Athena Study Abroad
Athena Study Abroad Programs
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
Athena Study Abroad Reviews
Submitted by Kiana Brayton - Edinboro University | July 26, 2017
I chose Athena because I liked the programs that were offered, the cost of the programs, and the courses offered. I also really liked the personal attention received from representatives during the application process.
This experience has been life changing. It has changed the way I view the world and made me look at things on a global scale rather than a national scale.
There are many people that made my experience abroad amazing. The people I met while studying abroad made the entire experience worth it. My Athena Abroad off site advisor was also amazing and was always available when I had questions or difficulties.
The classes didn't have many assignments until the end of the semester, but then at the end of the semester we were all swamped with an overwhelming number of assignments. The classes were overall interesting for the semester. I had to change the way I viewed school because many students don't take school as seriously in Ireland.
The housing situation worked well. The apartments were nice and spacious. I had roommate difficulties but it was nothing that Athena could help with. Things that could be improved would be the visitors rule with not allowing people to have guests after 10:30, and the problems with hot water.
Dublin felt like one of the safest cities I have ever lived in. The nightlife is amazing. Pretty much every night you can find something fun going on. There were many fun cultural events in Dublin. Cultural night was awesome, with many tourist attractions being free for that night. Everyone in Dublin is very friendly and they love to hear about the life of people from different areas. It is very refreshing.
The biggest challenges were related to accommodations. It was disappointing to learn that we were not allowed to hang out with friends after 10:30PM, forcing us to go out if we wanted to still hang out. This seemed counterproductive because frequently we just wanted to watch a movie but were told that we would be charged €100 for every person in the room if we had people over after 10:30.
Another difficulty was the problems with hot water that consistently plagued most of the apartments on campus. Maintenance looked at the hot water heater a few times but the problem persisted.
Another challenge was regarding transfer credits. I was unaware that the classes I had picked would not be offered and if they were offered, the times would probably conflict. I wish this process would have been explained more thoroughly because I had transfer paperwork from my home institution that was no longer valid. I am still fighting with my home institution to agree to give me credit for the classes I ended up taking.
Submitted by Riley Murtagh - VCU | July 26, 2017
Out of the programs I was considering, Athena had the most included for the best price. It also seemed to have a well constructed and organized agenda for students abroad. Olwyn (our on site advisor) was always very nice and helpful, providing much-needed suggestions and recommendations for places to go, how to do certain things, etc. My only complaint is that communicating with her could be confusing and difficult at times.
I found all of my subjects to be engaging, they gave me a wider perspective on the world and how to better understand it. I spent my free time listening to music in the pubs, watching sporting events, cafes, walking/exploring, traveling to other countries, working on assignments, meeting people, trying restaurants
I felt Dublin was quite safe if you were smart and walked down well lit streets, remained aware of your surroundings, and kept your wallet in a safe pocket. The nightlife was great fun, and the city was lively every weekend, particularly in the pubs and on the streets. There was a diverse mix of culture in Dublin as well, you could do anything from going to a classic Irish pub to seeing a cool show in a hip venue. Lots going on in Dublin. I do wish, however, that the program had arranged more cultural events/meals/customary things to get a better understanding of the Irish culture.
My suggestion for the program is to allow the students to determine more of the schedule. There were some places on the excursions I wanted to spend much more time exploring, and some I wanted to spend much less. Allow more flexibility in these schedules.
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!