Forget what you know - this ancient land will surprise you
Greece and Athens are not what you expect. Friendly and a little intimidating; a mixture of noisy chaos and calm quiet. Small, familiar, welcoming neighborhoods and traffic-rich downtown avenues. Peaceful coastline and a thriving nightlife; street markets and couture. Chaos and coffee.
Greece (the Hellenic Republic) is immediately captivating with its big skies, stunning landscapes, cultural treasures and passionate people. As the birthplace of democracy, the Olympic Games and Western Philosophy, Greece is synonymous with ancient heritage, thought-provoking works of art, original political thinking and incredible architecture. It boasts 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Acropolis, the medieval city of Rhodes and the archaeological sites of Delphi, Olympia and Mycenae.
Matched with its stunning coastline dotted with islands, a varied marine life and white sandy beaches, this country has a wealth of attractions, activities and culture to enjoy. Its people are exuberant and laid back with a friendly, welcoming attitude.
Greece is Europe’s most biologically diverse country and home to more than 60% of Europe’s vertebrate fauna and more than 6,000 plant species.
Outstanding ingredients and uncomplicated cooking, Greek cuisine defines the Mediterranean diet and is on the list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Located in the Mediterranean Sea at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece is a member of the European Union and Eurozone. Its traditional agricultural economy is responding to the economic crisis with resilience: Greece’s output in organic agricultural products continues to grow.
This fascinating country certainly offers a study abroad student many varied opportunities to learn, love and experience.
It seems the glow of the Greek sun might never fade from my skin, and I hope it never does. ”
Hollins University Student, Arcadia in Greece