This Fall, UCLA student Grace Hawkins participated in UCEAP’s Contemporary Spain program in Madrid. In addition to winning 3rd place in the ACCENT Madrid photo contest, Grace also sat down with our staff to discuss her success making friends with the locals.
This past fall, UC Berkeley Global Edge student Katherine Stevenson spent three months in London, where she learned to live like a local.
The distinction between being a tourist and a local blurs at times. While studying abroad, I traveled to a variety of other countries. I learned a little Norwegian on my trip to Oslo, I tried chimney cakes in Prague, I marveled at the magnificent Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, and I saw the La Sagrada Familia in person in Barcelona. Despite how much I loved my weekend trips that I could never have experienced in my hometown, they paled in comparison to becoming a Londoner. Continue reading
This week, ACCENT Florence interviews three students who decided to remain in Italy for the entirety of their study abroad program. The students reflect upon their commitment to fully immerse themselves in Italian culture and discuss how this decision positively impacted their study abroad experience.
This week, we join ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Samantha Castillo as she leaves the bustling city of Paris behind and embarks on a new adventure in Rome. She reflects upon how study abroad has allowed her to gain confidence, whilst marveling at the ancient Roman ruins and connecting with the easygoing, welcoming Italian culture.
This week, a University of California student taking part on this fall’s “All Roads Lead to Rome” program shares with us how her expectations prior to arriving abroad differed from the reality of living almost halfway across the globe. Continue reading
This week, Golden West College student Makenna DeLeu reflects on her time in London this summer, including a memorable trip to Brighton. Continue reading
This week, we check in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Katelon Egan, who has been studying in Paris and Rome. Despite some initial concerns, Katelon was surprised at how easily she managed to adjust to life abroad and the comparatively relaxed culture of Paris.
This week, we join ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Sam Haj as he reflects on the many adventures of his first month in Paris. Sam shares his tips on how to overcome homesickness, reminding us that the key to a rewarding study abroad experience is to “stay awestruck”.
This week, we join ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Samantha Castillo as she embarks on her study abroad adventure in Paris. Samantha discusses the value of stopping to observe and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a new city. Continue reading
Today, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Hunter Dickey, who recently returned home from a summer term in Paris. Hunter reflects on the academic and personal benefits of studying abroad and how adopting the Parisian lifestyle has helped him both in and out of the classroom. Continue reading
Imagine spending two years preparing for two weeks of your life: planning every flight, every museum, every restaurant, even every stop for gelato. Well, that’s what I did. I spent two years preparing for —obsessing over – this study abroad trip to Rome. Continue reading
This week, University of Minnesota student Erin Magner shares her experience studying abroad this summer in London. An avid Anglophile and Harry Potter fan, Erin describes how exploring London reawakened childhood memories and sparked a renewed interest in English culture and history.
This week, ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Megan Jones describes her initial feelings upon first arriving in Florence and the academic and personal benefits that come from studying art and history in context.
My first few days in Italy were a whirlwind of emotion. This trip marked my first time traveling outside of North America, and I had no idea what waited for me after stepping off my plane and boarding my train. What I discovered was a beautiful city called Florence. Continue reading
This week, we check in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Hunter Dickey, who learns that a word as simple as “bonjour” can signal the start of amazing friendships, exciting adventures, and valuable intercultural learning.