Sometimes known as the "birthplace of democracy" Athens is an ideal place for many liberal arts students to study abroad. The Athens program takes place at the College Year in Athens and has a wide array of courses available that focus on both ancient and modern day Greece and Mediterranean cultures. Many courses will involve on-site teaching around Athens and Greece connecting the coursework with the wealth of historical sites, monuments, landscape and art present in that region of the world. The Academic Center is the heart of the program where the classrooms, library, student lounge and many other program services are located.
Students study at the College Year in Athens Academic center located in the heart of Athens. Art History, History, Politics and Classical Studies, majors will find a wide variety of courses to enrich their degrees. Other humanities majors should also investigate the Athens program including Environmental Science, Anthropology, Literature, Religion, and Philosophy. The curriculum covers three academic areas: Ancient Greek Studies, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, and European and East Mediterranean Studies. It is possible to take courses from all three academic areas. Prior to course selection, please read the extensive course selection instructions available on the College Year in Athens website.
"Study-travel" are academically focused excursions led by faculty and other local experts that play a significant roll in this programs curriculum. Students visit sites that are significant to ancient, Byzantine and modern Greek history during trips to Crete, the Peloponnese, and Centeral and Northern Greece. The locations of these excursions varies from semester to semester.
Students are highly encouraged to take Modern Greek Language classes while studying on the Athens program. Modern Greek coursework ranges from the beginning levels of Greek through the advanced levels of Greek. More course information is available on the College Year in Athens semester courses website.
Students live in apartments with four or five other students. The apartment buildings are located in the Lolonaki and Pangrati areas of Athens, approximately ten to twenty minutes away from the Academic Center. Each apartment is fully furnished including kitchenware, and some bedding. Students must bring towels, sheets and pillow cases. Mid-day meals are provided on weekdays except on holidays. There are dining facilities available on the ground floor of the College Year in Athens Academic Center. Most students prepare their own breakfasts and dinners, and there is access to stores and markets in the neighborhoods around the apartments. The apartment buildings also house Athenians which increases the potential for interaction with local Greeks.
The Athens program is available in the fall and spring semesters. The fall semester starts at the beginning of September and ends in the middle of December. The spring semester starts in late January and ends mid-May.
Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program. The insurance provided by the Athens program is only for hospitalization in Greece. Please ensure that you have health insurance coverage for outpatient care and diagnostic services. Please see our health insurance website for further information about insurance requirements for Willamette sponsored programs.