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Athens, Greece

Living in Athens

Global Temple Conference

About Athens

Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jewelry and more from Ancient Greece. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery, and was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics, making it one of only a handful of cities to have hosted the Olympics more than once. Although individuals have endured difficult circumstances since the start of the economic crisis in 2009, Athens as a whole crackles with energy in art shows, political debates and even on the walls of derelict buildings, as capital city of Greece has become one of Europe's most noted spots for street art. 

Pangrati is a residential neighborhood located near the original Olympic Stadium, from the 1896 games, and south of Vas. Konstantinou Avenue, one of Athens' major arteries. Made up of a mix of residences, cafes, shops, and businesses, Pangrati mirrors modern Greece, blending traditional nineteenth-century Athenian family residences and open-air markets with contemporary office buildings and trendy cafes and tavernas.

Program Host

Arcadia University's College of Global Studies will provide pre-departure support for the Global Good in Greece participants, and the Arcadia in Greece Athens Center and its staff and faculty will host this summer program. Arcadia has been delivering study abroad programs in Greece for 25 years, and their on-site staff along with the program director will help students make the most out of their experience in this culturally rich country. The Arcadia in Greece Athens Center provides an environment that will enable you to learn about Greece – its language, history and culture. You'll discover the issues and concerns that are shaping Greece today and have facilities to support your studies - including a rooftop terrace and barbeque! This program has been intentionally created to open up the world of Greece and its people to you, so you can learn both inside and outside the classroom.

You'll enjoy the Athens Center's central location, in Pl. Varnava, which is within walking distance of Syntagma (Constitution) Square, a bustling commercial area and the governmental core of Athens. Moreover, when you need to undertake research, you'll appreciate the Center's close proximity to the National Library, the American School of Classical Studies, and the British School of Archaeology.

For more information about the Arcadia University Athens Center and its surrounding neighborhood, check out their blog post about "Our Little Barnabas Square."

Housing and meals

Arcadia-arranged housing will be provided in Greece for all students in shared accommodation in an apartment or hotel. Arcadia's priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for students to live, while offering every opportunity to explore the local culture and community. In Greece, Arcadia typically provides shared, self-catering apartments accomodating 4-5 students each, with wifi, shared living areas, kitchens (fully furnished with all necessary crockery and cutlery) and bathrooms, in buildings inhabited by Greek families and located outside of the tourist area of Athens in Pangrati. It is important to note that there is no air conditioning in most Greek homes, Arcadia provides blankets and pillows, though students need to bring/buy sheets, pillowcases and towels and that landline phones are typically available in each apartment but require a Greek calling card for all calls. It is most common to live in single-gender housing in Greece, but occasionally students may be assigned to mixed-gender housing. In this event, your room will be single-gender, though shared common spaces can be mixed-gender. Housing is typically within 5- to 25-minute walk of the Arcadia Athens Center. Meals are up to students to arrange, but you’ll be within easy reach of food stores and amenities and the Athens center includes a rooftop terrace with barbeque, student kitchen, ground floor Diotima Hall with piano, guitar and classrooms, library, offices, student lounges, computer lab, printers, free wifi, secret garden and Vassilis the cat.