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
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!
Personalized Art Program on Exquisite Island
Submitted by Kate Gillispie - Hendrix College | June 06, 2015
If you are interested in living in a charming hostel tucked away close to the ever beautiful sea shore and immersing yourself in painting, photography, poetry and late night discussions than this program would likely be a good fit!
Overall I had a delightful experience studying and living on Paros with HISA. It was lovely to have prearranged weekend trips to different islands (as well as a longer trip to Turkey!) that expanded our immersion experience. The painting teacher was wonderful- I was totally captivated by her teaching style and grew SO much as an artist (starting out a novice) under her instruction. Because the program size is kept small, class sizes were intimate and it was incredibly easy to bond with everyone who was there during the semester that I studied abroad.
A focus on night life (dancing and drinking in local venues- often times with locals) was something I was not expecting but found to be enjoyable. (As someone who is relatively low key, it was fun to have the option available, although there were many times when I chose to explore the island or cook at the hostel with friends instead). It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience such a friendly, wholesome and cheerful community of people who live and work on Paros island. We easily became friends with people from all over the island, and the sleepy evenings were a perfect time to sit in the sand and watch the truly indescribable sunsets. I miss the island and the school every day.
All that being said, my only complaint about the program is I found the school work to be overall lacking in gusto. Although the relatively light work load aloud for exploration and bonding with friends (something I do treasure) I sometimes found myself feeling bored and wishing for a little more substance to my classes.
Overall, if Greece is a desirable location for your study abroad experience (and rightly so), than HISA is an experience you won't regret.