GREECE: Then and Now – CLOSED

Athens, Greece

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 6, 2015- August 8, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Group Leader: Prof. Richard A. Katula (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

Term: Summer II


  • COMM 3306: International Communication Abroad
  • INTL 4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement, NU Core arts level 1


The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the people and the culture of Greece, from ancient times to the present. The special emphasis of this Dialogue is the Greek people and the economic crisis they face today. Students will attend lectures or events on the Greek economic crisis, Greek politics (present-day), culture (art, music, literature, film), and history (ancient and contemporary). In addition to the lectures and live events, students will visit historic sites and archaeological sites in the following venues: Athens, the Peloponnese, Crete, Santorini, Cephalonia, Rhodes, Delphi, and Olympia. At some of these sites, students will go on tours to antiquities such as the Parthenon, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympic grounds and museum, Delphi, Lindos, Knossos, Simi, Nafplion, ancient Agora, etc. At other sites, students will interact with local citizens and students from around the world, discussing issues common to them and controversies affecting the region. During the course, students will maintain a photo-journal, write three book reports, and write two reaction/research papers on topics associated with lectures or places from our travels.

We will meet three times prior to our departure, usually in the early evening at times convenient for all students (Fridays). During the first session, we will become familiar with the country of Greece through maps, power point slides, and a discussion of the syllabus. During the second session, we will discuss Greek history from Minoan times to the present, and the impact of Greek civilization on America. The first session will also review the necessities of travel such as packing, money, clothes, lotions, and working together as a team. The second session will focus on the Greek language, and on Greek culture today: art, media, economics, politics, etc. The second session will take place the day of our departure. The third session is a mandatory session offered by the Global Experience Office at a time to be announced by the GEO. Throughout these three sessions, we will discuss questions that arise about the logistics of the tour, and we will review our roles as cultural ambassadors.


  • COMM 3306 International Communication Abroad
  • INTL 4944, NU Core arts level 1 Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement
  • Syllabus

    Host University

    While there is no official host institution, the Hellenic American Union is our home away from home.  We will go there for the lectures on contemporary Greece and an official of the Union will be our behind-the-scenes assistant.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Recommended 2.5 GPA
    • Students will be chosen by GPA, year in school, the essay, and previous travel.

    Application Procedure

      • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
      • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
      • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
      • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
      1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
      2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
      3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
      4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

      *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

      **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

      **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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    Tuition: $10,634

    DOC Fee: $ 2,000

    Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


    We stay at very nice hotels, either two or three to a room. Laundries are available in most locales.  Internet is available free of charge in the lobbies of hotels and in local restaurants.  We are always located near cities and within walking distance of lectures and sites.  Some activities that are too far away to walk are accessed with buses (included in the students’ tuition).


    •  Athens: The capital of Greece, and home to many of the famous antiquities, including the Parthenon,  Panathenaikon Stadium (home of the first modern Olympics), the ancient Agora, and Hadrian’s arch.  There are four lectures in Athens: the economy and political situation, Greek high culture,  Greek everyday culture, and the Greek media.
    • Rhodes: Rhodes is the eastern most city of Greece, located 18 miles from Turkey.  The old city, which dates to the 10th Century, is the original home of the Knights of St. John, and the site of Lindos,  an ancient temple which is well preserved.
    • Crete: We will stay in Rethymnon, a Venetian city on this island which is the southern most location in Europe.   We will visit a national park, Arkadi (the site of the Greek “holocaust), the fortress of Venice, and Knossos (the Palace of King Minos), among other places.
    • Santorini: An island in the Mediterranean famous for the ancient Minoan society.  We will visit the Akroteri of the Minoans, the volcano, and the city of Oia.  We will be stay in the city of Fira.
    • Peloponnese and the Mainland: We visit Nafplion, the original capitol of Greece (1837), and visit the fortress of Palmidi, and the famous antiquities of Mycenae (home of the legendary Helen of Troy, and Epidaurus (the healing center and theatre of ancient Greece). We visit the ancient site of the first Olympics and also see the famous Museum of Olympia, and the temple of Delphi, home of ancient oracles.  We will hear lectures on the Greek health care system, the Greek educational system, and the status of Greek women.
    • Cephalonia: We visit a winery, which grows organic grapes and hear a lecture on Greek entrepreneurialism.  We also go to Myrtos, a cliff beach, and Assos, a small picturesque town of Cephalonia. We hear a lecture on the effect of the Greek crisis on the young.