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Study Abroad

In Greece 



Semester:  Fall 2017

Program Focus: Classical/Religious Studies

Prerequisite Courses: Minimum of 2.75 GPA and good academic standing

Recommended Courses: CLAS 254: Ancient Greek Myth and Religion, Spring 2017 Orientation Program   

Application Deadline: March 3, 2017

Program Design:

Study and travel will focus on the history and culture of Greece from the Classical Period to the Byzantine Era. Based in Athens and the island of Lesbos, the program will include extensive excursions to archaeological sites important for understanding the ancient Mediterranean world (including travel into western Turkey).

Requirements Fulfilled:

Fulfills the 8-credit international studies general education requirement and CLAS courses can be applied towards the Classics major and minor.


4 courses per semester/16 credits

IS 241: Contemporary Greek Culture
Offered over the course of the semester in Athens and on Lesbos the course provides insight into important contemporary social, cultural, political, economic, and demographic issues in Greece.

CLAS 252: Aegean and Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology
Provides exposure to archaeological theory, method, and practice as it applies to the study of ancient Greece from the Classical Period to the Byzantine Era. Extensive field study through travel to archaeological sites.

CLAS 253: Attic Tragedy
Provides an in-depth study of the development of Classical Greek drama with special attention to tragedy.

CLAS 255: Sports, Games and Spectacles in the Greco-Roman World
(4 credits)
An exploration of the athletic competitions and sports-based games and spectacles from the Bronze age through to the period of late antiquity, focusing on ancient Greek and Roman athletics, public spectacles and gladiatorial games. An interdisciplinary study, the course examines the purpose and function of these games and spectacles within the wider context of the daily lives of the ancients. Students conduct their own re-creations of ancient games and sports, visit relevant archaeological sites, and survey representations of the ancient sports and games in contemporary society.


Program Comments:

As an augment to the Lewis & Clark Classics Major and Minor, the program provides students with the opportunity to experience the ancient Mediterranean world in ways on-campus faculty and programming cannot offer. A course on archaeology ensures student exposure to one of the key dimensions of Classical Studies; the course on the Byzantine world brings students into contact with a part of the ancient world left uncovered in the on-campus curriculum, yet an integral part of a broad Classical Studies program; the Greek drama course immerses students in one of the central “practices” of Classical antiquity; and the general culture course places the historical content of the program in its contemporary context.

The Athens portion of the program (September, November to end of semester) will use the recently-constructed (2005), state-of-the-art facilities of College Year in Athens as a home base for courses, library resources, computer labs, and orientation and support. The Lesbos portion of the program (October) will be based in a seaside hotel in the village of Thermi and rely on instructional assistance from the University of the Aegean. The Lesbos sojourn will include an extended trip into western Turkey to visit the sites of Troy, Assos, Pergamum, and Ephesus.



Passport Details:

You will be required to email a high-resolution, color scan of your passport to the Overseas Office within 30 days of being accepted into a program. We recommend that you apply for a passport as early as possible. For more info, visit our Passport Resources page.

Visa fees and requirements: 

A visa is required for this program.  You will be notified when it is time to apply and our office has received all of the necessary supporting documents. 


Please make an appointment with Student Health Service to get an updated list of immunizations that are recommended or mandatory for this program. You may also be required to submit various test results (HIV, chest x-rays, etc.) as a part of your visa application.


Students are insured through Aetna Student Health insurance. The program insurance is mandatory and included in the comprehensive fee.

International Student Identity Card: 

The ISIC is required for the program. You will be notified of how to obtain it the semester prior to departure.

Fees To Plan For:

Fees for the following items are not included in the comprehensive program fee:

Passport fees
Required photographs
Visa fees
International Student Identity Card
Immunizations and health exams
Transportation to city of departure
Post-program travel

This is not an exhaustive list.

Program Leader:

Rob Kugler
Paul S. Wright Professor of Christian Studies

Ext. 7452

Campus Contact:

Paul Powers
Professor of Religious Studies
Ext. 7289



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