CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Athens - Semester in Greece

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Spend a semester studying at the Hellenic American University. Live and learn in the birthplace of western civilization. Take elective courses, which incorporate lectures by ancient monuments and excursions to Aegean islands. Explore Europe’s olde... read more

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I became more globally aware. I took a step back from my own life and really realized what is and isn't important. - Winona State University View Entire Review

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Spend a semester studying at the Hellenic American University. Live and learn in the birthplace of western civilization. Take elective courses, which incorporate lectures by ancient monuments and excursions to Aegean islands.

Explore Europe’s oldest city, Athens, filled with ancient sites and modern art. This historical city has a vibrant street life and a relaxed lifestyle, so get ready for endless coffee dates and evening strolls. You will take classes at Hellenic American University known for its language study programs, while getting the chance to experience the E.U. city that never sleeps.


  • Location based – Get a dose of city life in the most sought after residential and commercial area in central Athens. Just a 10 minute walk to the university, you’re surrounded by cafes and restaurants filled with Greek cuisine.


  • Academic Based – With about a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, you’ll enjoy a small class size with a variety of English course options. Take your pick from classes in Psychology, Music, English Language and Literature, Business Administration, General Engineering, and Information Technology.


  • La Vida Local – Become a novice chef in Greek cuisine, join the student council and join one of the numerous clubs on campus while you explore the history surrounding you in Athens. Take advantage of endless outdoor activities and immerse yourself in the rich culture that is Greece. With guided walking tours and built in excursions, you’ll never feel lost in your new home.
Study in the birthplace of civilization at a small, intimate school centrally located in Athens, Greece where you will immediately get to know the staff and your fellow students. Become a part of the international family​ that is Hellenic American University (HAU), where about 20% of the student body comes from countries other than Greece, mostly from countries in the Balkans, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Explore Greek islands with crystal blue waters and iconic marble temples that are just a ferry-ride away, or be brave and explore the multitude of destinations in Europe and Northern Africa that's easily accessible from Athens!

Everyday is a new learning experience in Greece and highlight include:

  • 7 day/ 3 credit experiential learning course off-campus 

  • Athens - ideal location for exploring the mediterranean and exploring beautiful, neighboring islands, Hydra, Poros, and Egina 

  • Visit the historical Acropolis and Ancient Agora

  • Learn to cook Greek cuisine 

  • Enjoy the diversity of students on campus and become a part of the small community that HAU considers family

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Information Technology Management
  • Educational Administration
  • Engineering
  • Modern Greek Language, Literature
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language, Literature
  • Psychology
  • Music
  • Business
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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This award is intended for students within the LGBTQIA+ community, as part of CIS Abroad’s commitment to Generation Study Abroad. Studying abroad as an LGBTQIA+ or gender nonconforming student brings an additional set of challenges and options to consider. There are some questions you may want to ask yourself, and research to be done, before choosing a study abroad program – but our LGBTQIA+ students have amazing experiences abroad and often find local LGBTQIA+ communities to be a part of. Recipients will select from a variety of mediums to share their story while abroad, in addition to submitting a photo testimonial.

Up to $500

Deadlines:
Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1 Fall: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CIS Abroad programs.

This award is intended to benefit students of color, who are traditionally underrepresented within education abroad. We aim to widen the diversity of our community of interns and students abroad and foster equity in access to these experiences. If you identify as biracial, multiracial, Black, African & African American, Caribbean American, Latinx / Chican@ / Hispanic, Asian & Asian American, Native, Pacific Islander, or another minoritized racial/ethnic identity not listed, we invite you to apply. In your application essay, tell us about how your identity will impact your experience abroad. Recipients will select from a variety of mediums to share their story while abroad, in addition to submitting a photo testimonial.

Up to $500

Deadlines:
Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1 Fall: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CIS Abroad programs.

This award is intended for students in a Greek Life organization who need help covering the cost of membership dues while abroad. In keeping with the philanthropic values of Greek Life organizations, recipients should plan to participate in at least one self-directed volunteer opportunity while abroad and produce content (ex. a blog post or video) related to that experience, in addition to other selections.

Up to $500

Deadlines:
Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1 Fall: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CIS Abroad programs.

We understand first-generation students face additional barriers to studying and interning abroad. In fact, many staff members at CIS Abroad are also first-generation college students. This scholarship is intended to help fund the visa process, flights, and international housing for students who are among the first from their family to go to college. Recipients will share their story of learning and exploration while abroad with a photo gallery and their choice of travel vlog, blogging, or an Instagram takeover.

Up to $500

Deadlines:
Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1 Fall: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CIS Abroad programs.

This award is intended for students who demonstrate excellence in their academic major. While abroad, recipients will use a variety of channels (video, blogging, photos) to share how studying/interning abroad is enriching their academic or professional career, in addition to submitting a photo testimonial.

$250

Deadlines:
Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1 Fall: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CIS Abroad programs.

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