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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-Term Summer Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
HWS Short-Term Summer Faculty-Led Program
Sanctuaries and Cities: Ancient Greece; 1 Credit
Led by: Jim Capreedy 

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Country Description:
Traces of a centuries-old and important history are etched in every corner of Greece: findings from the Prehistoric and Archaic Periods, unique works from Classical, Hellenistic, Medieval and Byzantine monuments, creations from folk art cultures, traces from the passing eons of other civilizations and different religions that coexist with current creations, constructions and modern works of art.
Greece is a true paradise for cultural tourism, a journey into history and art. Educational excursions, theatrical productions, festivals, pilgrimages, visits to archaeological sites, monuments and museums, excursions to study the natural environment, folk art and culture – these are just a few of the many things that Greece has to offer. Those who really want to understand Greece, its history and its people will find an unrivaled cultural and educational experience traveling throughout the area.

Course Description:
Sanctuaries and Cities: the Polis Culture of Ancient Greece will explore in-depth how monuments and buildings define spaces and reflect values. How can political or social institutions affect the development of civic space? The group will explore places such as Delphi, Corinth, Sparta, and Athens and examine first-hand how the archaeology of these spaces characterized the polis culture of Ancient Greece.
In addition to appreciating the wonder of the ancient world through its archaeology, we will investigate how cities, monuments and sanctuaries promoted and reflected the values of the people and characterized the polis culture of Ancient Greece. Students will visit some of the most important archaeological sites in Greece and consider the relationship between culture, history and urban development.

Themes and Focus of the Course:
  • Investigate how the polis culture developed from the Mycenaean period through Alexander the Great, how monuments signify power and identity and how later generations have incorporated local history into their own civic spaces.
  • Two weeks spent studying and visiting the archaeological sites in and around Athens. Final week includes an excursion that begins north through Thermopylae to the capital of Ancient Macedonia, then turns south to Delphi and the Peloponnese with visits to Olympia, Pylos, Sparta, and ends by returning north to Argos, Epidaurus, and Corinth.
  • Student-led site projects and group investigations of the monuments, museums and archaeological sites replace traditional lectures. Students will create their own narratives based on first-hand experience and, using web-based tools, will create their own map journals of their experiences in Greece.                                            
Faculty Director:
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Jim Capreedy is a professor of Classics at HWS and has studied at the American School in Athens. Professor Capreedy teaches courses in Greek, Latin, Greek and Roman history, and European Studies. His research includes the history of Sparta and ancient alliances while his pedagogical interests concern how we can best teach the relationship between geography and ancient history. Professor Capreedy can be contacted at


Travel Dates: May 24-June 14, 2020 (approximate)

HWS Info Session:
September 17, 2019 7:30pm, Merritt Hall 100

Application Deadline:
Sunday, October 20, 2019 by 11:59pm (Apply online)

Itinerary Highlights:
  • Visit Thermopylae where King Leonidas and 300 Spartan warriors held Xerxes’ army at bay for 3 days, explore the tombs of the Macedonian kings at Vergina and climb the sacred way at Delphi.
  • Run the 200 yard dash at Olympia, walk through the Byzantine city of Mystras in the Tagyetos mountains and stand beneath the Lion Gate at Mycenae.
  • Discover ancient history come to life at archaeological sites such as the famous Palace of Nestor, the Mycenaean fortress at Tiryns and the theater at Epidaurus.
  • Spend two weeks living in Athens, visiting environs such as Sounio and the Piraeus or walking through the Agora beneath the Athenian Acropolis.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change. Any changes or additions will be of equal or greater academic value.
Housing and Meals:
While in Athens, students will be housed in residential apartment buildings provided by College Year in Athens, a short walk from campus. All students will live within easy walking distance of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities, including a lively, weekly outdoor "people's market" offering fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and flowers. A typical apartment houses four or five students (double room occupancy) and includes a common area, a kitchen (stocked with tableware and basic cooking equipment), bathroom and balcony. Apartments are simple but fully furnished.
During the final excursion week of the program students will stay in 2 or 3 star bed & breakfast hotels in double and/or triple rooms.
Lunches will be provided for the group by College Year in Athens during the first 2 weeks of the program. Some of the hotels during the final excursion week will provide complimentary breakfast. CYA will provide a celebratory dinner for the group on the first night of the program and the group will also have 3 other group dinners together which are included in the program fee. Students will be expected to budget for all other meals, at approximately $10-12 USD per meal ($400-500 total).

Group flights will be arranged by the CGE and accepted students will be notified of the cost and booking info for the flight once it’s available. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the group flight offered through Advantage Travel. There is an option to have this cost billed to your student account.

Passports and Visas:
All students will need a passport valid until at least 6 months after the return date of this program to participate. Visas are not required unless you are not a U.S. citizen. Non- U.S. citizens should see the CGE about visa requirements as soon as you are accepted into the program.

Greece does not present a noteworthy health risk. Nonetheless, Hepatitis A and typhoid immunizations are recommended for many travelers. Please check the CDC website to read more about the recommendations. If you choose to get immunizations, you can do this at a local medical clinic near your home - use this link to find travel medicine clinics - or possibly with your home doctor or you can contact one of the Passport Health offices in Rochester or Syracuse who provide travel immunizations. Their contact number is: (585) 275-8884.


Course Pre-requisities:
  • All participants will be required to successfully complete a 1/2 credit Readers College in the spring prior to the program, which will meet weekly. As part of this course, students will be required to read A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture by Sarah B. Pomeroy before departure. The group will be required to participate in online discussions via Canvas to begin preparations for on-site presentations. Students will need to begin preparing for their presentation at least 4 weeks prior to their departure.
  • The group will also have voluntary Greek lessons for those wishing to learn the basic greetings and polite travel words.
Qualified first-years, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors may apply. First-years, sophomores and juniors will have priority and seniors will be admitted on a space-available basis.
GPA Requirement:
Students applying for this program should have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA. First-year students and transfer students in their first semester at HWS will typically be waitlisted until fall semester grades can be reviewed. Depending on the number of available spaces in the program, first-years and transfers with strong applications and references may be given a conditional offer based on achieving at least a 2.5 GPA in the fall semester.

Course cross-listings and credit:
This course will be worth one HWS credit, plus the ½ credit for the Reader’s College. The course counts toward major/minor requirements in Classics, Greek, Latin, and European Studies. Advisors in related fields may allow you to count the course for major/minor credit, but students should discuss this with their advisor and department chair in advance. 


Program Fees:
The Greece program fee will be approximately $3,250-$3,500* for the 3-week program, which will cover tuition, accommodation, some meals (see above for detail), international health insurance, entrance fees, day trips and excursions.

Students should budget an extra $400-500 above and beyond the program costs for the lunches and dinners not included. Students will also need to budget for round-trip airfare at approximately $1300 - $1500, books at $150, any required immunizations, and a non-refundable administrative fee of $100 charged for all short-term programs. The administrative fee will show up as a separate charge (separate from the program fee) billed to your student account.
*Costs are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, changes in costs of services provided and the number of confirmed participants in the program.
A limited pool of HWS short-term program funding is available to assist students seeking to participate in CGE summer or J-term programs. Those wishing to apply for financial assistance may do so as part of their program application. Funding will be allocated on a need basis and student financial aid and conduct records will be reviewed in making funding decisions. We will let you know whether you have been awarded funding before the deadline by which you are required to put down a deposit to hold your place in the program.

Payment Schedule and Program Timeline:
After applying and being accepted to the program, students will need to make a $500 deposit in person to the Student Accounts Office in Demarest Hall to hold their place in this program. This amount will be credited to your student account and will be applied to the cost of the program.
 Application Deadline  DUE: Oct 20, 2019  11:59pm online
 Decision Date  By Nov 15, 2019  
 Funding Decisions   By Nov 22, 2019  
 Deposit Deadline  DUE: Dec 10, 2019  $500.00
 Program Billing Date  By Mar 1, 2020  Balance charged to student account
 Final Payment  DUE: Apr 10, 2020  Remaining balance due

*Please note: Students must make the initial non-refundable deposit to Student Accounts in Demarest Hall. Program fees for the remainder (lump sum) of program will be automatically billed to the student accounts separately.

Cancellation Policy:
The initial $500 deposit is non-refundable. Students will be responsible for additional expenses beyond the $500 if they withdraw from the program while it is in progress or 90 days or less before the program begins. Specifically, students will be held accountable for any expenditures made by HWS on their behalf that the CGE is unable to recoup from any untimely withdrawal, such as housing deposits, non-refundable hotel reservations, excursion deposits, etc.

Questions? If you have questions about this program, please contact the Center for Global Education at 315-781-3307 or


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.