March 13 - June 9, 2020
The Spring Session is held at our permanent facility on the Greek island of Paros. Paros is situated in the Cycladic group of islands, 100 miles southeast of Athens. Partly because of its famous marble, Paros has been an important part of civilization since 5,000 BC. In the village of Parikia, where the school is located, houses and churches gleam brilliant white and the waterfront is lined with cafes and restaurants that look out across the bay toward the sunset. The Center's restored Neo-classical facility is located in the heart of Parikia on the old market street leading to the famed Byzantine Church of a Hundred Doors. Our student apartments are a three minute walk from the Center off the very same market street.
Immensely consequential to our program design is the sense of place. The Aegean Center has been a part of the life and texture of Paros for 50 years and we are proud to be included in its very rich history. Paros is not just about the past and the ancient, it is also a remarkably lively environment reflecting contemporary Greek culture and thought. Our one week midterm break gives students the chance to travel to other parts of Greece or Europe or to continue working in their studios.
The Aegean Center's studio apartments (one student to an apartment) include private bathrooms and kitchenettes. Sheets, towels and basic kitchen gear are supplied. Since our founding in 1966 we believe it is important to provide students their own apartments in Greece, though double apartments can be arranged upon request.