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Hellenic Studies Study Abroad Programs

Hellenic Studies offers study-abroad programs for students interested in expanding their cultural knowledge and awareness of the rich artistic and intellectual legacy of Greece, while also enhancing their intellectual curiosity and facilitating their development as citizens of the world. Check out the video from the 2014 study abroad program!  See below for our current study abroad program offerings!

Athens and Nafplion, Summer Quarter:

Greece and Europe- Travelers, Migrants & Tourists

July 14-August 21, 2015 (15 Credits)

Summer 2015 applications due Jan 30, 2015

Students on this program travel to Athens and Nafplion, Greece to learn about the role of travel, migration, and tourism for Greece and Europe. This program will explore these topics, and the politics behind them, within social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Specific topics include how and why Greece was constructed as a magnet destination for European and American travelers in the 19th and 20th centuries; why during the 1950s and 1960s the Greeks were forced to emigrate to Western Europe and to other western countries in search of a better life; why Greece became, especially from the 1990s onwards, a host country for immigrants from the Balkans and elsewhere; and how the phenomenon of mass tourism has impacted the economy as well as the culture of Greece.

Within this framework some of the topics of study are the perception and representation of Greece and the Greeks by Western European and American travelers; the construction of the tourist gaze about Greece; the relation of Greece with neighboring Balkan countries, especially Albania, formerly the largest exporter of illegal immigrants to Greece; the question of human rights of the undocumented immigrants in Greece; the political and social tensions that the phenomenon of mass immigration caused in Greece; the emergence of multiple cultural identities following the arrival of immigrants but also the arrival of tourists in Greece, and the transformation of Greece from a 'mono-cultural' to a 'multi-cultural' country.

This is a rich, intensive program that includes interviewing local residents and conducting participating observation about the issue of migration. While there is classroom time, students will be also doing field-work – both in visiting sites that clarify the issue of migration, but also in conducting ethnographic interviews in our stops in our journey around Greece.

The program includes planned excursions to Olympia (site of the first Olympic Games), Sparta, Mycenae, and also the picturesque Island of Aegina.

This program is honored to once again be hosted by Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece.

For more information or to apply, visit the program website here or contact Taso Lagos at


Hellenic Studies
120 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
(206) 616-3247 office
(206) 616-2462 fax