On-Site Seminars and Guided Travel

On-Site Learning at its Best: “Athens across the Ages”

Many of our Study Abroad students, including those who are taking courses taught by professors from their own university, take this three-credit course on Greek history and culture as part of their study abroad program at Hellenic American University. (The course can also be offered as a non-credit seminar with fewer course requirements).

“Athens across the Ages” explores the history of the city as a means to examine a broader history of ideas and Greek culture that continue to illumine humanity 2500 years later. Classroom instruction is paired with field trips and excursions in Athens and around mainland Greece, but also on Crete and the Aegean islands of Santorini and Delos. Presentations and lectures are held in places such as a seaside cafe by the temple of Poseidon, the stadium of ancient Olympia, and on a mountainside near the oracle of Delphi. Students visit the intriguing monasteries of Meteora and experience the extraordinary acoustics of the famed theatre of Epidauros.

Other On-Site Seminars and Guided Travel

The study-and-travel seminars combine classroom learning with extensive on-site instruction at locations in Athens and throughout the country.

Seminars are ordinarily offered as three-credit undergraduate courses, but they can also be offered as non-credit workshops (with a lower course workload and without final examination and term papers).  The courses are held in both intensive (2- to 4- weeks) or extensive (semester-long) formats anytime throughout the year.

The courses explore broad questions of history, philosophy and the arts through the particular prism of Greek history and civilization—ideas such as the rise and decline of empires, the role of wine in culture, and the enduring creative power of myth. Up to 70% of each course is conducted outside the classroom on sites relevant to the subject.

The comparative religion course “Pilgrimage”, for example, brings students to the Panhellenic Sanctuaries on the island of Delos and the Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos. Students in the “Civilization and the History of Wine” course analyze texts such as Plato’s Symposium and Athenaeus’ Deipnosophistae, but also experience local wines and regional cuisines in the Peloponnese and Northern Greece. Indicative sites include Santorini, Delos, Nemea, Epidaurus, Delphi and Crete.

We also offer two more travel-focused courses:.

A Walk across Greece

A challenging journey of self-discovery intended to cultivate both mind and body, this course explores the art and history of Greece through day hikes, walking tours and guided visits to regional museums and historical sites.

Sailing the Wine Dark Sea

Students gain firsthand knowledge of Greek islands, history, and traditions and enhance their team building and problem solving skills as members of a closely interdependent sailing crew. No previous sailing experience required. 

 In addition to academic courses, guided tours by qualified University faculty are available to groups that wish to enhance the achievement of particular course learning outcomes or that wish to experience the local region beyond the subject matter of the “classroom”.  Opportunities and alternative agendas are discussed with the accompanying faculty to facilitate a program that meets the broader Study Abroad learning outcomes of each group.   These tours range from partial-day excursions to any number of days depending on need.