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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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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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

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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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

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

An Excerpt from Insights: Elbow-to-Elbow with Industry Leaders at MediaCityUK

The Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt comes from our January 2018 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at: https://accentintl.com/insightsjanuary2018/

In early October, students from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism spent four days in Manchester and MediaCityUK in nearby Salford as part of a practicum course designed to introduce communications and media industries in the UK. The custom course provides close contact with industry professionals, ideally timed as the third-year students prepare for graduation and their first job search. Continue reading

Announcing the Winners of the Spring 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 Spring 2018 ACCENT Community College Scholarship! Tatum Kula and Juan Valeriano both received scholarship awards to support their study abroad experience in Rome with Santa Barbara City College and ACCENT. Meet our Spring 2018 recipients! Continue reading

ACCENT Paris: Teaching to Learn

For her final semester of college in Spring 2017, USC student Aina Abell studied in Paris with ACCENT. After having lived in Paris for three months, Aina was inspired to continue her education in French language and culture. She signed up for the Teaching Assistant Program in France and continued her studies as an English instructor. For this week’s post, Aina talks about how being a teacher is just as much a learning experience as being a student.

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Four Days in Galicia: History, Culture, and Beauty

This week’s post comes from William Tsai and Morgan Yee, two students from the University of California Education Abroad Program in Madrid. William and Morgan describe the breathtaking beaches, delectable seafood, awe-inspiring architecture, and the rich cultural traditions of Galicia, an autonomous region in northwestern Spain.

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An Excerpt from Insights – Constructing the Other: Migration in Italian Media

The Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt comes from our May 2017 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at: http://accentintl.com/insightsmay2017/

Students in the inaugural Rome semester for the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism recently joined professor Lorenzo Rinelli for an on-site class in the Esquilino neighborhood, or as Rinelli described, “the only truly trans-ethnic place you will find in Rome.”

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