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The American College of Greece is the oldest and largest independent American school in Europe. Come study abroad at ACG, just outside of the historic city of Athens. The...

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Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Community

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Academics

    6

Diversifying, enlightening, adventurous, fulfilling, amazing.

I've always had a strong passion for Greece and learning about Greek culture, so what better way to enjoy Greece that by studying in the capital city of Athens for a year! The program at The American College of Greece through my home university was actually a big deciding factor in picking where to go to school. I knew when I was 14 that I wanted to study abroad in Greece, and when I was 19 I was able to live this experience.

Although it is hard to pick just one memorable experience, I'd have to say my most memorable study abroad experience was spending the evening at a Greek jazz club wtih friends from my host university. Although the music was great, the thing that made it so memorable was the diversity that existed between our group of friends. Looking around at my friends I saw one friend from Egypt, one from Yemen, one from England, one from Greece, and me from the United States.

Program: The American College of Greece

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

My Big Fat Greek Experience

Studying abroad in Athens Greece... Where do I begin? I was looking for a great adventure and I sure found one. Studying abroad obviously, allows you to be immersed into a culture while taking classes to fulfill your degree and other electives. What people don't know is that you gain so much more than just the definition, you will gain independence, friendships, connections all over the world, and life. I fell in love in Greece with so many different things: the dancing, food, the greek people, night life, coffee etc. Coming from Chicago, you get way to use to fast food restaurants, running in and out of a coffee shop, and really not enjoying life the way you should. Work, money, and stress and the three main topics I would be constatnly thinking about. In Greece, you actually life life, meaning you may sit in a coffee shop for three hours talking to random strangers and ending up going to their beach house in the summer, or the native greeks taking time out of their day to teach you the correct way to say "thank you". This culture is one that gets passed up because of the economic crisis that is perceived in the media, but people need to realize there is something more than money, work, and stress and it's called living the greek way. This experience is something I will have with me forever and I am eternally grateful for the people that encouraged me to take this leap and to fall in love with something that was originally so foreign.

Program: The American College of Greece

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

Head-over-heels for Athens.

The amazing- Athens. So lively, so much to do. I love it because it is not a "typical" European city. Greece is very different from the rest of Europe and I enjoyed learning about a new culture. I could travel in Greece for months and never be bored! The excursions offered by the program were so fun. We went to Delphi, Nafplion, and Aegina and got to eat huge traditional Greek dinners on each place (all included!)

The pretty good- Housing. Housing is right around the corner from Deree (a 10 minute walk). The dorms are very nice, though smaller than people are used to in America. You live with all study abroad students. I do wish Greek people had lived with us, it would have been a better cultural experience, but we had fun in the dorms.

The disappointments- Deree. Well, it depends on how you look at it, but classes were not challenging at all. This is good if you are studying abroad, because you do not need to commit a lot of time to school, but it was kind of disappointing. The location in Agia Paraskevi is nice, but it takes about 45 minutes using public transit to get into Athens, and I wished we were right in the center

Also, the study abroad program can be a little weird about communicating. The price of housing is 4000 euros for the semester, and you pay it directly to the school, about half way through your semester they will bill you. Tuition may be something you pay to your home institution or Deree, depending on your program. (No one will tell you any of this).

Health and Safety:
I never felt unsafe in our neighborhood, or Athens!

Social Life:
I loved my Greek friends! They all spoke english and were eager to practice. We had fun together. Don't just hang out with study abroad kids, really try to talk to everyone in your classes!

Program: The American College of Greece