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.
Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Juan Valeriano, who discusses how spending only a few weeks so far in Rome has allowed him and his classmates to grow and explore. The city has become a new home to them as they enjoy the new experiences studying abroad has to offer.
This week, ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Tatum Kula describes her first few weeks in Rome, the friendships she has forged, and the unforgettable adventures she and her classmates have embarked on. Continue reading
On February 5, 2018, a group of intrepid SBCC students arrived in Rome, Italy. Carly Schwan, the program’s official student blogger, joined the fun, cataloging the group’s photos and videos. Here, Carly describes the feeling of anticipation that comes with arriving in a foreign city for the first time. Join the students as they embark on their exciting semester abroad!
Rome’s Testaccio Neighborhood is known for its fascinating history and expansive marketplace. ACCENT Rome’s Alice Mangia takes us through the origins of this vibrant neighborhood over the centuries, from its use as a harbor in Ancient Rome to its status now as a destination for exquisite food and community congregation.
In Rome, you can find history around every corner. In some places, it’s ubiquitous: the city is famous for bearing the evidence of its great past. New versus old mix in different architectural styles and narratives and eras overlap, creating the Rome of today. Just think of the Colosseum, the Forum, Trajan’s Markets, or Ara Pacis! Continue reading