Hellenic International Studies in the Arts intensive summer program includes cultural study, photography and journalism and creative writing. Short stories, memoirs and autobiographic journals are all covered.


The arch at the harbor of Naxos marks the gateway into Dionysos' mythical realm: HISA students explore the villages of the high mountain interior, hike isolated trails, and wander through the Castle district of the old town before relaxing over mezes at the port cafe. Laced throughout the mountains of Naxos are year round running streams and several dramatic waterfalls. On its broad plains lies the 6th century BC temple of Demeter, goddess of grain and sustenance; a short distance away in a majestic, wooded garden lies the 6.5 meter unfinished stone Kouros, meaning in Greek, male youth. Most probably the great carved stone was a personification of Dionysus.