We know how scary it can be as a parent to let your child embark on an adventure such as study abroad so far away from home. You’ve spent the majority of the last 2 decades raising them to be the men and women they are today, and now they have decided to take their next big step to travel the world.
Studying abroad has a way of broadening worldviews, cultivating independence, and instilling in students a desire to make the most of life. It’s one of the greatest growing experiences a student can experience. Not only will your child learn to plan trips and navigate different cultures, they will also learn how to take care of themselves and will gain a new perspective of the world. Studying abroad is not a vacation. Sure, they will see beautiful sites and make friendships of a lifetime, but they will also be challenged in new academic ways and taught to truly LIVE in another culture. Not just be a tourist.
We at Athena do all that we can to ensure that our students have a quality, immersive study abroad experience. We don’t want them just meeting other American students and taking weekend trips. We want them to feel a sense of belonging in their host city and learn from the local culture surrounding them. True cultural immersion is very important to us and we achieve this through our small program and class sizes, and personalized attention throughout the process.
We are there for your student every step of the way but we know that we can never take the place of a parent’s support. We want you to be able to help your student in this life changing experience the best you can so we created this special section just for you. In here you will find information about the people behind Athena, practical steps to prepare your child, safety information, and much much more.
If at any point you have a question, please feel free to contact us here at Athena. While we can only discuss much of the specific information regarding your student with them due to FERPA regulations, we are happy to be a resource for you along this journey. You can reach us at info@AthenaAbroad.com or 866-922-7623.