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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The Madrid Río Project

This week’s post is shared from the class blog for the University of Minnesota Cities on Water program. The program, which focuses on the architectural design of European cities, teaches students how natural water formations play a big role in how cities are developed and designed. Join student Leslie Johnson as she describes how the unique design of the Madrid Río Project allows Madrid’s locals to enjoy both a high-speed motorway and a scenic river walk in the same place.

We are already two weeks into our stay here in Madrid through the University of Minnesota’s Cities on Water study abroad program, facilitated through ACCENT, and time continues to fly by! The program comprises a mix of landscape architecture and architecture students from UMN, and we’re studying different aspects of Madrid’s urban design.

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Advice from the ACCENT Madrid Question Box!

We always enjoy hearing from students about how studying abroad has changed their lives and given them a fantastic learning experience. Our ACCENT staff in Madrid have enjoyed hearing from students so much that they have set up a Question Box, where students can tell us (anonymously or otherwise) what made their study abroad experience special. Here are just a few responses from students, accompanied by a short introduction from Madrid Programs Coordinator Bethany Remington. IMG_20170123_191456_707 Continue reading

Learning Through Service: Students Spread Literacy in Madrid

Today’s post celebrates the excellent volunteer work done by ACCENT students participating in the Heritage Spanish Class, a course designed for native Spanish speakers. Students in this course were not only able to further develop their language skills, but also put them to good use, serving as volunteers with a local non-profit organization. Service learning abroad is a unique and inspiring way for students to engage with their host community. 

Several varieties of Spanish-speakers studying together in one class, with remarkable differences in oral and written skills and different Hispanic cultural backgrounds: this is a typical Heritage Spanish Class. Heritage Spanish courses are designed for American students who grew up in Spanish-speaking households. Each semester, we offer our Heritage students a different course, adapted to their individual needs. This semester, Professor Carola Saiegh and I designed a Service Learning course, supported by ACCENT Madrid Study Center Director Vanessa Rodríguez and UCEAP Spain Center Director Laura Marqués-Pascual.

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