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City University - Athens
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Due to significant BCA Study Abroad changes to their program in Athens, Greece, this location currently is not available for Messiah College students, and it will not be available for the immediate future.


Study in the shadow of the ancient Acropolis while participating in BCA's program in Athens, Greece. Investigate the rich heritage of Greece by living in a former center of ancient Greek culture and civilization.  3,000 years old, Athens contains ancient temple ruins along with beautiful streets, museums, markets, and modern cafes.  The program takes students to historically significant sites such as Delphi, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Naphleon, and Sparta.  Among the wide class selection available at City University, favorite courses students have taken in the past include Classical Greek Art, Overview of the European Union, Photojournalism, Macroeconomics, and World Literature.  Students also study the Modern Greek language in order to interact with their surrounding culture. To learn more, explore tentative course offerings.


Want to hear about life in Greece from a student's perspective? Follow Kelsey to Greece: A Grand Adventure: To Hellas and Back


Read the latest BCA Study Abroad newsletter highlighting the program in Greece!


BCA Study Abroad offers students, who are seriously interested in enriching their college experiences, an opportunity to enhance their curriculum with a semester or year of study abroad. Programs in China, Ecuador, England, Germany, Greece, Japan, Mexico, and Spain give students a wide range of options.

Goals and Objectives
BCA Study Abroad attempts to integrate American students into an overseas university, allowing them to broaden their horizons, to experience different cultures, and to practice speaking another modern language.

Students must have completed one full year of college and must have a 2.7 GPA or higher to qualify. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

The 15 or 16 credits students earn each semester may meet some general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades. Please refer to the grade conversion chart.


Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.


Costs: 2013 - 2014 N/A
Fee covers tuition, housing, meals, *round-trip airfare for the group flight, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation.
Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) local transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.  A $100 deposit is typically requested within two weeks of acceptance. 



Note: *Once flights are booked, students are responsible for the cost of the flight if they cannot participate for any reason, including visa issues.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the jumping off point in the United States.

Application Deadlines

A $50 application fee must accompany your application.

Fall Semester: N/A
Spring Semester: N/A

Note: Completed applications must be submitted by these deadlines; students who miss these deadlines may be required to pay additional fees for their flights.


Online Application

Existing Application

Application Checklist



“In the US, we are so concerned with being independent that we lose sight of the importance that our friends and family hold in our lives. Greek culture is very people oriented and I hope to apply that philosophy to my life more.”

--Paige Manieri


To learn more about studying in Greece check out:

City University - Athens
BCA Home Office
CIA World Fact Book: Greece
European Union: A Guide for Americans
Hellenic Culture


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Globalization Getting Started Safety Costs Pre-Departure Re-Entry FAQs Application