La Vaquilla

This week, ACCENT Madrid Programs Coordinator Ana Hernández discusses a popular and festive event that takes places in Madrid early each year: La Vaquilla. La Vaquilla celebrates the act of shepherds moving cattle from one grazing ground to another, representing the arrival of spring and the end of winter.

When I moved to Colmenar Viejo, I was 4 years old. Since then, I have learned to admire and understand the traditions of this town located North of Madrid. Today I wanted to share with you a deeply rooted tradition: La Vaquilla (The Heifer). Continue reading

El Camino de Santiago

This week’s post comes from University of California student Hank Sze, who took part in UCEAP’s Contemporary Spain Program last fall. Hank participated in the Camino de Santiago, a six-day walking pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

My name is Hank. I did the Camino de Santiago during the 2017 Fall Break of my UCEAP study abroad program. This trip is undoubtedly one of my highlights, if not the highlight, during my time in Spain. Below are some questions people often ask me about the Camino, along with my answers. I hope you will decide to do the Camino after reading about my experience! Continue reading

ACCENT Madrid: Returning to My Roots

This week’s post comes from our ACCENT Madrid Study Center, where our staff conducted an interview with University of California student Evan Hertenstein. Evan, who is participating in UCEAP’s Contemporary Spain Program, chose to stay with a local host family in Madrid, hoping to gain a deeper appreciation of his own family’s cultural heritage. Continue reading

SBCC In Madrid: Interning Abroad

This week, we continue our spotlight on SBCC’s Madrid program. The program’s official student blogger, Rachel Sevy, discusses her Internship with Central Joven de Anticoncepcion y Sexualidad, a nonprofit which provides Spanish youth with sexual education services, contraception, STD and pregnancy tests, counseling, and more. Continue reading

Worth the Wait: A Study Abroad Experience

This spring, University of California, Irvine student Shirelle Chalamish spent a semester studying abroad in Madrid and Rome. For this week’s post, Shirelle takes us through the many stages of adjusting to life abroad.

There’s nothing like the rush you get when you’re finally able to tell your friends and family that you’ve been accepted to your desired study abroad program. Everything about your life, the way you view the remaining days you have left in your home country, how you speak to those you love transforms because of this impending life change. You suddenly find yourself trying to savor every moment, every daily task or interaction, just to gain a mental snapshot of what you’re leaving behind. Even packing, a task you’ve gotten more used to since moving away for college, has suddenly become a nearly impossible task. But you’re leaving, you’re going to explore a new society and culture, and every aspect of this new adventure (even the harder parts) is completely worth it.

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SBCC in Madrid: ¡Bienvenidos!

This Fall, an adventurous group of Santa Barbara City College students will be living and studying in Madrid, Spain. They will be delving into a wide array of topics, from cultural studies, to communications, to film. ACCENT is proud to be sharing the experiences of the program’s Official Student Blogger, Rachel Sevy, as she and her classmates embark on this life-changing adventure!

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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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Photos from “A Mary-Go-Round: My Study Abroad in Spain”

University of California student Mary Zhou is just beginning her adventure in Madrid. As a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, a U.S. State Department-sponsored program, Mary is participating in the Gilman Service Project to help promote Study Abroad. As she travels across Madrid, Barcelona, and Segovia, Mary will be submitting a series of photos and short anecdotes on Facebook and Instagram, and we are delighted to share some of those photos here. Continue reading

A Taste of Barcelona

This week’s post comes from Texas Christian University student Olivia Paulson, who was so moved by her trip to Barcelona that she filmed and edited a short video capturing her favorite memories of that fantastic city. Olivia introduces her video with a few short words on what inspired her to go beyond merely taking photographs, instead opting to bring Barcelona to life for her friends and family. Continue reading

Studying at a Spanish University

ACCENT works with local institutions to offer several direct enrollment programs, where students at our partner universities have the opportunity to attend classes at Spanish universities. Direct enrollment programs allow students to experience a foreign educational system first-hand. The transition is a challenging and rewarding process. At ACCENT Madrid, direct enrollment students benefit from the support and expertise of our Academic Liason/Programs Coordinator Raquel del Pozo, who assists with course selection, registration, academic advising, and helps students adjust to a different system. This week, we’ve asked Raquel to answer some of the most common questions asked by incoming students about academic and student life at universities in Spain.

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