Who We Are
ACCENT International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad is the number one provider of custom-made study abroad programs to Europe. With more than 25 years of experience, we give colleges and universities innovative ideas for enhancing and expanding academic experiences overseas while delivering seamless logistical support.
Would you like to create a one-of-a-kind study abroad program for your college or university? ACCENT has fine-tuned a program design process that emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and flawless administration. Learn how to Design a Program with ACCENT and see Program Examples for ideas from some of our most successful programs.
Students on ACCENT programs come from across the U.S. to study in one of five vibrant European cities – Paris, Florence, London, Madrid and Rome. If you are a student searching for an exciting study abroad program, we can help you Find a Program now.
In 1984, Ray Vernon founded ACCENT as Opportunities in International Learning, an organization based in Paris. In 1991, ACCENT opened its San Francisco Center to support U.S. institutions and students at home, and thereafter expanded to Florence, London, Madrid and Rome.
ACCENT’s growth and success are rooted in its extensive institutional partnerships and wide variety of innovative programs, a number of which span more than a decade. Creativity, energy and collaboration have led many universities to offer multiple programs with ACCENT. In 1991, ACCENT hosted over 450 students and 25 programs. Currently, ACCENT has over 4,000 students in 190 programs from 60 different academic institutions. ACCENT frequently updates its Study Centers and improves its facilities in order to provide quality logistical support for academic programs.
ACCENT’s mission is to collaborate with colleges and universities to create study abroad programs of academic integrity and rich cross-cultural focus. We are committed to encouraging each student’s intellectual and personal growth by providing educational opportunities that foster an understanding of different cultures.