europe during her semester abroad in Rome.

As soon as I landed in Rome, the goal of my experiences became to travel, explore, enjoy, see myself grow, and in the process, to document it all via photography. Continue reading

Why Having a Cappuccino After Lunch is Unheard of in Italy: A Guide to Understanding Italy and Italians

Today’s post focuses on ACCENT’s Intercultural Sensitivity Project, an initiative focusing on giving ACCENT students a complete understanding of their host culture, along with comprehensive preparation for the inevitability of culture shock. ACCENT provides all students with the tools to understand their local community and connect with the people and places integral to their study abroad experience.

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The Hunt for London Street Art

This week’s post, written by USC professor Michael Owens, describes a walking tour taken by students in his Rhetoric of London course, a unique learning experience offered through the ACCENT London Study Center. The tour explores and analyzes the city’s often overlooked street art scene. Led by their guide, Elousie, the group learned not only about the hardships and legal struggles of the street artist, but discovered the hidden joys London provides its visitors and residents.

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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