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American College of Greece, Athens Greece



The American College of Greece is located in Athens, Greece.  A modern metropolis and the birthplace of Western civilization, Athens provides an unparalleled setting for academic opportunity and exploration. Continuously inhabited for over 5,000 years, today Athens is home to 3.5 million people. 

DEREE - The American College of Greece is proud of its global outlook and reach. Everything on its beautiful campus has an international flavor: the American model of education applied in an international setting; the language of instruction (English); the curriculum, which is designed with global realities in mind; faculty with advanced degrees from universities around the globe; partnerships with more than 50 universities in the US, Europe and Asia and with international companies offering students world class workplace experiences; over 35,000 alumni in almost every country on the planet, and, of course, the student body.

About 350 students from more than 50 countries study at ACG each academic year, taking advantage of the College’s location in the epicenter of one of the world’s most historic and beautiful lands, and the global recognition of its degrees.

Athens is a unique setting for an American college abroad, affording a backdrop for academic investigation like no other. Here the liberal arts were born, thinkers grappled with the practical and the existential, and for the first time ordinary citizens earned the right to elect their representatives.

Whether you are drawn to exploring the Acropolis or enjoying a leisurely frappe in a cafe at the Agora, Athens offers something for everyone. The majestic columns of the Acropolis stand guard over a culture that vibrates with the pulse of the 21st century. Conformity is challenged daily, just as it was 2,500 years ago when democracy and philosophy, sculpture and architecture, theater and historiography flourished here.

Choosing When to Study in Athens

This is a fall or spring program. The fall term runs early-September until mid-December while the spring term runs from mid-January until early May. The fall group departs together in early September and is home for Christmas break.  There is a short Thanksgiving break, identical to Loyola's, in the fall semester.  Spring semester students will depart together in mid-January and return in early  May. There is a two week long spring break in the spring semester.


  • Consult the Office of International Programs as early as possible to get assistance on course selections at Loyola, so that you are prepared for an academic course load in Athens
  • This program serves students in nearly all majors
  • Most upper level core courses are available
  • Must have 1 free elective available to complete the Greek language requirement 
  • Students will take 5, 3 credit courses 

Disclaimer: In case of strikes or unexpected disruption to the academic semester Loyola University will work with the host university abroad to provide additional support or other academic arrangements to enable students to complete their coursework in agreement with the rules and regulations of the host university and the laws of the host country.  Loyola University Maryland will not makes any changes to its course, grade, or credit transfer policies following such circumstances.


  • Students will live in an apartment complex that is utilized by Loyola students, other international students, and Greek students. This apartment complex is located on a residential street and is within a 5-10 minute walk to campus. 
  • Generally, four to eight students will share a suite of double bedrooms with one to two baths, a common kitchen and a sitting area.


  • Loyola financial aid applies, and students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid except the Federal Work Study Program. Students studying abroad for either a semester or full academic year will forfeit the value of a Federal Work-Study assignment. Students who receive GI bill funding or Veterans Benefits for tuition should reach out to SAS for additional steps in securing the ability to use these funds while abroad.
  • Students are charged Loyola tuition, room and board fees and a reduced comprehensive fee, plus a program fee to cover additional cultural trips, meals and overnight excursions planned throughout the semester. 
  • Students’ expenses in Greece will vary depending on how much they travel, shop, and go out at night. Most students will take advantage of the proximity to other European countries and cheap airline tickets and travel, and that usually accounts for much of their spending


Students should have access to their US insurance Loyola University Maryland also covers students during the program for emergency medical/evacuation/ repatriation services abroad through travelers’ insurance. Students should NOT cancel any domestic insurance coverage while studying abroad.


Under the guidance of the program director, Loyola students are responsible for obtaining their own student visa. Students are required to attend a workshop during the semester that is specifically dedicated to preparing the paperwork for their visa appointment. For fall students preparing in the springtime, processing their visas occurs at their home consulate over the summer. For spring students processing their visas in the fall, processing their visas occurs at the Washington D.C. Embassy.

Money and Banking

Once accepted into the program, students must call their bank and credit card carriers to tell them that they will be abroad for the semester.Students should carry debit or credit cards with them. Both Visa and MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. Cash in Europe is also widely utilized.

Travel to and from Athens

  • Group flights are arranged for students traveling to Athens. Student departures are usually from Newark International Airport in New Jersey or JFK Airport in New York.
  • Students fly to Eleftherios Venizelos, Athens International Airport in Greece, where students are met by a representative of ACG on arrival.


Application Requirements 

  • Students must submit an online application and a Course Planning form by 11:59 pm on the second Wednesday after Thanksgiving break of their sophomore year to study abroad in the fall or spring term of junior year. 
  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 information session.
  • Declare a major before applying to the study abroad program.
  • Discuss with your major advisor the possible courses you could take abroad and see if there are any potential problems, he/she sees with your plans to study abroad; Students cannot be on disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems.

Criteria for Acceptance

  • Typically sophomores with a minimum cumulative CQPA average of 2.750.
  • Students who can find courses which fit their Loyola program and allow full-time participation and who are neither on disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems.
  • ROTC candidates can apply as freshman to study abroad in the spring of their sophomore year. 
  • An academic interview with the program coordinator at Loyola University Maryland is required.

Apply to this Program

*Please keep in mind that study abroad information, dates, benefits, and fees are subject to change without notification. You are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs directly for the most up-to-date information regarding any study abroad programs offered at Loyola.


Contact Us

Phone: 410-617-2910
Office: Humanities 132

Additional contact information


In order to apply, all students must attend a Study Abroad 101 (Powerpoint) session before the application deadline. The application deadline for all Fall, Spring, and year-long opportunities during academic year 2024-25 is December 11, 2024.

The deadline for opportunities taking place during academic year 2025-26 will be announced during the Spring 2024 semester.

Study Abroad 101 (Powerpoint)