Join us for an Odyssey and spend four weeks in Greece studying and exploring the land and culture that is the cornerstone of Western civilization.
The Program begins in Athens where students visit the Acropolis, the ancient Agora, and various museums around the city. A walking tour of the city and its street art give students a feeling for Athens as a modern European metropolis. The next stop is the beautiful island of Spetses, famous for its history, distinctive architecture, stately mansions, and beautiful beaches. The group spends three weeks in Spetses where the academic program takes place.
At the end of our stay in Spetses, the group travels for a week all around Greece and visits well-known historical and archaeological sites such as the ancient theater of Epidavros, Mycenae, Corinth, Nemea, Nafplio, Sparta, Mystra, Olympia, Delphi, and Meteora.
Five scholarships, $1,000 each, are awarded annually on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. For more scholarship opportunities, inquire in the Study Abroad Office.
The Program resides in Spetses for 3 weeks, a small island two hours by boat from Athens. One of the most beautiful islands of the Aegean, it is known for its history as well as its many coves and beaches, some sandy, some rocky, many still rimmed with pines. There are no cars on the island and most people travel by bicycles and horse-drawn carriages which lend a special charm to life on Spetses.
ACADEMICS (SUMMER 2018)
Modern Greek Drama Scene Study
THEA 210 / THEA 398 / MDGK 3998
Prof. Diane Benedict
Core Requirement - Explorations: Creative Experience
Flag: Oral Skills
Travel and study in the land that invented theater! We will visit some of the oldest theaters in the world and get the opportunity to attend performances of ancient and contemporary plays. In class, students will have the opportunity for a hands-on approach to scene study analysis and presentation using Greek drama scripts. For theater majors, this will be an opportunity for the development and integration of acting skills such as active listening and reacting truthfully, scenic conflict, relationship and character development for performance (THEA 398). For non-theater majors, the class will focus on developing critical and oral skills through the study of drama with opportunities for developing acting and presentation skills, and/or working as a dramaturge for class performances (THEA 210).
Ancient Landscapes: Modern Voices: Modern Greek History, Society and Culture
MDGK 3342 / ENGL 3341 / EURO 4998
Prof. Christina Bogdanou, Ph.D.
Core Requirement - Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections (Culture, Art and Society)
Flag: Engaged Learning
While traveling around Greece, from the ancient paths of Delphi to Epidavros 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 texts we will discuss. 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.
This course also fulfills the English major, Foreign Languages and Literatures major, European Studies major, as well as the requirements for the Modern Greek Studies Minor.
HOUSING AND MEALS
Double occupancy in air-conditioned accommodations with breakfast and lunch provided by the program.
CULTURAL EXCURSIONS (SUMMER 2017)
A series of exciting cultural excursions are provided as an integral part of the academic program. Students are required to attend all planned activities.
2. Acropolis Museum
3. Ancient Agora
4. Athens Archaeological Museum
5. Ancient Corinth – Site & Museum
6. Mycenae – Site & Museum
7. Ancient Argos Theatre
8. Epidauros – Site, Museum & Theatre
9. Palamidi Castle
10. Mistras – Site & Churches
11. Olympia – Site & Museum
12. Delphi – Site & Museum
Summer Session II
June 27 - July 28, 2018
W June 27 Departure from USA
Th June 28 Arrival to Athens
F July 29 Visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
Sat July 30 Visit to the National Archaeological Museum / Street art tour
Sun July 1 Departure from Athens / Arrival in Spetses
M-F July 2-6 Class 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sat July 7 Explore Spetses – Anargyrios beach trip
Sun July 8 Free day – explore Spetses
M-F July 9-13 Classes 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sat July 14 Day trip to Hydra
Sun July 15 Free day – explore Spetses
M-F July 16-20 Classes 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sat July 21 Departure from Spetses – Visit Corinth
Visit Nafplio – Epidavros theater performance
Sun July 22 Visit Epidavros and Mycenae
M July 23 Visit Palamidi – Mystras
T July 24 Visit Olympia
W July 25 Visit Delphi
Th July 26 Visit Meteora – Return to Athens
F July 27 Athens – Free day
Sat July 28 Departure from Greece – Return to USA
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
Summer Program Costs (click here)