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Greece: Greek in Greece — in collaboration with the University of Patras

Greek in Greece student on a boat with a bridge in the background

This coming summer Ohio University and the University of Patras are offering their Greek in Greece study abroad program.

Greek in Greece offers students who have had one or more semesters of ancient Greek the opportunity to earn college credit for the equivalent of one semester’s further study of the ancient language. In addition, each student will earn a semester’s credit in introductory modern Greek and likewise a semester’s credit in a course on myth and theater.

The ancient Greek course emphasizes immersive group work that enables students to progress more rapidly in the ancient language than is possible during the regular semester. This is true regardless of whether the course chosen by the student is at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level.
The course in modern Greek is offered by the Classics faculty of the University of Patras, and has been designed especially for ancient Greek students. It stresses ancient-modern continuities in the language and is geared toward everyday communication about modern culture, entertainment, theater, cinema, and food and drink.
The myth and theater course will be taught collaboratively by Ohio University and University of Patras faculty, and will include visits to ancient theaters and to modern professional productions, including a production in the beautifully preserved ancient theater at Epidaurus.

University of Patras students will assist as language-learning buddies in the modern Greek class, and will be available for study help in the ancient Greek course as well. They will also offer our students a friendly entrée to life in Patras and in Greece.

Arrival in Greece is at Eleuftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens, where we will spend the first three and one-half days of the program at such important archaeological sites as the Acropolis, the Agora, the Theater of Dionysus as well as the splendid museums of the city. We depart Athens for the University of Patras on Sunday, and spend the next enjoying the hospitality of the Department of Philology, where our classes will be held. Each of the weekends during our stay features an all-day trip to such destinations as Delphi, Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, and Epidaurus. 


Note that students who have not yet completed one semester of ancient Greek are invited to inquire about GK 1110, a beginning Greek course that the Department of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University will offer this coming spring (both in the classroom and online). Further note that students who have just completed their undergraduate degree can enroll for graduate credit



Program Dates

May 21 -June 27, 2020

Application Deadline


Eligibility and selection process

Open to undergraduate and graduate students who have begun their study of ancient Greek, having completed at least one semester of college study in the language or one year of high school study. Students must also have a good academic standing to be considered for the program. Application materials include a Letter of intent, Recommendation Form, and DARS (or unofficial transcript for any Non-OHIO Students).You should submit 2 letters of reference—one from a Greek teacher and one from a reference who can speak to your overall preparedness for travel and study abroad.


This program accepts Non-Ohio University students.  Students from other universities should contact the program directors before applying. 



James Andrews:  andrewsj@ohio.edu

Bill Owens:  owensb@ohio.edu


Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.


Living arrangements 

Residence in Patras is at the Hotel Castello ( http://www.castellohotel.gr/start ), in immediate proximity to the University of Patras campus. Rooms have kitchenettes and garden terraces and are air-conditioned. Our hotel in the heart of Athens’ archaeological district affords similarly pleasant and comfortable accommodations.

Courses and credits


Ancient Greek Courses (choose one)

GK 1120/5010 (4 credits): for students who have already completed one semester of ancient Greek

GK 2110/5110 (3 credits): for students who have already completed two semesters of ancient Greek

GK 3110/5210 (3 credits): for students who have already completed three or more semesters of ancient Greek

Modern Greek Course

GK 2710/5710 (3 credits): required of all students

Myth and Drama Course

CLAS 2340/5555 (3 credits): required of all students




Summer 2020 Undergraduate costs TBD

Summer 2020 Graduate Costs TBD

Summer 2019 Undergraduate costs

Summer 2019 Graduate costs

*Non-Ohio residents pay in-state tuition.


Additional Information on Greece

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook.

Health and safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  Department of State   site for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport  now

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found  here.

US citizens do not need a visa to enter these countries for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that entry/exit requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's   Visa Information Page.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.



 Read what Greek in Greece alumni say about the program:


For More Information, Contact:

Faculty Directors:

James Andrews:  andrewsj@ohio.edu

Bill Owens: owensb@ohio.edu


Global Opportunities Liaison:

Cherita King: kingc8@ohio.edu





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