Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

Life Abroad - January Term 2020

AIFS in Athens Resident Director, January Term Program

AIFS Resident Director

Alice Anastassiou

Phone: (30) 693 609 2556
Email:
Athens@aifs.co.uk

Hello! I am very much looking forward to welcoming you to Athens - my home town. I studied Economics at the American College of Greece (ACG) and then did postgraduate work in the U.K. I am very familiar with student life at ACG and at the same time, have first hand experience of living and studying abroad.

I am here to make you feel comfortable and safe and provide you with all the vital information and guidance to get the most out of your experience in Athens, not as a tourist but with a glimpse of how locals enjoy their city, their walks along ancient paths, the coffee shops under the sun, local tavernas with traditional Greek cuisine, beaches and islands.

Athens is a beautiful city, one of the oldest in Europe with a unique blend of rich archaeological sites, numerous museums and a vibrant cultural life. The Athenians and Greeks in general, are known for their filoxenia, graciousness and hospitality, they will welcome you with a smile!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Housing and Meals

Residence Complex
You will live alongside other AIFS students in a beautiful residence complex just a 15-minute walk from campus in the suburb of Aghia Paraskevi. You will receive a meal allowance to subsidize the cost of purchasing lunch on campus Monday through Friday The residence complex includes:

  • Shared double room in a two to four-bedroom apartment with shared bathrooms
  • Fully-equipped kitchens with all dishes, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Breakfast food and snacks provided for the first few days
  • Complimentary on-site laundry facilities, 24/7 fitness center
  • A quiet study area, an outdoor area for relaxing and a large common area with TV for casual group gatherings
  • Free internet access in all rooms and common areas

The campus also includes a student cafeteria, coffee shop and a snack bar for the purchase of discounted meals, and there are local supermarkets and cafés nearby.

Cultural Activities

To help students get the most out of their experience in Athens, the AIFS Resident Director will arrange a variety of social and cultural activities during the program such as:

  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing tour of Athens
  • Greek food tour
  • Traditional dancing
  • Museum and gallery tours
  • Walking tours
  • Visits to local markets

Please note that students may pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Cultural Immersion

With a student body made up of 54 different nationalities, this is a truly international campus and affords visiting students the opportunity to meet with counterparts from all over the world. There are also many Greek students on campus and therefore students benefit from a full cultural immersion experience with plenty of opportunities to make friends and learn about Greek culture.