Athena Study Abroad
This January program in Thailand allows students to experience many hidden pockets of an ancient society. Students will get to experience Thailand's world-famous city of
This was my third Athena led program and they just do such an amazing job.
Submitted by Bethany - Saginaw Valley State University | April 14, 2016
I love Athena! This was my third Athena led program and they just do such an amazing job. I know that when it's an Athena program, it means it's going to be good and that I'll always have someone there to answer my questions.
Germany changed my understanding of the world when I could see the past and the future melding seamlessly together in construction of their cities. We don't have that sort of rich history in the U.S. and it's amazing to see how it is worked into the fabric of their everyday lives.
I felt very safe in Germany in general. Heidelberg felt very safe and because it's such a student hub, it was used to foreigners and we didn't have much of an issue with the natives on language or the like. We didn't really participate in much of the nightlife though. I loved being able to visit castles! Also, it was very moving to be able to visit a concentration camp and to actually see in person one of the places where so many people suffered.
I LOVED my marketing class. The topic was intriguing, the teacher knew what she was talking about, and it was just over all a great class. I would take this class again in a heartbeat. I didn't care quite as much for my culturology class. The topic was really interesting but the professor was a bit harder to understand and it was pretty early in the morning, so it was hard to stay focused on what he was saying as much.
Our advisor Ben was really helpful in answering any questions we had on anything from field trips to how the laundry machines worked. He even killed a spider for us once. Really nice guy. Probably the biggest challenge my friends and I faced in Germany was how the other students treated the kitchen. They didn't really show any respect for the three different recycling bins, and I was left to constantly clean up behind them just so we could have clean dishes to eat off of and use. There were already pretty strict policies put in place about the kitchen area, so I think we just kind of lucked out with that particular batch of students.
I've done three study abroad trips through Athena already and now I want to see the rest of the world. Studying abroad really opens your eyes to what the world offers.
Amazing advisor, friendly and very safe city of Paris!
Submitted by Carolyn - Miami University of Ohio | April 14, 2016
Our advisor Michael was AMAZING. He really made the trip better than I could have ever imagined it to be. Art History/Architecture was a TON of information and it was kind of hard to absorb everything in the short amount of time we had during the J-term. Photography was really exciting and definitely taught me different things about cameras! It was a plus that we went to various places throughout Paris to take photographs.
The city was friendly and very safe. I never felt unsafe (except for a pick-pocket incident) and a few times on the Metro. For housing, LOCATION was the best part of the whole place. I understand that with the attacks and everything that happened in November, there was issues with things. I was told that we would have a kitchen and we didn't. A kitchen would have been perfect and definitely would have helped me save a ton of money on food. It would have been nice to get a discount or some money back considering I spent almost double what I planned on food (that consisted of $3 sandwiches from the store that were not that great). The heat was horrible. They said they would fix it, but nothing ever happened. The WiFi was also sketchy. It was hard to keep in touch with family and friends, especially when my mother is constantly worried about me. LOL!
I have come out of this definitely understanding different cultures and how things are so diverse throughout the world.
Program: Athena Study Abroad in Paris, France
Cadiz offered me a unique Spanish experience!
Submitted by Gabrielle - Oglethorpe University | April 14, 2016
After researching for months which study abroad program I was interested in partaking in, I found Athena abroad. I honestly had never heard of it, so I began my research. I found that their locations were the most unique than any other study abroad programs. Athena abroad reaches out to more than those cities that are known as the "main stream." Athena abroad's locations are incredible and I believe that Cadiz offered me a unique Spanish experience! I loved the structure of the classes, class time, programs offered, and help given when needed. I also believe that Athena abroad's cost is more manageable than other study abroad programs. I would definitely recommend Athena abroad to those wanting to study abroad!
I experienced every bit of Japan that I dreamed of. I couldn't have asked for a better time!
Submitted by Angela - Marietta College | April 13, 2016
I have dreamed of visiting Japan and my study abroad experience with Athena did not disappoint me!
My trip to Japan started out rocky because my plane was on the runway when the San Francisco airplane crash happened. The Athena representatives were so kind and helpful, and were very attentive to my and my roommate during this ordeal. It was nice to know that we had the representatives there for us in such a scary and chaotic time--and especially when we weren't even out of the country!
Our program in Japan over exceeded my expectations and gave us so many wonderful experiences: tea ceremonies, hot springs, Shinto and Buddhist traditions, traditional housing, Japanese ryokans, and so much more! I experienced every bit of Japan that I dreamed of. I couldn't have asked for a better time!
I really wanted to go to Japan, and I really wanted to study art. This program was a perfect fit!
Submitted by Lindsey - Cleveland Institute of Art | April 13, 2016
I feel so much more confident about traveling and meeting new people! Thank you, Athena, for showing me it is possible for anyone to explore the world, despite their lack of experience! Our advisor Yuko was incredibly helpful. She went completely out of her way to make everyone experience what they wanted to while in Japan. I loved that there were so many activities and excursions. I know some of the people in my group complained because they would get so tired, but I was glad to utilize the little amount of time I had in Japan to the furthest extent. I really wanted to go to Japan, I really wanted to study art, and I really wanted to do it over the summer. It was a perfect fit!