As a YFU summer student in Greece, you will undoubtedly experience philoksenia wherever you go and whatever you do!
+ More About Greece
Philoksenia is a combination of philo — to love — and xenos — stranger or guest. As a YFU summer student in Greece, you will undoubtedly experience philoksenia wherever you go, whatever you do, and especially within your host family.
It's not uncommon for Greek households to include grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Greeks traditionally express their emotions freely so you should get ready for generous Greek hospitality. Expect to eat well while you are in Greece, but at different times than you are used to eating: lunch is the main meal and there is a light dinner in the late evening.
An important feature of Greek culture for the first-time visitor is the Mediterranean attitude toward time. Greeks generally think in the present and tend not to organize their days to the hour. One of the most vivid examples of Greek culture is Greek religious holidays. Since 97 percent of the population belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church, it's likely that you will get to see one of the festivals marking a patron saint's day.
Considered the cradle of democracy, Greek history unwinds from the most ancient of times to the present day in a colorful scroll. While city-states began developing about 1000 B.C., ancient Greek civilization reached the highest point of its glory in 400 B.C. Western civilization owes much of its knowledge about justice, liberty, and law to the ancient Greeks; Greece also gave the world a vibrant heritage in the arts, science, and philosophy.
Water sports, days at the beach, discos, and movies.
To learn more about Greece, we recommend:
- Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, Greek language dictionaries, and many more country resources
- Embassy of Greece website
+ Scholarships Available
Scholarships for 2020 programs have not yet been confirmed. Applications for 2020 Summer/Fall scholarships will open in the Fall of 2019. The YFU Financial Aid Fund can be applied to any program and will remain available for 2020 Spring programs until September 15. The YFU Legacy Grant can be applied to any program at any time of application. For more details on the Financial Aid Fund, Legacy Grant, and previous merit-based scholarships please visit our scholarships page.
+ Programs & Tuition
Summer - Discover Greece: $4,995
Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.
+ Additional Information
Meals, drinks and snacks are included in most of the YFU programming. Students should bring an International Student ID card to receive free admission to most museums and monuments. Students are also advised to bring a small backpack for day trips and to pack lightly for the small flight to Santorini to avoid additional luggage fees. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.
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+ Summer - Discover Greece Program
Imagine sun-drenched beaches, historic sites like the Parthenon and Acropolis, amazing Mediterranean food, and a family of hospitable and friendly Greeks. Imagine enjoying all of this for three weeks during your YFU summer program. Not only will your YFU experience be lots of fun, you'll also learn about one of the oldest and most rich cultures in the world. An educational program filled with museum visits, walking tours, Greek lessons, and a science project, you will get a chance to soak up thousands of years of history while host family stays will introduce you to modern Greek culture as well. You'll also have plenty of time to enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings, with boat trips, swimming, and time exploring picturesque Greek islands.
All students will live with host families in and around Volos and will participate in organized activities and day trips as a group.
Subject to change
Day 1: Departure from U.S.
Day 2: Arrival in Athens. Stay in a hotel in Athens.
Day 3: Athens- Visit the ancient ruins of the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Archeological Museum.
Day 4: Athens- Visit the National Archeological Museum. Travel to Volos and meet host families.
Day 5: Volos- Orientation Day in Volos. Visit Makrinitsa, a village on Mount Pilion.
Day 6: Walking tour of Volos. Visit the Volos Archeological Museum.
Day 7: Free time with host families.
Day 8: Free time with host families. Go swimming with your host siblings and new friends.
Day 9: Free time with host families.
Day 10: Take a mini cruise in the Aegean Sea during a trip to the island of Skiathos.
Day 11: Lecture on the UNESCO World Heritage site Meteora and the 16th century Eastern Orthodox monastaries.
Day 12: Visit to the Meteora monastaries and to the Natural History museum.
Day 13: Greek language lesson. Bake cookies together.
Day 14: Participate in a science project and learn about aquaponics at the University of Volos.
Day 15: Olive oil tasting at a local factory.
Day 16: Free time with host families.
Day 17: Greek language lesson.
Day 18: Farewell party by the sea.
Day 19: Departure from Volos by mini bus to Santorini.
Day 20: Santorini- Take a plane or ferry to the island. Day trip around the island, visit a local museum with ruins of an ancient village destroyed by an earthquake and volcanic eruption.
Day 21: Santorini- Boat trip around the island.
Day 22: Departure for home from Athens.
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- Placement with a host family and all other accommodations (hotel stays)
- Transportation and admission to cultural excursions and activities
- Airport transfers
- Domestic and international travel
- All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
- Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
- Support from a YFU Greece Area Representative while on program
- Comprehensive insurance
- 2020 Summer Departure: Students born August 4, 2002 - July 14, 2006.
- Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
Greek. Previous language study is not required. The program includes 4 hours of Greek language training.
Host Family Placement
All host families live in and around Volos, a coastal city about 4 hours north of Athens.