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Study Abroad | Athens

Greece | The American College of Greece | Summer 2023
A group of students in Athens, Greece.
Cliffs in Greece.
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  • Summer 2023

Overview

Spend a summer in the classical yet modern city of Athens, Greece with AIFS! Choose from a wide variety of course options offered at the American College of Greece. Located in the charming suburb of Aghia Paraskevi, the college boasts modern classrooms, an extensive library and Olympic-standard athletic facilities.

What’s Included

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.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 6 semester credits per session (subject to course selection)

  • Courses

    Courses offered in accounting, anthropology, archaeology, art history, astronomy, business, communications, dance, economics, English, environmental studies, finance, history, information technology, international business, international relations, languages, law, literature, management, marketing, mathematics, music, oceanography, philosophy, physical sciences, social sciences, tourism and hospitality management

  • Housing

    Student residence

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Acropolis Hill and Museum, Athens sightseeing and Greek Island excursion (day trip)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Walking tours of Athens, Greek food tasting, visits to museums and temples, and excursions to nearby historical sites

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Excursions

    Cape Sounion (half day)

    Mycenae and Nafplion (day trip) Session 1 only 

    Nafplion and Epidaurus (day trip) Session 2 only 

Program Details: Study Abroad | Athens Session 1

Dates

May 18, 2023June 21, 2023

Term

Summer

Application Deadlines

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$7,390

Eligibility

Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Fitness and Recreation
  • Foreign Language
  • Greek Language
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Natural Resources & Conservation
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

DEREE – ACG, founded in 1875, is the oldest and largest independent, American-sponsored college or university in Europe. With a student population of over 2,900 and offering over 1,000 courses each year, it is the only institution in Athens with American accreditation. 

Located on a beautiful, wooded hillside in the attractive suburb of Aghia Paraskevi, the college’s tree-lined campus offers an ideal setting to study in Greece, with modern classrooms, an impressive library and Olympic-standard athletic facilities. Over 85% of the student body is Greek, giving AIFS students ample opportunity to make local friends. 

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Fitness and Recreation
  • Foreign Language
  • Greek Language
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Natural Resources & Conservation
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Visual and Performing Arts

The summer sessions at ACG allow you to choose courses from across a wide curriculum of academic disciplines. You can choose from two 4-week sessions or take both sessions and study in Athens for 8 weeks. Choose one or two courses for up to 6 credits per session.

Students who have a GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible to apply for a select number of 3-credit Honors seminars within the International Honors Program at the American College of Greece.

Attendance is required for full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of excused absences may lose all or partial credit. 

Transcripts are issued by the American College of Greece. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program. 

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Living Abroad

Student Residence

You will live in a beautiful residence approximately 10 to 15 minutes’ walk from the American College of Greece campus. Students live in apartments of two to four bedrooms.

  • Double rooms
  • Fully-furnished kitchen, living room, bathroom and a balcony
  • Fitness center and laundry in the building
  • 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.

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Athens.

History

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. 

Sports

The successful Olympic Games in 2004 steered Athens towards becoming a radically different city – a more attractive, cleaner, greener and more efficient capital. 

Culture

As the largest city in Greece, Athens is now sophisticated and cosmopolitan with a vibrant street life and a relaxed lifestyle.

AIFS in Athens Resident Director, Summer Program

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Alice Anastassiou

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.

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
  • The Acropolis Hill and the New Acropolis Museum
  • Mount Lycabettus
  • The Plaka
  • Archaeological Museum or Cycladic Museum
  • Greek food tasting evenings

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

The American College of Greece has extensive 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. 

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Athens and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Greece. Previous excursions have included:

A street on a Greek Island with white buildings and blue doors.

Greek Island (Hydra, Spetses, or Aegina)

Take a guided tour. 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. 

  • Greece
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee*
An aerial view of Cape Sounion, Greece.

Cape Sounion (Sessions 1 and 2)

Sightseeing opportunities. Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fees and lunch on the coast. 
  • Greece
  • Half Day Trip
  • Not Included in Program Fee
The coast of Nafplio.

Mycenae and Nafplion (Session 1 only)

Locally guided tours, entrance fees, and visits to The Lion’s Gate, Cyclopean Walls and Royal Tombs. Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fees and lunch.
  • Greece
  • Day Trip
  • Not Included in Program Fee
Epidaurus, Greece.

Nafplion and Epidaurus (Session 2 only)

Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fees and traditional Greek lunch. Short stop in the market city of Corinth.
  • Greece
  • Day Trip
  • Not Included in Program Fee
Barcelona,Spain
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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.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 15, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    May 17, 2023
  • Program Begins
    May 18, 2023
  • Program Ends
    June 21, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 22, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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Ready to Study Abroad in Athens?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: studyabroad@aifs.com