Personal Items and traveling needs: Swimming suits, rain jacket or wind breaker, sweater, hiking boots or trekking shoes (already worn in), home campus student ID card, photocopy of first page of passport, money belt, a cabin size bag for the mid-term trip, electric adapter plug, USB flash drive (above 16GB). Cosmetics and medicines, bring a copy of prescriptions with chemical ingredients (not only brand name) if necessary. The medicine should be kept in the original box. No need to bring linens, all are provided.
Class related items: All basic texts are provided by HISA. Though art and photo supplies can be bought in Paros, we ask students enrolled in the painting courses bring a minimum of 5 brushes (pointed XS & S-M & L, flat S & L) 6-8 primary colors, acrylic or oil paints (acrylic recommended). Watercolor or acrylic is more appropriate for summer painting students. For the B&W Photography class: chemicals are provided, but bring a SLR camera (manual adjustment functions), at least 10 rolls of BW film with ISO400 (suggested brand Kodak TMAX 400 ASA) and 50 sheets of RC 8 × 10 inch glossy photo paper.
Photosensitive materials MUST be taken as carry-on luggage, asking a hand-check at the security check counter so they do not expose them to X-ray nor open them outside a special darkroom. For Digital Imaging: a DSLR camera or mirrorless camera (with manual adjustment) and laptop, with Photoshop if possible. For Interrelated Media class: HISA provides basic materials & tools. Special materials, should you need them, can usually be bought on Paros.
Shipping Policy: Do not ship any items of value (cameras, laptops, medicines). If possible, avoid shipping anything. It is possible that any package can be highly taxed at customs (even random personal items). If sending by FEDEX or DHL always put HISA’s telephone number +30 6948516797.
HISA, 11, Paroikia, Paros, Cyclades, 84400 Greece.
For students without international insurance coverage, HISA can help you register with an individual travel insurance provider.
From Athens To Paros island
HISA has established a smooth and secure arrival and transit arrangement that makes for an exciting and pleasant welcome to Greece and Paros island. Upon arrival in Athens, HISA can arrange for a private taxi-limousine service to meet students at the airport arrival hall. Students should arrange a flight schedule that takes them to Athens on the official starting date for a semester and one or two days prior to the program's start for summer. HISA teachers will be in Athens to acclimate students and lead them on a tour of the Acropolis. HISA can arrange for reservations at a hostel that is located just below the Acropolis in the safe and well-lit Plaka district. Teachers will accompany the students on the ferry to Paros; a trip of about four hours. Throughout the year, the ferry transits to and from Athens and Paros every morning and evening.