Athena Finalist for Two GoAbroad Innovation Awards: People’s Choice (3 years in a row!) and Innovative New Program – Study Abroad

Athena nominated for GoAbroad Awards!

Athena Study Abroad has been selected as a finalist for TWO GoAbroad Innovation Awards:

GoAbroad’s People’s Choice Award honors the top international education organizations as selected by study abroad professionals and students​. T​o become a finalist​ in this category, Athena was ​nominated by study abroad advisors​​ throughout the ​United States​.  This is the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW (!) that Athena has been a finalist for the People’s Choice Award.  We are so humbled and honored by the support we have received from our partners, and we send big thanks to all who nominated us!  The winner will now be determined by popular vote – please cast your vote here:

Innovative New Program – Study Abroad honors an inventive program in study abroad that provides a unique opportunity for student learning and cultural engagement. Athena Study Abroad in partnership with the Faculty Directors at Paris Institute of Creative Arts (PICA) collaborated with Whittier College to create and develop a study abroad program in Paris like no other. Nicknamed “Inside the Parisian Studio” due to the unprecedented access that students are given to actual working artists in Paris, students get hands-on experience working alongside professionals in their studios & witnessing firsthand the creative process.  Being an artist is about more than just creating art, but also about personal branding, budgeting, negotiating art exhibit opportunities, and more.  By working directly alongside artists, students are able to understand not only the ‘creation’ part of being an artist, but also the ‘business’ of being an artist.  What separates this program from other Paris programs is the opportunity to have working Parisians give students unprecedented access to their world, as well as the competitive and limited enrollment of the program to ensure the group is sized small and competitively enough to allow this type of insider’s Paris access to these artists’ spaces.

**If you nominated Athena to be a People’s Choice Finalist, (a) THANK YOU! and (b) you can vote here again since this is the open public voting period to determine the winner of the award.


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