The ATHENS week was established with the support of the European Communities SOCRATES Programme receiving an annual subsidy of 50 000 Euros from 1997-2001. Today, the Programme is mainly founded by contributions from the member institutions.
The ATHENS Programme is aimed at carrying out intensive specialization courses, given at each member institution during one or two defined periods ("Sessions") of the academic year (November and March), enabling students to attend one of the courses offered by the network universities during 7 days.
This experience, in many cases, gives students the desire to carry out studies of a longer duration (MSc and PhD levels) at an institution different from their home institution and thus facilitates exchanges between students of the major European technological institutions.
The ATHENS week permits participants from different institutions to take short courses of a high scientific level and to mix with students of different nationalities and backgrounds. About 60 courses are offered at each ATHENS Session and cover a wide range of thematic, from engineering to social sciences. The objective is to give students a brief immersion in another European education system.
List of courses offered for the next Session .
Institutions organising courses will make the necessary housing arrangements for participating students who desire lodging during a Session (please complete the questions concerning this item on the ATHENS application form). Housing and living costs will be kept to a minimum. As a result, students requesting such local housing, must expect to find very “simple” forms of lodging. Once reservations have been made for students in local housing, these reservations cannot be changed except for major reasons.
The costs are of four types:
• travelling costs;
• housing costs;
• social and cultural "European Dimension" activities.
No charge is made to students to follow a course. Travel, living, meals and European Dimension activities costs are, however, the responsibility of the participating students and their home institution. Interested ATHENS candidates should consult the international office at their home institution in order to obtain information on possible local bursaries or financial aid offered.
For more details, please contact the Department of International Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the programme’s website.