Spend a semester or academic year in the stunning and modern city of Athens, Greece, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at DEREE – The American College of Greece. Located on a beautiful, wooded hillside in the attractive suburb of Aghia Paraskevi, the campus is home to a student population of over 2,500. Over 85% of the student body year round is Greek, so AIFS students have plenty of opportunities to make local friends.
The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.Review Our Policies
Up to 15 semester credits depending on program and course selection
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English
Student residence complex
Day trips to Ancient Delphi and Sanctuary of Apollo, Nafplio and Palamidi Castle and a Greek Island
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Cape Sounion (half day)
Meteora, Thessaloniki and Vergina (3 days)
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.
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.
Athens was one of the most important and powerful cities in Greece during the Classical period and it was also the first of the Greek city states to fully develop democracy.
The successful Olympic Games in 2004 steered Athens towards becoming a radically different city – a more attractive, cleaner, greener and more efficient capital.
As the largest city in Greece, Athens is now sophisticated and cosmopolitan with a vibrant street life and a relaxed lifestyle.
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.
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:
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.
‘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.
Take a trip back in time to Ancient Greece while visiting Delphi and the Sanctuary of Apollo, with guided tour and sightseeing in scenic ski resort town, Arachova. Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fees and a four-course meal in a traditional Greek taverna.
Spend a day touring one of the many beautiful Greek islands close to Athens. Visit museums, archaeological sites, harbors and secluded beaches. Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fees and a traditional lunch.
*Included in program fee for semester students only.
Guided tour. Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fees and a traditional lunch.
Sightseeing opportunities. Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fees and lunch on the coast.
Spend a weekend visiting three of Greece’s most interesting locations. Includes tour of sights, round-trip transportation, two nights’ accommodations in Thessaloniki and daily breakfast.
Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.
Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)
Social identity & access
One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.Learn more