Summer Study in Athens, Greece

Webster University Athens offers courses that explore the ancient history and culture of Greece and provide students with the opportunity to engage in community service learning.  The campus and housing are in a convenient and safe location in the Plaka area- historic section of the city, at the foothill of the Acropolis.   In the immediate vicinity of the university are cafes, restaurants, grocery store and mini-markets, central shopping district, pharmacies, banks, post offices, souvenir stores, and hotels.  Everything is within walking distance.

Courses are offered during three, 4-week Summer sessions.  Summer 2016 Schedule:

  • Session I (May 30-June 24, 2016)
  • Session II (June 27-July 22, 2016)
  • Session III (July 25-August 19, 2016)

Please note:  Webster students must participate in 2 sessions to be eligible for the free round-trip airline ticket award.

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Greek Olympic Image through Literature (ENGL 1044) - (GCP)*:  This course will examine the Greek philosophical worldview in the context of the Olympic Games spirit.  The Greeks, in their vast wisdom, were supporters of harmony of both the body and the mind.  The poet and the athlete were equally noble to all.  After reaching the heights of physical performance, winning athletes weren't satisfied until an all-star poet penned them to poetic immortality. Writers were known to gather to recite their work over the crowds to glorify athletes.  Pindar composed victory odes for many different competitions, stressing that there were no greater contests than those at Olympia.  This is how, as unlikely as it may seem today, the competitions at Olympia became a literary source for future writers.  The course concentrates on Greed mythology, literature, and philosophy and will be examined in an integral historical slant.

Greek Olympic Image through Music (MUSC 1070) - (GCP)*:  This course will provide students with the study of aspects of music in the ancient civilization of Greece and its role in the performance of drama and other poetical genres.  Music was an important component at all Greek Olympic Games.  The festivals attracted large crowds of spectators and were, therefore, an ideal occasion for musicians, writers and other artists to present their talents to the world.  The support of some musicians was necessary for a smooth performance of the games:  trumpeters and heralds addressed the audiences. Likewise, music accompanied the pentathlon, in particular the long jump because the Greeks thought that music improved the coordination of the movements.  At some games, contests in music and similar arts formed a separate part of the competition, on a par with athletic contests.  These were called 'musical contests' after the muses, goddesses of arts such as music, literature and drama.  Best known for musical contests were the Pythian Games, in glorification of Apollo, the god of the arts.  In the classical period, there were three musical contests at Delphi:  playing the kithara, the combination of kithara and singing, and playing the aulos.  The singing accompanied by an aulos was abolished soon after its institution.  The course will examine the Greek philosophical worldview in the context of the Olympic Games spirit.

Elementary Modern Greek (ILC 1090) - (GCP)*:  Students are introduced to the first seven (7) chapters of the text, covering basic vocabulary and grammar of Modern Greek.  They focus mainly on conversational Greek, but they also practice writing exercises and short paragraphs. The ultimate purpose of the course is to get the students interested in learning the language both in a fun and meaningful manner, especially for personal use in the real world.

Modern Greek Society and Culture (ANTH 3009/SOCI 3000/ILC 2150 (GCP)*):  The Modern Greek Culture and Society course aims to acquaint students with the historical development of Greek society from the Byzantine Era to the contemporary period. To accomplish this goal, the course weighs equally upon a dual orientation, examining the development of contemporary Greece from both, the standpoints of History and Culture.  In so doing, the course is as theoretical as it is applied in nature, calling upon students to comprehend the historical evolution of Greece as a geographical region, country, and nation over the last five centuries, while at the same time compelling students to negotiate this information in practical ways with regard to the present.       

Greek Art and Archaeology (ANTH 2100/ARHS 2350/ SOCI 3000):  This course is designed to provide students with visual, theoretical, historical and philosophical stimuli about Greek Art from the Minoan Civilization to the Hellenistic times.  The course will include visits to Archaeological sites and Museums.  The objective of this course is to provide students with a historical, archaeological, and artistic framework for understanding the development of Greek society, culture and development of classical thought from its origins in Minoan and Mycenaean civilization to the fall of Rome.  The course is designed as a study of the varied approaches and emphases given to the study of archaeology as encountered in various types of finds and works of art.  To achieve such an objective, the students will both visit the sites as well as study the historical periods of Greece.

Greek Mythology and Religion (PHIL2080/RELG 2030):  This course is designed to introduce students to the study of mythology.  Symbolic analysis is investigated from the standpoint of the theories of Campbell, Graves, and Jung.  The objective of this course is to provide students with a theoretical framework for the symbolic analysis of myths on the psychological, social, historical, cosmological and metaphysical levels.  This is achieved through mastery of the principles of Campbelian and Jungian philosophy.

Community Service Learning (SOCI 3000):  Provides students with the basic skills and knowledge of community work and introduces them to the actual practice of community work.  Students can choose to do their service through working with endangered sea turtles at a sea turtle rescue center, or working with refugees at a local refugee center.

Open Water Diver (HLSC 1300):  Throughout the course, you will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques.  Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded with a diving wall certificate and a diving card.  You will earn this rating by completing five pool dives (or confined water dives) and knowledge development sessions (classroom), and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.  As a certified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water Diver - the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world - you have the freedom to dive with a buddy, independent of a professional, anywhere in the world. PADI programs are performance based.  You proceed as you demonstrate master of the course skills which allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you.  (This performance based approach corresponds to the practical portion of the course and not the academic.)

*GCP (Global Citizenship Program) is Webster's general education program.

Summer Activities for Students

Students are met at the airport and participate in a week-long orientation.  A welcome dinner is planned during the first week.  Excursions around Greece are an integral part of the program.  Possible sites visits are Myceana, Epidavors, Ancient Olympia, and the islands of Aegena, Hydra and Poros.  Field trips to the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum and Benaki museum are also part the program.  Complimentary cultural activities such as traditional Greek dancing and Greek cooking classes are included. Other possible activities and events include visits to the Hellenic Parliament and theatrical performances in the ancient outdoor theatres.


Costs for one Summer session are $795.00 for a shared room  and $1,330.00 for a single room.  Costs for two Summer sessions (Summer I & II or Summer II & III) are $1,590.00 for a shared room and $2,660.00 for a single room.  In addition, there is a $165.00 refundable security deposit required for either option.

Recommended Hotels Near Webster University Athens

  • Electra Hotel
  • Electra Palace Hotel
  • Central Hotel
  • Omiros Hotel