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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Home Is Where the Heart Is

This week, Santa Barbara City College student Rachel Schmidt talks about the benefits of studying abroad and getting to know a whole new city.

A little less than a year ago, shortly after announcing my desire to study abroad, I remember those around me asking, “Why Rome?”

To be honest, I didn’t know either.

Because at the time, Rome was nothing but a foreign city to me, a big city filled with cars and noise and packed buildings and people running to and fro trying to get to their next destination. So when I decided to study abroad, it was for two reasons: 1) because the program was catered towards creative writing majors, and 2) because I loved Italy. But I didn’t yet love Rome.

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My People Around the World

This week, we meet Assistant Programs Coordinator Anna Malloni, who recently joined our ACCENT Rome Team. Anna has studied abroad in a variety of places and finds that the most rewarding part of traveling is meeting new people along the way.

Erlend is a Norwegian-Colombian Engineering student, passionate about Japanese language and culture and taekwondo. Germán is a Mexican musician who decided to move to Norway and study to become a special education teacher. Guadalupe is an Argentinian girl who uses every single moment of her free time to pursue her dream of launching a clothes brand. Thilini is a PhD Biology student from Sri Lanka, always happy to tell you about the beautiful white beaches and the tea fields you can visit in her country. Continue reading

Reliving Rome’s Past, Leaving Rome’s Present

This week, University of California student Sherry Wang, participating in UCEAP’s Art, Food and Society Program in Rome, reflects on her final days abroad, contemplating the connection between past and present and how art, academics, and daily life intersect.

I leave Rome in two days; it’s a bittersweet fact. Yesterday I had my last class of the quarter — a site visit to Piazza del Campidoglio on the Capitoline Hill, designed by Michelangelo during the Renaissance — which ended at sunset looking over the city.

As I sat on the steps of the Campidoglio, the sky was darkening with clouds and at one moment it began sprinkling. I took in the Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius standing proud in the middle, the Palazzo Senatorio (town hall) to my left, and tipped my head back to look up at the Capitoline Museum directly in front of me.  Continue reading

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

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Discovering the Beauty of Rome

Today, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Jessica Nichol, who, in her wanderings, has discovered many amazing things about Rome and about herself.

There is an ancient world below Rome that is being uncovered bit by bit every day. My new Italian friend told me that it is impossible to simply put up a new building or house because they will certainly find something of the past and have to call in archaeologists to assess the site. However, I am learning that modern Rome has just as many discoveries to be made as the world below it. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: La Mia Famiglia

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Rachael Sincavage, who, in addition to learning the importance of family in Italian culture, has found a second family of her own in the bright and unique students on her program.

My time here studying abroad in Rome has been amazing. I’ve learned so much about other cultures, made some surprising friendships, and experienced numerous memorable moments I will forever treasure. I feel truly blessed to have been able to participate in this ACCENT study abroad program. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: A Cultural Exploration

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Jessica Nichol, who is spending her semester abroad in Rome with Santa Barbara City College. Jessica takes us through a day in her life as a study abroad student, including the many cultural differences between Italy and the U.S.

Touchdown! I felt the plane land in Italy late on February fourth. My heart aflutter and my stomach full of butterflies, I disembarked the plane ready to take on what this new adventure held in store for me. When at home, I decided that I would leave behind my American background and embrace the Italian lifestyle. After landing in Rome I decided to dissolve any expectations I had and welcome the experience ahead of me. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Expectations and Assimilation

Today, we join Santa Barbara City College student Rachael Sincavage as she embarks on her adventures in Rome. Though she expected to immediately start blending in, Rachael found that assimilation and language learning are slow– and often stressful– processes. Determined to keep an optimistic outlook, Rachael will continue to learn and grow in Italy!

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Neighborhoods of Rome

This week, members of our ACCENT Rome staff came together to discuss their favorite neighborhoods in Rome. Rome has 22 different districts, each with their own history and culture.

At the ACCENT Rome Study Center, we always encourage the students to get out of their bubble and explore Rome beyond the most touristic spots. In a city as big as this, sometimes it is tempting to remain within the well-trodden neighborhoods surrounding the historical center, but you would be missing out on the real flavor of Rome, with all its beauty and surprises. Every neighborhood has its own unique character and atmosphere. Continue reading

Clash of Civilizations: Exploring Global Migration in Rome

This week, ACCENT Rome Programs Coordinator Alice Mangia discusses a new program with the University of Kansas focusing on global migration. The program explores the effects of migration on Italian politics, the experiences of immigrant communities, and the cultural enrichment that occurs when neighborhoods welcome those with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Continue reading

Announcing the Winners of the Spring 2019 ACCENT Community College Scholarship!

Spring 2019 marks the one-year anniversary of the ACCENT Community College Scholarship! Over the course of the last year, ACCENT has awarded scholarships to 15 community college students, providing them the opportunity to participate in life-changing study abroad programs. As we prepare for another year of quality study abroad programming, we look forward to providing assistance to many more community college students in the coming months, starting with our Spring 2019 awardees!

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ACCENT Rome: Journey to the Land of Ash

This week, Kenyon College student Luke Hester describes an excursion his Study Abroad class took to the Bay of Naples. There, the group explored the ancient Roman sites of Stabiae and Pompeii with Professor Eugene Dwyer, a veteran academic and researcher specializing in Italian architecture, archaeology, and, in particular, the uniquely beautiful and eerie ruins of Pompeii.

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