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  • Locations: Spetses, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • Program Costs: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start/Arrival Date End/Departure Date
Summer 2018 02/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/27/2018 07/28/2018

** 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:
Application Fee: $100 Financial Aid Applicability: Some Financial Aid (Loans)
Class Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 3.00
Housing Option(s): Hotel Credit Type: LMU Credit & Grades
Credits: 8 Semester Hours Faculty Program Director: Dr. Christina Bogdanou
Faculty Program Director Email: christina.bogdanou@lmu.edu Interview with Faculty Program Director or Designee Required: Yes
Study Abroad 101 Info Session Required: Yes Study Abroad Advisor: Lisa Reid
Areas of Study: English, European Studies, European/World Literature in Translation, Foreign Literature in Translation, Greek Philosophy, Modern Greek History, Literature and Culture, Modern Greek Studies LMU Core Courses Available: Explorations: Creative Experience (ECRE), Flags: Engaged Learning (LENL), Flags: Oral Skills (LORS), Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections (IINC)
Program Description:
Spetses, Greece
 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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.


LOCATION

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.

Landscape


ACADEMICS (SUMMER 2018)

Modern Greek Drama Scene Study
THEA 210 / THEA 398
Prof. Diane Benedict
3 units
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.
4 units
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.

Swimming


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.

1. Acropolis     
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  
13. Meteora
 

Museum


TENTATIVE ITINERARY

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)