The Amazing Athena-Paros Experience Past Review

By (Accounting, Saginaw Valley State University) - abroad from 06/04/2014 to 06/27/2014 with

Study Abroad Programs in Greece

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about all different cultures. Some from the US, Greece, Canada, Australia. Such a wide variety. The trip was worth every penny I spent on it.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were hard enough that you were able to learn something, but not hard enough that you had to study all the time to pass.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Yuko and Berry are absolutely phenomenal people! They are there to help all the time.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Jimmy's Apartments and Hotel is by far the best accommodations ever. The staff is beyond friendly. They were so warm, welcoming and inviting. They were friendships that will be in my heart forever.

* Food:

The Greek food was to die for! Every meal was something better.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The security guard at Jimmy's gave us more knowledge about Greece that I could have every imagined. We were able to sit down with a local and teacher named Maria. She was able to tell us what it was like to grow up on a small island. We also were able to mingle a lot with many others in the night life.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The healthcare was phenomenal. Many people had to use the services due to some injuries. They all experienced excellent care.

* Safety:

There wasn't a time I didn't feel safe. Many people expressed they felt safer in Greece than America!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

I was spending more than usual because I ate out almost every meal. There is no doubt you can spend way less and eat in most nights. Especially with the wonderful facilities at Jimmy's.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • People
  • Price
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Longer Period of Time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack lightly, buy lots! Bring a laptop and a nice camera!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.