ACCENT on Instagram: Summer 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’s post highlights some of the unique offerings provided by ACCENT’s extensive connections to academia, business, and local culture. Take a look back at what ACCENT has offered this summer to students from around the country. Continue reading

Tradition and Innovation: Seseña Capes in Madrid

This week, ACCENT Madrid’s Senior Programs Coordinator Raquel del Pozo Martínez discusses a visit Washington University business students took to Casa Seseña, makers of stylish capes. There, the students learned how such a seemingly niche product has supported this small family business for over 100 years

Some businesses close their doors after a short season, while others thrive for decades. Few can boast over a century of operations, surviving civil war, dramatic cultural shifts, economic recession, and gentrification to build a client list that includes Ernest Hemingway, Hillary Clinton, and Jeremy Irons.  Continue reading

An Excerpt from Insights: Startup Consultants in Madrid and Sarajevo

The Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt comes from our NEW July 2019 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at: https://accentintl.com/insightsjuly2019/

This summer, students from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis embarked on a comparative study of startup entrepreneurship in moments of transition. Continue reading

An Excerpt from Insights – Manzanares Reborn: Ecological Restoration in Madrid

The Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt comes from our January 2019 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at: https://accentintl.com/insightsjanuary2019/

In last November’s issue, we featured a site visit to Madrid’s central water treatment facility as part of the University of California’s interdisciplinary Political Ecologies course. The custom course compares and analyzes environmental histories, political systems, and socio-economic and political actors in Spain and California.

This fall, semester students from the same course traveled to the capital’s Manzanares River with professor Francisco Seijo to investigate an on-going ecological restoration project. Once described by Spanish writer Quevedo as a mere “apprentice river,” the Manzanares has undergone significant transformations and now it is an excellent example of success in ecological restoration. Continue reading

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

Clash of Civilizations: Exploring Global Migration in Rome

This week, ACCENT Rome Programs Coordinator Alice Mangia discusses a new program with the University of Kansas focusing on global migration. The program explores the effects of migration on Italian politics, the experiences of immigrant communities, and the cultural enrichment that occurs when neighborhoods welcome those with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Continue reading

American and British Literature in a Spanish Setting

This Fall, our ACCENT Madrid staff conducted a interview with Santa Barbara City College professor Melanie Eckford-Prossor, who has been teaching American and British Literature courses in Madrid and exploring the historical and literary connections between Spain and other countries. Melanie discusses how teaching abroad has benefits and opportunities that cannot possibly be replicated back home on campus, and how the life-changing experience of traveling abroad can bring forward new ideas and new themes in literary discussion. Continue reading

All About Bread

This week, ACCENT Paris staff members Audrey Casabielhe and Marion Bonnefond describe one of their favorite on-site activities provided through the ACCENT Paris Study Center: a visit to a local boulangerie! During these visits, students make their own delicious creations while learning what it takes to run a successful small business in France.

To learn about another culture and its people is what study abroad is all about.

This is why we at ACCENT Paris have been developing activities for our students that are linked to food, which is a huge part of French culture. Continue reading

ACCENT Rome: Journey to the Land of Ash

This week, Kenyon College student Luke Hester describes an excursion his Study Abroad class took to the Bay of Naples. There, the group explored the ancient Roman sites of Stabiae and Pompeii with Professor Eugene Dwyer, a veteran academic and researcher specializing in Italian architecture, archaeology, and, in particular, the uniquely beautiful and eerie ruins of Pompeii.

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Merci, Simone

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Paris Programs Coordinator Audrey Casabielhe, who, after an eventful experience in a popular Parisian neighborhood, discusses the legacy of French politician Simone Veil.

On a slightly grey but warm day, my partner and I were strolling through one of the many tiny villages of Paris called La Butte aux Cailles. The Butte aux Cailles is a very lively and trendy little neighborhood that is known for its small and charming houses, popular bars and restaurants, cobbled streets, and fantastic street art.  That afternoon, while walking down the street, we saw two young women putting artistic posters up. Suddenly, a woman in her forties opened her window across the street and shouted to the two women. I was worried that a shouting match would start. To my surprise, though, the following scene unfolded before my eyes. Continue reading

ACCENT Florence: This is What Dreams are Made of

This week’s post comes from Berry College student Jessica Hayhurst, who embarked on a short-term Journalism program in Florence. Jessica describes how her journalistic fieldwork shaped her understanding of the city.

When I was a senior in high school, the number one question I asked at every college tour was, “What kind of study abroad opportunities do you have?” Continue reading