Summer Program in Athens, Greece: At a Glance

University: New York College/Empire State College
Fields of Study: Business, Psychology, Communication, Marketing, Management, IT
Dates: June 19, 2019 to July 25, 2019
Credit: 3-6
Deadlines: April 11, 2019
Price: $3,800
Housing: apartment
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

This is a unique program that alows the students from the US and Canada to earn credits in Athens, Greece within the framework of the university’s BA program taught entirely in English. The summer program offers one or two courses of a students choice while students after their classes can learn about the Greek culture, traditions and the language. And with your campus being in Athens, you will be immersed in the local culture and be able to learn about the region first hand! Spend a summer in Athens and transfer college credit to your major!

The University:

New York College has been established in in 1989 in Athens, in collaboration with the State University of New York Empire State College, This classroom-based program serves students living in Athens who want to earn a degree from an American university. Most program participants are students of the host institution, New York College in Athens, who have completed two years of college course work. The program is also open to adults whose work experience qualifies them for university-level credits toward their degree requirements.

The City:

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Classical Athens, as a landlocked location was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. A Centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC in later centuries on the rest of the then known European continent. Today a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. The city of Athens has a population of 664,000. It is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Athens offers a variety of cultural attractions such as concerts, museums, theatres, clubs, and restaurants.

Courses & Descriptions:

NYC/ESC offers a wide variety of courses, which are all taught in English. All courses follow the American model of education, so you can be sure that you’re getting the highest level of teaching while abroad. The structure and teaching style will be very similar to your courses in the US or Canada. Most courses are worth 3 credits each. Semester/academic year students take 4-5 classes per semester. You can earn between 12 and 15 credits each semester. For the whole academic year you can earn between 24 and 30 credits! Summer students generally take 1 class for 3 credits. You can take another 3-credit course for an additional fee. Please contact us if you are interested in taking more than 1 summer course.

Sample Course Listing

NYC Western Foundation of the US History - Credits: 3

NYC Communications Among Cultures - Credits: 3

NYC Computer Application I - Credits: 3

NYC Management Information Systems - Credits: 3

NYC Psychology of Adjustment - Credits: 3

Transfer Credit:

The University of New York in Athens is a fully accredited university, whose BA degrees and classes are validated by the New York College, Empire State College (SUNY/ESC). With prior approval of your advisor, the courses should seamlessly transfer back to your home university. Before applying it’s important to speak with the study abroad advisor at your home institution to obtain pre-approval for your courses and determine how many credits you’ll receive. Every educational institution has different policies about transferring credit, so we encourage you to follow your institution’s regulations. After completing the program, we’ll send your registrar or study abroad advisor an official transcript with the course titles, credit hours, and grades. Your university will need this transcript to transfer credit.

Financial Aid:

It is possible to transfer your financial aid to pay for some or all of the program costs. The first step is to check with your home institution’s financial aid advisor before applying. Since every home institution has different rules, only your advisor can tell you what kind of aid can transfer. Study Abroad Compass is happy to provide you with a certificate of enrollment or any other documents that your university might require. There are also many scholarship opportunities available. Learn more on our scholarships page.

Application Deadline(s):

April 11, 2019

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applying for our programs is simple! Fill out the on-line application form and wait for more information from us.

Why Study Here

Meet a Diverse Student Body

At UNYP there are over 700 students from over 60 different countries along with over 90 instructors from 16 countries.

Enjoy the Cosmopolitan City

Athens is a cosmopolitan capital city – overflowing with cultural and social events. It is a perfect setting for a college campus.

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of Athens’ charming cobblestone streets – the city has been well preserved and remains the same as it was during medieval times.

Get a Bang for Your Buck

Athens is an affordable destination – your dollar still goes a long way!


  • $3,800

What's Included

Tuition and Fees

The program includes full tuition and fees at the University of New York in Athens/Empire State College.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from University of New York in Athens/Empire State College. This allows you to transfer credit back to your university (with prior approval from your advisor). The transcript contains the course title, grade, and credit hours for each course.


During the program you’ll share an apartment with other students. All apartment locations are chosen with careful consideration given to students’ needs. These include cleanliness, proximity to the school, public transportation access and convenience of the location with regards to stores.

On-site Program Director

Throughout the program, you’ll receive on-site support from the Program Director. The director will meet you at the airport, lead the orientation session, organize activities, and be available 24-hours a day.

Airport Transfers

In order to make your arrival go smoothly, your Program Director will meet you at Athens International Airport. He/she will take you in a taxi to your apartment and help you move in. At the end of the program, the Director will also take you to the airport before departure.

In-country Orientation

You’ll take part in a 2-day orientation session at the beginning of the program. The Program Director will provide you with helpful advice and tips for living in Athens, review the schedule of activities for the program, distribute cell phones, and teach a survival Athens class.

Use of a Pre-Paid Cell Phone

During the orientation session you’ll be provided with a cell phone and a number of initial minutes. You’ll be responsible for recharging your phone with minutes. A cell phone is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Also, text messaging is a popular and economical way to communicate with your friends in Athens.

Transportation Pass

To help you travel smoothly around Athens, we’ll provide you with a transportation pass that can be used on all buses, trams, and the subway.

Activities & Excursions

Activities and excursions will be planned throughout the program. These activities are designed to help you get to know Athens and the Greek culture better. Some sample activities include: a tour of Athens, museum trips, art galleries, bowling, films, concerts, and many more. For summer students, there will be planned a weekend trip.

Health Insurance

You’ll be provided with a short-term accident and sickness medical plan that is designed especially for students studying abroad.

International Student Identity Card

All students are issued a complimentary International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which gives you great student discounts on airfare, rail passes, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping and more. Over 40,000 discounts are available around the world!

What You'll Need


Meals are not included, but you will have a kitchen available in your apartment so that you can cook your own meals. Food is very affordable in Athens. Many students also like to eat out. There are small cafes and quaint restaurants close to UNYT for you to enjoy.

Spending Money

Athens are an affordable European city to live in. You will need to bring spending money for food, personal items, additional travel, and entertainment.

Round-trip Airfare to Athens

Student travel agencies provide great deals on airfare to Athens. The average round-trip ticket costs around $800.


Generally textbooks are much cheaper in Athens and professors use a lot of readers and photo copies rather than expensive books. You should plan on bringing $100 per term for books.

Pre-paid Phone Cards for Your Cell Phone

At the beginning of the program you will be provided with an Athens cell phone and an initial amount of minutes (ca. $30). During the program you will need to purchase your own phone cards to refill your minutes. Your Program Director will show you where to buy these.