Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

Life Abroad - January Term 2019

AIFS in Athens Resident Director, January Term Program

AIFS Resident Director

Alice Anastassiou

DEREE – The American College of Greece
6 Gravias Street GR-153 42
Aghia Paraskevi Athens, Greece

Phone: (30) 693 609 2556

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

You will live in a beautiful residence complex just a 15 minute walk from campus in the leafy suburb of Aghia Paraskevi. These apartment-style residences feature fully-equipped kitchens, marble bathrooms and floors, complimentary on-site laundry facilities, a fitness center in the main building, a quiet study area, outdoor area for relaxing and a large common area with TV, DVDs and games for casual group gatherings.

AIFS students will share a double room in a two to five-bedroom apartment with free wireless and wired Internet available in all rooms and common areas. Each apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen with all dishes, cooking utensils, etc. There is a 24/7 Fitness Center on site with fitness machines and free weights. Resident Assistants are on hand to assist you throughout.

Breakfast food and snacks will be provided for the first few days and each student will receive a meal allowance to subsidize the cost of purchasing lunch on campus Monday through Friday. The DEREE The American College of Greece 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.