* Note about Summer 2021 Programming

The current pandemic is an ongoing, constantly evolving situation. We are currently working with our international partners on new protocols for summer 2021; however it may not be possible to offer all programs. Should the University allow study abroad programs to run next summer, decisions as to what sites will be available will be made based on travel advisories and University risk management guidelines.

We will update the website as soon as more information is known.

Greece: Athens

Friday, May 8 to Friday, June 5, 2020 (4 weeks)

This will be the fifth year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Greece and the second year a course is offered in Athens. Students will earn a full-year Political Science credit in four weeks while living and learning in Athens, Greece’s capital and largest city. This course will benefit students interested in exploring Modern Greek culture and learning about the continuing Greek contributions to world civilization. The program will be organized and hosted by the College Year in Athens (CYA), a non-profit educational institution established in 1962. CYA emphasizes the importance of learning beyond the classroom to gain a deeper understanding of Greece. Students will be housed close to campus with easy access to the classroom and on-campus facilities and services.

Female student at the Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Live in Athens!

As a capital city of Greece, Athens has an impressive cultural life that blends the old and new together. While it is known for its history, Athens is also a rapidly modernizing metropolis. It is a densely packed city of ancient sites, museums and modern urban landscapes.

Despite its rapid and ongoing transformation, Athens remains a city made of small and intimate neighbourhoods, each with its own personality and charm. You can find hip bars, small venues for live music and lots of theatre to enjoy. There are also many art galleries and cinemas to visit, as well as beaches, sports venues and concert halls. In every neighbourhood there are a number of great restaurants and cafés to try, as well as weekly open-air fresh food markets to immerse yourself in.

Program Activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Orientation to Athens
  • CYA Campus Orientation
  • Faculty led visits to select local historical sites
  • 5-night trip to Rhodes Island