FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is HISA?
HISA is located on Paros, an island in the center of the Cyclades group, which includes Myconos and Santorini. The school facilities and the student housing are in Paroikia, a quaint village of winding lanes and white-washed houses.
How many units can I take with HISA?
Students usually take 4 or 5 classes. Students who require a transcript can take up to 18 credits, or 6 classes. The courses are interdisciplinary and though the work load is intensive, it is not overburdening.
Are your courses accredited?
Yes. See admission page for details.
Are field trip expenses included in the tuition?
All inter-island transportation, land transfers, museums and site fees, and overnight stays are included.
What majors can apply to HISA?
The HISA program is open to the students in all majors.
Where do HISA students come from?
Most students come from colleges and universities in the US and Canada, though we have had students from Japan, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, Estonia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Bermuda, Poland, New Zealand and Australia.
What is the learning environment at HISA?
HISA classes run from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and students usually are in class for 3 or 4 hours per day, depending on their schedule. The studios and photography labs are open from 8 am to 10 pm, and later during the final preparation week for the exhibition. The classes are a mixture of lectures, one on one mentoring, slide presentations, and teacher assisted work projects.
What is the length of a semester?
Full semester system is 13 weeks. Summer is three weeks. The Fall Semester: the second week of Sept to the first week of Dec. The Spring Semester: the first week of March to the first week of June. The Summer Semesters are usually June 7th to 27th and July 2nd to 23rd.
How much is the tuition? What is included?
The standard tuition for semester is 11,950 US dollars. Importantly, your tuition includes all Greek based field trips, housing with utilities, room cleaning, and WiFi: all inter-island transportation, museum and site fees, guides where necessary, two nights in Santorini and one in Naxos.
How can I pay?
Tuition Payments to HISA can be made by personal check sent or direct wire to our American bank in Maryland. Students receiving financial disbursement can have their schools either wire or send fees to HISA.
Can I get syllabi on the classes?
Once a student fills out the standard application form, all syllabi are available. Just ask for the ones you’re interested in.
What about meals?
Each student has his/her kitchenette with basic kitchen utensils. Students can also share meals in the accommodation's full kitchen, and the BBQ on the roof garden.
Are linens included in the accommodation?
Yes. Sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels.
What should I pack?
Please see the preparation page.