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UCEAP students are supported by a network of people throughout the world. Your study abroad experience will be guided by trained staff who are there to support you as you prepare to study abroad, while you are abroad, and throughout the program. While on a UCEAP program, all student participants have travel insurance coverage and 24/7 emergency assistance.


On-site support

The Accent Study Center is located in the Piazza dell’Orologio in the heart of Rome’s historic center. The building is close to historic monuments and museums and the ideal starting point for walking to on-site lectures, local coffee shops, and lunch spots where shop owners quickly learn students’ names and favorite orders. Within the 17th-century palazzo, the study center features restored original architectural details and frescoed ceilings. The study center include a teaching kitchen for Italian cooking classes, demonstrations, and courses exploring Italy’s food history. The building has ample space for studio-based courses in architecture, art, and design. The study center includes a library, Wi-Fi in the study lounges, and a computer lab for printing. 

Talk to study center staff about: 

  • Navigating daily life in Rome 
  • Medical resources 
  • Volunteering and community improvement opportunities 
  • Local art projects and internships (not for credit) 
  • Where to go and what to do in and around Rome 

Study center activities may include: 

  • Italian cooking classes 
  • Language exchanges 
  • Meeting place for walking tours, market visits, and day trips 


To help navigate the transition of leaving home and going abroad, you’ll attend various in-person and online events. At these events, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the staff who will be supporting you while you study abroad. You’ll learn things like:

  • What student services are available at your host location
  • Where to find local health care
  • How and when to register for classes
  • What to do and who to contact in an emergency
  • How to travel to and from where you live to classes
  • How to handle money matters like opening a bank account
  • How to use technology, including your phone, and get access to the Internet

On-site orientations may include a tour of the campus and other local sites to help you settle in. At orientations, you'll also meet other students (local, international, and/or from UC campuses) who will be part of your experience.

Students with dis/Abilities

Students with dis/abilities can and do study abroad. A successful experience is dependent upon careful planning, coordination, and communication.

Focus on programs that best fit your interests, academic goals, and career aspirations. You'll work with the staff at the disability services and study abroad offices on your UC campus. They can help you identify strategies to remain flexible and think creatively about accessibility and realities abroad as some international locations can be different than what you are typically accustomed to in the US. They can also help you get the necessary paperwork you'll need to apply.

After you apply, your UCEAP program specialist will coordinate with the institution abroad and connect you with those who can arrange for an accessible experience. If your needs cannot be accommodated at any point in the process, your advisors will help you choose another program. You will not be alone in this decision.