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LMU Summer in Spetses
Spetses, Greece (LMU Study Abroad Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Restrictions: LMU applicants only
Program Costs Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/10/2016 ** Rolling Admission 06/25/2016 07/29/2016
NOTE: Program dates are subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing:
-Sophomore, Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 3.00
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: None
Housing Option(s): Hotel
Credit Type:
LMU Credit & Grades
Credits: 8 Semester Hours
Financial Aid Applicability:
Some Financial Aid (Loans)
Faculty Program Director: Dr. Christina Bogdanou Faculty Program Director Email:
Interview with Faculty Program Director or Designee Required?: Yes Study Abroad Advisor: Christina Andrick
Application Fee: $100
Areas of Study:
Classical Civilizations, English, European Studies, Foreign Literature in Translation, Modern Greek History, Literature and Culture
Summer Abroad Information Session Required?: Yes
Program Description:
Spetses, Greece
The Odyssey Program 
Join us for an Odyssey…and spend five weeks in Greece studying and exploring the land and the culture that is the cornerstone of Western civilization.

The Program will begin and end in Athens where we will visit the Acropolis, the Agora and various museums around the city. Then we will take a boat to the beautiful  island of the Aegean, Spetses, famous for its gorgeous beaches, distinctive architecture and stately mansions.

We will reside in a hotel on the waterfront with its own private beach and beautiful views of the water. Spetses is close to both Athens and the Peloponnese and will afford us the opportunity to visit such well known historical sites as Epidaurus, Mycenae, Corinth, Nemea, Nauplio, Sparta, Mystra, Olympia, Delphi,  Meteora and the island of Hydra.

Five scholarships, $1,000 each, will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial needs.

Spetses is a small island two hours from Athens. It is known for the distinctive architecture of its stately mansions, and for its many coves and beaches, some sandy, some rocky, many still rimmed  with pines. Most people travel by bicycles and horse-drawn carriages, which lend a special charm to the island.

Spetses from CB

Housing & Meals
On the island and on field trips, students will live in air-conditioned hotels, two per room, with breakfast and lunch provided by the program.

Tentative Cultural Excursions Summer 2016Suspended Rocks
A series of exciting cultural excursions are provided as part of the course schedule. Students are required to attend all planned activities.
1. Acropolis     
2. Acropolis Museum   
3. Ancient Agora    
4. Athens Archaeological Museum 
5. Ancient Corinth – Site & Museum 
6. Nemea – Site, Museum & Stadium 
7. Mycenae – Site & Museum  
8. Ancient Argos Theatre   
9. Epidauros – Site, Museum & Theatre
10. Palamidi Castle   
11. Tiryns     
12. Mistras – Site & Churches
13. Olympia – Site & Museum  
14.Delphi – Site & Museum  
15. Meteora
Tentative Itinerary (FOR SUMMER 2016) 

W        June 29                        Departure from LAX
Th        June 30                        Arrival to Athens
F          July 1               Visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
Sat       July 2               Visit to the National Archaeological Museum
                                                            Street art tour
Sun      July 3               Departure from Athens / Arrival in Spetses
M-F     July 4-8             Class 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat       July 9               Explore Spetses - Anargyrios beach trip
Sun      July 10             Free day – explore Spetses
M-F     July 11-15        Classes 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sat       July 16             Day trip to Hydra
Sun      July 17             Free day – explore Spetses
M-F     July 18-22        Classes 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
Sat      July 23             Departure from Spetses – Visit Corinth
                                    Arrival to Nauplio –  Epidauros theater performance
Sun      July 24            Visit Epidauros and Mycenae
M         July 25             Visit Palamidi – Mystras
T          July 26             Visit Olympia
W        July 27             Visit Delphi
Th        July 28             Visit Meteora
F          July 29             Return to Athens – Free day
Sat       July 30             Departure from Greece - Return to LAX

Course Descriptions (FOR SUMMER 2016) 
CLAR 3210 / MDGK 3998 / ENGL 3351 / EURO 4432 
4 Semester Units
Prof. Matthew Dillon, Ph. D.
Engaged Learning Flag 
A systematic review of Classical Mythology, beginning with its roots in the ancient Near East, through the great epic and tragic stories of the Greeks, to the variations and additions of the Romans. The course will focus on primary sources, but attention will also be paid to the later influences of myth on Western art and literature. Particular emphasis will be placed on the connection of the myth with the art and archaeology of Greece, which will be explored on field trips to museums and archaeological sites like Mycenae, Delphi, Athens, Olympia, etc. 

MDGK 3342/ENGL 3341/EURO 4998
4 semester Units
Prof. Christina Bogdanou, Ph.D.
Writing Flag & Interdisciplinary Connections Core
While traveling around Greece, from the ancient paths of Delphi to Epidauros and Olympia, to the modern metropolis of Athens, the mythical landscapes that most visitors call in on their trip to Greece will come to life and reveal to us their eternal stories in the literary texts we will discuss. In these texts, students will discover a world still inhabiting the same landscape of Greek myths, yet, a world in search of a modern national and cultural identity separate from ideological constructions of the past. The relationship between myth and history, the reconciliation of conflicting identities, war and foreign occupation, civil strife, politics, globalization, the peaceful invasion of tourism, the changing map of Europe and the Balkans, the Greek economic crisis, and the future of the European Union will be some of the topics we will explore in our discussions.
The course fulfills the English major, Foreign Languages and Literatures major, European Studies major, as well as the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.





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