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LMU Summer in Spetses
Spetses, Greece (LMU Study Abroad Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: LMU applicants only
Program Costs Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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: 6 Semester Hours
Financial Aid Applicability:
Some Financial Aid (Loans)
Faculty Program Director: Demetrios Liappas 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
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 small hotel with its own swimming pool. Several beaches are within a ten-minute walk. 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.


Mama Oia

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. 


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.

Tenative Cultural Excursions Summer 2015Suspended 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 2015) 

               Departure of Group Flight from Los Angeles, CA
               Group Arrival in Athens Int’l Airport 
                                         Transfer to Hotel in Athens (3 nights)
                                         Orientation meeting, free evening
              Tour of Acropolis and Agora, Performance at Theatre Herod Atticus
              Museum visit; Group dinner
              Departure for the island of Spetses from the port of Piraeus
                                          Arrival in Spetses
              Classes (9am - 1 pm)
              Tour around Spetses - Anargyrios Beach
              Free day - Discover Spetses
              Classes (9 - 1)
              Excursion to the island of Hydra
              Free Day
              Classes (9-1)
              Explore Spetses
              Free Day
             Classes (9-1)
             Departure from Spetses – Ancient Corinth, Nemea, (7/28)
                                           Mycenae, Argos (7/29), Epidauros visit & performance(7/29)
                                           Nafplio 2 nights. Departure for Olympia on 7/30, at 8 am, Visit Mistras.
              Excursion to Ancient Olympia
              Visit Delphi. Trip to Kalambaka
              Visit the monasteries at Meteora. Return to Athens.
                                           Theater Dora Stratou, Athens Hotel  (2 nights)
              Free day - Group dinner
              Departure from Athens Int’l Airport; Arrive at Lax

Course Descriptions (FOR SUMMER 2015) 
CLCV 451 / ENGL 351 / EURO 432 
3 Semester Units
Prof. Matthew Dillon, Ph. D.
Engaged Learning Flag 
A systematic review of Classical Mythology, beginning with its roots in the acient Near east, through the great epic and tragic stories of the Greeks, to the variations and additions of the Romans. The course will focus 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 342/ENGL 341/FNLT 341/EURO 498
3 semester Units
Prof. Christina Bogdanou, Ph.D.
Writing Flag & Interdiciplinary Connections Core
While visiting the ancient paths of Greece from 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. The 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 course fulfills the English major, Foreign Languages and Literatures major, European Studies major, as well as the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.


This program is currently not accepting applications.



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