Athens: Greek Antiquity and Its Legacy

Photo: “Floating Rocks” by Kiran Misra, ’17
Final App Deadline: 
Monday, January 22, 2018
Language Requirement: 
None
Coordinator: 
Dana Currier
Quarter(s): 
Spring

The University of Chicago’s Spring quarter Athens program provides University of Chicago students with an opportunity to study the history and culture of ancient and modern Greece in Athens, the celebrated center of that culture and now the lively and cosmopolitan capital of contemporary Greece. The core of the Athens program is the three-course sequence “Greek Antiquity and Its Legacy,” taught in compressed form during the ten-week quarter. This sequence, which meets the College’s civilization studies requirement, treats ancient Greece from prehistory to the present day and pays particular attention to the role the classical past has played—and continues to play—in the more recent history of Greece. Classroom discussions of selected texts are supplemented by a series of excursions to historical sites both within Athens and at other locations in Greece. In addition to the civilization studies sequence, participants take a fourth course in Modern Greek language. Please consider enrolling in the Modern Greek courses on campus, Accelerated Elementary Greek I and II, taught in the autumn and winter terms, respectively. If you enter the Athens Program having taken Accelerated Elementary Greek I and II, you will place into Intermediate Modern Greek in Athens. In addition to allowing you to hit the ground running in Athens, taking the full three-quarter sequence of Modern Greek will satisfy your on-campus language competency requirement. Alternatively, students with sufficient knowledge of Ancient Greek may substitute a text-based course in the ancient language in place of the modern, and should speak with the Athens Faculty Director Jonathan Hall.

The Athens program is headquartered at the College Year in Athens (CYA) Academic Center, located in central Athens, next to the Marble Stadium and opposite the National Gardens.

Housing

Athens program participants are housed in furnished apartments, in groups of three to seven. All apartments are typically in the Pangrati neighborhood about a ten-minute walk from the CYA Academic Center. A Chicago Graduate Assistant will reside in the apartment complex with the students. Each apartment includes a common area, a kitchen (stocked with tableware and basic cooking equipment), bathroom and balcony. Apartments are simply but fully furnished, with air-conditioned bedrooms and WiFi Internet access. Towels and bed linens, including sheets and blankets, are provided. Laundry facilities are available at the CYA Academic Center.

Credits and Registration

Participants in the Athens program remain registered as full-time students in the College. They take and receive credit for four courses: the three courses in the civilization studies sequence and the Modern Greek or Ancient Greek language course. The civilization studies sequence meets the College’s civilization studies requirement. If a student has already met this requirement, he or she may use these courses as electives. Their use, partial or total, in a program of study (major) must be approved by the undergraduate chair of the student’s respective major. The language course will normally count as an elective. Neither Modern nor Ancient Greek courses in Athens are keyed to Chicago’s Modern or Ancient Greek language sequences. However, students who take Accelerated Elementary Greek I and II on campus, then proceed to take a third quarter of Intermediate Modern Greek in Athens, will fulfill the College’s language competency requirement. Course titles, units of credit and grades are placed on the College transcript.

Finances

Study abroad students pay regular College tuition, a program fee and a non-refundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition and program fee are paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the non-refundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in a program. Precise figures for the Athens program during the 2017-18 year are listed below:

Spring tuition:  as set by the Bursar’s Office

Study abroad administrative fee: $650

Athens program fee: $4,700        

 

Program fee includes: Out-of-pocket expenses include:
accommodation (with kitchen) round-trip airfare to and from the program site
instruction transportation on site
student support meals
program excursions course materials
cell phone (device only) personal entertainment and travel
  communications (including cell phone usage)
emergency travel insurance (ISOS) health insurance and upfront payments for care
  other miscellaneous expenses

Previous program participants report spending in the range of $200 to $250 per week on meals and incidentals while on the program, though frugal students may spend less, and others could spend much more. Bear in mind that the cost of living in Athens is relatively high and that, while it is possible to live frugally, it is also possible to run short of money if you are unwary. It is therefore essential that you budget your funds prudently, apportioning your resources so that they last for the duration of the program. If you are planning to travel before or after the program or on weekends, you should budget accordingly.

Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section. 

Eligibility and Application

The Athens program is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted.

The program is designed for undergraduates in good academic standing who are beyond their first year in the College. While the program stipulates no minimum grade-point average, an applicant’s transcript should demonstrate that they are a serious student who will make the most of this opportunity. Because the civilization studies sequence is taught in English, there is no language prerequisite, although students are encouraged to take Modern Greek I and II on campus before the program begins.

Because of the considerable demand for the Chicago civilization programs abroad, no student may participate in more than one of these programs. Each application is examined on the basis of the student’s scholastic record, personal statement and academic recommendation. If you are interested in applying for this program please fill out the online application.

Further Information

To discuss the Athens: Greek Antiquity and Its Legacy program and the possibility of participating in it, please contact Dana Currier.

What you’ll see: 

View of the theater (foreground) and Temple of Apollo (background) at DelphiPhoto of AthensPhoto: “The Erechthion” by Nechama O’Brien, ’17Photo: “Floating Rocks” by Kiran Misra, ’17