Brianna Castillo / 2016 Spring / THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

Greece was the experience of a lifetime! Every day of my stay was a different memory getting the opportunity to meet locals, learn new Greek words, try new unique foods and immerse myself in the beautiful culture that welcomed me and anyone to become apart of their home community. I've never been outside of the United States nor have I traveled alone before so going to another country by myself at 18 seemed super scary but HISA made the travel and the entire trip easy and worry free. The friends I met were diverse in ideas, backgrounds and cultures and taught me so much about myself. The housing was so cozy; when the three months passed I had such a difficult time parting with the place that I spent relaxing, reading and doing homework. My favorite parts of the entire journey of studying abroad in Paros Island Greece was of course being able to walk just across the street and indulge in backlava and the best gyros you could ever imagine! The second best part was the outstanding instructors that inspired me to think about different perspectives and do things I never thought I would have the courage to do. I took painting, sculpture, philosophy, art and culture and the goddess course where I got to be around such well knowledgeable, funny and extremely unique instructors that had so many awesome experiences to share! The instructors and faculty were more than leaders and guides for us they became our friends. I wouldn't trade my time In Greece for anything. It was a priceless experience that I will always cherish.


Jesa Minnick / 2013 spring / Millersville University of Pennsylvania

I had lived in Northeast Pennsylvania my whole 21 years until I decided to study abroad in Greece. I attended a state school for art education and sculpture for 2 ½ years before going to HISA for sculpture, Philosophy, Painting, Greek, Black & White Photography, and the Theory of Art. You will understand once you meet the professors that the hardest thing to choose is which classes not to take. I think I could have studied absolutely anywhere with these talented professors because they are so passionate about their subjects. Of course, they only add to the dream that you are living: a resoundingly beautiful island with a rich culture and lovely loquat trees. From director Barry Tagrin, I was inspired to look for other ways and places to travel. After my semester in Paros, I travelled through Western Europe for about two months. This year, I am planning to go to South Korea and Japan for a teaching job.


Phoebe Lifton / 2012 Spring / Global College of Long Island University, OR

My experience at HISA is one that continues to unfold, the creased truths of cultural experiences hide in the folds of my personal experiences. I made an origami rose of my time and whenever I recall it the sweet smell brings me comfort and longing for the place and people. Academically I was challenged in every class, with the support of my teachers along the way I was able to grow in a supported community. The teachers involved with HISA are one of the things that make this program special. You cannot leave without feeling like you have gained a mentor, a friend, and a mutual fan. The only regret you will have is not taking this opportunity to study abroad.

“Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains.” ― Alain de Button, The Art of Travel


Frank Ball / 2012 Fall / Drew university, NJ

I don’t think there’s another study abroad program in the world that can offer what HISA does. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure you’ll have a positive experience no matter where you decide to go –traveling anywhere around the world with a group of college kids is sure to be an exciting adventure. But the approach that HISA takes is more than that; this program will help you grow as an adult. Here, I was immersed into an artist’s community. Each member of the faculty is well accomplished in their own field –writing, sculpture, poetry, painting, etc. And each will take the time to sit down and share their insights with you. It would be ridiculous and nearly impossible not to take advantage of everything they have to offer. When a real artist looks over your work, they can illuminate an entire world that you never knew existed. HISA’s unique commitment helped me find myself and produce amazing work.


Mike Agnew / 2011 Fall / Chapman University, CA

The Greece I visited was much more than the beautiful, historically sublime place you read about in old books or see in the movies. We spent a few days in Athens, near Syntagma Square, and the only conflict we ran into was that of how to best divide our time between the Acropolis, the restaurants, and the winding streets of old Athens. A semester spent on Paros, exploring the Cyclades, living in another culture, and receiving one on one instruction from inspirational teachers helped me grow up. I wish I was still there.