Study Abroad in Athens

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Studying Abroad in Athens


26 Study Abroad Programs in Athens


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Explore Europe's oldest city, Athens, filled with ancient sites and modern art. This historical city has a vibrant street life and a relaxed lifestyle, so get ready for endless coffee dates and evening strolls. You will take classes at Hellenic American University known for its language study programs, while getting the chance to experience the E.U. city that never sleeps. Location based  G...


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Earn 3 semester credits during a 3-week January term studying abroad in Athens, Greece. All courses are taught in English. Students can choose from: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Athens; Modern Greece: A Troubled History; International Business; or Experiencing Greece Through Language and History. Live student apartments in a beautiful residence complex just a short walk from the campu...


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Fostering beyond-the-textbook engagement through first-hand experience, on-site teaching, and extensive study-travel, CYA's courses help you achieve your academic goals while gaining a deeper understanding and new perspective of the Mediterranean region. Courses offered in a wide range of academic disciplines.


Voyager Study Abroad provides a unique program that includes curriculum-enhancing cultural immersion activities and amazing classes taught by world-renowned professors on the campus of the College of International Studies (CIS) in Madrid. For students taking up Voyager Europe or Voyager Spain, they can choose to participate in the ten-day Voyager Cruise Program and visit Santorini, Olympia, Ath...


The semester in Greece is an educational and cultural experience, offering students the opportunity to study in Greece through a semester-long curriculum, combining regular classes, field trips, and independent studies. Students can register for up to 15 credit hours of courses on various subjects in nearly every major. Students take classes and receive transfer credit from The American College...


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This program will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and experience the full mosaic of Greek culture. You’ll be encouraged to become an active participant in the Greek community and to learn about Greek culture through experience. The wonders of this magnetic ancient and modern country will be yours to explore. Arcadia in Greece has many courses which include study of topical connec...


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Examine macroeconomics and the global finance system through the lens of social justice and the ethics of sustainable business. GenevaFrom its base in Geneva, this program provides a thorough background in international banking and finance through a social justice lens using an experiential, case study approach. The program addresses the causes and implications of the unstable global financi...


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The summer language program on the Island of Spetses consists of a three week session with five courses per day in modern Greek, from beginning through advanced levels. Participants will receive a total of 60 hours of instruction. Most participants stay in housing arranged through the Centre in several neighboring villas, in a single room with private bathrooms and kitchenettes. Fees include a...


During the summer, the Department of Philosophy and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO-U) at Duke University offer an integrated course of study combining in-depth tours of the important sites and museums in various regions of this spectacular country with close reading and discussion of key ancient philosophical texts. The principal course objective is to give the student a th...

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Studying Abroad in Athens

With a known history spanning back well over 3,000 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world. Once the nucleus to a powerful ancient empire and home to some of the most revered teachers in Western civilization (think Plato and Aristotle), Athens remains today a very influential global city. If you are looking for a timeless location which is academically rewarding and culturally deep, then look to study abroad in Athens for the educational adventure of a lifetime.

Subjects & Courses

There are a few different routes you can take to study abroad in Athens. Several public and private universities are located throughout the city, so the most obvious option is to enroll at one of these colleges through a study abroad program. However because the language of education is most commonly Greek at the major schools, you may want to look into some alternative routes if you are not familiar with the local tongue.

One such alternative path to study abroad in Athens is enrolling in a smaller private or international school. Many domestic colleges and study abroad organizations have affiliate institutions in Athens where you can get an English language education tailored for international students. The course options may be more limited if you go this route as opposed to at a full university, but you can usually have access to many classes ranging from history to political science to philosophy nonetheless.

Yet another way to study abroad in Athens that international students often take advantage of is embarking on a summer travel program. If you do not want to settle for just one location, then these programs are a good way to get a taste of life in Athens while also visiting several other destinations throughout the Mediterranean region. These study abroad programs are often led by accredited professors and offer course credit as well.

Life in Athens

Amidst the ancient ruins of Athens you will discover a thriving modern metropolis with over 3 million residents that is one of the most important cities in southern Europe. An economic nucleus which is also one of the most popular passenger ports in the world, Athens has an underlying sense of palpable global prominence which you will feel while studying abroad.

Don’t be thrown off by its centrality however; Athens is actually a very laid back Mediterranean city. You will likely spend many days strolling the lazy avenues and having stimulating conversation at coffee shops when you study abroad in Athens. Be sure to make the extra effort to reach out and interact with locals as much as possible while there. Just by learning the basics of the language to enhance communication, you will find that the Greeks have a lot to share!

In terms of culture, Athens is also widely known for its mouthwatering Greek delicacy, upbeat nightlife, concert halls, and extensive sporting complexes. Some other can’t miss destinations within the city that you should hit include the Acropolis, Daphni Monastery, Athens Trilogy, and National Archaeological Museum. Suffice to say, you will not easily become bored while studying abroad in Athens.

Scholarships & Costs

While not exactly inexpensive, Athens is more affordable than many other major European cities. For example, a meal at an inexpensive restaurant will generally run you around $10. Fees for study abroad programs can also be pricey, so be sure to consult your home school about available financial aid opportunities and also check out our Scholarship Directory.

Accommodation & Visas

Homestays are the most popular choice for students who study abroad in Athens, as this gives you an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself deeply into Greek family life (the home cooked meals don’t hurt, either). Dormitories and apartments are also generally made available for those interested, so consult your study abroad program in Athens about all the different housing options which may work for you.

Whether or not you will need a visa to study abroad in Athens depends on your home country and the amount of time you will be spending in Greece. Generally you will be allowed to stay for up to 90 days visa free, after which you may have to apply for a student visa. You can check out our Greek Embassy Directory for more information regarding your specific situation.

Benefits & Challenges

Ancient Roots. Athens is most widely known around the world for its centrality within ancient Greek civilization. Exploring the monuments and museums of this bygone era can be an other-worldly experience.

Modern Times. Greece is on the hot-seat right now in Europe, and nowhere can this be felt more than in the capital city of Athens. It is an extremely important city right now for the economic prospects of the whole continent – get ready for an adventure.

Classic Education. Our modern idea of academia at large has its earliest recorded roots in ancient Greece. Study abroad in Athens to experience the oldest tradition of education in the world.

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