Athena Study Abroad Program on Paros Island, Greece

Video and Photos

Field Trip to Naxos
The Ruins of Antiquity on Delos
Beautiful Blue Dome on Paros
Student Posing on Ruins in Delos
Student Posing on Ruins in Delos
Parikia, Paros Island, Greece
Parikia, Paros Island, Greece
Parthenon on the Acropolis, Athens
Parthenon on the Acropolis, Athens

About

The picturesque island of Paros is considered to be one of Greece's most beautiful island treasures. Paros' traditional villages of white-washed houses, narrow streets, flowered balconies, blue domed churches and hilly, vineyard-covered countrysides create the perfect backdrop for a study abroad experience of historic proportions.

With Greece's artistic history, it is fitting that Athena's partner school on Paros Island is the Hellenic International Studies in the Arts. HISA is strong in the humanities, offering such courses as history, philosophy, literature, painting, and photography, many of which take place on historical sites.

Athena Study Abroad also organizes trips to other Greek islands, like Naxos, Antiparos, Santorini, Mykonos, and Delos, so that exploring them will be easy and fun!

Highlights
  • The inentionally small nature of the program allows teachers to provide customized academic and developmental guidance to each individual student.
  • Each semester cultimates with a community showcase in which students have the opportunity to exhibit their semester's work to the island community.
  • Explore Paros, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea renowned for its traditional villages and beaches. It is small enough to retain the authentic Greek culture while having an active island community.
  • Go on sightseeing trips to Delos, Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini, and other famous destinations in Greece!

Questions & Answers

My program had 11 students!

Reviews

98%
based on 19 reviews
  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.6
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Jenna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Greek Island Adventures

Athena offered an amazing greek styled experience from where we lived to where we ate. The best thing about this program is that learning is not just within the class room. The program takes you on weekend and day trips around the island and to neighboring islands. If you love the water then you have found the right place. Just a minute or two walk away from a beach with amazing beaches all around the island. We got to go on boat trips and we even went cliff diving in Santorini.

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Erica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad in Paradise

Study abroad with Athena was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was originally attracted to their booth during study abroad fair day on Xavier University's campus because of its bright colors and warm welcome. An Athena employee instantly greeted me when I first walked up, giving me enough information that I didn't feel overwhelmed, but our conversation was engaging leading me to check out their website. The manual was super easy to read and all the information was given so I didn't really have any questions. When the application process started, Athena's website was super easy to navigate and I had no problem getting in all the required forms. Actually being in Greece was an amazing experience. Athena had everything planned from a greeting at the airport to ferry tickets to our destination island of Paros. One of the best parts about Athena's Paros Island program is throughout the month tat you are in Greece you get to travel to many different islands such as Mykonos, Santorini, Anti-Paros, Delos, Naxos, etc. The teachers are passionate about what they do and that was shown everyday in class. I wouldn't change my study abroad experience for anything and I am so greateful for everything that Athena Study Abroad has done for me.

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Alexandra
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Experience

I choose HISA and Athena because of the unique experience it could give me. I didn't want a experience of going to a university, and taking standard classes that I could take back in my home university. I wanted to learn things that I could only learn in this country, and could be seen first hand.
Honestly, HISA was just an amazing experience! The professors are all extremely knowledgable in their field, fascinating, and truly care and love teaching. That school, for a semester, becomes your family. This program also really challenges who you are, what you believe, and pushes you to your potential
The town is fairly small, but the students are welcomed with open arms into the community as long as you make an effort. It is a very laid back little place. There's not a ton of variety as far as things to do on the island, but I just enjoyed the laid back life.
You are island hopping most weekends and get to see 5 other islands, plus Athens. Along with the spring break field trip. There is also optional weekend hikes on weekends you are not traveling.
Lastly, the greek culture is just something that everyone should experience. The warmth, and welcoming atmosphere is overwhelming, but eventually, you learn to love it. The food is just always top notch. Everything is fresh, from the meat, to the veggies.

I would also highly recommend Athena Study Abroad to anyone, in fact, I have to many of my friends. Everyone in this small company is truly devoted to helping you in any way possible. They love their job, and it shows. When I study abroad again, I plan to go through them again!

What would you improve about this program?
I think that there should be an option for home-stays. As much as I loved living at Jimmy's, I think that students should have an option to stay with a local. This way, they are able to integrate themselves more into the culture, and learn the language.
I also wish there would have been more of a push to learn the language. I really do regret not learning more of it, and using it!
Other than that, no complaints!
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KelsMF
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My kind of Greek life!

My time in Paros Island, Greece can be described in one word: fun. The academic rigor of the classroom left much to creative interpretation with the ultimate responsibility and level of participation left to the individual. The staff was friendly, helpful, and above all really great to be around. I made lasting friendships among the other students in the program. Together in Greece we laughed, lived at the beach, and had a blast. We saw multiple Greek Isles on our adventurous field trips and took lots of pictures of everything from the gorgeous natural terrain to snippets of Greek cultural life. The food was fresh and reasonably affordable. Everything was within walking distance. And though foreign, and Greek to me, I loved every minute of it.

What would you improve about this program?
If I had to change one thing, I would say it's the way I packed. Athena tried to warn me, but when I saw the projected forecast in the 70s, I packed according to what I would wear at that temperature here in Southern California. In reality, it was extremely humid and 75 felt closer to 90. Less shoes, more shorts.

Also, it would be neat if Athena helped the students in booking their flights. Once we did that on our own, the program was great in taking it from there. But for someone with very limited travel experience, flight information can be a little tricky to conquer.