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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Athens Collage

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The William and Mary Athens/Nafplio Summer program will NOT be running in Summer 2020 -- its sister program Rome/Pompeii will be run this year.

Athens is the capital and largest city in Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire, and is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks and is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the famous Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. The city is a testament to the classical era and has the world's largest collection of Greek antiquities. Nafplio is a coastal town in the Peloponnese and was the first capitol of the Kingdom of Greece. The city has a beautiful shoreline, winding streets, and an array of historical sites and attractions.

Things to Do and See:


Acropolis Museum; Plaka near the Acropolis is a village-like neighborhood with narrow cobblestoned streets lined with shops selling jewelry, clothes and local ceramics; sidewalk cafes and family-run tavernas stay open until late; Syntagma Square is the central square of Athens located in front of the 19th century Old Royal Palace, housing the Greek Parliament since 1924.

Every Wednesday and Saturday from early morning until lunchtime, there is a large farmers market; from old town Nafplio, it is easy to get around to see the major sites such as Syntagma Square and the Palamidi castle. 

Program Description:

Run through W&M's Department of Classical Studies, this intensive summer program in Ancient Greek Studies, focuses on Athens and Nafplio. Students visit archaeological sites where they study monuments and art from classical antiquity in their original setting.Excursions include sites within Athens, Nafplio, and other places of interest, such as Delphi, Olympia, Santorini, and Mycenea. Housing and excursion logistics are provided by our institutional partner, College Year Athens (CYA).

While in Athens, students live in furnished apartments close to the offices and classrooms of CYA. In Nafplio and other locations, students stay in double or triple occupancy hotels.  Student meals covered will include lunches while in Athens at the CYA cafeteria and breakfasts while in hotels.  This is included in the program fee. Apartments in Athens have fully equipped kitchens for other meals. While in other locations, students may receive a meal stipend for lunches.   

More information on our Partners at College Year in Athens ( CYA): 

CYA Blog: studying abroad in Greece
Student Life at CYA

Please note that this program runs alternately with the Rome/Pompeii program on odd numbered years. This Program will run in Summer 2019. 

Course Information:
All students will earn a total of 6 credits for the program.   4 credits of CLCV 489 :The Ancient City and 2 credits of CLCV 494 : Undergraduate Research Abroad in Classical Studies Course, requirements will include the completion of assigned readings, site reports, a journal and a final exam or essay.

Students may choose to add on a research component to the course and receive an additional 1-3 credits by enrolling in CLCV 494: Undergraduate Research Abroad in Classical Studies.

If selected for participation by faculty, students may also add the research symposium in the following fall for an additional 1 credit.

*Please note that students intending to use Financial Aid to cover some of the cost for the program must be enrolled in at least 6 credits over the summer term in order to be considered full time.  

There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Greece and to cover a variety of pre-departure questions. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.

Following the Program:
By faculty selection, students can participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium in Classical Studies (CLCV 493, 1 credit) to present the results of their research.

Courses are taught by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

W&M faculty:

Term: Rome and Pompeii Program runs summer 2020
Arrival date: Running again 2021
Departure date: Running again in 2021

Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 1
Final payment: April 1

*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Program Fees:
2019 program fee: $5,900
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
Students are responsible for airfare, visa expenses if applicable, and some meals.

Program Features: 

  • Welcome dinner
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Fulfills COLL 300
  • Ground transportation
  • Farewell dinner
  • Re-entry Programming
  • Some excursion admissions tickets
  • Some day or weekend excursions depending on the program
  • CISI Insurance
  • Housing
  • Wifi
  • On-Site support services
  • W&M credits taught by W&M faculty
  • Partnership with highly ranked prestigious host university to offer reputable and rigorous academic coursework
  • Per Diem to cover some meal expenses
  • lunch is included on weekdays at CYA, breakfast at hotels

W&M students in good academic standing.

Click to view theAthens Summer Handbook 2019
Click to view the W&M Summer Program Handbook 2019

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.