International Education

Greece Summer 2015


  • DUE TO THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THIS PROGRAM WHERE COMMITMENTS IN GREECE MUST BE MADE SOONER THAN WU'S STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION CYCLE, INTERESTED STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A PRE-APPLICATION to the Office of International Education (Matthews Academic Center) BY NOVEMBER 1, 2014.  THIS PRE-APPLICATION DOES NOT REPLACE THE COMMON APPLICATION FOR STUDY ABROAD WHICH IS DUE DECEMBER 3, 2014.  THE PRE-APPLICATION IS AN ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR THIS PROGRAM AND IS AVAILABLE HERE (please download, print, and complete).
  • THIS PROGRAM ALSO HAS A UNIQUE DEPOSIT SCHEDULE BASED ON THE TIMING PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE TO VENDORS IN GREECE.  THE FIRST DEPOSIT OF $2,000 IS DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2014 AND A SECOND DEPOSIT OF $2,000 IS DUE JANUARY 23, 2015.  IF YOU ARE NOT SELECTED FOR THE PROGRAM OR WU CANCELS THE PROGRAM DUE TO UNDERENROLLMENT, THESE DEPOSITS ARE REFUNDABLE.  IF YOU ARE SELECTED FOR THE PROGRAM BUT CHOOSE NOT TO GO, THESE DEPOSITS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE SINCE WE MUST BEGIN BOOKING THE PROGRAM PRIOR TO THE FINAL NOTIFICATION ABOUT STUDY ABROAD PLACEMENTS.

In addition to the pre-application and first deposit (due Nov. 1), WILLAMETTE STUDENTS MUST USE THE COMMON STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION. The deadline is December 3, 2014 for summer 2015 participation.  When you are ready to apply, start here:  http://willamette.edu/dept/oie/abroad/apply/index.html.


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.  Program days typically begin early, but students have some free time in the afternoons and after dinner. 

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.

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 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.

  • Location:  Multiple locations, Greece. 
  • Professors:  Professors Catherine Collins and Jeanne Clark, Rhetoric Department
  • Credit:  Earn 1.0 credit of IDS 351 (W):  Culture of Ancient Greece
  • Dates:  Tentatively departing May 18, 2015 to June 10, 2015. [Special notes:  Students accepted into this program will be given specific arrival and departure instructions.  Do not book flights prior to the predeparture orientation, spring 2015.] 
  • Costs:  $5,900 based on a minimum of 12 students.  The program fee includes tuition, hotel, some meals, site admissions, insurance, and ground transportation costs in Greece. 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 meals not covered by the program (mostly lunches), textbooks, beverages and snacks outside of meals, and transport to and from the airport within the U.S.
  • SPECIAL DEPOSIT REQUIREMENT:   DUE TO THE NATURE OF THIS PROGRAM AND THE PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR GREECE, STUDENTS WILL NEED TO MAKE A PRE-ACCEPTANCE DEPOSIT OF $2,000 BY NOVEMBER 1, 2014 AND A SECOND $2,000 DEPOSIT BY THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES IN SPRING SEMESTER (JANUARY 23,2015).  BOTH DEPOSITS ARE REFUNDABLE IF STUDENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR THE PROGRAM.  Email oieadvising@willamette.edu if you have questions about the deposit schedule.

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.

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

Are you interested in learning more?  Contact  Prof. Clark or Prof. Collins or oieadvising@willamette.edu (WU Office of International Education) with questions or for more information