International Education

Greece Summer 2015

2015 Dates:  Tentatively May 12 - June 4, 2015 

Students accepted into this program will need to depart the U.S. on May 12 and arrive in Athens no later than 3 p.m. on May 13.  Students may leave Istanbul on June 4.

The Greece program is run by Professors Catherine Collins and Jeanne Clark.  The program has been run 14 or more times since 1990. It is hoped that students will share their interest in Greek culture (ancient and modern) and many of the “not to be missed” places -- towns like Nauplia and Olympiada, much loved museums like the Athenian agora and Amphipolis, and the glorious art and architecture like the Parthenon, Delphi, Messene.

Completed applications must be received at the Office of International Education by 4 p.m. on December 4, 2013. Students must use the common study abroad application (including the supplementary materials: study abroad statement, transcript request form, faculty recommendation, personal recommendation, and advisor form) to apply.

See http://www.willamette.edu/dept/oie/abroad/events/index.html for a list of study abroad information sessions.

Credit Earned:  1.0 credit of IDS 351 (W):  Culture of Ancient Greece

  • There are no prerequisites for participation in the course.  
  • Past participants have included art majors, biology majors, rhetoric majors, history majors, economics majors, philosophy majors, music majors, chemistry majors, classics majors, theatre majors, English majors, etc.
  • Participants will study the culture of ancient Greece through a focus on their speeches, their literature, and their artifacts (as seen at sites and museums).
  • The ending in Istanbul allows participants to consider what happens over time to some of the cultural patterns we see within earlier Greece.

The course earns writing centered credit (based on journals and a series of short written assignments rooted in the progymnasmata exercises of classical education).  There will be some reading to do before students arrive in Greece, but when the program ends, the coursework is complete.  Some students have gotten elective credit for classics or rhetoric majors.

To plan for 2015, you will find the proposed daily schedule here.  Program days typically begin early, but students have some free time in the afternoons and after dinner.  The program will cover much of the Greek mainland.

Cost:  2015 costs are still being determined. In 2014, with a minimum of 12 people, the program will cost $6000 plus airfare for one credit.  Cost includes tuition, hotel, breakfasts and dinners, site admissions, insurance, ground transportation costs, and Turkish visa. Although there aren't any scholarships for this program, if you have financial need, the financial aid office has often been able to work out some kind of loan to cover the program.  The cost DOES NOT include airfare to and from Greece.  Students will also be expected to pay for their lunches, their textbooks, their beverages and snacks, and their transport to and from the airport within the U.S.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  DUE TO THE NATURE OF THIS PROGRAM AND THE PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR GREECE, STUDENTS ACCEPTED TO THE PROGRAM WILL NEED TO MAKE A $2,000 DEPOSIT EARLY IN SPRING SEMESTER.  Details of the payment deadline will be included with the acceptance notification.

Note: You are not required to fly with the group.  Some people are able to use frequent flyer mails to cover airfare.  Many people choose to travel for a while at the end of the program.  You are required to arrive in the Athens airport by the time the main group is arriving; this is essential this year because the program will leave from the airport to drive about 2 hours south and west to the town of Nauplia where participants will stay for several days as the group explores that area of Greece (Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidaurus, Corinth, and a few points further south).  You will be instructed on booking your flight after you are accepted to the program.

Questions?  Please contact Professor or Professor or oieadvising@willamette.edu.