PAIDEIA Study Abroad Programs in Greece

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Greece: Athinai (Athens), Rhodes, Thessaloniki (Salonika)


This is the less expensive study abroad program a US student can find in Greece and any other European country.

Fall semester commence on September 1st and is completed by December 20th. Spring semester commence on February 1st and is completed by May 10. Fall semester students have the option to take a course at the end of August for three weeks at Dion for history and Archaeology of Ancient Greece. Minimum number of courses per semester are four and the maximum five.

Students are housed at rental apartments or can stay at a hotel(Rhodes). Arrangements have been made for one meal daily (supper), seven days a week for the entire semester. Also with a Paideia scholarship students can have a second meal (lunch) based on merit and need.

All courses are offered in English, with the study of Modern Greek Language as a complement. Some background in the Greek Language is desirable but not required. All programs are full time and courses must be approved prior to departure. Students should also check with their advisors to find out how the credits earned overseas can be applied to the degree program.

It is preferable that students have a grade point average of 2.5 and above. The courses will be taught in English (except Greek Language Courses) by regular professors of the University of Athens, Aristotle University and University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki and of the University of Aegean and National Center for Marine Research in Rhodes. Athens, Thessaloniki and Rhodes PAIDEIA study abroad programs are recognized by the University of Connecticut (UCONN), the University of Rhode Island (URI), University of Hartford (CT), Haboldt State University, Florida Atlantic University and other US Institutions.

Scholarships are available to every qualified student. Students of Classics and Hellenic Studies are encouraged to apply.


Greece is a land of contrasts; picturesque islands, rugged mountains, isolated rural villages and modern cities. Every aspect of this amazing country reveals the diversity, complexity, enthusiasm and intensity with which life is lived in Greece. With a single glance one can easily discern aspects of the ancient world, Byzantine culture and contemporary pragmatism. Here you can learn about classical civilization, walk through ancient streets, share the passion of local politics, witness the sites of Colossus of Rhodes, other monuments, archeological sites, etc

* The City of Athens

Athens is the largest city in Greece, a classical city full of Classical, Hellenistic, Byzantine, and Modern monuments. Athens is the Center of all the Centers in the world. Athens is the city of the Olympic Idea, the birth place of Democracy, the city of Artists with the Parthenon in Acropolis of all and for all.

Athens is beautiful and always smiling. You can find Athens smile everywhere: in an ancient theater, in a modern exhibition hall, at a sports even, down by the sea, at concert, around the table in a small taverna, in a little alleyway, behind the mast of a sailboat or next to the column of an old temple.

The National and Capodistrian University of Athens - was founded on May 3rd, 1837 and was housed originally on the north east side of Acropolis. It was the first university not only in the newly established Greek state but also in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean in general.

* The City of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, a classical city full of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine monuments. It was founded by Cassander and named after the sister of Alexander the Great. Over the long centuries of its history, today's capital of Northern Greece has been distinguished as a foundation of the Hellenistic world and as the twin capital of Byzantium after Constantinople. Thessaloniki has been called a city of imagination, a melting-pot of populations and peoples, a city of myths, with roots stretching back into pre-history, a cosmopolitan center close to the beautiful resorts of Halkidiki.

The Aristotle University - is named after Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher and teacher of Alexander the Great. It is the largest University in the Balkans with 60,000 students, which help define the cities rich intellectual and social life.

The University of Macedonia - started in 1957 as a graduate industrial school. From 1990 have also eight fields of undergraduate studies. Its main goal is the University of Macedonia students, dynamically and effectively to participate in the new challenges of an international and ever more globalize market.

* The Island of Rhodes

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. One of the most important events in Rhodes' 4,000 years recorded history was the formation of a new city in 407 B.C. from the existing three city-states of: Kamiros, Lindos and Ialysos. In the Hellenistic period, Rhodes was one of the finest and most well organized cities of the known world. The city was surrounded by impenetrable fortification, while the ships of Rhodes, roved throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Its streets were lined with temples, gymnasiums, theaters, and its city port entrance was adorned with the famous "Colossus of Rhodes", one of the seven wonders of ancient world. Rhodes became one of the important centers of learning. Schools and academies of rhetoric and philosophy sprang up. Today, Rhodes is a vibrant cosmopolitan center attracting more tourists than any other Greek Island. In parallel to its crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches, the old city presents one of the most well preserved medieval castles.

The University Of Aegean (UA) - has been established on five islands of the Aegean Archipelago. It is a rapidly growing University, which help define the Island's rich intellectual and social life. Particular emphasis is placed on research with diverse research programs established on environmental science, education, business administration and computer science, along with strong academic collaborations with European and Black Sea Universities. Most UA's departments offer graduate level courses that lead to M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees.

National Center for Marine Research (NCMR) - has completed sixty years of Marine Research. NCMR has five institutions which carry out research into specific thematic areas of: Oceanography, Aquaculture, Marine Biological Resources, Inland Waters, Marine Biology and Genetics.

Program Duration

2-4 Week, 5-8 Week, 9-12 Week, 1-2 Year


Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Minimum Education


Type of Programs

  • Cultural Exploration
  • Language Immersion


  • Greek
  • English

Subject Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Art/fine Arts
  • Business Admin. & Management
  • Classical Studies
  • Comm. (radio, Tv, & Film)
  • Communications
  • Computer Science / It
  • Continuing Education
  • Creative Writing
  • Culture
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering (computer)
  • English
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family & Home Studies
  • Field-study
  • Geology
  • High School Program
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Information Systems
  • Intensive Language
  • International Relations
  • Internship Programs
  • Journalism / Broadcasting
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Liberal Arts
  • Literature
  • Marine Science
  • Museum Studies
  • Music - Vocal Performance
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Political Science/politics
  • Psychology
  • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Student Trips (non-credit)
  • Theater
  • Theater, Drama, Dance
  • Visual Arts

Cost in US$:

7,000 per semester

Program Fees Include:

The total cost of the program for the academic year is USD 7,000 per semester, which covers tuition and course fees, room and board, one meal daily during school days(plus lunch with a Paideia scholarship), transfer of credit and various student activities. Includes a study tour around Greece to most well known archaeological sites, museums, churches, monuments of Greece.

It does not include personal expenses and transportation to and from Athens, Thessaloniki, or Rhodes. Also, does not include application and registration fees to University of Connecticut or other PAIDEIA affiliated Universities.

Experience Required


This Program is open to

American, Canadian and Australian Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Group living
  • Other

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Scholarships are Available

Paideia allocates scholarship grants in the range of USD 100-1,000 to encourage and help students for studies in Greece. In addition, a small number of students who otherwise could not effort to study in Greece receive grants over USD 1,000.

Application Process Involves

  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Letters of Reference
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Transcript
  • Written Application
  • Essay
  • Online Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

2 weeks

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network