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!
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
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
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!
This week, we spotlight one of the Lazio region’s hidden gems: the beautiful Giardino Ninfa. An hour south of Rome, these gardens house thousands of different plant species and have hosted centuries of political intrigue. Programs Coordinator Alice Mangia details the unique history of this fairytale garden.
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.
Today we hear from our newest team member in ACCENT’s San Francisco Center, Partnership and Administrative Coordinator Alexa Ball. A New York native and NYU alum, Alexa is an International Education professional with an enduring love for Rome. Alexa discusses why she chose to study abroad twice in the Eternal City and why returning to the same city is an invaluable experience.
Hi everyone, I’m Alexa and I am one of the newest ACCENT team members based out of San Francisco. Having studied abroad many times myself, I consider myself a study abroad junkie! My study abroad experiences have taken me to Italy, Germany, Ghana, and China and after having experienced the meaningful cultural exchange that study abroad offers, I am thrilled to join ACCENT to develop transformative programs in Western Europe — and especially in Rome. Continue reading
Today’s post focuses on the experience of UC student Isabel Soloaga, who spent last Spring interning at an Italian middle school as a teacher’s aide through UCEAP’s Art, Food and Society program with ACCENT. There, she helped lead the class during their English lessons and came to understand what it’s like to teach and learn in another country. Continue reading
This week’s post comes from East Tennessee State University MBA student Rayallan Fredericks, who embarked on an Intercultural Studies program with ACCENT in Rome. An avid and experienced traveler, Ray discusses how Italy was a truly unique and enjoyable experience.
It was June 4th, 2018, a week into my ACCENT program when I heard the best sentence…ever. It was about 11:45am in Montalcino just after our tour of the Banfi Winery facility when our guide said “Okay, it’s time to go back to the castle.” It was my dream to hear those words because I have always wanted a posh lifestyle. If I had a vision board, having my own castle would definitely be on there. One of the reasons for choosing my MBA program is that I hope one day to have a better life with the opportunity to travel the world, as well as support my family.
This day at Banfi was one of the best days of the ACCENT program. The story of how two brothers started the winery after being importers in the U.S was inspirational. The different flavors of wine paired with the wonderful Italian lunch served in the castle was the perfect accent to this trip. Continue reading
Today’s post comes from UC Merced student Henali Joshi, who took part in UCEAP’s Art, Food and Society program through ACCENT. Henali describes how she overcame a lack of confidence and ended up trekking across Europe during her semester abroad in Rome.
As soon as I landed in Rome, the goal of my experiences became to travel, explore, enjoy, see myself grow, and in the process, to document it all via photography. Continue reading
With the approach of summer, students in our Italian Study Centers are beginning their search for the best, most authentic gelato experience. To help them on their quest, our ACCENT staff lead a series of gelato crawls, introducing students to some of their city’s hidden gems. This week, ACCENT Rome Programs Coordinator Alice Mangia discusses this spring’s gelato crawl, the history of the dessert, and some notable locations for delicious treats. Continue reading
Today’s post comes from SBCC student blogger Carly Schwan, who has been cataloguing her classmates’ adventures since the start of their study abroad program in February. With a series of images and a video record of the group’s best moments, Carly describes what an unforgettable experience the past three months have been.
Thank you to Carly for sharing these memories with us, and we wish her and her classmates the best as they prepare to return home.
This week, ACCENT Community College Scholarship awardee Tatum Kula reflects on her time in Rome as her program comes to an end. She recalls the academic and linguistic struggles, the unforgettable memories, and the life-long friendships forged.
Today’s post comes from ACCENT Rome Programs Coordinator Alice Mangia, who describes a unique opportunity offered through the ACCENT Rome Study Center. Each semester, students from UCEAP visit “La Sapienza”, one of the largest universities in all of Europe, a beacon of Roman history and a firm testament to the persistent quest for knowledge.
Today’s post comes from SBCC student blogger Carly Schwan, who spent her Spring Break introducing her boyfriend to the wonders and beauty of Italy. Exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes of Rome and Florence, the two spent an unforgettable week basking in the splendor of Italy’s architectural and artistic monuments.