The HISA program was founded on the concept of an experiential immersion into the cultural and artistic legacy of Greece and specifically the Cycladic Islands, for centuries famous for their individualistic and creative life style and social environment. We’ve worked to build a program where students can live as members of the community, securely in their own space, free to personalize their experience. The classes, workshops and studio environment are set up to allow students to absorb ideas, create works and develop projects in a collaborative relationship with their teachers. Faculty are selected not only for their advanced degrees and range of university teaching experience, but as well for their active involvement in creating their own work, whether it be writing, the various studio arts, or a continuing critical investigation into the area of their expertise. The excursions and course work in the field are designed to integrate syllabi objectives—readings, research, and writing, as well as studio work—with a personalized exploration of significant archaeological and historical sites. To accomplish this, HISA has developed a close working relationship with the local community, helping students to swiftly form new friends and gain a sense of belonging.

The HISA ideal recognizes the challenges inherent in settling into to a different living and learning environment, and strives to instill in students the confidence and sense of companionship required for a successful adjustment. We understand, from the years spent teaching, that every student arrives as an individual, with a different set of experiences and a unique range of goals and aspirations. For this reason, the nature of the program is one of cooperative effort and understanding, of fairness and sensitivity to each student’s emotional and developmental needs. A dynamic, creative atmosphere, within an nonrestrictive yet goal-oriented environment is the essence of HISA! As an excursion dense program, HISA’s historical sites component compliments material covered in class by exposing students to the breadth of island culture and art, introducing them to relevant archaeological sites on the Greek Islands. Civilization through the age is revealed in a wealth of Cycladic artifacts, Minoan frescoes, Archaic sculpture, and Classical sanctuaries on Delos, Myconos, Naxos, and Santorini.

We are a non-profit program offering scholarship and work-study opportunities. Our goal is to enable all students to benefit from the enriching experience of study abroad. Apply on our website and ask us about our auxiliary winter program in Thailand and Summer program in Japan!

Program Location(s): Paros, Greece; Japan; Thailand
Phone: 1.410.497.2053 (USA) +30 694 851 6797 (Greece)
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