Hellenic Studies

Study Abroad in Greece

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
Hosted by Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies and the American College of Greece.

Application information to be made available soon.

The program builds on the exceptional work done by UW students in Greece this past summer who studied the plight of  the Roma (‘Gypsies’ to many, a pejorative term).

Students step into 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 impacted the economy as well as the culture of Greece.

Within this framework some of the topics of study is 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.

Students will then work with officials in the Napflion City Hall and with individuals in the local Roma community to understand relations between the two groups. The goal here is to become acquainted with how migrant populations are, or are not, integrated into the local community. This is not simply an abstraction but a real challenging issue for local officials. Our goal is to provide assistance and knowledge of how to bridge gaps to find possible solutions.

The Program includes planned excursions the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, Aegina (possibly Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games), the islands of Spetses and Hydra, and the ancient ruins of Mycenae.

Breakfast and regular dinners will be provided to all students

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

Sites:

Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum, Olympia, Mycanae, Spetses & Hydra. We also plan to attend a performance at the ancient theaters of Epidavros and the Herod Atticus Theater at the Acropolis.

For more information contact Taso Lagos at taso@uw.edu.