Our unshakeable DNA puts you and your students first.
Who We Are
To redefine modern global learning for academically driven, career-driven, diverse students — diverse in every way from sociodemographics to fields of study.
As a wise and trusted ally, we put our partners and their students first. We lead with uncompromising integrity, care, generosity, intelligence, and reliability.
How Accent became Accent
Our founder Ray Vernon’s driving vision has always been to open students’ minds to a diverse world, inspiring them to help make that world a better place for all.
In 1975, he launched an association to assist U.S. college students abroad. He later formed a European network of study abroad centers called Opportunities in International Learning based in Paris. In 1991, that network officially became Accent. At the time, Accent hosted over 450 students and 25 programs.
Today — with a U.S. Office to support U.S. institutions and students at home, Study Centers in Paris, Florence, London, Madrid, Rome and Sicily and plans for more — Accent now engages 4,000 students in 190 programs from 60 different academic institutions in global learning.
Accent’s growth and success are rooted in deep institutional partnerships and a wide variety of innovative programs, a number of which span more than a decade. We continue to be inspired by the idea at the heart of our founding — our belief that global learning is essential to achieving higher education’s most noble goals.
The Founder’s Prize in Entrepreneurship
The Founder’s Prize in Entrepreneurship aims to support and motivate future changemakers whose academic and professional interests will contribute to innovative and sustainable solutions to complex global problems through entrepreneurship. The $5,000 prize will be awarded annually to a student participating in the University of California Education Abroad Program Business & Entrepreneurship Program in London. The Prize is in collaboration with Accent Global Learning, UCEAP and Hildegarde Group.
The Founder’s Prize is designed to continue Ray’s legacy in international education and is a fitting recognition and celebration of his achievements. Those of you who wish to contribute to Ray’s legacy may do so through the following link.
To help support the Founder’s Prize and help create a lasting legacy for Ray, donate online.