Announcing the Winners of the Fall 2018 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 Fall 2018 ACCENT Community College Scholarship! Olivia Eggers Friedman and Mia Lomeli both received scholarship awards to support their study abroad experience in Madrid with Santa Barbara City College and ACCENT. Meet our Fall 2018 recipients!

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Merci, Simone

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Paris Programs Coordinator Audrey Casabielhe, who, after an eventful experience in a popular Parisian neighborhood, discusses the legacy of French politician Simone Veil.

On a slightly grey but warm day, my partner and I were strolling through one of the many tiny villages of Paris called La Butte aux Cailles. The Butte aux Cailles is a very lively and trendy little neighborhood that is known for its small and charming houses, popular bars and restaurants, cobbled streets, and fantastic street art.  That afternoon, while walking down the street, we saw two young women putting artistic posters up. Suddenly, a woman in her forties opened her window across the street and shouted to the two women. I was worried that a shouting match would start. To my surprise, though, the following scene unfolded before my eyes. Continue reading

ACCENT Madrid: Best of the Best

This summer, ACCENT Madrid Programs Coordinator Megumi Ratliff asked our students about some of their favorite places and activities in Madrid. Today, we share their varied and insightful answers on the very best of life in Madrid.

Being the big city that it is, there are countless numbers of places to discover and things to do in Madrid. We love hearing from our students about what they’ve enjoyed the most while studying here. With this is mind, we asked our summer students from Coast Community College District and El Camino College to share their thoughts on the “Best of Madrid.” Here’s what they had to say:

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ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Excitement, Awe, and Endless Exploration

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship students Salina Lozano and Alejandro Morales, currently studying in Florence and Madrid. Salina and Alejandro discuss their amazement with the beauty and culture of their host cities, and share in their anticipation for the weeks ahead.

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ACCENT Florence: This is What Dreams are Made of

This week’s post comes from Berry College student Jessica Hayhurst, who embarked on a short-term Journalism program in Florence. Jessica describes how her journalistic fieldwork shaped her understanding of the city.

When I was a senior in high school, the number one question I asked at every college tour was, “What kind of study abroad opportunities do you have?” Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: A Tale of Two Cities

Although they are studying abroad in two different cities, ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipients Kate Gallant and Francisco Edeza have both forged unforgettable bonds with their newfound homes. Here, they describe their first impressions of the experience of life abroad and the process of adjusting to to their new surroundings. Whether it’s overcoming the language barrier or exploring the city’s complex history, both students come to the conclusion that studying abroad makes an indelible impact on personal and intellectual growth.

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My Day as Sarrie the Camel

This Spring, Washington University student Hank Michalski interned with the Saracens, a London-based Rugby team. During the team’s biggest game of the year, Hank was able to have the unique and memorable experience of serving as the team’s mascot.

This Spring, I have been interning in the finance department at Saracens Rugby Club and was their mascot at the biggest match of the year. Their usual mascot guy was out of town for their game against the Harlequins at London Olympic Stadium, which was completely sold out at around 55,000 attendees, and televised across the UK. Continue reading

It’s Time to Go Back to the Castle

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

An Excerpt from Insights – Art, Literature, Medicine, Science: Our Transdisciplinary Approach

The Insights newsletter highlights innovative programs with ACCENT. Today’s excerpt, written by both Alison Essary of Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and Mark Lussier of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, comes from our May 2018 edition. For more Insights, visit our newsletter at: https://accentintl.com/insightsmay2018/

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Language and Learning: A Semester at ETSAM

The Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) is one of Spain’s leading architecture schools, equipped with cutting-edge technology and lectures tailored specifically to the needs of architecture students. Carleton University student David Anderson recently took part in an ACCENT-sponsored program where he attended ETSAM, gaining not just knowledge for his future career, but also a whole new level of language proficiency and immersion. David was happy to sit down for an interview with ACCENT staff and discuss his academic and cultural experiences in Spain.

ACCENT’s program with Carleton University in Canada is our first partnership with a school outside of the United States.
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Adventure and Discovery: The Joys of Solo Travel

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