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 2019)
THEA 210 / THEA 398 / MDGK 3998 Modern Greek Drama Scene Study
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).
ARHS 3200 / CATH 3998 / MDGK 3998 Medieval Art
Dr. Kirstin Noreen
Core Requirement - Integrations: Faith and Reason
Flag: Information Literacy
Understand medieval art through the castles, monasteries, churches, and museums of Greece. This course surveys the major developments in medieval art, architecture, and material culture, with a special focus on the eastern Mediterranean world from the rise of Christianity until the fifteenth century. The course begins with an examination of how early Christian visual culture evolved from the Classical tradition; we will draw specific comparisons between ancient works, which we will see in Athens, and the development of Christian art. The course then examines the development of the Byzantine Empire by exploring how its social, political, and religious environment was expressed through art and architecture. Site visits will allow students to experience firsthand this magnificent civilization, its faith, and its culture.
HOUSING AND MEALS
Double occupancy in air-conditioned accommodations with breakfast and lunch provided by the program.
CULTURAL EXCURSIONS (SUMMER 2019)
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. Athens Archaeological Museum
5. Ancient Corinth – Site & Museum
7. Mycenae – Site & Museum
8. Epidavros – Site, Museum & Theatre
9. Palamidi Castle
10. Mystras – Site & Churches
11. Olympia – Site & Museum
12. Delphi – Site & Museum
Summer Session II
June 27 - July 27, 2019
Th June 27 Arrival to Athens
F July 28 Visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
Sat July 29 Visit to the National Archaeological Museum / Street art tour
Sun July 30 Departure from Athens / Arrival in Spetses
M-F July 1-5 Class 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sat July 6 Explore Spetses – Anargyrios beach trip
Sun July 7 Free day – explore Spetses
M-F July 8-12 Classes 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sat July 13 Day trip to Hydra
Sun July 14 Free day – explore Spetses
M-F July 15-19 Classes 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sat July 20 Departure from Spetses – Visit Corinth
Visit Nafplio – Epidavros theater performance
Sun July 21 Visit Epidavros and Mycenae
M July 22 Visit Palamidi – Mystras
T July 23 Visit Olympia
W July 24 Visit Delphi
Th July 25 Visit Meteora – Return to Athens
F July 26 Athens – Free day
Sat July 27 Departure from Greece – Return to USA
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
Summer Program Costs (click here)