College Year in Athens

  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


The College Year in Athens Academic Center is located in the heart of Athens, next to the Athens Marble Stadium opposite the National Gardens. With its suburbs, Athens has a population of over 3.7 million representing more than a third of the total population of Greece. The city has attracted visitors since ancient times, with its classical monuments, famous museums, and numerous theatres (Athens has more theatres than any other European city). The city faces problems like poor infrastructure, pollution, and overcrowding; however, since the 2004 Summer Olympics were held there, the city has made a largely successful effort to transform its appearance.

  • Visa:

    Required. The visa application process for entrance to Greece is extremely long and tedious and requires FBI clearance and fingerprints. It can take up to four months to complete the FBI process, which must be completed before you begin applying for a visa. You must begin the process almost a year in advance to comply with the new visa requirements.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and partial board to Haverford College. Haverford is responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Greek language course, either ancient or modern Greek. One semester of Modern Greek fulfills the language requirement.

    Academic Credit

    Four courses per semester are considered the equivalent of full-time study, but a student may elect a fifth course, free of additional charge, whether or not it is required by the home college. Courses meet three hours weekly with the exception of some language courses, which meet more often. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Ancient Greek Civilization track offers courses in Art and Archeology, Classics, Greek Language, History, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. The East Mediterranean Area Studies track offers courses in Art and Archeology, Ethnography, Greek Language, History, Religion and Sociology.

    Whenever relevant, classes are taught at historical sites and museums. Field trips to places of interest including Crete, Argolid, Northern Greece, Delphi, Olympia, Sounion, Marathon, Isthemia, Nemea, Mistra, Osios Loukas, and Thessaloniki.

    Course Highlights

    Art History, Archaeology / Archeology, Classics, Environmental Studies, Feminine and Gender Studies, Fine Arts, Greek, History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Held during the first few days, students take time to meet with the program director and learn about Greek society and culture.

    Number of Students: Approximately 100 students attend each semester.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    In apartments with other study abroad students (20 min walk to campus). Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Numerous student activities are available, including theater production, debates, cooking and dance lessons, hiking trips, talent shows and sports. Limited number of volunteer opportunities.

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Mid-September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to mid-May
  • Year: Mid-September to mid-May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: January 20
  • Semester II: March 1
  • Year: March 1
Faculty Contact

Laurie Hart

  • Edmund and Margiana Stinnes Professorship in Global Studies and Professor of Anthropology
  • Roberts 204
  • (610) 896-1487

Susan Sutton