Study Abroad in Athens

Back to Programs

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.

Study Abroad Programs in Athens

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. However, because the language of instruction is most commonly Greek at most 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 to enroll 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 attending a Greek 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 in Athens are often led by accredited professors and offer course credit as well.

Student 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 while studying 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, study abroad in Athens is more affordable than studying in many other major European cities. For example, a meal at an inexpensive restaurant will generally run you around $10. Fees for study abroad programs in Athens can 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 housing available to students who study 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 provider 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.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

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 for international students.

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, so get ready for an adventure while studying in Athens.

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

Can you see the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea, smell the fresh Greek food, and imagine your study abroad experience in Greece yet? If not, start browsing through programs and you'll make study abroad in Athens a reality in no time!

Read our comprehensive guide on studying abroad in Greece.

Read More

A Guide To

Studying Abroad in Athens

READ ARTICLE

 Find Study Abroad Programs in Athens Now

Save

This listing has been saved 5 times

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...

Save

This listing has been saved 22 times

Spend a semester or academic year in the vibrant and sophisticated city of Athens with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at DEREE, the American College of Greece (ACG). Courses are taught in English. In addition to a rich academic program, AIFS in Athens offers a non-credit on-campus internship program at ACG in areas such as marketing, communication, f...

Save

This listing has been saved 1 time

Widen your academic learning in a city famous for its rich historical and cultural heritage! If there is one place to pursue studies in performing arts, it is Athens. Spend a semester studying acting, Shakespeare, and other performing arts courses in the place where theater was born. With the ancient city as your background, you will have the opportunity to understand theater from its very root...

Save

This listing has been saved 9 times

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.

Save

This listing has been saved 6 times

With this four week January term program, you will follow in the footsteps of apostle Paul. As you explore the mid-30s to 50s of the first century Greece, you will grasp how religion supported and promoted a new way of life in Roman Greece. You will explore places that played decisive roles in the expansion of Christianity, including Athens, Corinth, Thessaloniki and Philippi. This pivotal p...

Save

Semester in Greece is an educational and cultural experience, offering students the chance 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 of Greec...

Save

This listing has been saved 20 times

Join us at Remarc Sunseafun Group and you will have the opportunity to experience unforgettable months around the Mediterranean coasts while working in this enjoyable and modern profession. You will get the chance to coach sports, to communicate in foreign languages, to improve your skills like acting, dancing, to make lots of new friends and to gain new experiences in the hotel animation! R...

Save

This listing has been saved 14 times

Looking for the perfect combination of adventure and discovery this summer? YFU is excited to add to our long list of summer programs with four new 2-week programs to France, Germany, Greece and Spain- just right for a student's busy summer schedule! These programs are a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel with your friends to explore unique cultural centers while experiencing life wi...

Save

This listing has been saved 5 times

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...