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Greece is the cradle of much of western culture and society; from philosophy to the Olympics, the UW Classics in Greece program is your chance to see where it all began! Experience thousands of years of history as you live in the cultural, industrial and political center of modern Greece. Study the literature, society, monuments, artifacts, and culture of classical Athens while also exploring the life of modern Greeks.
You’ll spend three weeks with a group of UW-Madison students, led by UW-Madison Professor Marc Kleijwegt. Professor Kleijwegt will provide a unique insight into classical Greece. Included in the program is a four day trip to the Peloponnese region of southern Greece, where you'll visit the towns of Nafplion and Olympia. Don’t miss this exciting chance to take a walk through history with other Madison students!
Applications for the UW Classics in Greece program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and space is limited. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will receive news about acceptance. Apply today!
Ancient Athens is considered by many to be the fountainhead of Western civilization. By the fifth century B.C., Athens was one of the most popular destinations in Greece with its magnificent temples and monuments, spectacular festivals, theatrical performances, and its crowded ports and streets. Today, Athens is the political capital of modern Greece and offers visitors the opportunity to explore its immense heritage that has had impact on all modern disciplines from art and drama to philosophy and history. Athens houses some of the most famous ancient Greek sculpture and pottery in the National Archaeological Museum and some of the most remarkable ancient Greek architecture, such as the Parthenon and Erectheion on the Acropolis, the Theater of Dionysus, and the Temple of Hephaestus in the Agora.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements and will be given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
A visa is not required for U.S. citizens for this program. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Housing will be arranged by the program. Rooms are shared with a private bathroom. Grocery stores and restaurants are conveniently located nearby.
Excursions and Activities
The program is a mixture of lectures and discussions along with field trips to archaeological sites and museums in modern Athens, its suburbs, and nearby cities. The specific itinerary varies a bit each year, being designed by the UW-Madison professor who leads the program. If you have specific questions about this year's program, don't hesitate to contact IAP.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.UW Classics in Greece IAP Program Handbook
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Anneke Van Lith
"The program was amazing! It scheduled a lot of exciting trips. Athens was the best place to be immersed in the culture."
"My experience in Athens, Greece was incredible. I learned so much about Ancient Greek history and society, and modern Greek culture. Athens is a bustling city with an amazing past. It was a fascinating place to study. I also loved traveling outside of the city because it gave me a better idea of what Greece is really like. It is a beautiful country. Because of this program I want to continue to study Classics at UW-Madison. I had a wonderful time in Greece. I would definitely recommend this program."
All undergraduate majors and levels are encouraged to apply to the Greece program. As a participant, you'll earn three credits of Classics 371: Topics in Greek Culture.
Explore many well-known, historical attractions in Athens: the National Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and much more! You'll also take a half day trip to Eleusis, known for having been the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries, one of the most famous religious events of the ancient Greek religion. Take a full day bus tour to Delphi, one of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece. This hands-on program allows you to explore ancient Greece while discussing the impact of democracy, war, and imperialism on Athenian culture and art. You'll reconstruct the daily life of those who inhabited ancient Athens, while also exploring modern Greece and what it has to offer.
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