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The Value We Add

As higher education expands its understanding of a globalized education on campus and off, Accent’s expertise and experience helps you deliver global learning opportunities and outcomes through your student programs, faculty development and exchanges, and field research.

Our Approach

Our programs are your programs. They not only have your name on them, they are built on your values and standards, creating a seamless extension of your institution. With a specialized team of more than 40 academic and administrative professionals we take on your mission as our own, replicating your institutions’ academic caliber in courses and programs that deliver the highest standards for students’ intellectual and personal development.

We have helped our partners amplify high-impact learning, integrate STEM into a global experience, enroll more first-year students, and offer one-of-a-kind internships and research opportunities. To ensure we understand a school’s needs, structures, and dynamics we listen and learn — often impressing partners with our knowledge of their institution and its operations. Our experience, networks, and expertise mean we can help our partners develop and deliver new high-quality programs more effectively and economically than they could do on their own.

An essential part of our work is understanding the students we serve. While historically study abroad students were more homogeneous, today’s students are academically driven, career-driven, and diverse in every way from sociodemographics to fields of study. We are a leader in global learning built for and accessible to all students — students who expect a strong ROI from their experience. We work with you to ensure affordability and exceptional value with coveted internships; as well as STEM, social sciences and humanities research; and engaged learning with premier faculty.

Academic development is tailored to each partner’s needs and policies. Let us design courses for specific student cohorts following development timelines and processes established to meet your campus’ requirements. All Accent faculty hold degrees from highly-regarded U.S. and local universities and are long-term residents of their host countries with extensive local networks. Our faculty bring experience developing courses and teaching for the education abroad classroom. They are experts at incorporating their host city into each course through guest speakers, on-site lectures, museums, monuments, companies, and NGOs. Talk to us about the many ways to engage your campus faculty in course development with local Accent faculty, strengthening your relationships with academic units on campus and building support for a new program abroad.

Our well-staffed Study Centers in Paris, Florence, London, Madrid, Rome, and a Center for Field Studies in Sicily make a big difference to partners. More than an outpost, Accent Study Centers create a substantial institutional presence for your students and faculty in program cities. Each Study Center is its own thriving, intercultural and academic community giving your students true integration into their host country. Ideally located, Study Centers provide each program with a home base including classrooms of various sizes, administrative support, technology, and libraries. We are currently planning new Study Centers for other academically notable European cities.

In working with scores of institutions, administrations, programs, faculty, students, and families, ours is an ever-growing body of knowledge we apply to each partner’s unique goals. We build relationships that evolve and last because we are passionate about our work, zealously taking up our partners’ objectives and delivering excellence. Institutions consistently recommend us for our quality, strategic flexibility, creativity, innovation, effectiveness, and customer service. With an experienced U.S. team, as well as Study Center staff and faculty, we set the standard for program facilitation, housing, health services, and risk management. Our U.S. team adapts our pre-departure service to complement the goals and capacity of your office, supporting student recruitment and orientation, fee collection, and pre-departure communication.

Over 30 years of experience and partnership with colleges and universities have made us a leader in health and safety best practices. We have close contact with the U.S. embassies and consulates with established contingency plans for major security concerns. Students have access to a 24/7 emergency phone number, a network of on-call doctors and English-speaking specialists, and a 24/7 mental health support service offering phone consultations and referrals to in-person psychologists and psychiatrists. The Accent team is in daily contact with students for personalized support and close monitoring of group dynamics. Students report independent travel outside the host-city and can be reached immediately by Accent should an emergency take place in the city to which they are traveling.

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Our Partners

  • Arizona State University
  • Bismark State College
  • Butler University
  • California Baptist University
  • California College of the Arts
  • Coast Community College District
  • Colgate University
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbus State University
  • Drury University
  • Duke University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • El Camino College District
  • Emory University
  • Golden West College
  • Kenyon College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Michigan State University
  • Mount St. Mary's University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Purdue University
  • Purdue University Northwest
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Minnesota, Morris
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Texas, Arlington
  • University of Texas, El Paso
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wheaton College