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

ACCENT Paris: The Search For ‘Home’ Abroad

This week’s post comes from ACCENT Paris’ new Intern, Iuliia Demina, who is currently working toward her Masters Degree in Cross-Cultural Management. Iuliia discusses her studies in Lille, France and gives some advice to current students struggling with culture shock.

Bonjour! My name is Iuliia and I am an intern at the ACCENT Paris Study Center. I am from Russia and I am currently studying in France. I would like to tell you about myself, my study abroad experience in France, and the challenges I have faced. Continue reading

ACCENT Paris: Teaching to Learn

For her final semester of college in Spring 2017, USC student Aina Abell studied in Paris with ACCENT. After having lived in Paris for three months, Aina was inspired to continue her education in French language and culture. She signed up for the Teaching Assistant Program in France and continued her studies as an English instructor. For this week’s post, Aina talks about how being a teacher is just as much a learning experience as being a student.

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Florence to London to Paris

University of California student Rachel DeAngelis is no stranger to our ACCENT Study Centers in Europe. An adventurous traveler, Rachel has studied abroad with ACCENT three times in three separate cities. Each time, Rachel has taken full advantage of the services offered by our ACCENT staff and the opportunities that abound in some of the most beautiful cities on Earth. Rachel has opted to share some of her best memories of her time abroad and offers some tips for making the most of this one-of-a-kind experience! Continue reading

The ACCENT Paris Pétanque Tournament!

Today’s post celebrates a proud ACCENT Paris tradition: The ACCENT Paris Pétanque Tournament! Intern Luis Rocas outlines the rules of this traditional French game, describes this year’s competition, and reveals the bittersweet history behind this much-loved annual event.

On July 6th, ACCENT’s Executive Director Ray Vernon organized a pétanque tournament with the professors and students from the University of Wisconsin, Coast Community College District, and Michigan State University. Pétanque is a game similar to bocce ball, wherein players try to roll several large balls as close as possible to a smaller target ball.

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SBCC Rome and Paris: Parting Words

SBCC StudyAbroadLogoContact404_404Spring has come and gone, and the students who embarked on the SBCC Rome and Paris Film Studies Program have returned home. After spending three months abroad, the irreplaceable memories they made will carry them through the rest of their lives. Ready to take on any challenge, they are taking their new perspectives, friendships, language skills, and more to their next journey, off to a new College, into the job world, or back on the SBCC campus to share with their new classmates. To commemorate their fantastic adventure, SBCC Professor Michael Stinson and student Nicole Montague have been cataloging their experience through photos and videos. Below are some of the many adventures of “the best group we’ve had so far” (Prof. Michael Stinson)

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A Visit to the Boulangerie Basso

This week’s post focuses on a visit Purdue University students made to the local independent bakery Boulangerie Basso. There, they learned how to make delicious baguettes, buttery croissants, and other traditional French treats. Programs Coordinator Charlotte Munn describes the visit.

This week, students from Purdue University got the opportunity to visit the wonderful Boulangerie Basso in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. Portrait-1Boulangerie Basso was founded 6 years ago by two women named Florentine and Camille, both mothers, boulangères, and managers of the business. Another particularity is that, unlike many other boulangeries, they make their own sourdough. These factors are what makes the Boulangerie Basso so special, as well as the many workshops they offer for students and children.

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An Excerpt from Insights: Internship – Réseau Sentinelles in Paris

The Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt comes from our November 2016 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at: http://accentintl.com/insightsnovember2016/

Nargis Aslami studies Economics at the University of California, Merced and intentionally chose the Spring Quarter in London and Paris to add international internship experience to her résumé and explore course topics unrelated to her major. “I wanted to dip my toes in a different field and see what that was like,” she recalls. While she may have charted unknown waters, Nargis is right on course.Nargis-e1479121835468 Continue reading

Paris Picks…!

In this week’s Paris Picks…!, ACCENT Paris’ Housing Coordinator Jennifer Talevi describes the advantages of Paris’ bike-sharing system, Vélib. Jennifer shares with us the wonderful journeys Vélib allows her to take as she ride along the banks of the Seine and enjoys the culture and beauty of Paris.

JTaleviSince its creation in 2007, 286,000 people have joined the urban bike-sharing program Vélib. I recently joined and cannot imagine doing an activity in Paris now without a part of it spent pedaling. With 1,256 Vélib stations located in Paris, renting a bike is convenient and a great way to see the city. Annual membership is not mandatory; one can rent a bike for a day or even obtain a week-long membership! Continue reading