Study Abroad at City Unity College


About Athens

The capital and largest city in Greece, Athens is a modern metropolis with a rich history that spans more than 3,000 years. Blending old and new, modern Greece plays an important role in the Balkan countries and the European community. It is an important link between Europe and Asia.

Athens is home to ancient monuments of the classical era, such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis, as well as a variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments. The city’s rich culture spans the traditional with museums, theaters, galleries, neighborhood markets and concert halls to the trendy with clubs, cafés and sports venues.

Despite its rapid growth in recent years, Athens has many small neighborhoods, each with their own personalities from the exotic to the upscale. The warm Mediterranean air invites many onto their balconies and into the neighborhood cafes to enjoy conversation and wonderful Greek food. In Athens you will meet people with rich customs and traditions and hear several languages spoken, including German, English and French.

Athens Quick Facts


Birthplace of Socrates, Pericles, Sophocles and other prominent philosophers, writers and politicians of the ancient world.


The Parthenon, completed in 432 BC, was a temple to Athena, the patron of the city and the goddess after whom Athens was named.


Athens offers more than 148 theatrical stages, more than any other European city.


The first modern-day Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896, and again for the 2004 Summer Olympics.


The population of Athens is approximately 4 million

CityU Services
CityU Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts you should know if you choose to study with CityU.

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring:  October 1
  • Summer: January 10
  • Fall Semester: Mid-September through mid-December
  • Spring Semester: Mid-March through late June
  • Summer Semester: July begining of August
  • City Unity College offers a thriving postgraduate community and high quality life in downtown Athens,Patra & Cyprus Nicosia.
  • Classes taught in English
  • Greek language class
  • Access to Greek Public Library and computer lab
  • Free Wi-Fi on campus.

CityU operates on a semester system. CityU will convert your semester credits to quarter credits upon completion.(if need it) 

Host University

City Unity College

City Unity College (CU) (formerly City University of Seattle in Athens) is one of the most contemporary Colleges in Athens. It was established in 1999 as an official branch of City University of Seattle (Washington, USA).

Today, City Unity College has expanded its academic partnerships and offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in fields of Business Administration, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Technology, Psychology, Education, Maritime, Sport Sciences, Religion, Hummanities, Computing.  Instruction is in English and taught by professors distinguished in the areas of business, education and government.

As a student at City Unity, you will meet students from all the around world. You will have opportunities to participate in activities, including field trips and island excursions with other Greek and international students. They also publish a quarterly magazine and a year book. In addition, the campus offers professional associations, various seminars and cultural group meetings.

City Unity College operates three campus buildings and a residence hall. Two of the campuses and the residence hall are located in the historic downtown area of Athens which also serves as the commercial center of the capital, while the third campus is in a hotel located in Vouliagmeni, an attractive coastal suburb of Athens. The hotel serves as a residence hall for students and a laboratory where students receive practical classes in hotel management and culinary training. 


CityU students have access to many of the academic disciplines typically found at a small liberal arts college. City Unity College operates on a semester system, however, in need it CityU will convert your semester credits to quarter credits upon completion of your studies. Most study abroad students register for 3-4 CU courses during a semester abroad.

Study Abroad On-site Required Courses

Study Abroad students are also required to enroll in Greek Culture and Contemporary Life (GRE 301-worth 3 U.S. credits) orientation course and Modern Greek Language: Writing and Grammar 1 (HUM 310–worth 5 U.S. credits).  These two courses make up the rest of the credits you will take for a full semester’s worth of credits.

2021-2022 City Unity College Course List for Study Abroad Students

Student Life

By studying abroad, students have the opportunity to study in a foreign nation and take in the allure and culture of a new land.

In Athens, you will live in an hotel/apartment with up to 3 students.(upon request) The hotel room or apartment building also houses Greek students and is within walking distance to the university campus. Each bedroom or room apartment includes all appliances and a bathroom.

CityU provides students with a monthly meal stipend, which covers three meals a day. Students also enjoy shopping in the local markets. Athens offers a large number of cafés and restaurants as well.

Student also have a special discount on the hotel they stay.

Downtown Athens is within walking distance from the residence. Public transportation is plentiful and the metro runs throughout the city.

One of the benefits of studying abroad with CityU is the excursions offered to the students throughout the semester. These short excursions are included in the program fee and are often the highlight of the study abroad experience for students.


In Athens, many study abroad students have enjoyed educational excursions to the Acropolis, Meteora, Peloponnesus, Delphi, Sparta and Corinth.

Your education continues with special lectures and tours arranged by Study Abroad Resident Director Aphrodite to embassies, government agencies and more.


A variety of outdoor activities are available across the region, including skiing, rock climbing, hang gliding, and windsurfing. Numerous outdoor clubs serve these sports, including the Athens Chapter of the Sierra Club, which leads more than 4,000 outings annually in the area.

Financing Study Abroad

Policies regarding financial aid and additional study abroad fees vary by campus, so we recommend that you get in touch with your study abroad advisor or financial aid office to determine what your school’s financial aid policies are for study abroad. Generally, the federal grants and loans that you receive to study at your home campus can be applied to study abroad with CityU. Many U.S. colleges and universities will also allow you to use school-awarded scholarships in addition to federal grants. In those cases, it may mean that the cost to study abroad is about the same cost that you pay your home college or university in tuition, room and board.

CityU works closely with more than 100 colleges and universities, and we are happy to help if you or your college financial aid officer needs assistance. Please feel free to address financial questions to Study Abroad CityU chief financial officer at US miss Kate O’Connor kateoconnor@cityu.gr.

Phone number: 001 617-959-4023

Upon acceptance into a our study abroad program, you will be billed a $250 confirmation fee through the online system for accepted students. This fee is nonrefundable and reserves your place in the program. The fee must be paid in order to access all information and resources for accepted students.

Fees billed to students directly are due prior to departure. If you must defer payment until financial aid disbursement, please contact Kate O’Connor at kateoconnor@cityu.gr or 001 617-959-4023. You can pay by personal check, money order or cashier’s check. Please send all payments to:

Kate O’Connor

Chief Operating Officer/ Boston Office

18 Channing Road • Belmont, Massachusetts. 02478

617-959-4023 • kateoconnor@cityu.gr

CityU charges an administrative fee of $20 for any returned check. We will not release your academic transcripts until all fees (including any additional charges for damages or obligations to the overseas university) are paid in full. 

CityU Scholarship

CityU offers a number of scholarships for students with financial need.Please contact our office in Boston.

Study Abroad CityU chief financial officer at US
Kate O’Connor

Study Abroad Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available for study abroad. Studyabroad.com publishes an extensive list. Check it out!

What's Included:

CityU  offers a wide variety of services and activities as part of our comprehensive fee, including housing and meals.

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Educational Excursions
  • On-site resident director assistance
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • On-site group activities
  • Seminars and guest lectures
  • University services
  • CityU courses taught by host institution’s professors and/or resident directors
  • Personal advising
  • Cultural and university orientation
  • Intensive language training (where applicable)
  • Academic transcript
  • 24 Hour Onsite Study Abroad Resident Director

Comprehensive Fees 2022-2023

The comprehensive fees for the academic year are listed below. Please keep in mind that if your home institution pays CityU directly, the program fees do not apply, and you will simply follow your school’s tuition and fee policies.

Fall and Spring Terms


Academic Year*


Tuition & Fees


Tuition & Fees


Room & Board


Room & Board






*The Athens year-long fee includes two semesters with a normal courseload of 30 credits. An additional fee will be charged for students choosing to enroll in the summer semester.

Other costs not covered by the CityU fee for which you should budget include:

  • Domestic and international airfare to the program – approximately $1,200 from the east coast
  • US Passport – $110
  • Textbooks – $45
  • Laundry – $15 per load to wash and dry
  • Additional lab and course fees not included in standard host institution tuition
  • Estimated personal expenses – $400 per month

& Safety

Upon arrival in Athens you will attend a detailed orientation that includes a session on staying safe and healthy while living in Greece. You’ll also meet a physician who serves as CityU’s doctor throughout the semester.

Athens has a number of high-quality medical facilities, and our director will provide you with a list of clinic names and phone numbers during orientation.

Our on-site resident director is available to you whenever you need medical or any other type of assistance.

Travel and Medical Assistance

Student safety is a priority for CityU. To help ensure that you remain healthy while abroad, CityU requires all students to have major medical insurance coverage. We are happy to provide names of companies that offer reasonably priced coverage for study abroad students.

Staying Safe

While you are abroad, it is important to follow the same common-sense safety precautions that you follow at home: avoid demonstrations and riots, never walk alone at night, keep doors locked, do not allow strangers into your housing, and never leave bags or backpacks unattended. We strongly urge all students to read the U.S. Department of State’s information regarding travel to Greece Crime Statistics

we’re here to all your questions

Frequently Asked Questions for… Athens, Greece

Yes. In order to legally study in Greece each student must obtain a student visa with multiple entries, in order to travel abroad to other countries from Greece. To get a visa, students must go to the Greek consulate that has jurisdiction over the state in which you permanently reside. CityU will assist students by sending the documents necessary to present to the Greek consulate to obtain the visa. For more visa information, please visit

CityU Study Abroad aims to engage each participant in an appropriately challenging level of academic work while abroad. We acknowledge that an applicant’s cumulative grade point average is only one indicator of accomplishment and ability.

The CityU Study Abroad expectation is that most students would show at least  2.9 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) across their course work prior to their study abroad term.  Certain host universities may have GPA requirements of their own, in which case the higher GPA requirement of the two would apply.

Recent enrollment history shows our students’ average GPAs have been above 2.9 (4.0 scale). Our post-semester academic results reveal that students with higher and lower GPAs can excel in study abroad. We are open to discuss program selection and course of study for students who do not reach the expected 2.9 GPA.

CityU is one of the nation’s oldest independent organizations committed to promoting international understanding and academic excellence through college study abroad programs for U.S. students and adult seminars for faculty and administrators. Rooted in the values of peace and justice, CityU promotes international understanding, awareness of global citizenship and academic scholarship through educational exchange. Among the special qualities of CityU’s programs are: unique opportunities to study peace and justice issues in places where conflict has profoundly affected culture, history and daily life; opportunity for cultural immersion; and tremendous academic and administrative support.

No. To study abroad with CityU, a student must have at least one year of undergraduate study. If you are a first year student, then we encourge you to jump right into planning for your study abroad experience. Your first year in school is a great time to figure out where you want to go and find out what your school’s policies are for study abroad, including financial aid, credit transfer and programs available to you. Good Luck!

No. CityU is an English-style institution located in center city Athens. All classes are taught in English. As soon as students arrive, the CityU resident director guides them through a three-week, three-credit courses titled “Greek Culture and Contemporary Life.” During the semester, students take a six-credit, basic Greek Language course entitled “Modern Greek Language: Writing and Grammar I.” Simply exploring the city and meeting people is the best way to learn the language.

Generally, students take four or five classes during a semester, receiving three credits for each class. It is important to consult with your advisor prior to studying abroad to decide what classes are needed to meet academic requirements of your college or university.

CityU has two campuses in the city. One location is in Syntagma, (constitution in Greek), which is the square located in front of the Parliament and is the center point to access all the major attractions in Athens. The other location is in Vouliagmeni located in North Athens.

Students live in an apartment or hotel room  with up to 3 study abroad and/or CU students, which is within walking distance to the university campus.. Though each apartment or hotel  has internet access. Each bedroom contains desks and chairs, wardrobes with hanging sections and shelves, bedside tables, carpets and curtains, bed linens (sheets, pillows, duvet) and towels.

Financial aid from an individual school is transferred at the school’s discretion, but all federal aid is transferrable. Students should consult their financial aid advisor for further information and advice.

It is important that students check with their university registration and records office to determine whether CityU credits will be accepted. Each university has its own policy for transferring credits, and it is the students’ responsibility to follow their home university rules and regulations. Upon completion, CityU sends transcripts from course reports to students and their home universities. 

I would like to welcome you to CityU  Athens. In choosing to study in Athens, you choose the land where the gods and the heroes have left their traces.

Athens is a city of more than four million inhabitants, the capital of Greece, connected with the Port of Piraeus. Known from ancient times as the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of democracy, Athens is today a modern city with the Parthenon on the Acropolis to remind the student of the glory of the past. It is a link between old wise Europe and the colorful Orient. The city has an international character, and the ruins of ancient theaters and temples among the Byzantine churches make the city unique.

The sea is only some minutes away and invites visitors to refresh themselves in the clear blue water.

The challenge of living abroad in Athens is really exceptional. You walk through the alleys of the ancient ruins and you hear the secret voices of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. You rest under the shade of an olive tree and you feel the wisdom of the goddess Athena guiding you. You stare at the youths opposite you and you see the smile of the goddess of love, Aphrodite, tempting you.

Walking on the narrow streets of Plaka on the slopes of the Acropolis you can find a thousand small shops, picturesque tavernas and cafés in the open air. You can find fine jewelry and worry beads as well as austere saints on the Byzantine icons. You can rest for a while to taste souvlaki or drink a bitter thick Greek coffee.

Athens is a multi-layer kaleidoscope, which must be experienced with all the senses. Athens is an endless source of beauty, excitement, peace and most of all, learning. Everywhere you are there is action and color. But you can also discover a quiet peaceful Athens to take you out of modern life and place: the Kesariani Monastery. It is situated at the foot of Mt. Imitos. The church is built on the ruins of a fifth century Christian church. It is a small oasis for the eye, the soul and the heart of Athens.

In Athens your eyes and heart are never at rest. Physically, you are standing there, but mentally you are back in time, and you wonder: who stood here? What happened here? You are the link connecting the present with the past.

On hot summer evenings you can discover the Athens of sounds and scents. People live outdoors. The city at nighttime is as alive and colorful as in daytime.

Coming here you will have the opportunity to experience both the aesthetic and intellectual beauties of Athens for yourself.

I look forward to meeting you in Athens,
Kali andamosi stin Athina,Citu

Aphrodite Vavouyios

Study abroad Residence director - Athens

Students Testimonials

Nickos Limnopoulos

“I graduated at City Unity College in 2013. My Master’s Degree is Master in Business Administration with emphasis Sustainable Business. Back in 2011 I was looking to upgrade my educational background with a Master’s Degree. After some research, City Unity College became my first choice. The level of studies is one of the highest in Greece. The College’s facilities are new and high tech oriented! The professors are very experienced with a great will to give knowledge. If I would have to turn back and make that choice again, my choice would be the same. The degree I earned at City Unity College has proven to be a great asset for my career so far..”

Criziel Capuz

“City Unity College in Athens opened their door for me to pursue one of my goals that once I thought I will never achieve. Their encouragement and support was unbelievable, they have been successful on guiding me to see an accurate picture of my intension finishing my studies. The quality of the programs and classes are extremely useful for the field of my choice and my personal development.”

Nasos Laourdekis

“Management is an important part of my daily work, and my studies in City Unity College helped me reach a superior level of organization, efficiency, and productivity. The syllabus and the courses were on point to my effective managerial development and helped me create a mentality of critical thinking, openness, and tempered reasonable but efficient expectations from my subordinates and overall workforce.”


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