I Studied Abroad in the Same Place Twice — And I’d do It Again

Today we hear from our newest team member in ACCENT’s San Francisco Center, Partnership and Administrative Coordinator Alexa Ball. A New York native and NYU alum, Alexa is an International Education professional with an enduring love for Rome. Alexa discusses why she chose to study abroad twice in the Eternal City and why returning to the same city is an invaluable experience.

Hi everyone, I’m Alexa and I am one of the newest ACCENT team members based out of San Francisco. Having studied abroad many times myself, I consider myself a study abroad junkie! My study abroad experiences have taken me to Italy, Germany, Ghana, and China and after having experienced the meaningful cultural exchange that study abroad offers, I am thrilled to join ACCENT to develop transformative programs in Western Europe — and especially in Rome. Continue reading

ACCENT Madrid: Being Present

This week, University of California student Delcia Orona discusses her unique experience as a study abroad veteran among her classmates in UCEAP’s Language & Culture program in Madrid. Having already experienced the initial excitement of landing in a new country, Delcia at first found herself too focused on her previous adventures to appreciate Madrid. But eventually, she began to open herself up to all of the fantastic experiences the city of Madrid offered her.

My last study abroad adventure took place in Madrid. It was an experience that I didn’t truly appreciate until I was saying my goodbyes and moving my things out of our student apartments. But it was a small piece of a much larger journey to discover who I am and where I want to go in life, and find closure with my past. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Stepping Back in Time

For this week’s post, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Patricia Dominguez, as she reflects on her time exploring the wonders of London and Edinburgh. Patricia explains how she felt a sense of living history, or traveling through time as she visited historical sites throughout the UK.

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The Crêpes of Paris

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Paris Programs Coordinator Audrey Casabielhe, who delves into the complex history of Paris’ most iconic treat: the crêpe.

If there is one treat that rhymes with Paris in everybody’s mind, it is crêpes! Having a delicious crêpe by the Pantheon or Eiffel Tower is just glorious. There is actually a lot of history behind this treat, so let’s discover it! Continue reading

¡Hola from Madrid!

El Camino College student Mike McCollough spent the summer in Madrid immersing himself in Spanish culture. Mike tells us about his memories of his time abroad, and what he took from the experience of living, studying, and exploring in Spain.

For the past four weeks, I along with twenty one El Camino College students and two El Camino College professors have been immersed in Spanish culture and history. Thanks to the ACCENT Madrid team’s well‑choreographed itinerary of outings, we were exposed to the history, experiences, and entertainment of the Spanish world, both present and past. Their tour guides greatly enhanced our visits to the many museums and neighborhoods in Madrid, and also in the cities of Toledo, Granada, Sevilla, and Cordoba, with their rich background knowledge.

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ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Living in the Moment

With their Summer 2018 programs over, our ACCENT Community College Scholarship students are returning home, re-acclimating to life in the United States, and reminiscing over their time abroad. Today, we rejoin Kate Gallant, who, after a Summer abroad in Paris, shares her thoughts on how studying abroad has changed her outlook on life. Continue reading

Into the Classroom, Out of My Comfort Zone

Today’s post focuses on the experience of UC student Isabel Soloaga, who spent last Spring interning at an Italian middle school as a teacher’s aide through UCEAP’s Art, Food and Society program with ACCENT. There, she helped lead the class during their English lessons and came to understand what it’s like to teach and learn in another country. Continue reading