Studying in Athens you’ll enjoy a Mediterranean climate, characterized by mild winters and warm, sunny summers. The pleasant weather creates an ideal environment for outdoor activities, allowing you to explore the city, relax on the nearby beaches, and enjoy the natural beauty of Greece throughout the year. Flanked by some of the world's most beautiful seas, Greece is located on the southernmost point of the Balkan Peninsula. 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 in the midst of world-famous ancient ruins.
Beyond its historical significance, Athens is a dynamic and youthful city that embraces contemporary culture and offers a thriving social scene. You’ll find a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere where you can connect with locals and fellow international students. The city is known for its lively neighborhoods where students can explore quaint streets lined with cafes, boutiques, and traditional tavernas. Moreover, Athens hosts various cultural events, music festivals, and art exhibitions throughout the year, providing you with ample opportunities to engage with the local culture. In Athens, you can gain a global perspective, develop intercultural competence, and create lasting memories in a city that seamlessly combines the ancient and the contemporary.
Aghia Paraskevi, home of The American College of Greece, is a bustling suburb on the Northeast corner of the Athens basin, where the city begins to slope upward Mount Hymettus (1,024 meters or 3.000 feet high). If Athens is one of Europe’s safest cities, Aghia Paraskevi is one of Athens’ safest (and prettiest) areas. ACG’s beautiful 64-acre campus is the last vestige of the city before urban development gives way to the Mt. Hymettus national forest. As a result of its special location, ACG offers students easy access to some of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city as well as some of the most spectacular nature walks in Greece.
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.
There are more than 10,000 Greek dances from different regions all over Greece. Make sure you stretch before class!
Food is a huge staple in Greek culture - everything revolves around it. Learn to cook and then eat like a local.
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.