This week, ACCENT London Programs Coordinator Jennifer Taylor tells us about some of the best places for food, fun, and learning in London. A native of the rural west of England, Jennifer talks about her experience moving from expansive fields and pebbly beaches to the majestic skyscrapers, fast-moving crowds, and diverse cultural exchanges that make up a vibrant city.
I have lived in London for one and a half years, and yet there is still so much I have to explore! Growing up, I lived a 10-minute walk away from a pebble beach in Somerset that gave picturesque views of the Welsh coastline. Now I live a 10-minute walk away from the London Eye and the South Bank of the River Thames! It is quite a change from fields with 17 cows, to parks that hold music festivals for 60,000 people, but I could not have made a better choice! I’m going to share some of my favorite areas of London and some secret hidden gems of the city, all within a student budget! Continue reading
This week, UCEAP French Language & Culture participant Brooke Pland shares her experiences from her first few months in Paris, a city that has become her second home. As she discovers the city’s hidden treasures and overcomes linguistic and cultural barriers, Paris has become a place that she warmly returns to after her travels across Europe, in other words, home.
Washington University student Madison Siguenza has always been interested in the British Royal Family. So when an opportunity opened to study abroad in London, Madison embraced the opportunity and headed to the UK to see the Royals for herself.
Just like many Americans, I have a fascination with the Royal Family. I grew up reading historical fiction and watching British shows depicting the lives of the Royals. Because of this, I’ve spent time making sure I visit some of the must-see royal sites here in London. Continue reading
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.
This week, we join ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Olivia Eggers Friedman, who, after a rough start getting settled in Madrid, developed the confidence and independence to explore Europe and travel on her own. Continue reading
Today’s post focuses on one of Madrid’s hidden treasures, located mere minutes from the ACCENT Madrid Study Center: the Museo Sorolla. This summer, business students from Purdue University visited the museum and examined how it functions as a state museum, fully funded by the Spanish government.
Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College recipient Mia Luna Lomeli, who describes her road to studying abroad and describes the triumphs and challenges of her first few weeks in Madrid. Even as Madrid slowly becomes a new home, Mia find ways to connect with her family back in Santa Barbara. Continue reading
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, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Charley Hunter, who looks back on an amazing summer in Paris, full of great music, fantastic food, and wonderful learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom.
This week, University of California student Delcia Orona discusses her unique experience as a study abroad veteran among her classmates in UCEAP’s Language & Culture program in Madrid. Having already experienced the initial excitement of landing in a new country, Delcia at first found herself too focused on her previous adventures to appreciate Madrid. But eventually, she began to open herself up to all of the fantastic experiences the city of Madrid offered her.
My last study abroad adventure took place in Madrid. It was an experience that I didn’t truly appreciate until I was saying my goodbyes and moving my things out of our student apartments. But it was a small piece of a much larger journey to discover who I am and where I want to go in life, and find closure with my past. Continue reading
For this week’s post, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Patricia Dominguez, as she reflects on her time exploring the wonders of London and Edinburgh. Patricia explains how she felt a sense of living history, or traveling through time as she visited historical sites throughout the UK.
Today’s post comes from ACCENT Paris Programs Coordinator Audrey Casabielhe, who delves into the complex history of Paris’ most iconic treat: the crêpe.
If there is one treat that rhymes with Paris in everybody’s mind, it is crêpes! Having a delicious crêpe by the Pantheon or Eiffel Tower is just glorious. There is actually a lot of history behind this treat, so let’s discover it! Continue reading
El Camino College student Mike McCollough spent the summer in Madrid immersing himself in Spanish culture. Mike tells us about his memories of his time abroad, and what he took from the experience of living, studying, and exploring in Spain.
For the past four weeks, I along with twenty one El Camino College students and two El Camino College professors have been immersed in Spanish culture and history. Thanks to the ACCENT Madrid team’s well‑choreographed itinerary of outings, we were exposed to the history, experiences, and entertainment of the Spanish world, both present and past. Their tour guides greatly enhanced our visits to the many museums and neighborhoods in Madrid, and also in the cities of Toledo, Granada, Sevilla, and Cordoba, with their rich background knowledge.
This week, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Leighanne Clitheroe, who talks about how her experiences in Paris have instilled in her a determination to continue following the Parisian lifestyle after returning home.
Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Francisco Edeza. Reflecting on his time in London and marveling at the endless opportunities to discover history around every corner, Francisco describes how valuable the experience was academically and professionally. Continue reading