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

Bordeaux: La Cité du Vin

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Paris Study Center Director Melissa Smith-Simonet, who recently visited La Cité du Vin, a new museum in Bordeaux specializing in wine. La Cité du Vin teaches us about wine’s history, its cultural significance, its creation, and the art of wine tasting.

When one hears ‘Bordeaux’, one immediately thinks not only of the city in the southwest corner of the Aquitaine, but of the world class wine of the entire region. Bordeaux has been shaped and defined by the wine trade and traces of this history are visible today in its many wine cellars, shops, and trading houses, as well as its vineyards and chateaux throughout the region.routes-du-vin_filtre_0 Continue reading

SBCC Rome and Paris: Weekend Trips and Independent Travel

SBCC StudyAbroadLogoContact404_404Today’s post rejoins the SBCC Rome and Paris Film Studies group as they venture out across Europe, from the well-trodden cobblestones of historic cities to the little-known, far flung corners of the continent. Student Blogger Jeffrey Leaf describes how travel and adventure have brought the group closer together and helped forge lasting friendships.

Amalfi Coast, Assisi, Barcelona, Brussels, Bologna, Capri, Casablanca, Cefalù, Florence, Malta, Madrid, Marrakech, Milan, Lake Como, Palermo, Pompeii, Venice. arab prince 2One of the best parts of Study Abroad is undoubtedly the weekends, whether one chooses to spend one’s time in their host city or go out and see new places. There is no shortage of places to travel in and around Italy. And for such a short time in Rome, the members of our group have surely been around. Rome’s central location at the bottom of Europe and in the middle of the Mediterranean guarantees a buffet of places to choose from, whether you are an experienced traveler or completely new to the experience. Continue reading

Arrivederci, Roma! Mid-Program Reflections from the SBCC Rome and Paris Program

SBCC StudyAbroadLogoContact404_404This Spring, ACCENT has teamed up with Santa Barbara City College for a multi-city Film Studies program in Rome and Paris. SBCC student Jeffrey Leaf has been selected as the program’s Official Student Blogger, and we are very pleased to publish his reflections as he and his classmates explore the wonders and challenges of the study abroad experience. This week, we check in with Jeffrey as he reflects on his experience studying abroad in Rome, and his feelings as he and his classmates move on to their time in Paris.

As the Rome leg of our study abroad program comes to an end, it feels necessary to take this time to reflect on how amazing the past six weeks have been. Right from the start, the trip has been a whirlwind of excitement, culture, education, and fun. Most of us cannot think of a time in recent memory when we have had this much enjoyment and stimulation in so short a period. Consequently, a bizarre feeling and sense of time has emerged from all that activity; we feel as if we have been in Rome for months, while also sensing that our program has also been flying by.HipstamaticPhoto-512068099.950594

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Paris Picks…!

Today’s edition of our “Live Like A Local” series rounds out our look at notable Parisian theaters. Paris Center Cultural Activities Coordinator and Excursion Leader Mirek Siedliski describes his favorite places in Paris to take in a film.

Bienvenue à Paris—the city of cinema! Not only was Paris used as a film set in hundreds of films (and still is), it’s also the town where you’ll find an amazing number of movie theaters and a mind-blowing selection of films, ranging from the most recent ones, to the great classics of the 1950’s and 1960’s, to jewels from the silent film era.

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ACCENT Paris: Le Grand Musée du Parfum

IMG_4460This week’s post comes from our ACCENT Paris Study Center, where Cultural Activities Coordinator Mirek Siedliski describes the newly-opened Grand Musée du Parfum, a museum devoted entirely to the history and art of perfumery.

Paris already has an unparalleled palette of museums, but the recently opened Grand Musée du Parfum is the only place where one can learn about the first perfume known to mankind, how smells and emotions are connected, and how the sense of smell works with olfactory memory.

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Study Abroad and the Spirit of Giving

One of our favorite things about the ACCENT Blog is the abundance of uplifting stories that come our way. There is nothing more affirming than hearing a student tell us how Study Abroad contributed to their personal growth and breadth of experience.

ACCENT student Matilda Mead is no exception. When asked about the most rewarding experience of her time in Paris, Matilda told us a story about how she and other foreigners in Paris met up and prepared a massive Thanksgiving meal for a refugee camp in Saint-Denis, contributing to not just the spirit of the holiday season, but to the very real necessity of treating others with love, respect, and generosity all year round.

Without a doubt, my most rewarding experience while living in Paris has been working with new friends to aid the refugee population in the city. It all started when my flatmate told me about a new-french-friends-via-facebook-groupsFacebook group where you can meet fellow foreigners living in Paris and grab lunch or drinks with them, work out or go to museums together, practice French together, etc.

I wanted to branch out and meet new people, but I also really wanted to do something to give back to the community. After the US election results, I was quite down and depleted and felt the need to go out in the world and help people less privileged than myself. Continue reading

98 Steps

Today’s post comes to us from ACCENT San Francisco’s new Programs Assistant, Samantha Proteau. Sam participated in an 11-month exchange program in Paris, living, studying, and working for nearly a year among native Parisians. In her first post for the ACCENT Blog, Sam tells us about how overcoming stress and shyness allowed img_0633her to achieve a whole new sense of independence and personal growth.

In a very last minute decision, I extended my college experience to participate in an exchange program in Paris.  I was hesitant in the beginning, eager as I was to transition into the professional world; but then I remembered how remarkable my first study abroad experience in Florence, Italy had been and became certain that another study abroad trip would meet such great expectations.  How different could this new experience be? Continue reading

An Excerpt from Insights: Fluctuat Nec Mergitur

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks on Paris and the nearby suburb of Saint-Denis, which resulted in the deaths of 130 people. In the wake of international turmoil caused by events such as these, questions of national identity emerge: who are we, and who do we want to become?

ACCENT is dedicated to the broadening of hearts and minds, to the importance of looking beyond ourselves, and appreciating our vast and ever-changing world. It is easy to withdraw into ourselves when we are hurt and afraid, but it is true courage to reach out to others and work together to rebuild.

In our May 2016 edition of ACCENT’s Insights Newsletter, Paris Center Director Melissa Smith-Simonet published the following response to the attacks, detailing what ACCENT is doing to help students combat fear and better understand the vibrant and diverse city that heroically emerged from the rubble and refused to sink under terror.

fnm-1024x683Fluctuat Nec Mergitur – Tossed but Not Sunk – is the motto of the city of Paris and has appeared on the city’s coat of arms for centuries. These three Latin words have never been truer than in the weeks and months since the events of November 13. Continue reading