Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

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Study Abroad in Athens: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Student Residence

You will live in a beautiful residence complex approximately 10-15 minutes’ walk from the campus in the leafy suburb of Aghia Paraskevi. Transport into the city center (by public bus and Athens’ modern metro) takes about half an hour.

  • Shared double room in two to four-bedroom apartment
  • Fully-equipped kitchens and shared bathrooms
  • Complimentary on-site laundry facilities
  • Quiet study areas, outdoor areas for BBQs, large lobby with TV and games for casual group gatherings, fitness center on-site
  • Single rooms may be available for a supplemental fee


  • Allowance worth $1,000 (semester) or $800 (quarter) to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. Students can opt out for a reduced program fee
  • Three ACG Campus Dining Meal Plans are available for an additional fee. Students can sign up directly with ACG prior to the start of the semester when meal plan prices will also be provided.

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Athens

Cultural Activities

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Greek life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Walking tours of Classical Athens
  • The Acropolis and The New Acropolis Museum
  • National Archaeological Museum
  • Athens Concert Hall
  • Cretan food tasting evening
  • Ancient Agora
  • Plaka
  • Welcome reception dinner
  • Host family evening - an opportunity for students to spend an evening with a local family in Athens

ACG Philoxenia Cultural Exchange Program

‘Philoxenia’ is an important Greek word meaning ‘love of strangers’ or ‘love of foreigners’, and Greeks know that ‘philoxenia’ is at the heart of their great tradition of hospitality. The goal of the Philoxenia Program is to foster friendships and cultural understanding among the many nationalities at the college. A Greek student will be paired with a study abroad or other international student for friendship and cultural exchange. While there is no set time commitment, paired students are asked to communicate or get together every other week or so for lunch, coffee or just to hang out. As everyone knows, you cannot truly understand a new country without getting to know its people and their experiences.

Sports Facilities at ACG

If you are interested in keeping yourself fit while abroad the campus at the American College of Greece is the perfect base for your study abroad experience. The stateof- the-art fitness facilities on campus include a fitness center with a full range of equipment, dance studios, soccer field and 400m running track, basketball arena, climbing wall and tennis courts. The highlight is the Olympic-size 50m heated swimming pool set above the campus and overlooking the soccer field, Aghia Paraskevi and part of Athens. Long and short course swimming, water polo and scuba diving are some of the activities which take place here as well as some 1-credit academic classes such as Water Fitness. Lane six of its swimming pool is known as Michael Phelps’ lane!

The DEREE-ACG Simulated Trading Room

ACG has a new state of the art trading room which is used as a classroom and a laboratory to give students a real-world trading experience during their studies and prepare them to work in an increasingly global world.

Community Engagement and Service Learning

Students studying at ACG have the opportunity to take part in a non-credit bearing community engagement and service learning experience. Students are prepared for these field experiences with team building sessions, workshops on health and safety in the field, how to identify appropriate actions and reflect on them and talks on servant leadership. Examples of such experiences include volunteering at a local school, painting a nursery school, working with vulnerable people and visiting a refugee camp. A series of activities also take place in Athens throughout the semester when specific needs are identified. Each semester ACG arranges a Meaningful Engagement Trip (MET) where students spend 2-3 days traveling in Greece engaging in service.

AIFS in Athens Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Alice Anastassiou

Phone: (30) 693 609 2556

Hello! I am very much looking forward to welcoming you to Athens – my hometown. 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 firsthand 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 philoxenia, 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.

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