Athena Study Abroad Program on Paros Island, Greece

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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!

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My program had 11 students!

Reviews

98%
based on 16 reviews
  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.7
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KelsMF
9/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program

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