Have you ever dreamt of seeing the antiquities of ancient Greece? Now is your chance to participate in lectures and tours at the sites themselves! Join this dialogue to hear talks by Greek scholars and stay in beautiful hotels in places throughout Greece including Athens, Rhodes, the Jewish Synagogue, Crete, Santorini, the Peloponnese including Olympia, Delphi, and Nafplion. See for yourself where western civilization began, and also learn about the Greek/European economic/immigration crises, Greek literature, and the famous Greek diet. See places you have only heard of such as the Parthenon, Knossos, Acropolis of Lindos, 13th c. walled city of the Crusader Knights of St. John, and Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Volcano of Santorini and Minoan ruins, and Vergina (site of Philip of Macedon's grave). Special guests include Nicolas Gage, the President of Greece (probable), Leonidas Tsonis - PhD in Economics, and Haris Vlavianos, a famous Greek poet. Greece is very mountainous and this dialogue includes a few long bus rides - buckle up!


Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

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

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.00
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.


Students will learn about Greece, both Ancient and Modern, through scholarly lectures, site visits, museums, and participation in Greek cultural events such as Cretan Dancing, pottery making, and theatre.

INTL 4944 fulfills the NUPath Interpreting cultures requirement.

  • INTL4944 - Dialogue of Civilizations: Global Issues in Comparative Perspective. Counts towards NU Path- Interpreting Cultures : The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the people and the culture of Greece, from ancient times to the present. Students will attend lectures or events on the Greek economic crisis, Greek politics (present-day), culture (art, music, literature, food), and history (ancient and contemporary). This year, we will attend the Greek Festival, (see description at the end of the syllabus). 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, Rodos Palace, 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. Core Attributes: NU Path Core: Interpreting Culture Core (2nd years and higher): Arts 1, Comparative Study of Cultures
  • COMM 3306 - International Communication : The special emphasis of this course is the Greek people and the economic challenges they face today, and the way the media has covered the story. The course focuses on the role of the media in the presentation of the current Greek crisis, because it is a case study in the way the media distorts and filters events. Students will attend lectures or events on the Greek media, including coverage of Greek politics (present-day), culture (art, music, literature, food), and history (ancient and contemporary). In addition to the lectures and live events, students will visit Zappion, the central artery of the Greek media, and the place where visiting media are located.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,500
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,152
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $918 on meals and $234 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Additional Resources


Greece is a crossroads between three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is the home of the Parthenon and other antiquities, and has some of most beautiful islands in the world. Athens, the capitol of Greece, is a fascinating center of history and the current economic crisis


  • Hotel: Students will stay 2 to 3 in rooms. All hotels have buffet breakfasts. Most hotels are near the sea, or have pools for after hours. 6 dinners included. Wi-fi included.

Host University or Organization

The Hellenic American University has a modern, air-conditioned, building where the four introductory lectures take place. The rest of the Dialogue takes place at the historic sites and is experiential.

Faculty Advisor