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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Delphi, Greece; Litochoro, Greece; Nafplio, Greece; Olympia, Greece; Pefkohori, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • Budget Sheets: Summer I
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Schools & Colleges: Arts and Sciences Department: Modern Languages and Classics
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Program Type: Study Abroad
Program: Faculty-Led GPA Requirement: 2.2
Course(s) Offered: CL 333, CL 533 Credit Hours: 6
Applicants: Current UA Students, Non UA Students Housing: Hotel
Physical Requirements: Use of Local Transportation, Walking Excursions: Cultural Sites, Historical Sites, See below
Fields of Study: All Majors, Classical Studies Language of Instruction: English
UA Faculty Director: Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers, Maximum Participants: 25
Program Description:


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logoUA in Greece: Birth of Western Civilization

Dates: June 6-June 29, 2018

The University of Alabama is offering students the opportunity to earn up to six course credits while visiting the most important archaeological and historical sites in Greece.

Starting with a pre-historic settlement on the island of Santorini (dating to the 17th century B.C.) and ending with a visit at the tombs of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, students get an amazing perspective on ancient Greece, where mythology and history cross paths at sites like classical Athens, the Sounion promontory, Agamemnon’s palace, Heracles’ birthplace, Apollo’s oracle.

We visit places that have had a tremendous impact on the development of Western civilization, such as ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were established in 776 B.C. and where the Olympic Torch is lit every four years for the modern Olympic Games, before it sets off for its journey around the globe.  Places familiar from modern literature and films, such as the battlefield at Thermopylae, where the Spartan King Leonidas and his men prevented the Persian hordes from invading Greece and continuing to subdue the rest of Europe, become the subject of our study, bringing to life events that became cornerstones for the most sacred Western ideals of love for one’s country and liberty.

Ancient cities, inhabited continually over the past 2,000 – 6,000 years, offer a unique view of how civilization started and progressed, reaching pinnacles of glory at the birthplace of democracy or the founding places of Western science, medicine, astronomy, engineering, architecture, and classical art.  It is not an exaggeration to claim that even the concept of automating calculations in the form of computers was also born in Greece, as we see a prototype of such a machine (the Antikythera mechanism) at one of the stupendous museums we visit.

Our journey ends at Pefkohori, a picturesque resort-town, where we get the chance to rest and refresh our spirit in the blue waters of the Aegean Sea.  There students have the time to finish assignments, assimilate everything they have learned, and prepare for their return to the States, which they regard with renewed understanding and appreciation!


Locations: Santorini, Athens, Nafplio, Olympia, Delphi, Litohoro (Vergina, Dion), Thessaloniki, Pefkohori




Undergraduate students are required to be enrolled in six hours of course work for this program (students enrolled only for 3 hours will NOT get a discount for the program). Please enroll in both sections of CL 333 for 3 hours each. It is the same course, but we break it into two sections for students who need the flexibility of the 3 hrs. Graduate students already enrolled in the Museum Studies program may enroll in the CL 533 course for 3 hrs of graduate credit.

CL 333:  Greek Civilization: Myth, History, and Culture taught by Dr. Tatiana Summers (3 hours)
CL 333:  Greek Civilization: Myth, History, and Culture taught by Dr. Tatiana Summers (3 hours)
CL 533:  Exhibition Models in Greek Museums (3 hours)


The program lasts three weeks under the direction of Dr. Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers, a Professor of Classics at the University of Alabama and native of Greece. She will be assisted by Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku, a UAB Professor in Civil Engineering, also a native of Greece.

Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers
Associate Professor
Modern Languages & Classics


Students in Greece stay in double- or triple-occupancy hotel rooms with private bathrooms at quality hotels, a different one at each location we visit.

Here is a list of the hotels -- you can check them out on the Internet!

Blue Sky Hotel (Santorini)
Electra Hotel (Athens)
Hotel Agamemnon (Nafplio)
Hotel Europa (Olympia)
Hermes Hotel (Delphi)
Villa Pantheon (Litohoro)
City Hotel (Thessaloniki)
Adriana Studios (Pefkohori)


For the breakdown of the cost, including billable costs (paid to UA) and non-billable costs (paid elsewhere), click on the Budget Sheet located at the top of the application.

Once accepted into the program, students need to make a deposit in order to secure their place in the program. For information on how to make a deposit and subsequent payments, please see the instructions in the application, as well as the Faculty-Led Payment Process page on the Education Abroad website. 



Check out the "Financing Your Study Abroad" page on the UA Education Abroad website for information regarding financial aid, scholarships and other financial matters.

Want to know more about Financial Aid? Visit the Financial Aid section of our website or contact Jamie Burt ( in the Financial Aid office.

Want to know more about using a current UA scholarships to study abroad? Visit the Undergraduate Scholarships section of our website or contact Joshua Kirkland ( 


**The University of Alabama reserves the right to modify the program or its costs as necessitated by changes in the international economic situation or to cancel the program if necessary.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.