Summer Abroad Greece

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Writers in Greece

Athens, Hydra, and Nafplion, Greece

Arrive Date:  August 4, 2020   End Date:  September 1, 2020

Program Overview

When Poseidon and Athena competed for patronage of Athens, the god of the sea, striking his trident to the ground, offered water. The goddess of wisdom planted an olive tree, becoming the patron deity of the great city, the starting point of our program. Field trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites will take students from Athens to the oracle of Delphi and the monasteries of Mystras to the olive groves of the Peloponnese and the kingdom of the Myceneans. Traveling the same lands with the Greek (in translation) and American writers we will be reading, students will write about the complex identity of a country suspended between a rich past and a complex present where the gods still speak.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  25

Program CoordinatorAngela McNutt


University Writing Program (UWP) 101Advanced Composition (4 units)

University Writing Program (UWP) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)


Summer Abroad will be enforcing prerequisites for this program. See Courses.

Program Highlights

  • Satisfy your upper division writing requirement in the cradle of Western Civilization, where democracy was born.
  • Walk on famous sites: the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Oracle of Delphi, the citadel of Mycenae and Agamemnon’s tomb, the stadium of ancient Nemea, medieval Mystras, and so many more.
  • Immerse yourself in a fascinating culture while reading and writing about Greece’s complex cultural identity.
  • Make lifelong friends, travel abroad, engage in new experiences—and it all counts academically!

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