Students will gain an appreciation of Greek classical, medieval, and modern civilizations by traversing Greece, visiting ancient archeological sites, exploring Byzantine castles and monasteries, touring numerous museums and art galleries, wandering the streets of dozens of Greek cities, traveling to a few of Greece’s renowned islands, and meeting contemporary Greeks. Students will learn about Greek geography, history, society, and culture.
Capstone in Greece
Places visited include: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, National Archeological Museum, Nafplion, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenea, Epidauros, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Knossos, Akrotiri, Santorini.
Dr. Gregory Bruess, Associate Professor
Campus Address: Seerley 334 0701
Isabela Varela Instructor/Licensed Tour Guide
Campus Address: Gilchrist 102 0384
The program has two components:
CAP 3123 Greece: From the ""Cradle of Democracy"" to Today and HIST 3159 History of Greek Material Culture
The purpose of the two courses are two fold:Give students the opportunity to visit and experience the “cradle of Western civilization;” and challenge them to re-examine that very same “classical” perception of Greece and the Greeks in light of Greece’s other rich heritages: Greece of the Byzantine Empire, Greece during its 350-year occupation by the Ottoman Turks, and modern Greece, that is, Greece since 1821.While in Greece, students will attend lectures on various aspects of Greek civilization and participate in class visits to site locations. Students will be asked to address such diverse issues as: the role of geography on Greek civilization; the impact of Catholic and Islamic rule on Greek culture; the use of myth, religion, and modern political philosophy to legitimize thought and deed; the challenge of modern city planning and living amidst archeological treasures; the impact of tourism on Greek society; and how Greeks view themselves and their past.
Required Pre-departure Course: All UNI students must register and attend a Pre-Departure Course offered during the second half of the Spring semester.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodations, meals, local transportation, and cultural activities are included in the program cost. Students stay in 2 and 3 star hotels. Two meals per day are provided.
The total estimated cost for this program is $5,500-6,500.
- Round-trip airfare
- UNI Tuition and Fees for 5-credits (in-state or out-of-state)
- The $65 application fee and the study abroad administration fee to participate
- Housing while abroad
- Transportation while abroad
- Group meals while abroad
- Cultural activities
- Personal Expenses (passport, UNI Health Insurance, ISIS International Student ID,personal meals and expenses)
Tales From Abroad
"I loved how this trip had both the historical/educational and social interaction with the country. I definitely learned and saw a lot. I would have to say that my favorite thing to do was to interact with the Greek people. It was fun to try and speak to them in their language, and to watch how they interacted with each other. You can learn all about a place by reading books, but I think that the best way to learn is to fully immerse yourself in it. I wish I could have had spent more time in Greece, and I would certainly love to go back someday if I can. But either way I will remember this experience forever."
Haley Johnson, Summer 2011