ACCENT Paris: The 2019 Women’s World Cup

This week, ACCENT Paris’ new Intern, Maëla Barçon, writes about this year’s Women’s World Cup and the history of women’s soccer in western Europe.

Do you remember 2018?  As a huge football fan, I do.

That year, France won the World Cup in Russia. All throughout France, we heard the songs of victory, whether we were at home, or with hundreds of thousands people on the Champs-Elysées. It was an historic year for French sports fans.

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An Excerpt from Insights – Manzanares Reborn: Ecological Restoration in Madrid

The Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt comes from our January 2019 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at:

In last November’s issue, we featured a site visit to Madrid’s central water treatment facility as part of the University of California’s interdisciplinary Political Ecologies course. The custom course compares and analyzes environmental histories, political systems, and socio-economic and political actors in Spain and California.

This fall, semester students from the same course traveled to the capital’s Manzanares River with professor Francisco Seijo to investigate an on-going ecological restoration project. Once described by Spanish writer Quevedo as a mere “apprentice river,” the Manzanares has undergone significant transformations and now it is an excellent example of success in ecological restoration. Continue reading

The Experiences I Didn’t Know Existed

Kayla Williams is a UC Berkeley student who studied Language, Culture, Food and Business in Florence this past spring. Kayla took part in several different opportunities to interact with locals, allowing her to learn more about Florentine culture than she had ever expected. She reflects on her ability to connect with people living halfway across the world, noting that we are all the same at our core despite our perceived cultural differences. Continue reading

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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An Excerpt from Insights: Renewal & Exclusion in London’s Southbank

The Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt comes from our January 2019 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at:

During the final week of the University of California’s fall semester program in London, participating students took part in an insightful and engaging walk through the Southbank area of London, led by professors Sarah Wise and Michael Owens. The on-site lecture was part of London: Society and Space, a core module required of all students in the custom semester program, focusing on the development of modern London through the lens of public and private spaces, landscapes of power and inequality, and the challenges and transformations that modernization entails. Continue reading

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

Announcing the Winners of the Summer 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.

ACCENT is proud to announce the recipients of our Summer 2019 ACCENT Community College Scholarship! These students have received scholarship awards to assist their study abroad experiences in ACCENT-supported programs across Europe. Meet our Summer 2019 recipients!

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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