• Machu Picchu: Take a trip to the legendary location
• Internship Opportunities: Excel in Spanish
• Volunteer Opportunities: Give back
What makes this Athena?
• Staff makes you part of the 'family'
• Quality education with small teacher-to-student ratio
• Low cost gives great value
The Academia is a top-quality, private, non-profit institution recognized by the Ecuadorian government. The school’s founder and staff share the same vision as Athena that personalizing study abroad is the key to the best outcomes and experiences.
Founded in 1989, the school is one of the language school pioneers in South America.
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Patty and Sandra are sisters and have been servicing students since 1989. They both studied in the U.S. and are aware of the specific needs that study abroad students have. Patty is a collaborative, motivational and inspirational leader; she instills confidence in others. Sandra is a consensus builder, and acts with integrity and fairness when dealing with students.
Many internship opportunities are available, including in Social Work, Tourism, Business, Education and more (Spanish language level requirements vary).
We’re going to elevate your time in the clouds of Cusco! Athena includes a field trip/ excursion pack into your program package, in addition to the many optional evening and weekend activities that are offered to enhance your study abroad experience. These may include:
• Machu Picchu
• Day trip to Sacred Valley
• City Walking Tour
• Visit to Incan ruins of Saqsayhuaman, Qenko and Tambomachay
Housing is conveniently located, and in close proximity to the school and the city center, within a short walk or bus ride.
You’ll have the option to choose a) Homestay; or b) Residence Halls
• In the homestay, you’ll stay with a host family and receive two daily meals.
• In the residence hall, you will stay in double-occupancy rooms.
Yes! In fact, students who are looking to acquire the Spanish language, or improve their current skills, are strongly encouraged to do a homestay.
Yes! 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.
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.
Here’s a great opportunity to share some love in the world. If you’re staying for more than 4 weeks, you are encouraged to volunteer. Options include orphanages, animal shelters, schools and more.
The people I met at my school were great people & also from different countries around the world. I was able to not only learn about the culture in Peru, but other cultures as well.
Columbia College Chicago
It’s like a city in the clouds. Quite literally. Cusco sits perched amidst the clouds and the lush Andean greenery 11,000 feet above sea level. According to legend, a mythical monarch founded the city of Cusco at the beginning of the 13th century BC. Under Inca rule, the empire grew and developed. You will recognize that today the city is surrounded by the wealth of its Incan history, while offering the comforts of a modern and internationally known town. Cusco’s people are welcoming and proud of their rich culture. This truly is an exciting place to live, enjoy, and learn Spanish.
CITY PERKS: Peru is a very warm culture, and Cusco embodies this … City is just a short jaunt from the incredible landmark Machu Picchu.