Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

Living Abroad

AIFS in Athens Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Alice Anastassiou

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

Email: Athens@aifs.co.uk
Phone: 011 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 sights, 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

Housing

  • You will live in an apartment complex just a 10-15 minute walk from the campus, which was built to house the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. Students live in apartments of two to four bedrooms, in double rooms, with a fully-furnished kitchen, living room, bathroom and a balcony. Free Internet and Wi-Fi is available in each apartment for students with laptops. There is a fitness center and laundry in the building.

Meals

  • You will receive an allowance toward the purchase of meals and groceries. Please note: the allowance is a subsidy and will not cover the cost of all meals. There are several restaurants and cafeterias on campus where students gather to eat.

    Students can also take advantage of the ACG Campus Dining Meal Plan at the campus cafeteria. Three plans are available for an additional fee. Students can sign up directly with ACG prior to the start of the summer when meal plan prices will also be provided.

Transportation

You can walk in 10-15 minutes from the residence complex to the campus facilities. Public buses to central Athens take about half an hour and the metro system in Athens is cheap and convenient.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Greek culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which usually include:

  • Walking tours of Classical Athens
  • Greek dancing
  • Visits to:
    • The Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum
    • Mount Lycabettus
    • The Plaka
    • Archaeological Museum or Cycladic Museum
  • Greek food tasting evenings

Trips and excursions include transportation, sightseeing, entrances and guides as appropriate. Meals are not included.

Sports Facilities

The American College of Greece was chosen as the training base for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team because of its location and modern sports facilities. These include: an Olympic size pool, a running track and soccer field, four tennis courts, indoor courts for basketball and volleyball, a fitness center with dance/aerobic studios, a climbing wall, gymnasium, weights room and sports lounge.