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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Language and Area Studies

Program Feature

  • Language Immersion


  • Greece

Program Term

  • Summer

For More Information, Contact:

James Andrews 
Program Director

Bill Owens
Program Director

Office of Global Opportunities



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.

Each student enrolls in the Classical Greek course appropriate to his or her level (see below, “Academics”). All three courses in Classical 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.

Greek in Greece group photo on a boat with bridge in the background

Program Dates 

The next iteration of this program will run Summer 2022.


Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu


Students will earn a total of 9 credit hours. 

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 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner, and international medical health insurance

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 9 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Graduate Student Budget Worksheet 2022 (TBA)

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Student Testimonials


Eligibility and Requirements 

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. 

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 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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 or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa 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 this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s   Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found   here