Program Details

Excursions and Day Trips

While in Athens
-Acropolis (and its museum), the Parthenon, Ancient Agora and the Stoa (and its museum), the National Archeological Museum.
-Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion.
-The Oracle of Delph

Nafplio, Greece; Porto Cheli, Greece; Athens, Greece; Archaia Olympia, Greece; Argostolion, Greece
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:

Program Overview

Program Description:
Arrive Date: 7/2/2013 End Date: 7/30/2013

In this program we’ll explore the culture and history of Greece through over a dozen field trips to archeological sites and museums. We’ll travel to five breath-taking locations around Greece and learn about a beautiful and sophisticated country through its complex past. Read American and Greek writers in translation while you live in Athens where democracy was born; enjoy the laid-back island life of Hydra; explore the prehistoric sites of the great Myceneans and the medieval castles and monasteries of the Peloponnese when we travel to Nafplion; run the ancient stadium in Olympia; immerse yourself in the rich history of the island of Kefalonia while living in the beach village of Karavomylos, and swim in the waters of Ithaca that Odysseus sailed from for Troy.

English 139 - Topics in Global Literatures and Cultures (4 units)
Historically or thematically organized study of Anglophone literature at the global scale. Possible emphases: globalization of English and its literatures; the history of “world literature”; literatures of British imperialism; questions of translation. May be repeated two times for credit when content differs. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt. Prerequisite: course 3 or University Writing Program 1 or equivalent.
English 198 - Directed Group Study (4 units)

Excursions and Day Trips

While in Athens
-Acropolis (and its museum), the Parthenon, Ancient Agora and the Stoa (and its museum), the National Archeological Museum.
-Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion.
-The Oracle of Delphi--the site, the stadium, and its museum.

While in Hydra
-Historical Archives and Museum of Hydra.
-The Lazaros Koundouriotis Historic Residence.

While in the Peloponnese
-The ancient theater of Epidaurus and its museum.
-The Archeological Museum of Nafplion.
-The site of ancient Mycenae, its museum, and the beehive tomb of Agamemnon.
-The site of medieval Mystra near Sparta.
-Ancient Olympia, site of the Olympic Games, and its museums.
-The jail of Bourtzi (optional).
-The castle of Palamidi (optional).

While in Cephalonia
-The underwater cave of the nymph Melissani, the Archeological and Ethnographic Museums in Argostoli, and the town of Aghia Efimia.
-Boat trip to Ithaca (the ports of Vathi and Kioni and the coves of Gidaki and Sarakiniko).

Upper-division units (open to freshmen through graduates). Taught in English. UC Davis courses taught by University of California, Davis faculty.

Please contact UC Davis Summer Abroad for the most up-to-date information concerning program costs. Programs start around $4,000.

All students enrolled in a Summer Abroad program (Davis and Non-Davis) will have the opportunity to apply for a Travel Award ($500 - $1,500.) Travel award deadline: March 5, 2013. Enrollment deadline is April 5, 2013.

Setting Description:
During our program we will stay in central locations (very close to the beach or the waterfront) and in good quality A, B, or C class hotels (double occupancy rooms only). All rooms have A/C, TV, and often a small refrigerator. Our Glyfada hotel has a pool as well and easy access to buses, the tram, the train, and taxis.

Breakfast will be provided by the hotels at all locations. Lunch and dinner are on your own. A couple of the full-day field trips will include a lunch. NOTE: If you are a vegetarian, you will find that traditional Greek cuisine offers a large variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Fruits and vegetables in Greece are wonderfully tasty and very fresh.

In this ancient city several centuries of Greek history coexist. When you walk in the streets underneath the Acropolis, you will encounter not only ancient Greek ruins but also Roman sites, Ottoman buildings, and medieval Byzantine churches. Farmers' markets with fresh fruit, traditional coffee sh