ACCENT on Instagram: Fall 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 look at the winners of the Fall 2019 ACCENT Photo Contest. Students from every ACCENT Study Center submitted their favorite photos of life abroad. Here we present the winners for each city. Continue reading

Becoming a Local

This past fall, UC Berkeley Global Edge student Katherine Stevenson spent three months in London, where she learned to live like a local.

The distinction between being a tourist and a local blurs at times. While studying abroad, I traveled to a variety of other countries. I learned a little Norwegian on my trip to Oslo, I tried chimney cakes in Prague, I marveled at the magnificent Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, and I saw the La Sagrada Familia in person in Barcelona. Despite how much I loved my weekend trips that I could never have experienced in my hometown, they paled in comparison to becoming a Londoner. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: New Beginnings

The first few weeks of any study abroad program are full of wonder, challenges, unforgettable memories, and newfound friendships. Although studying in vastly different cities, ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipients Carol Gross and Frida Linero both have experienced the incomparable thrill of discovery as they embark on their study abroad adventures.

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An Excerpt from Insights: Renewal & Exclusion in London’s Southbank

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

During the final week of the University of California’s fall semester program in London, participating students took part in an insightful and engaging walk through the Southbank area of London, led by professors Sarah Wise and Michael Owens. The on-site lecture was part of London: Society and Space, a core module required of all students in the custom semester program, focusing on the development of modern London through the lens of public and private spaces, landscapes of power and inequality, and the challenges and transformations that modernization entails. 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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Reviving the Spirit of Dickens: A Trip to the Old Vic

Today’s post comes from Queens University of Charlotte student Katie Farrell, who studied English literature in London this past winter. Katie reminisces about her experiences in the United Kingdom and, in particular, a fantastic theater performance of “A Christmas Carol” the group attended.

Walking down the streets of London has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to take the typical tourist photo of Big Ben and see the London Eye. What I never anticipated, though, was learning about the city through the eyes of authors writing generations before me. Continue reading

London Like a Local

This week, ACCENT London Programs Coordinator Jennifer Taylor tells us about some of the best places for food, fun, and learning in London. A native of the rural west of England, Jennifer talks about her experience moving from expansive fields and pebbly beaches to the majestic skyscrapers, fast-moving crowds, and diverse cultural exchanges that make up a vibrant city.

I have lived in London for one and a half years, and yet there is still so much I have to explore! Growing up, I lived a 10-minute walk away from a pebble beach in Somerset that gave picturesque views of the Welsh coastline. Now I live a 10-minute walk away from the London Eye and the South Bank of the River Thames! It is quite a change from fields with 17 cows, to parks that hold music festivals for 60,000 people, but I could not have made a better choice! I’m going to share some of my favorite areas of London and some secret hidden gems of the city, all within a student budget! 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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My Day as Sarrie the Camel

This Spring, Washington University student Hank Michalski interned with the Saracens, a London-based Rugby team. During the team’s biggest game of the year, Hank was able to have the unique and memorable experience of serving as the team’s mascot.

This Spring, I have been interning in the finance department at Saracens Rugby Club and was their mascot at the biggest match of the year. Their usual mascot guy was out of town for their game against the Harlequins at London Olympic Stadium, which was completely sold out at around 55,000 attendees, and televised across the UK. Continue reading

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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