Semester in Greece
Hellenic American University

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Live alongside ancient history in Athens.

In Athens, enjoy modern flair and contemporary art with a vibrant street life and laid-back lifestyle. Take classes at Hellenic American University (with views of the Acropolis from the eighth floor) and live and study in the heart of the city. Choose from core courses in business, psychology, and music studies, as well as regionally topical courses that allow you to travel across Greece. Small class sizes mean personalized attention and you can get involved with student council or a variety of student clubs.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 4-5 courses (12-15 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Visa Requirements: NONE Required! (Fall 2020 ONLY (exams will be remote))


  • Ideal location for exploring the Mediterranean, including the beautiful neighboring islands of Hydra, Poros, and Egina
  • Visit the historical Acropolis, Ancient Agora, and other sites
  • Greek cooking classes with fresh ingredients from local markets, or traditional dancing classes
  • Artful blend between ancient history and modernity in a 3,400-year-old city
  • Enjoy the diversity of students on campus (including local Greek students) and become part of the small community that HAU considers family

Program Details

Hellenic American University

Explore your studies beyond the classroom in one of the world’s oldest cities. Hellenic American University’s Athens campus, also known as Hellenic American College (HAEC), is centrally located in the neighborhood of Kolonaki in the heart of Athens. You can even see the Acropolis from the top floor of the building where you take classes.

On campus, the community feels like family. You’ll learn from international faculty in small class sizes, which means you’ll get one-on-one attention. Choose from one of the many student clubs to develop leadership skills and actively contribute to the community. Because twenty percent of the student body comes from countries outside of Greece, you’ll have a diverse experience. To fully take in the culture, wander through the library that holds over 35,000 titles in English and Greek. And, don’t forget the online collection of over 250,000 digital books. In between classes, grab lunch at the Union Cafe for affordable Greek cuisine. Most importantly, you can glimpse a bit of history everywhere you turn in Athens.

Hellenic American University (HAU) has educational sites in Nashua, New Hampshire, and Athens, Greece. The programs in Athens are offered at Hellenic American College (HAEC) through an Agreement of Cooperation that the sister schools have signed. NEASC accredits all programs offered by HAU and therefore the credits you earn while studying at HAEC can easily transfer back, as students will receive a U.S. transcript issued by HAU.

Accreditation(s): Hellenic American University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Health

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Humanities
  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Semester in Greece’s course options include: Psychology, Music, English Language and Literature, Administration, General Engineering, and Information Technology. The Hellenic American University established as a US institution of Higher Ed in 2004 and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the oldest accrediting association in the US.

Course load: 3-5 courses; up to 15 credits.

Course Description and Catalog: You can use the courses from previous terms as a good indication of what to expect for your semester, as they don’t typically vary too much from year to year. Once the new courses have been finalized they will be updated here.

Highly Suggested Course:

Athens Across the Ages – 3 credit hours: This experiential learning course takes students on a journey across the country for a series of interactive excursions exploring the history of Greece through day hikes walking tours and guided visits to regional museums, historical sites and famous monuments. Traveling from the Homeric epics of the Bronze Age to the 19th century War of Independence, students follow the vicissitudes of 5,000 years of history, covering over 1,000 kilometers of geography with peripatetic lectures and group discussions.

Why Life in Athens

Flanked by some of the world’s most beautiful seas, Greece is located on the southernmost point of the Balkan Peninsula. Explore the country’s largest city and capital, Athens, on your study abroad experience. Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a recorded history dating back over 3,400 years. Historians consider Athens the cradle of Western civilization. Today, the city artfully blends ancient history with modernity. You’ll see new buildings and stadiums built for the 2004 Summer Olympics in the midst of world-famous ancient ruins.

Athens has the third largest port in the world, allowing visitors to flock to the city by sea. The flourishing population of approximately 660,000 people makes Athens a bustling, cosmopolitan city. You’ll notice a vibrant street life combined with a relaxed culture. As you explore, you’ll discover the true spirit of the city in the surrounding neighborhoods, which all have lively music, food, and people.

Athens serves as one of the most important cities in southern Europe for international trade, tourism, entertainment, arts, and education. The city still carries on Greek traditions and customs while rapidly evolving, reflecting its location at the crossroads between east and west. Be sure to visit the ancient Acropolis, a structure that has seen the city grow and transform since the fifth century BC. Athens really is a classroom in itself!


Live La Vida Local

  • Festivals

    Technopolis in the Gazi neighborhood is approximately 30 acres and constitutes one of the most interesting live industrial museums in Europe! Now used as a cultural center for concerts and festivals, there’s always something interesting going on here.

  • Dance classes

    There are more than 10,000 Greek dances from different regions all over Greece. Make sure you stretch before class!

  • Cooking classes

    Food is a huge staple in Greek culture - everything revolves around it. Learn to cook and then eat like a local.

  • Theaters/Shows/Concerts

    Greeks love the arts! Experience a live concert at the famous Odeon of Herodes Atticus, right under the lit-up Parthenon. It’s magical!

  • Organic Wine or Olive Oil Tasting Tour

    Learn firsthand what it takes to cultivate and organically produce premium wines or extra virgin olive oil.

Apartments in Athens


Students live in off-campus, mixed-gender shared apartments, located within 30 minutes of the school via public transportation. Two to three students share each bedroom, with single rooms available by request for an additional fee.

The apartments are in traditional, historical buildings with a range of amenities. Please note that there are no elevators in most of the apartment buildings.

Take a look at the photo gallery to see what your apartment could be like. The apartments pictured are ones that have been available in the past.


The apartments feature fully-equipped kitchens, including dishes, cooking utensils, a fridge, and either a cooktop OR an electrical stove. Try your hand at cooking local dishes, and maybe host a weekly dinner with your housemates!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomShared
  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single RoomOptional
  • Triple Room
  • Wi-Fi

Upgrade to a Single Room

Want some extra privacy during your time in Athens? Students can request a single room in one of the apartments described above (additional fee applies).

What's Included


Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • CIS Abroad orientation
  • HAU orientation
  • On-site support
  • Internet connection
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • One overnight excursion and day trips outside of Athens
  • Seminars about local culture economics and politics
  • Student Guild fees
  • HAU official transcript

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival in Athens, take part in both the university and CIS Abroad orientation programs. Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Athens, Greece. You’ll be provided with super useful welcome packets that include maps and your Athena card. Your knowledgeable site director will help you enjoy some social, cultural and recreational activities and help you learn how to stay safe and where to shop. Enjoy a welcome meal with your new on-site family (something traditional and yummy) as Greek cuisine is known to be one of the best in the world!

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you one last delicious Greek meal before you go!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.


Delphi is the site of the 4th century BC Temple of Apollo, once home to a legendary oracle. This extensive mountainside archaeological complex contains the remains of the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronaia, plus a stadium and a theater.

Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens

Make a visit to the sacred rock of the Acropolis, where you can admire architectural treasures dating from the 5th century BC.

Cape Sounion

Cape Sounion

The southernmost tip of the Attica Peninsula is known for its amazing sunsets and the Temple of Poseidon, which hangs off a cliff.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

To explore a new country, I choose to walk rather than take transportation even for longer distances. It helps you better feel the vibration and get into the pace of local life. Makes you hungrier for local dishes, too!

Travel Tip:

To explore a new country, I choose to walk rather than take transportation even for longer distances. It helps you better feel the vibration and get into the pace of local life. Makes you hungrier for local dishes, too!


Upon completing her bachelor’s degree in Law at the University of Athens, Evgenia set off to the majestic south of France for her master’s studies, an experience that left a strong impression on her, planting the seed to work with international students. After practicing law for nearly 10 years, she decided to take a career turn and become a certified counselor, which led to her enrollment for a master’s program in Psychology at Hellenic American University. This is where Evgenia found a highly multinational environment and had the chance to take in the wealth of experience and perspective that comes with interacting with people from different cultures. The time had come for that seed to sprout! When not lost in my Psychology books, she loves to ride her bike uphill and attend traditional dance classes.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Oct 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 30 (Estimated)
  • Departure: May 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $13,890 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Jun 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 3 (Estimated)
  • Departure: November 29 (Estimated)
  • Price: $13,890 (Estimated)
Additional Information:


Single Room: +$2,250

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.