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Greece

Dates

May 16 – June 21, 2020

Cost

$5,425 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Classics, English, History, Religious Studies

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2019: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2020: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Greece, a country of dramatic natural beauty and rich cultural traditions, provides students a true adventure as they learn about the ancient peoples whose literature, political ideas, philosophy, notions of health and well-being, religion, art and architecture continue to shape our lives. The program will begin in Athens and will travel to celebrated Greek cities and islands including Olympia, Mykonos, Naxos, Milos, Delphi and more. Note: Students should be aware that some excursions are physically strenuous and involve hiking over rocky terrain.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 18 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Directors: Dr. Christine Shea, cshea@bsu.edu & Dr. Richard King, rjking3@bsu.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ENG 290 Topics: Women in Ancient Greek Literature

Dr. Paul Ranieri

From goddesses to humans, from Athena, Demeter, Hera, and Aphrodite to Penelope, Helen, Sappho, Artemisia, Lysistrata, Aspasia, Praxithea, and Medea, we will explore many dynamic female characters in ancient Greek literature and how well they reflect to us the lives of women in ancient Greek culture.

ENG 349 Topics: Travel Writing on the Road in Greece

Dr. Jill Parrott

This course will focus on three aspects of travel writing: historical and contemporary genres of travel writing, analysis and criticism of travel writing, and the students’ own travel writing. We will review cultural transitions as seen through travel writing from ancient Greece to contemporary online writing.

ENG 396 Mythology / RELS 399 Topics: Greek Myth in Context

Dr. Richard King

No stories contain greater richness and depth, and none have been more influential, than those we call “Greek myths.” Students learn to read the manifestations of myth in sculpture and vases as well as selections from ancient texts. We visit the Athenian Acropolis, Eleusis, Delos, Argos, and Mycenae, the very settings in which the mythological episodes take place.

ENG 399 Topics: Rhetoric and Philosophy in Western Thought

Dr. Jill Parrott

What is love? What is truth? What about justice? Can we even know? And, if we can, through what means? Much of the way we understand these big human concepts in the cultural West comes from our earliest records of Greece. In this course we trace Greek and Roman influence in our earliest Western histories through the Middle Ages and the European Renaissance.

HIST 490 Topics: Day to Day in Ancient Greece

Dr. Christine Shea

This course explores the ordinary lives of ancient Greeks— and of the Romans, Jews, and Christians who lived near them— as we wander their towns and poke our noses into what remains of their homes, temples, stores, streets.

RELS 305 The History of Christianity

Dr. Steve Watkins

This interdisciplinary course traces the process which led to the establishment of the Greek New Testament. We will examine the cultural context of Second Temple Period Judaism and the Roman Empire to better grasp the origins of what became Christianity.

RELS 399 Topics: St. Paul's Influence on Early Christianity

Dr. Steve Watkins

This interdisciplinary course surveys Primary and Secondary sources involving St. Paul’s Greek influence on early Christianity. Greek culture in the Hellenistic and Roman periods will also be a focus of study.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

In the 36 full days we spend in Greece, we visit more than 20 museums and more than 30 archaeological sites, where students can expect to refine their understanding of Western arts, social structures, political and religious institutions, and values.

Santorini (Independent/Optional)

Students have the option of a “Spring Break” on the island of Santorini which is known for its breathtaking sunsets and the volcanic activity that shaped the island. With its iconic whitewashed buildings and blue dome top roofs, students won’t want to miss out.

Delphi and Olympia

Students will be able to concretize their academic work when we go to Delphi, home of Apollo, one of the holiest places on earth, and Olympia, birthplace of the great games and showplace of Western values of competition and wellbeing.

The Islands

The Aegean islands introduce students to the rich varieties of Greek life, ancient and modern.  Mykonos, the honeymooners’ delight; the ghost island Delos; Naxos, island of Dionysos; Milos, where the Venus de Milo was found; friendly Sifnos; and, in an optional side trip, Santorini.

Nauplion

Nauplion, the first capital of modern Greece, is our home base in the Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece.  This magnificent port city, important since the Trojan War, serves as the base of operations for our exploration of Mycenae, home of King Agamemnon; Argos, with its magnificent theater; Nemea, home of the Nemean Games; Epidauros and the sanctuary/health resort of the healing god Asclepius.

Athens

In Athens we sample the glorious monuments of the classical city, such as the Parthenon, the Temple of Hephaistos, or the Theater of Dionysos, as well as the grand projects of the Romans, such as Hadrian’s Library or the Temple of Olympian Zeus.  From Athens we make our way to Eleusis, the home of the mysteries of the Great Mother; to Corinth, where St. Paul preached; and to Perachora and the sanctuary of Hera.

What's Included

Program Cost: $5,425 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Athens

Accommodations

Breakfast

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, ISIC card (required, approx. $25), passport fees (required, approx. $135), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $1000 minimum), independent travel ($300, optional) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,750 – $1,850

The Greece program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Athens, Greece with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Greece is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Greece  to the USA departs and arrives on the same day.Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

May 16 – June 21, 2020

Cost

$5,425 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Classics, English, History, Religious Studies

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2019: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2020: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Greece, a country of dramatic natural beauty and rich cultural traditions, provides students a true adventure as they learn about the ancient peoples whose literature, political ideas, philosophy, notions of health and well-being, religion, art and architecture continue to shape our lives. The program will begin in Athens and will travel to celebrated Greek cities and islands including Olympia, Mykonos, Naxos, Milos, Delphi and more. Note: Students should be aware that some excursions are physically strenuous and involve hiking over rocky terrain.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 18 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Directors: Dr. Christine Shea, cshea@bsu.edu & Dr. Richard King, rjking3@bsu.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ENG 290 Topics: Women in Ancient Greek Literature

Dr. Paul Ranieri

From goddesses to humans, from Athena, Demeter, Hera, and Aphrodite to Penelope, Helen, Sappho, Artemisia, Lysistrata, Aspasia, Praxithea, and Medea, we will explore many dynamic female characters in ancient Greek literature and how well they reflect to us the lives of women in ancient Greek culture.

ENG 349 Topics: Travel Writing on the Road in Greece

Dr. Jill Parrott

This course will focus on three aspects of travel writing: historical and contemporary genres of travel writing, analysis and criticism of travel writing, and the students’ own travel writing. We will review cultural transitions as seen through travel writing from ancient Greece to contemporary online writing.

ENG 396 Mythology / RELS 399 Topics: Greek Myth in Context

Dr. Richard King

No stories contain greater richness and depth, and none have been more influential, than those we call “Greek myths.” Students learn to read the manifestations of myth in sculpture and vases as well as selections from ancient texts. We visit the Athenian Acropolis, Eleusis, Delos, Argos, and Mycenae, the very settings in which the mythological episodes take place.

ENG 399 Topics: Rhetoric and Philosophy in Western Thought

Dr. Jill Parrott

What is love? What is truth? What about justice? Can we even know? And, if we can, through what means? Much of the way we understand these big human concepts in the cultural West comes from our earliest records of Greece. In this course we trace Greek and Roman influence in our earliest Western histories through the Middle Ages and the European Renaissance.

HIST 490 Topics: Day to Day in Ancient Greece

Dr. Christine Shea

This course explores the ordinary lives of ancient Greeks— and of the Romans, Jews, and Christians who lived near them— as we wander their towns and poke our noses into what remains of their homes, temples, stores, streets.

RELS 305 The History of Christianity

Dr. Steve Watkins

This interdisciplinary course traces the process which led to the establishment of the Greek New Testament. We will examine the cultural context of Second Temple Period Judaism and the Roman Empire to better grasp the origins of what became Christianity.

RELS 399 Topics: St. Paul's Influence on Early Christianity

Dr. Steve Watkins

This interdisciplinary course surveys Primary and Secondary sources involving St. Paul’s Greek influence on early Christianity. Greek culture in the Hellenistic and Roman periods will also be a focus of study.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

In the 36 full days we spend in Greece, we visit more than 20 museums and more than 30 archaeological sites, where students can expect to refine their understanding of Western arts, social structures, political and religious institutions, and values.

Santorini (Independent/Optional)

Students have the option of a “Spring Break” on the island of Santorini which is known for its breathtaking sunsets and the volcanic activity that shaped the island. With its iconic whitewashed buildings and blue dome top roofs, students won’t want to miss out.

Delphi and Olympia

Students will be able to concretize their academic work when we go to Delphi, home of Apollo, one of the holiest places on earth, and Olympia, birthplace of the great games and showplace of Western values of competition and wellbeing.

The Islands

The Aegean islands introduce students to the rich varieties of Greek life, ancient and modern.  Mykonos, the honeymooners’ delight; the ghost island Delos; Naxos, island of Dionysos; Milos, where the Venus de Milo was found; friendly Sifnos; and, in an optional side trip, Santorini.

Nauplion

Nauplion, the first capital of modern Greece, is our home base in the Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece.  This magnificent port city, important since the Trojan War, serves as the base of operations for our exploration of Mycenae, home of King Agamemnon; Argos, with its magnificent theater; Nemea, home of the Nemean Games; Epidauros and the sanctuary/health resort of the healing god Asclepius.

Athens

In Athens we sample the glorious monuments of the classical city, such as the Parthenon, the Temple of Hephaistos, or the Theater of Dionysos, as well as the grand projects of the Romans, such as Hadrian’s Library or the Temple of Olympian Zeus.  From Athens we make our way to Eleusis, the home of the mysteries of the Great Mother; to Corinth, where St. Paul preached; and to Perachora and the sanctuary of Hera.

What's Included

Program Cost: $5,425 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Athens

Accommodations

Breakfast

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, ISIC card (required, approx. $25), passport fees (required, approx. $135), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $1000 minimum), independent travel ($300, optional) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,750 – $1,850

The Greece program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Athens, Greece with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Greece is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Greece  to the USA departs and arrives on the same day.Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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