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ACCENT Rome Staff

Our partner ACCENT International provides student support in the Rome Study Center.

Erin Nester

As Director of the Rome Study Center, Erin is responsible for the overall management of the Study Center and Rome programs. Erin works with faculty and administrators to develop custom study programs that take full advantage of the learning opportunities offered by the city of Rome and its environs and increasingly, multi-country programs in collaboration with the other ACCENT Study Centers. Completing her undergraduate degree in Foreign Languages and Literature, Erin began her career in education serving as a Peace Corps Education volunteer in the Republic of Georgia. The experience led her to obtain a Masters degree in International Training and Education from American University in Washington, DC. Working with non-profits and Universities over the last seven years, Erin has developed international study programs in numerous academic areas which pair experiential learning with a multidisciplinary approach for diverse student groups.

Carolina Ferro

Programs Coordinator/Administrative Coordinator
Carolina Ferro is a Programs Coordinator specializing in academic coordination. She is responsible for coordinating classroom scheduling, as well as excursions, including overnight and day trips to some of Italy’s most intriguing and beautiful towns and cities. In addition, she is in charge of coordinating academic site visits and city tours. Carolina is a native Spaniard from Madrid, but grew up in Miami where she obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work in 1997. Her passion for assisting and counseling adolescents and young adults led her to her interest in helping university students and working with ACCENT. Carolina moved to Rome in 2003, after falling in love with the city, the language, the culture and its locals.

Nicole Arriaga

Programs Coordinator/Internship Liason
Nicole Arriaga is a Programs Coordinator, specializing in housing. In this position Nicole helps students with all of their housing needs ranging from roommate placement to housing issues. For the UC Rome program Nicole also works closely with the Resident Advisor who lives with the students and organizes various social and cultural activities. As Programs Coordinator Nicole is involved with student needs in the front office and helps coordinate extra curricular activities with her colleagues as well. Nicole is currently completing her master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science at St. Johns University in Rome. Studying abroad in Rome has been such an amazing experience for Nicole and has allowed her to share some of her greatest moments, sights, and restaurants with our students.

Frances Armstrong

Senior Programs coordinator
Frances Armstrong specializes in Program Planning and Student Life at ACCENT Rome. She is a native of the west of Ireland, where she completed her undergraduate and masters degrees in modern languages. During her studies she spent a year studying at the University of Verona, where she was fully immersed in an Italian university, with Italian and international students. She learned to speak Italian, eat Italian food, and experienced the highs and lows of living in the ‘Bel Paese’. As well as Ireland and Italy, Frances has also lived and worked in France and New Zealand. She moved to Rome in the summer of 2005 and has been there ever since. She loves the city and the fact that one can discover something new about it every day.

Elisabetta Caponera

Programs Coordinator/Housing Coordinator
Elisabetta Caponera, a native Italian, first worked with the ACCENT Rome Study Center as an intern through La Sapienza University and is now part of the staff. In 2009 she completed a Bachelor’s degree in languages and she is currently completing her specialization degree in artistic and literary translation. She works with student life and oversees student housing in the Residence Trastevere, as well as organizes various cultural exchange events with Italian and American university students. Elisabetta is glad to share her Italian culture with students and colleagues.

Francesco Gagliardi

Programs Coordinator
As Programs Coordinator Francesco works with students organizing cultural and social events and in particular organizes events involving local Italian students. His main goal is to have the American students fully immerse themselves into the Italian culture. A native Italian, Francesco completed his bachelor degree in cultural and linguistic mediation at Sapienza University of Rome, through which he started collaborating with ACCENT as an intern and now is happy to be part of the team.

Marco Scorrano

Programs Coordinator/Italian Language Instructor
Marco works both as a Programs Coordinator and an Italian language instructor. He has a variety of different responsibilities and works with faculty to enhance the academic experience of students and ensure the smooth running of each program. Marco has a degree in Asian languages from La Sapienza University in Rome, speaks 5 languages and discovered his passion for study abroad when he studied in South Korea. He later committed himself to developing his career in International Education, holding both instructional and program coordination roles for different international organizations in both Europe (UK and Italy) and Asia (North and South Korea).