Come as a Student, Leave as a Scholar

WHY THIS PROGRAM?

GREECE WOW FACTORS

• TEACHERS AS MENTORS: Small class sizes make it possible
• FAMILY FEEL: A small town with a strong community
• GREEK ISLAND: Need we say more?

THE ATHENA TOUCH

What makes this Athena?
• PURPOSE: Overseas school shares Athena's personalized approach
• TEACHERS: Do this for the love of learning
• LOCATION: Unique, hidden gem

ACADEMICS

ACADEMICS @ HISA

WHY WE PARTNER WITH HELLENIC INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN THE ARTS (HISA):

HISA was one of the first schools Athena partnered with when we began, and with good reason. We share the same mission for study abroad – personalized, quality education that starts within the classroom walls and expands into the world.

HISTORY:

Founded in 2000, HISA has prided itself on educating students who desire more than a traditional lecture format.

EXPERIENCE:

Class-sizes are minimized to ensure students receive individual attention, and benefit from a close working relationship with their instructors.

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHT: Teachers as Mentors

This is the way education is meant to be. The intentionally small nature of the program allows teachers to provide customized academic and developmental guidance for each individual student.

COURSES

Courses have the following % breakdown:

COURSESGeneral % Offered

HUMANITIES

60%

ARTS

35%

SOCIAL SCIENCES

5%

BARRY TAGRIN

Overseas Director

His varied and substantial teaching career began with the establishment of the Greenwich Painters and Writers Workshop in San Francisco, and has included faculty positions at Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin, Rikkyo University in Japan and the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain. He has exhibited his paintings worldwide, and has even read and lectured internationally with the Fulbright Commission.

COURSE QUESTIONS

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ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHT: Community Art Showcase

Each semester culminates with a Community Showcase in which students have the opportunity to exhibit their semester’s work to the island community.

STUDENT LIFE

FIELD TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Field trips are an integral component of our Paros Island program, often combining your classroom work with real life application. A sample of standard trips included for both the summer and semester package are:

  • Mykonos, one of the most popular Greek islands, famous for its beautiful beaches
  • Santorini, with its spectacular cliffs (2 nights)
  • Delos, the classical ruins, birthplace of the gods
  • Antiparos, famous for its stalactite cave
  • Naxos, home to the god Dionysos
  • SEMESTER-ONLY: Students have the opportunity to attend an unforgettable 7-8 day excursion to Croatia (extra fee).

YOU'RE ON A GREEK ISLAND

Paros is a rare and unique Greek island in that it is small enough to retain the authentic Greek culture, while still having a fun and active island community.

HOUSING

Housing Type: Student Apartments (Single Room for semester, Double Room for summer)

Room Inclusions: Two beds, full bathroom, kitchenette, private balcony, wifi access

Housing Inclusions:

  • Apartments include communal areas for students, including a rooftop patio with a shared kitchen.
  • Laundry facilities (semester only)
  • Wifi

FAQS

Will I be able to travel?

Yes!  Five inter-island boat trips are included (weather permitting) for both the summer and semester programs.

If you are looking for independent travel, the semester program does have open weekends that allow for travel.  For the summer programs, so much is included in the program, so there is not as much time available for independent travel.  Many summer students choose to stay after the program ends if they are interested in independent travel.

How many students are on the program?

A typical program will have anywhere from 8-30 students on the program.  This makes for an incredibly personal and high-quality study abroad experience, things we at Athena pride ourselves on.

What is the food like?

Delicious!  Being on the Aegean Sea gives the island restaurants many seafood dish specialties.  Traditional Greek dishes are also all around the island, including gyros, Greek yogurt, baklava (a delicious dessert),  olives, and many more.

In general, even a picky eater should be able to find food that fits his or her palate.  An adventurous eater will be very happy as there are many opportunities to explore dishes that aren’t readily available in many American restaurants.

Vegetarians: Athena’s resident vegetarian gives Paros Island an 8 out of 10 for being vegetarian friendly!

Can I request to room with my friend?

Yes!  For summer programs, you can certainly request who you would like to have as your roommate.  This is done after you are accepted into the program; you will note this in your housing request forms.

For the semester program, you will have your own room (unless space becomes limited, then singles go on a first-come, first serve basis).  If you would still prefer to share your room with a friend, we can certainly accommodate that request.

How do I get to Paros?

You will fly into Athens, Greece.  From there, you will stay with other Athena students in Athens for 1 or 2 nights, depending on the day you arrive.

On the morning the program begins, you and your classmates will take a ferry ride over to Paros Island, which typically takes about 4 hours.  You will have an orientation and get settled into your new island life!

Do you provide flights?

We have partnered with STA Travel, an incredible student-focused travel agency.  The good people there will be able to help all Athena students arrange flights overseas.

BLOGS

Get first-hand student accounts of what life is really like on Paros!

READ THE BLOGS

My time on Paros was the best thing that has ever happened to me...The moment I stepped on the island I knew that it was where I was meant to be... Athena was INCREDIBLY helpful.

HANNAH ZOPPI

Flagler College

STUDENT INTERVIEWS

WHAT'S PAROS REALLY LIKE?

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THE CITY

CITY HIGHLIGHTS

What’s Paros Island Like?

They don’t call it Paros-dise for nothing. Bad word play aside, this really is one of the most remarkable locations for study abroad. In the cooler months, this island is a slower-paced fishing village, where fresh catches come in daily, and life is simple.

In the warmer months, the island awakens and more people flock to this beautiful costal gem. Like two sides of a coin, both seasons are truly

Paros and bring the charm to this Greek island.

CITY PERKS: On this small island, where everyone knows each other, you will find a tight-knit community that is waiting to welcome you with open arms.  Hiking the island opens your eyes to its incredible beauty.

And its close proximity to the many other Greek islands will provide you with an endless supply of adventure.

WEATHER

  • OVERALL WEATHER: The weather in Paros, Greece is typically Mediterranean, with hot and sunny summers, followed by mild winters.
  • THINGS TO NOTE: Because the island of Paros is surrounded by the Aegean Sea it can be very humid during nights. But this also means that it can get very windy and chilly at night, especially in the cooler months. So, it is very important to pack a jacket, or if you are going in the summertime, at least a sweater.
  • WINDY: The “Meltemia” (strong north winds) blow on Paros especially during late July to the middle of August; but because the island of Paros is located in the center of the Cyclades, the winds are particularly strong and, for that reason, the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) has chosen to organize the annual Windsurfing World Championship in Paros, in New Golden Beach.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks owns a home on Paros’ neighboring island, Antiparos.

DID YOU KNOW?

Paros has been inhabited since at least 4000 B.C.

NEED MORE PAROS INFO?

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DATES & PRICES

SPRING 2017

March 4, 2017 - May 31, 2017

$12,950

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 1, 2017
You will take 5 courses
Can combine with another session before or after your semester, with a $300 discount per added session

SUMMER 2017

June 7, 2017 - June 27, 2017 (June) | July 2, 2017 - July 23, 2017 (July)

$2,650 - 1 Course, 2 Weeks | $3,450 - 1 Course, 3 Weeks | $3,750 - 2 Courses, 3 Weeks

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017 (June) | June 15, 2017 (July)
You can take 1-2 courses per session for 3 credits each
2-3 Week sessions in June & July

SUMMER 2017: JUNE & JULY

June 7, 2017 - July 23, 2017

$6,900- 2 Courses, 6 Weeks | $7,200 - 3 Courses, 6 Weeks | $7,500 - 4 Courses, 6 Weeks

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
You will take between 2-4 courses over the June and July sessions
Price includes housing during five day break between sessions

FALL 2017

September 8 - December 7

$12,950

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 1, 2017
You will take 5 courses
Can combine with another session before or after your semester, with a $300 discount per added session

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • TUITION YES
  • ACCOMMODATION YES
  • EXCURSIONSYES
  • AIRPORT PICKUP ARRANGEMENTYES
  • TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN SITESYES
  • 24-HOUR EMERGENCY LINEYES
  • ONLINE ACCOUNT MANAGEMENTYES
  • HEALTH INSURANCEYES
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT FROM HISAYES
  • CONTRIBUTION TO CHARITYYES
  • MEALSNOT
  • FLIGHT NOT

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TERMS

SEMESTER: Spring or Fall
SUMMER: 3 Weeks in June or July, or 6 Weeks for Both Terms

ELIGIBILITY

GPA: 2.8 or higher
GRADE LEVEL: Sophomore or higher

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