Program Overview

Sign on for an unforgettable summer in Athens, Greece, the oldest city in Europe. During your Summer in Greece, you’ll take unique classes at Hellenic American University, but your classroom will extend into the city itself. 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. Delight in traditional cuisine with olive oil and feta cheese on every table. Basically, you’ll bask in the warm hospitality of the Greeks on campus and in the city. How’s that for an epic summer?

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Session 1 (or Sessions 1 & 2): EXTENDED TO April 1
Session 2: April 1
Avg Course Load
2-3 Courses (6-9 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
  • Greek cooking classes with fresh ingredients from local markets
  • Artful blend between ancient history and modernity in a 3,400-year-old city
  • Trips to iconic monuments from throughout Greece's rich history

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.

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, which include maps, hiking areas, and parks, as well as various recreational activities within walking distance of your housing. Where to go out, how to stay safe, and where to shop are just a few of questions that will be answered by our staff. 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 housing, in either shared apartments or local hotels, located within 10-20 minutes on foot from the school. They will share double rooms, but there are single rooms available on request (additional fee applies).

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Local Life

  • Festivals: Technopolis in the Gazi neighborhood is approximately thirty 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 over 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 & Olive Oil Tasting Tour: Learn firsthand what it takes to cultivate and organically produce premium wines and 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 weekend and 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.


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.

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 and 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.

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).


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):

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

MU326: Words and Music from the Middle Ages to the Present: Examines different approaches to word-music relationships in a broad range of periods and genres. Combining text (whether sung or implied) and music adds another layer to both elements reinforcing meaning and feeling. Students will explore some of these rich interactions in such diverse and chronologically disparate genres as the troubadour song, the Renaissance erotic madrigal, the German Lied, the program symphony, as well as modern combinations of words and music. We will consider how the elements of the text (syntax, rhyme, form, alliterations, etc.) dictate particular musical decisions, but also how the music underlines, attenuates, or even subverts the meaning of the words. Concepts to investigate include irony, musical rhetoric, intertextuality, and, even, “silence.” Credits: 3

ENG223: Introduction to Poetry: Introduces 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 as T. S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, Ted Hughes et al from both the perspective of craft and content. The course will also introduce the poetry of Greek poets, such as the translated work of Konstantinos Kavafis and Argiris Chionis. 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

ENG305: Fundamentals for Translation I (English-Greek): Encourages and guides students in applying the theoretical and methodological skills and techniques acquired for translating various texts from English into Greek, raising awareness of translation as a process and product (target text). Students are introduced to source text analysis and become familiar with content and terminology analysis before engaging in a translation. The course provides insight to the steps of translation encouraging students to ‘pool in’ and utilize all previous theoretical and practical skills acquired. Students are assigned source texts from different genres and discourses to be translated into Greek, ultimately developing critical awareness of how the basic principles of translation theory can be applied in practice. Credits: 3

PSY430 Theories and Principles of Psychotherapy: Explores contemporary approaches to assessment, treatment planning, and intervention based in biopsychosocial systems and empirically supported interventions. The major areas covered include the theoretical foundations of major therapeutic approaches such as cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic and existential- humanistic. The course emphasizes multicultural and ecological contexts in planning and conducting multi-faceted interventions for change. Credits: 3

PM396 Applied Project Management: This course combines theory with case studies and workshops and requires hands-on work for the completion of in-class and take-away project assignments. Topics covered are: Requirements analysis and project objectives definition, Work Breakdown Structures (WBS), stakeholder analysis, project scheduling, duration & cost forecasting, PERT, simulations, earned value management (EVM), progress measurement and project audits. Credits: 3

GEN300 Global Engineering Leadership: The Global Engineering Leadership course 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

OFFERED SUMMER SESSION 2 (choose 2 courses):

GE149: Theater Production: Presents 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. Credits: 3

GE161: Greece in Europe of the 21st Century: This thematic and partly experiential course, aims to familiarize students with events that have significantly contributed to the shaping of Europe and the position of Greece in Europe since 1945 from a political, social, and economic perspective. The course engages in a discussion of current events and the Greek ‘crisis’ placing them in their respective historical context and exploring the correlation between past and present. A central theme will be the history of European Integration through the nature and development of the institutions and policies of the European Union. The course includes visits to sites of importance, such as the Greek Parliament, Stock Exchange, and European Commission delegation offices. Credits: 3

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

The 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 Manchester, 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)



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Student Feedback

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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 - Smith College

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

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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 2018: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    EXTENDED TO April 1
    June 2 (Estimated)
    June 3 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 4 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    June 29 (Estimated)
    June 30 (Estimated)
    $4,990 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2018: Session 1 + Walk Across Greece
    Application Deadline
    EXTENDED TO April 1
    June 2 (Estimated)
    June 3 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 4 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    June 29; Walk Across Greece begins: June 30 (Estimated)
    July 7 (Estimated)
    $6,790 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2017: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    July 8
    July 9
    Classes Start
    July 10
    Classes End
    July 28
    July 29
  • Summer 2017: Session 2 + Walk Across Greece
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    July 1; Walk Across Greece: July 1 - July 8
    July 9
    Classes Start
    July 10
    Classes End
    July 28
    July 29
  • Summer 2018: Sessions 1 & 2 + Walk Across Greece
    Application Deadline
    EXTENDED TO April 1
    June 2 (Estimated)
    June 3 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 4; Walk Across Greece: June 30 - July 7 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    July 27 (Estimated)
    July 28 (Estimated)
    $9,790 (Estimated)

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
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  • 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
  • Two 1-day learning excursions
  • Seminars about local culture, economics, and politics
  • Vibrant campus life and student activities, including drama, debate, music, sustainability, soccer, business technology, and more!
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