Hellenic International Studies in the Arts
Hellenic International Studies in the Arts Programs
A university accredited Humanities, Liberal Arts and Fine Arts study abroad program on the lovely and exciting Cycladic Greek island of Paros. Limited enrollment allows students...
Hellenic International Studies in the Arts Reviews
The HISA experience
Submitted by Caroline Adams - Flagler College | November 18, 2017
HISA is an amazing school that provides an experience that is incomparable to other study abroad programs. The person you come here as will transition into something you would not expect. The hospitality offered by the people here on Paros island is very beautiful. You get off at the port and everyone is there with open arms. Every weekend is a adventure and exploration through the Cycladic islands. As you will experience the life style of Paros, you will also get experience of many islands. For our midterm trip we went to Croatia which was just absolutely amazing. Each trip is guided by the wonderful brilliant staff here. Between the staff and the trips, you truly are emerged into the setting of the place. Another part of HISA I appreciated was the staff. The owners are wonderful kind hearted people who are ready to guide while you grow as a person. I came the semester before my graduating semester and I was incredibly stressed about graduating on time with the classes I needed. They accommodated my situation and did independent studies for those classes that would help graduate on time. The staff is always there for anything even outside of the classroom. HISA is a school of growth through your education as well as a personal growth experience. Through the program I grew friendships and bonds that are so important to me. Your class mates end up becoming like a family and your teachers as mentors. These connections will continue even after the program is over. I would recommend the program to everyone dearly. You will not want to leave!
Wonderful cultural immersion in Greece
Submitted by Madeleine Baer - Northland College | June 05, 2017
Attending HISA on Paros island was a great way to truly live in the Greek culture. The students got lots of personal freedom to travel as they wished and go on teacher-led cultural field trips as well. We visited all of the important sites on the Greek islands and the course load is not too restrictive so students have free time on the island as well. Paros is a wonderful place with incredible beaches and natural beauty. The towns are very safe and the nightlife is good also. Everyone is so helpful and friendly on the island. Not an expensive place to live at all, and the food options are excellent. It is very easy to travel around by bus and on foot.
Submitted by Damiana Noel - - | May 19, 2017
Rarely has a day passed since completing my program that I don't think of some aspect of my time spent abroad. Several of our instructors were Greek natives and others had lived internationally for many years. This led to a rich information base provided by the faculty and staff. The geography and climate were stunning and ferry rides made island hopping feasible during weekends off. Many former students returned as interns. My semester abroad experience has helped shape my character today and I would absolutely recommend it to those seeking to expand their cultural horizons.
Submitted by J. | July 14, 2015
Paros is a beautiful Island, with brilliant people, and endless opportunities to experience and learn. I loved HISA, and will go back to visit as soon as I am able.
I loved the one-on-one learning and attention from the instructors; they care about their students.
Living on Paros is easy and affordable as long as you don't go out to eat for every meal, though the local bakeries offer cheap and delicious foods.
Night life is poppin', and there is a constant influx of tourism, with endless opportunities to meet new and interesting people.
I love Paros!
Submitted by Leigh - baltimore | June 09, 2015
I'm a pretty radical painter and I've never quite felt, let's say, 'well-received' in university art programs. In the end I was ready to drop out of college but found my way to HISA though a family connection, stayed for about a year and it totally changed my life. I love the school. Barry, the director, is an amazing philosopher. Our class conversations were beyond what I've experienced in any other classroom: challenging, at times agitating and totally necessary. I felt like the open, creative, free and philosophical environment fed my artwork and understanding of readings and helped me grow personally. I have new favorite poets I didn't know existed. I can passably communicate in Greek! This island is my new home, I'm going to come back!