The extraordinary city of Athens, the capital of Greece, is more than 3,400 years old and known as the birthplace of democracy. From the early developments of civilization in the 4th and 5th centuries BC through to modern times, this city has held influence in cultural, political, artistic and scientific progress in the world.
This urban environment is sprinkled with ancient history - staggering historical monuments, sites and works of art. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery, as well as a multitude of classical Greek landmarks such as the famous Parthenon and other monuments from different eras such as the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.
One of your most rewarding experiences while studying in Athens will be getting to know the Greek people themselves. You'll find your Greek neighbors to be, by and large, outgoing, curious and brimming with hospitality. There's a certain enthusiasm and intensity about the Greek people which you'll find contagious. You'll treasure your time spent in Greece–where life is lived "on the street" for all to see, to partake in and enjoy.
In Athens, the day's activities begin to slow down by 2pm and most shops and businesses close from 3pm-5pm. But in the evening, Athens once again bursts with life. The tavernas and clubs host diners and dancers who enjoy themselves until well after midnight. The city’s cosmopolitan edge comes to life in the main shopping and nightlife areas, as well as the many parks, museums and entertainment venues.
While Athens is a large metropolis and the seat of Greece's national government, there is a somewhat slower pace to Athenian life than in most cities in Western Europe. Many neighborhoods in Athens retain a village-like atmosphere and are populated by a variety of small shops and street markets rather than large supermarkets or department stores. The Souvlaki is cheap and amazing.