Greece, Athens

Enjoy the countryside and take advantage of much quieter beaches and inexpensive travel opportunities within Greece in the off-peak season. Sepetember's warm temperatures make for the ideal swimming and island hopping. One of the highlights of the season is our CYA field study on Crete where you will get the chance to experience all aspects of the island's rich history and culture. In and around Athens, you can visit many of the open air movie theaters and take advantage of the lively outdoor cafes and dining culture. The mild climate allows for many outdoor activities such as hiking old trails on the mainland and exploring the ancient city on foot. The countryside takes on a life of its own as the olive and grape harvesting season approaches offering many activities including olive and grape picking, or wine tasting.

The neighborhood of Pangrati is desirable for its central location, proximity to heritage sites, monuments and museums, and access to the National Gardens and the wooded slopes of Lykavittos Hill. It is also within easy walking distance of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities, including a lively weekly outdoor "people's market" offering fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and flowers.

Explore complete Greece - Athens Program details on CSB/SJU Global Portal.


This program offers a wide variety of classes such as art history, history, religion, literature, as well as service-learning opportunities in Athens. All courses are taught in English in classrooms, at historical and archaeological sites, and in museums. Courses are taught by distinguished professors from universities and colleges in Athens. In addition to these courses, all students will participate in the Study Abroad Seminar, taught by their faculty director, and a Greek culture and language course.

Courses are held at the College Year in Athens (CYA). These facilities offer classroom, library, computer and other academic resources.

Examples of courses from previous years:

COLG 385 - Study Abroad Seminar (4 cr) (ES/IC/EL;CS/GL/EX) (REQUIRED)

COLG 170 - Language and Culture of Greece (2 cr) (REQUIRED)

ART 370 - Art History of Greece (4 cr) (FA; AE)

HIST 370 - History of Greece in the Classical World (4 cr) (HM; HE)

LNGS 370 - Classical Greek Literature in Translation (4 cr) (HM; HE)

THEO 370 - History of the Eastern Church (4 cr) (TU; TI)

Class choices may vary, but students will be able to fulfill the following requirements for:

Common Curriculum - IC; EL; FA; HM; TU

Integrations Curriculum - CS; GL; EX; AE; HE; TI 

For course descriptions, refer to CSB/SJU Global Portal


In Athens students live with other CSB/SJU students in apartments located in the hearts of residential neighborhoods. Students have an opportunity to experience life in a major urban setting. Small groups of CSB/SJU students share living, cooking and sleeping quarters in these metropolises. Students are responsible for preparing their own meals, except for their weekday lunches while in Athens.

Program Dates

The approximate program dates for the Greece Athens program is early-September to mid-December.

Financial Considerations

During a semester abroad, CSB/SJU students pay the same tuition as if on campus. Instead of paying CSB/SJU Housing and Meal Plan, all students studying abroad pay an Education Abroad Fee. Find program fee cost information on the CSB/SJU Global Portal

Students should plan early for a successful study abroad experience. Financial aid and scholarships may be available to help with the program costs, but must be searched out well in advance. 

See which Scholarships you may qualify for with participating on this program. 

Explore Further

CSB/SJU Global Portal (Greece, Athens)

Program Advisor: Jessica Dickau, Center for Global Education

Fall 2022 Program Director:

Greece, Athens: Matthew Callahan, English

Matt Callahan is a CSBSJU alum and has taught writing-related courses in the English Department for more than twenty years. He has lived in Austria and Alaska, and he is fascinated by the relationship between people and place. Matt's professional and personal interests include creative writing, literary publishing, new American fiction and the literature of the North. He and his partner Teresa are thrilled about the opportunity to lead the program in Athens.