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.

Program Dates: June 23 to August 17, 2020

Application deadline is January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.



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 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 relationship of Greece with neighboring Balkan countries, especially Albania, formerly the largest source 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 knowledge and awareness are one part of the exploration into ethnic marginalization in Greece.  The Roma have experienced discrimination and ostracization for centuries throughout Europe; the marginalization faced in Greece may be mild compared to other countries on the continent.  The program assumes all human beings share equally in the right to dignity, respect and fairness.  This assumption translates on the ground to our position that we are not “American saviors” but fellow humans interested in studying Roma culture and their way of life.  In the process we learn how to determine best practices to reduce its poisonous affects.

Students will visit many sites, both related to the Roma study as well as to the exploration of Greece’s cultural legacy.  These include stops at the Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum, the islands of Aegina, Hydra and Spetses, a 7-day bus ride to the village of Vitalo on the island of Euboea, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia and Nafplion.  The last two weeks of the program are spent in Nafplion, where the program is hosted by Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies.  Students also will have a 4-day break in the middle of the program to travel, explore Athens or simply do their laundry.

Regular group meals will be provided to all students during the entire length of the program.

Site Visits:

Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum, Aegina, Euboea, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Spetses & Hydra. We also will attend special  performances at the ancient theaters of Epidavros and the Herodes Atticus Theater at the Acropolis.

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




Athens and Nafplion, Spring Break, 2021:

Greece and Europe- Travelers, Migrants & Tourists

Hosted by Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies.

Program Dates: March 16 to March 28, 2021

Application deadline is May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.