Program Overview

Journey to the Greek capital and study amid the modern metropolis of Athens. Earn 6-15 credits at the Hellenic American University, an intimate school with a diverse student body and small-campus feel. Spend three, four, or seven weeks in ancient Athens and experience Greek culture and history with hands-on courses. Roam the rugged hillsides filled with lush wildflowers and gaze at the crystal blue Aegean Sea. Hop a ferry to Hydra to experience an island without cars or scooters. Basically, you’ll bask in the warm hospitality of the Greeks on campus and in the city. Ready for an epic summer?

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Session 1 (or Sessions 1 & 2): April 1
Session 2: April 1
Avg Course Load
2-5 Courses (6-15 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction

Key Program Highlights

  • Small, intimate school centrally located in Athens
  • Diverse student population, with a 20 percent international student body
  • Views of the ancient Acropolis from the top floor of a campus building
  • Ideal location for exploring the Mediterranean and beautiful, neighboring islands, Hydra, Poros, and Egina
  • Artful blend of ancient history and modernity in a 3,400-year-old city
  • Optional add-on: 1 week travel course "A Walk Across Greece"

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



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)

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Summer in Greece’s course options include Engineering, Psychology, Music, History, Poetry, Theatre, and Photography. The Hellenic American University was established as a US institution of Higher Education in 2004 and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the oldest accrediting association in the US.

GPA Required: 2.5

How to choose your courses: As part of the application process, you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Portal. Summer in Greece has selected options; please read carefully and be sure to find the option that best meets your academic and personal goals.

Course load: 2 Courses per Session (6 Credits). Students can also add A Walk Across Greece to either Session for a total of 3 courses (9 credits) and/or participate in both Sessions for up to 5 courses (15 credits).  For more information on the Walk Across Greece week-long traveling course, please click on the link to the syllabus here!


OFFERED BETWEEN SUMMER SESSION 1 and SESSION 2 (1 week travel course after/before the program):

GE157 A Walk Across Greece: This 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. Travelling 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 kilometres of geography with peripatetic lectures and group discussions. Credits: 3 **Additional Fee Applies

OFFERED SUMMER SESSION 1 ONLY (choose 2 courses):

ENG223 Introduction to Poetry, $100 Additional Fee AppliesIntroduces students to the basic elements of poetry-prosody, meter, rhyme, and poetic language. The course examines selected poems from major British and American poets such T. S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, W.H. Auden, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, and Williams Carlos Williams from both the perspective of craft and content. The course will also introduce the poetry of poets from non-Anglophone cultures, such as the translated work of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and the Greek poets Yannis Ritsos and George Seferis, and others. The course’s aim is to enable students to see poetry as a specialized use of language that conveys emotions and meaning through image and meter.  Credits: 3

GE149 Theater Production– Now Offered Session 1Presents the process of producing a play – from the first reading to its staging. Students explore the roles of all the collaborators in a theatre production (director, actors, designer, composer etc.) and realize them in practice. Depending on the students’ interests, the play to be approached will be either from the world repertory or a new work composed by the students. The course will be completed with a performance presented by the students. Interested students are invited to have a short discussion/interview with the instructor before enrolling in the course. Credits: 3

MU324 American, Jazz, Pop Music (E-Learning)- Recently Added!: Studies important issues connected with America’s music: the art of improvisation; the role of composition; innovation and tradition; individuality and style; instruments and forms. Examination of the formation of the roots of American music, issues of race. Students will learn how to appreciate Native American, Delta blues, country, New Orleans jazz, New York swing and bepop, Classical American music and pop if they are unfamiliar with it, and to deepen their understanding. (This course serves to substitute for MU322 Music History IV, for students concentrating in modern music). Prerequisite(s): None; For non-music majors: GE142. Credits: 3

GE163 Contemporary Greek Culture:  A course on Contemporary Greek Culture presents a daring challenge for both instructors and students, as the subject is epistemologically and historically ambiguous. The mere definition of either term composing the course title is a task in itself. However, through the process of familiarizing themselves with key facets of contemporary Greek culture, students embark on a pleasantly intriguing journey through the fascinating history of Greece and its people, which spans more than 5,000 years, and still influences global civilization.   Credits: 3 term hours

GEN300 Global Engineering Leadership: Aims to help provide engineers with the business leadership skills they need to advance their careers in enterprise management, being exposed to the latest business trends and thinking from experts in US and Europe. It focuses on the basic principles and practice of leadership in engineering environments. The modules focus on the principles and practice of leadership and management in private, public and not-for profit engineering organizations. Topics include leadership, management, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, ethics, innovation, communication, collaboration and competition, and conflict resolution. The course includes team-based projects in which the students have an opportunity to reflect upon and apply what they are learning. Credits: 3

ENG211 Teaching Greek as a Foreign Language (E-learning): Focuses on training instructors who wish to teach Modern Greek as a Foreign/Second Language in Greece and abroad. The course provides participants with a practical introduction to the principles and practices of modern communicative language teaching. It focuses on the practical issues which participants may face as instructors, and introduces them to a wide variety of materials and activities. The course helps participants develop lesson planning and classroom management techniques and competencies, and design a modern Greek Language program which can be delivered conventionally (face – to – face), or via eLearning. Credits: 3

PM396 Applied Project Management: This is an advanced course in Project Management which drills down into the more applied aspects of project planning and progress reporting. Students will learn how to apply tools and techniques which will help them effectively complete projects. The course combines theory with case studies, and requires hands-on work for the completion of in-class workshops and project assignments. Topics include work Breakdown Structures (WBS), stakeholder analysis and management, project scheduling, duration & cost forecasting, PERT simulations, progress measurement, earned value management (EVM), and project audits. Credits: 3

PSY480 Psychology of Addictions: Helps students develop a critical understanding of contemporary psychological approaches to the understanding of addiction. Students consider the relative contributions of psychological theories from the fields of biological, behavioral, social, and cognitive psychology to understanding, treatment, and prevention of both drug-related addictions and selected addictive behaviors, such as gambling, overeating, alcoholism etc. Credits: 3


OFFERED SUMMER SESSION 2 (choose 2 courses):

GE141 Athens Across the Ages: Surveys the city of Athens from its ancient origins as a small village at the foot of the Acropolis, first settled in 4500 BC, to modern times, where it became the sprawling capital of Greece and home to four million people. Class meetings are organized chronologically and arranged so as to acquaint the student with significant historical events. The course will also explore the development of ideas and movements in art, philosophy, politics, religion, including their impact on society though the ages as well as their legacy in modern times. Credits: 3

MU323 Greek Music– Now Offered Session 2, $100+ Additional Fee Applies (Depending on Excursions)Studies the most important fields of Greek Music from Classical Antiquity and Byzantine era to today’s traditional, classical and pop music. Topics include: Ancient Greek music, Music of the Hellenistic period, Music of the Byzantine Empire, Music during the Ottoman Empire, Greek folk music of the mainland, Crete and the islands, Urban songs (Rembetika), Greek Classical Music from the Ionian islands, the Greek National School of Music, contemporary classical music, pop, rock and other current streams. (This course serves to substitute for MU321 Music History III, for students concentrating in modern music).

GE498 Greece Through the Eyes of Travelers: For a very long time, Greece has been considered a great challenge and a spiritual intrigue to its many visitors. The land of gods and myths, of a glorious past and a cosmopolitan present, has long attracted many of the finest British and American authors and poets. In this course, you will have the opportunity to explore and better understand the idea of modern Greece, as it is reflected in the works of Anglo-American travelers. Living, reading, and writing about the places you are encountering will make your own experiences of those places much more exciting and meaningful. After all, as Lawrence Durrell states, “Greece offers you… the discovery of yourself”. Credits: 3

Life in Athens

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival, you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Athens, Greece. You will be provided with super useful welcome packets that include maps and your Athena card. Where to go to enjoy some social, cultural and recreational activities; how to stay safe; and where to shop are just a few topics our knowledgeable staff will cover. Oh, and there’ll be a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy, as Greek cuisine is known to be one of the best in the world!

Farewell and 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!

Housing Options

Students will live in off-campus double rooms, in either shared apartments or local hotels, located within 30 minutes of the school via public transportation.

Local Life

  • 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.

More About 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!


Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Student Feedback

When I talk about why I love Greeks and Greece, I get this feeling inside. It’s different. That’s why, even though I love the US and I grew up here, I still feel like Greece has my heart.

Miranda Catsambas, Summer in Greece, Smith College, Theater and Philosophy

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Maggie McCally
Senior Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Celtic Culture

Travel Tip: Forgive yourself for not always knowing exactly what to do in a new place; if you’re humble, people will be happy to nudge you in the right direction. And always have a deck of cards in your backpack!

Learn more about Maggie

Evgenia Karamani
Site Director in Greece

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!

Learn more about Evgenia

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    June 8
    June 10
    Classes Start
    June 10
    Classes End
    June 28
    June 29
  • Summer 2019: Session 1 + Walk Across Greece
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    May 31; Walk Across Greece: June 1 - 8
    June 10
    Classes Start
    June 10
    Classes End
    June 28
    June 29
  • Summer 2019: Sessions 1 & 2 + Walk Across Greece
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    May 31; Walk Across Greece: May 31 - June 8
    June 10
    Classes Start
    June 10
    Classes End
    July 26
    July 27
  • Summer 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    July 6
    July 8
    Classes Start
    July 8
    Classes End
    July 26
    July 27

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

Program Inclusions

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

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • 1-day learning excursion
  • Seminars about local culture, economics, and politics
  • Vibrant campus life and student activities, including drama, debate, music, sustainability, soccer, business technology, and more!
  • Hellenic American University transcript