What is Athena for Educators?

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Athena for Educators is our way of giving educators the support that they need to take students on high-quality study abroad programs. Through Athena for Educators , we want to empower educators to take students to amazing places all over the world to experience course material first hand in the most immersive way possible.

With over a decade of experience building customized programs for students, Athena Study Abroad brings a wealth of expertise and a genuine one-of-a-kind personalized approach to higher education. We work with you to develop a program that your students will love while ensuring the academic quality that you expect.

The chance to bring course material to life is only a plane ticket away.
The chance to bring course material to life is only a plane ticket away.

In addition to our existing partner network, we have collaborated with several other personalized, intentionally smaller, mission-driven international education organizations to create the Global Learning Collective.

Athena’s involvement in this consortium enables us to expand our already strong network of partnerships to better serve customized program requests, and to enhance our ability to offer high-quality immersion opportunities in nearly every area of the world including Africa, Asia, South America and Europe. For new and old partners alike, Athena will be there every step of the way on each customized programming request. We will collaborate with our partners to ensure you continue to get the support and thoughtful programming that you have come to expect from us, and to guarantee that Athena’s standards and services are met throughout your experience. The process is still the same – simply complete your program request form and we will help you build your ideal program.

We’re excited to work with you to build programs for your students that they will never forget!

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”

Bill Bryson

A la carte study abroad.

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Every educator has different hopes for what a study abroad program can provide for their students. With our flexibility and history of building great customized programs, we work with you to build a program that fits your needs.

From budgetary restrictions to enrollment minimums, we will make every effort to help you develop a program with all of the learning and experiential outcomes you desire.

We’re proud to offer additional services such as travel planning support, “breakout trips” while in-country, 24/7 emergency support, and more!

How does it work?

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We’ve developed a clear and efficient eight-step process that begins with your initial program idea, all the way to post-program evaluation. Here are the steps:

  • 1. IDEA:

    You have a stunning idea for a program and you ask us to help!

  • 2. DETAILS:

    You fill out a “Program Planning Form” to give us as many details as you can up front.


    We contact you and chat about what your academic and experiential goals are for the program, as well as any questions or concerns you have up to this point.

  • 4. DEVELOP:

    We work with you to develop the full program. We provide as much support as you need.

  • 5. DELIVERY:

    We deliver the final proposal to you. Everything is there: itinerary, in-country contacts, pricing, and more.


    Once the program is approved and your students are enrolled, we will send you a Pre-Departure Packet with everything you need. We also offer a Skype pre-departure orientation to answer any questions that you or your students might have.


    You go on the trip! We offer various varieties of support, but the most important thing is that you and your students enjoy your experience abroad and gain all of the program’s intended learning and experiential outcomes.


    After the program ends, you will send us some forms and we’ll have a wrap-up meeting to go over the program and talk about the next program that you want to take students on!

It’s that easy! 8 simple steps and together we can give your students a hands-on experience with your course material in an amazing place.

What are the benefits?

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Taking your course material on the road has benefits for everyone involved!


    Students will have an opportunity to engage in learning in a completely new and exciting place which will allow them to see things from a new perspective. They will experience things that they never imagined, and through getting a taste life abroad, they will begin to understand more about themselves and their place in the world.


    As an educator, you will show your students how exciting learning can be and really get them involved in the course material. It also puts the lessons into a broader global context for the students, so they not only understand the material but also can begin to apply the lessons to real-world scenarios.


    We know that while classrooms are great places to learn, even educators can get cabin fever, so one of the biggest benefits for you is the renewed vigor and fresh perspective that an immersive experience can provide. All this, plus chances to make personal and professional contacts overseas, makes Athena for Educators a great choice!

It’s all about relationships.

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The success of our programs comes from strong relationships with our overseas partners, home institutions, your students, and you!

At Athena, we value small, customized programs because they allow us to get to know you and serve you in the best possible way. When you let us work with you to build a program, you’re entering into a relationship, not simply a business arrangement.

We’re excited to hear about your ideas and your dreams for your program, and we’d like to help you achieve them.

How much does it cost?

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We firmly believe that study abroad should be as accessible as possible for anyone who desires it. When we go through the process with you, you’ll give us a “cost per student” range for us to work with, and we’ll do our best to include as much as we can to give you an amazing program that fits your budget.

We also offer special deals such as discounts on the cost for educators when your program attracts a lot of students! Be sure to ask us about ways in which you can save money and still get a fantastic program.

Did we mention that students who travel with you are eligible for discounts on future study abroad programs with Athena? We love students who have been bitten by the travel bug, and we want to do everything we can to get them on the road again!

What type of programs can you build?

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We can work to create just about any type of program with you. Here are a few standard types that are often requested:


    This is built around a course being taught on-campus to which you would like to add a field component.


    This is a course fully completed in-country. This might be a few weeks or an entire semester.


    This doesn’t fit into either of the above program types as this is generally not associated with a specific course. While definitely still academic, research trips can be more intensive and require more travel.

A classroom can be anywhere. We think the environment shapes the learning.
A classroom can be anywhere. We think the environment shapes the learning.

We want to work with you!

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If you’ve got an idea for a program, let us know! We would love to help you make it a reality. Do you want to take students but need a little support developing an idea about location, content, etc? We can help you there, too.

Send us an email at info@athenaabroad.com, and we’ll start a conversation about how together we can bring learning to life! Or …

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