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
As our new batch of Spring 2019 students embark on new and exciting adventures abroad, we look back at the experiences of our Fall 2018 students: What did they learn from their program? What lessons did they bring back home? To answer these questions, Programs Coordinator Megumi Ratliff and her colleagues at the ACCENT Madrid Study Center created the Reflections Box, where students could submit brief notes about what they’ve taken away from their semester-long stay in Madrid.
This Fall, our ACCENT Madrid staff conducted a interview with Santa Barbara City College professor Melanie Eckford-Prossor, who has been teaching American and British Literature courses in Madrid and exploring the historical and literary connections between Spain and other countries. Melanie discusses how teaching abroad has benefits and opportunities that cannot possibly be replicated back home on campus, and how the life-changing experience of traveling abroad can bring forward new ideas and new themes in literary discussion. Continue reading
This week, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Olivia Eggers Friedman, who reflects on how much she has grown up during her last three months studying abroad in Madrid.
Today, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Mia Luna Lomeli, who, after three months in Madrid, has made some lasting friendships, explored some fantastic places, and is hurriedly trying to check dozens more items off her Madrid bucket list. Continue reading
Today’s post focuses on one of Madrid’s hidden treasures, located mere minutes from the ACCENT Madrid Study Center: the Museo Sorolla. This summer, business students from Purdue University visited the museum and examined how it functions as a state museum, fully funded by the Spanish government.
This week, University of California student Delcia Orona discusses her unique experience as a study abroad veteran among her classmates in UCEAP’s Language & Culture program in Madrid. Having already experienced the initial excitement of landing in a new country, Delcia at first found herself too focused on her previous adventures to appreciate Madrid. But eventually, she began to open herself up to all of the fantastic experiences the city of Madrid offered her.
My last study abroad adventure took place in Madrid. It was an experience that I didn’t truly appreciate until I was saying my goodbyes and moving my things out of our student apartments. But it was a small piece of a much larger journey to discover who I am and where I want to go in life, and find closure with my past. Continue reading
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 Fall 2018 ACCENT Community College Scholarship! Olivia Eggers Friedman and Mia Lomeli both received scholarship awards to support their study abroad experience in Madrid with Santa Barbara City College and ACCENT. Meet our Fall 2018 recipients!
This summer, ACCENT Madrid Programs Coordinator Megumi Ratliff asked our students about some of their favorite places and activities in Madrid. Today, we share their varied and insightful answers on the very best of life in Madrid.
Being the big city that it is, there are countless numbers of places to discover and things to do in Madrid. We love hearing from our students about what they’ve enjoyed the most while studying here. With this is mind, we asked our summer students from Coast Community College District and El Camino College to share their thoughts on the “Best of Madrid.” Here’s what they had to say:
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.
This week, we look at the initial experiences of three of our ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipients, each of them experiencing a new city and a new culture. Join Charley Hunter, Jose Vazquez,and Elizabeth Snyder as they embark on life-changing adventures abroad!
This week, Madrid Programs Coordinator Megumi Ratliff reveals one of the hidden gems of Madrid’s San Blas-Canillejas district: Quinta de los Molinos. Quinta de los Molinos is a public park located on Madrid’s east side. Every spring, the park’s 1,500 almond trees bloom, creating a spectacular display of pink and white blossoms. Continue reading
The Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) is one of Spain’s leading architecture schools, equipped with cutting-edge technology and lectures tailored specifically to the needs of architecture students. Carleton University student David Anderson recently took part in an ACCENT-sponsored program where he attended ETSAM, gaining not just knowledge for his future career, but also a whole new level of language proficiency and immersion. David was happy to sit down for an interview with ACCENT staff and discuss his academic and cultural experiences in Spain.
ACCENT’s program with Carleton University in Canada is our first partnership with a school outside of the United States.
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
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