The Experiences I Didn’t Know Existed

Kayla Williams is a UC Berkeley student who studied Language, Culture, Food and Business in Florence this past spring. Kayla took part in several different opportunities to interact with locals, allowing her to learn more about Florentine culture than she had ever expected. She reflects on her ability to connect with people living halfway across the world, noting that we are all the same at our core despite our perceived cultural differences. Continue reading

Announcing the Winners of the Summer 2019 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 2019 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 2019 recipients!

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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

From Florence to Bologna

UC Berkeley student Roberto Ulloa is no stranger to our ACCENT Florence Study Center. While completing his 2017 Spring semester with ACCENT, Roberto discovered his passion for Italian language and culture. Upon returning to the States, Roberto declared a second major in Italian Studies and is now completing his degree at the University of Bologna. Roberto drops in from time to time to visit our Florence staff and reminisce about where his Italian adventure started.
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An Excerpt from Insights: Internships – Event Planning in Florence

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/

Courtney Ricci has clear career objectives in mind and has created her own educational path to reach them. A student at the University of Minnesota, Courtney aims to specialize in contract law and represent professional athletes and coaches. Continue reading

A Taste of Something New

Each Fall, the University of California Education Abroad Program partners with ACCENT to send three lucky groups of UC students to Barcelona, Syracuse, and Florence to study Mediterranean Politics, Food & Culture. Each group goes to all three cities in different orders, the academic content of the program altered to cater to each group’s different itinerary. Students visit small local farms, non-profits, and governing bodies, tasting the unique flavors of the Mediterranean along the way.

Join Ava Lalezarzadeh as she describes the joys and struggles of studying abroad in three different locations, and how the program helped her learn how to seize opportunities when they present themselves. Continue reading

Florence: My Second Home

This week, University of California student Rosemary Orozco discusses the many benefits of choosing a homestay for your study abroad experience.

As a Global Studies major, as well as someone studying the Italian language, choosing to live with a host family felt like the obvious decision for me. I wanted to immerse myself in Italian culture and be forced to use as much of the language as possible as often as possible. And honestly? Mission accomplished. In fact, as a level 7 student, my host parents recently decided that English shouldn’t be used at all at home. Sounds hard, right? It is. But it helps me so much to practice and to have two parental figures ready to correct me or encourage me while I attempt to express myself and use increasingly more tenses and complex sentence structures. It’s exciting! Continue reading

ACCENT Florence: Anticipation of the Possible

This week, we join Texas Christian University student Katie Kelton as she looks back on her first few months in Florence and the days and weeks to come.

After two months in Florence, I can’t imagine studying abroad anywhere else. When the time came to choose a study abroad location about six months ago, I was extremely conflicted and overwhelmed by the numerous options. I knew I wanted to study in Europe, but where? Madrid? London? Paris? Rome? After extensive research online and recommendations from friends and professors, I settled on Florence, Italy. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Excitement, Awe, and Endless Exploration

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship students Salina Lozano and Alejandro Morales, currently studying in Florence and Madrid. Salina and Alejandro discuss their amazement with the beauty and culture of their host cities, and share in their anticipation for the weeks ahead.

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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

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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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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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