Announcing the Winners of the Fall 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.

Three Santa Barbara City College students have received scholarship awards to support their study abroad experiences in Paris and Rome. Throughout their time overseas, they will serve as community college student ambassadors, sharing articles about their time studying abroad. We look forward to reading about their many experiences in Europe! Meet our Fall 2019 recipients!

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ACCENT Paris: The 2019 Women’s World Cup

This week, ACCENT Paris’ new Intern, Maëla Barçon, writes about this year’s Women’s World Cup and the history of women’s soccer in western Europe.

Do you remember 2018?  As a huge football fan, I do.

That year, France won the World Cup in Russia. All throughout France, we heard the songs of victory, whether we were at home, or with hundreds of thousands people on the Champs-Elysées. It was an historic year for French sports fans.

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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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ACCENT on Instagram: Spring 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 are proud to launch our Term in Review series, where we take a look back at what ACCENT has offered this spring to students from around the country. Continue reading

The Magic of a Parisian Easter

This week’s post comes from ACCENT Paris’ newest intern, Maella Barçon, who discusses Paris’ many Easter traditions and the opportunities the holiday provides to experience all that the City of Lights has to offer.

Easter is coming!  Do you love chocolate? Because if you do, you will love Paris. Not only are there some of the best chocolatiers in the world in the capital, there are also a lot of public activities during this celebration. Continue reading

Fashionable Paris

It’s Fashion Week in Paris! Designers from around the world are in Paris this week for one of the industry’s biggest fashion shows. Programs Coordinator Audrey Casabielhe documents the rise of high fashion in France and the movements that both challenged it and contributed to its lasting popularity.

Of all the treasures Paris has to offer, one that stands out this month is the Paris Fashion Show. February is the traditional time for the Women’s Fall/Winter Fashion week with Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Nina Ricci, and many more designers presenting their collection for the next winter. Continue reading

Winter Light in Paris

This week, ACCENT Programs Coordinator Audrey Casabielhe describes the unique beauty of the Parisian skyline in winter, exploring how the particular light in the City of Lights inspires residents and tourists alike. Audrey finds that to discover the magic of Paris, all she has to do is look up.

There is always something magical about Paris. Whether you are staying for a month or find yourself staying for 6 years. The big moments when the city shines and shows herself in all her glory, or the little and intimate moments which are special to only you, leave reminders of why you are here and why you love this city so much.

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All About Bread

This week, ACCENT Paris staff members Audrey Casabielhe and Marion Bonnefond describe one of their favorite on-site activities provided through the ACCENT Paris Study Center: a visit to a local boulangerie! During these visits, students make their own delicious creations while learning what it takes to run a successful small business in France.

To learn about another culture and its people is what study abroad is all about.

This is why we at ACCENT Paris have been developing activities for our students that are linked to food, which is a huge part of French culture. Continue reading

Je Suis Parisienne

This week, UCEAP French Language & Culture participant Brooke Pland shares her experiences from her first few months in Paris, a city that has become her second home. As she discovers the city’s hidden treasures and overcomes linguistic and cultural barriers, Paris has become a place that she warmly returns to after her travels across Europe, in other words, home.
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ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Living in the Moment

With their Summer 2018 programs over, our ACCENT Community College Scholarship students are returning home, re-acclimating to life in the United States, and reminiscing over their time abroad. Today, we rejoin Kate Gallant, who, after a Summer abroad in Paris, shares her thoughts on how studying abroad has changed her outlook on life. Continue reading

Merci, Simone

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Paris Programs Coordinator Audrey Casabielhe, who, after an eventful experience in a popular Parisian neighborhood, discusses the legacy of French politician Simone Veil.

On a slightly grey but warm day, my partner and I were strolling through one of the many tiny villages of Paris called La Butte aux Cailles. The Butte aux Cailles is a very lively and trendy little neighborhood that is known for its small and charming houses, popular bars and restaurants, cobbled streets, and fantastic street art.  That afternoon, while walking down the street, we saw two young women putting artistic posters up. Suddenly, a woman in her forties opened her window across the street and shouted to the two women. I was worried that a shouting match would start. To my surprise, though, the following scene unfolded before my eyes. Continue reading