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.


Hannah Zoppi / 2012 Spring / Flagler College, FL

HISA has given me the opportunity to explore different aspects of myself and
my art in ways I didn't know possible. I found a new passion for writing and
painting that I hadn't known existed before coming to the island. The
professors are the most inspiring and nurturing people I have ever worked
with, and without them and my year at HISA, I would never have known what I
was capable of. I am insistent that everyone give the wonderful island of
Paros a chance, because until you work with the HISA professors and artists,
you are not reaching your full potential.


Catherine Lee / 2011 Fall / University of North Florida

Life Changing. The experience I had at HISA is one that has changed me from my most inner core. I have never fallen so in love with a place and a program in my life. I was there during the Fall 2011 semester with 17 other beautiful and brilliant souls who I think about on a daily basis. HISA is a program that does so much more then teach academic classes, but in addition enriches the soul. The island of Paros alone will teach you so much!! The faculty is some of the best people you will ever want to meet, and will help you hone whatever skill it is you want to work on the most, be it writing, sculpture, photography, ect. The possibilities are endless for what you can accomplish and how much you can grow as a person even in just a semester. I promise you will always think fondly of your time at HISA, as our class does, it is a place and experience that will stay with you forever!!!