Summer in Greece

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Summer sunsets in the 3,400-year-old city of Athens.

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. Bask in the warm hospitality of the Greeks on campus and in the city. Ready for an epic summer?

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 2-5 courses (6-15 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • 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

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 at least 2 classes available

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Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Humanities
  • Aeronautics & Aviation
  • Engineering
  • Natural & Applied Sciences

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Summer in Greece’s course options include Engineering, Aviation, Psychology, History, Film, and Cultural Studies. 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.

How to choose your courses: As part of the application process, you will be required to complete the CIS Abroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CIS Abroad 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. You should get at least two first-choice courses and two alternate courses approved by your school.

Course load: 2 Courses per Session (6 credits).  Each class meets 10-15 hours per week.  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!

A note on course fees: Please note that many of these classes incorporate field trips in Athens as part of your academic experience.  You may be required to pay admission to various historic sites, theaters, etc. during these in-class excursions, so please do be prepared to pay for some admission costs onsite.  For the Walk Across Greece program, all entry fees are included in the cost.



Summer Session 1: Tentative Schedule
Summer Session 2: Tentative Schedule

*Please note: Class schedules are tentative and are subject to change. Courses will run subject to sufficient minimum enrollment. You can use the courses listed here from previous terms as a good indication of what to expect for your year, as they don’t typically vary too much from year to year. Once the new courses have been finalized they will be updated here. *

Spotlight on Previous Summer Program Options:


GE157 A Walk Across Greece (**Add-on Traveling Course**): This traveling 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. Credits: 3. **Additional Fee Applies**

NEW! 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. Interested students are invited to have a short discussion/interview with the instructor before enrolling in the course.  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.

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.

ENG157 Semiotics and Film, an Introduction: Aims to introduce students to the different approaches to studying film through semiotic analysis. The course explores how a society produces meanings and values in a communication system called semiotics, and specifically focuses on the medium of film. It familiarizes students with the industrial context of film production and film technology and examines film both as narrative and semiotic form. The course provides a brief overview of the language, the history and the reception of film through the examination of cinematic codes and conventions while considering a general theory of signs. By analyzing specific movies, students will learn to recognize different film movements and genres and discuss ideas of social, national, gender and politics representations. Credits: 3.

GE190 Cities of Film: The history of cinema and the modern city are intimately related. The evolution of the city shapes urban identity, which in turn finds voice in cinema, a mirror on society. This course explores cinematic representations of life in cities such as Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, London, Tokyo and Athens. Students will develop an understanding of how representations of cities on screen reveal national identity, history, the filmmakers’ world view, and the forces that shape urban life. Practical exercises will require students to reflect and draw upon life around them in Athens, and then apply the techniques used in the masterworks of world cinema that they study during the course. Credits: 3.

BUS396 Knowledge Management: Provides a study for understanding the process of managing both personal and organizational knowledge, exploring the fundamentals of knowledge management (KM) using theoretical perspectives and real-life cases of successful organizations. The course curriculum lies in the multidisciplinary nature of KM and interplays different perspectives which view KM either as corporate strategy, a dimension of human resources management, tool for organizational effectiveness or an application for actual use. Course topics include, but are not limited to, knowledge management models, organizational ambidexterity, knowledge sharing and communities of practice (CoP), and absorptive capacity.
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 (May contain with an e-learning component).

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 through the ages as well as their legacy in modern times. Credits: 3.

GE191 Reading Cinema: Through the study of masterworks of world cinema, students will expand their knowledge of film history and develop their ability to read and respond to the key elements of film form. Expanding a student’s understanding of screen grammar and cinematic technique is a powerful foundation to access and discuss the ideas explored in each film studied, expanding their knowledge and appreciation of cinema and the underlying philosophies of each work. Credits: 3.

NEW! MU323 Greek Music: 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.  Credits: 3. (May combine e-learning with in-class time. Schedule TBA!)


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 US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • CIS Abroad 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

Welcome & 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 & 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.


A Walk Across Greece

Want to explore your new Grecian home before settling in for the summer or as a farewell to the country? Add the one-week, 3 credit, traveling course “A Walk Across Greece” to your program!

This traveling 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.

Check the Dates & Prices section below to see how adding this course would affect your program costs.

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: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 5 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,990 (Estimated)
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  • Departure: June 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,890 (Estimated)
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  • Arrival: June 5 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 7 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,890 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 5 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 25 (Estimated)
  • Price: $10,290 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 3 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 25 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 28 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 25 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,890 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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.