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

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

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

ACCENT Florence: Adjusting to life in Birmingham

This week’s post comes from Martina Benaglia, our new intern at the ACCENT Florence Study Center. Martina took part in an Erasmus Program, the EU-wide student exchange initiative that allows European students to explore their diverse and varied continent. For her exchange program, Martina went to Birmingham, UK, where, struggling through the often difficult process of cultural adjustment, she ultimately developed unforgettable friendships, a new home away from home, and inspiration to pass along the joys of study abroad.

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I Franceschi

Students arriving at our ACCENT Florence Study Center are bound to run into “i Franceschi,” our dynamic duo of Programs Coordinators, Francesca Pannozzo and Francesco Lavanga. For today’s post, we asked them to share their experiences studying abroad and their advice for students making the transition to a whole new culture.

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Florence to London to Paris

University of California student Rachel DeAngelis is no stranger to our ACCENT Study Centers in Europe. An adventurous traveler, Rachel has studied abroad with ACCENT three times in three separate cities. Each time, Rachel has taken full advantage of the services offered by our ACCENT staff and the opportunities that abound in some of the most beautiful cities on Earth. Rachel has opted to share some of her best memories of her time abroad and offers some tips for making the most of this one-of-a-kind experience! Continue reading

ASU in Florence: Exploring Science Through the Arts

This week’s post focuses on a group of Arizona State University students studying literature and medicine in Florence. When asked about their favorite study abroad moments, the students and faculty gave some truly wonderful responses. We are more than happy to share them below, and wish the students the best of luck as they get settled in back home! Continue reading

TCU in Florence: The Heart of My Study Abroad Experience

Today’s post comes from Texas Christian University student Brooke Barlock, who spent her time in Florence volunteering at a local elementary school.

The primary goal I set for my study abroad experience was to make Florence feel like a home. I didn’t want to be a tourist, looking at the city through the lens of a camera. I wanted to assimilate, participate in Florentine life as if I was a local. Fortunately, ACCENT gave me every opportunity to do just that.
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California Baptist University Architecture Students Explore Florence

This week’s post features architecture students from California Baptist University as they explore a variety of architectural sites throughout Italy.

This Spring, students from California Baptist University are studying architecture in Florence and Rome. For the Florence portion of the program, they started off with a visit to the Certosa, a monastery located on the summit of Monte Acuto – also called “Holy Mountain”- a cone-shaped hill situated near the village of Galluzzo, a town south of Florence. Continue reading

An Excerpt from Insights: Designing Change in Florence

Florence_-_Graffiti_-_DanteThe Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt comes from our November 2016 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at: http://accentintl.com/insightsnovember2016/

Over the years, countless groups of US undergrads have flocked to Florence to study Art and Art History – and what better place to do it? Loyola Marymount University Design professor Saeri Cho Dobson chose a different approach, however. Against Florence’s rich cultural patrimony and in the shadows of Renaissance masters, Dobson challenged students to view the impact of contemporary art and design through a social justice lens. In Florence, a city defined by its artistic past, students from Los Angeles looked toward the future.

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Taste – An Excerpt from La Repubblica

Emma Zamec, a University of Minnesota student interning abroad in Florence, recently contributed to a segment in the Italian magazine La Repubblica. Emma’s article, which focuses on the Taste Food Fair, highlights the many delicious and intriguing exhibits on display. Although the Taste Food Fair has come and gone, we are pleased to share Emma’s contribution.IBSNXL_Taste12_008-0x600_FDFBNX

Emma is interning at Magenta, an English-language publisher located in downtown Florence.

Although this is changing, it is known that women continue to reign in the kitchen at home while male chefs dominate the scene at top-starred restaurants. The Taste Food Fair, however, brings the visitor to the source, back to the farm where traditionally, both sexes work to create the ingredients of the cuisine for which Italy is so renowned.

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From Words to Pictures : Capturing Memories Abroad

Today’s post comes from University of Minnesota student Alex Lucke, who, when words were not enough to describe her time in Florence, recorded her stay through a series of photographs. We are happy to share her reflections below as she prepares to leave the city she has called home for three months.img_0679

Before I left for Italy, I wanted to make sure I wrote about the whole experience. I set up my blog, spent too much time deciding on a template, and conjured up the most Italian scenarios I could write about.

At the beginning of my time in Florence, it was easy. I didn’t know anyone in the program and used writing as an outlet, a reminder of something from home. All the pasta was fresh, the wine was cheaper than water, and every street I walked on was a new, cobblestoned adventure.

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