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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Nafplio, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Summer Quarter
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Program Information:

Location Athens and Nafplio, Greece
Academic Term Summer Quarter
06/21/2019 - 08/11/2019
Estimated Program Fee $6,945
Credits 15
Prerequisites No Pre-requisites required
Program Directors Dr. Taso G. Lagos |
Dr. Nektaria G. Klapaki
Program Manager Katherine R Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2019
Information Sessions Program Directors will hold informal individual information sessions; please contact Dr. Taso G. Lagos ( for further information
General A compelling, enriching program hosted by the American College of Greece and Harvard University that meaningfully contributes to community building while exploring tourism, immigration and travel in modern Greece. Extensive in-country travel, visits to key historical and museum sites, and several group meals to experience the delicious Greek cuisine are included!
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

The program focuses on the role of travel, migration and tourism for Greece and the Balkans. These topics, and the politics behind them, are explored within social, political, economic and cultural contexts of two Greek communities: Athens and the picturesque resort town of Nafplion. Students study: Greece's construction as a magnet destination for European and American travelers in the 19th and 20th centuries; why during the 1950s and 1960s the Greeks were forced to emigrate to Western Europe and to other western countries in search of a better life; why Greece became, especially since the 1990s, a host country for immigrants from the Balkans and elsewhere, and how the phenomenon of mass tourism impacted the economy as well as the culture of Greece. Within this framework some of the topics of study is the perception and representation of Greece and the Greeks by Western European and American travelers; the construction of the tourist gaze about Greece; the relation of Greece with neighboring Balkan countries, especially Albania, formerly the largest exporter of illegal immigration to Greece; the question of human rights of the undocumented immigrants in Greece; the political and social tensions that the phenomenon of mass immigration caused in Greece; the emergence of multiple cultural identities following the arrival of immigrants but also the arrival of tourists in Greece, and the transformation of Greece from a 'mono-cultural' to a 'multi-cultural' country. We also continue our research work from the past three years on the Roma communities of Athens and Nafplion, studying their social exclusion as well as helping to break down their marginalization. This is a rich, challenging yet rewarding program that includes visits to the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, the islands of Aegina, Hydra and Spetses, the ancient site of Mycanae as well as a four-day bus journey to Delphi, Meteora, and Olympia where we spend two nights before resuming our journey to Nafplion.




Athens and Nafplio, Greece


The residence in Athens housed the U.S. athletes at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games with full kitchens, washer/dryers in the basement and workout rooms. In Napflion, we stay at the Park Hotel, used by Harvard University students and faculty.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



15 UW Quarter Credits


JSIS E 111: Introduction to Modern Greek (5 credits) VLPA or I&S

JSIS E 111: Introduction to Modern Greek (5 Credits) "Introduction to Modern Greek" addresses to students with no prior knowledge of Modern Greek who wish to gain competence in the basic communicative functions of the Greek language. The course is open to participants of the program "Europe and the Balkans: Travelers, Migrants, and Tourists" (UW) only. This course develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the Modern Greek language at the elementary level (A1 Level of the Common European Framework of References for Language). Through classroom-based instruction and learning activities students acquire the vocabulary needed to perform basic communicative tasks and will be introduced to the basic grammar and structural patterns of Modern Greek. Concomitantly, students become familiar with several aspects of Modern Greek social life and everyday culture. The course aims to facilitate cultural immersion in the host community by enabling students to communicate in a number of familiar everyday situations in a Greek-speaking environment (e.g. introducing yourself, ordering a meal, asking for directions, etc.). Emphasis is placed on the development of speaking and listening skills, but students will also learn the writing conventions of Modern Greek (the Greek alphabet, system of accentuation, etc.) and understanding and controlling fundamental grammar structures. By developing these language skills, students gain a basic socio-cultural competence, which enables them to engage more effectively in everyday social interaction during their stay in Greece.

Learning goals include:
At the end of the course, students are able to: Comprehend simple spoken utterances. Speak in order to: Greet others and initiate a conversation. Introduce yourself. Give basic information about yourself (e.g. where you come from, where you live, etc.). Ask simple questions about people, places and things. Give simple answers on familiar topics. Order a drink or a meal. Find a place of interest by asking for directions. Make purchases. Read basic communicative situation dialogues on familiar topics (e.g. ordering a drink) and short informational texts (e.g. restaurant/cafeteria menus). Produce short written sentences on familiar topics (e.g. greetings, sharing personal information, etc.). Comprehend elements of Greek everyday culture in order to: Be verbally polite in social interaction by using appropriately the formal/informal "you". Understand and follow (at a basic level) social conventions and linguistic politeness phenomena in various formal/informal communicative events (e.g. when making requests or purchases, socializing over coffee or meal, etc.). Assessment takes place via written, oral and analytical exams, as well as completed work assignments (both in class and brought from home).

JSIS 499: Undergraduate Ethnography (5 credits) I&S

This course explores the theoretical foundations to conducting ethnographic study while also putting these elements into actual practice by conducting interviews in Athens and Napflion. Thus the class combines both intellectual exploration with fieldwork with local residents. The course is co-taught by Harvard-educated Dr. Ilay Romain Ors and Dr. Taso G. Lagos, founder and director of the Greece program. Working in teams of three, students will: 1. Be assigned to a different area of Athens (Pangratti, Kolonaki, Plaka, etc.). Each team will have one interviewer and two students to take notes of the interview. 2. Send summaries of the interview to Dr. Lagos. 3. Repeat for all interview sessions conducted. Not only do students gain valuable experience by conducting these interviews, but interact in a significant way with local residents.

Students may apply 5 credits of the Greece Program to the UW Human Rights Minor.  Specifically, they may count the JSIS 499 course, International Ethnographic Research (5 credits), as a core course in the Minor.  The Greece Program also satisfies the internship/practicum/study abroad requirement of the Human Rights Minor.

Learning goals include:
* Acquire skills in conducting original social science research * Critically analyze original content (using content analysis) * Feel confident in ability to interview participants in another culture and context * Develop skills to make judgments about complex social problems * Further team building competencies * Prepare for further analysis on the data gathered for possible article to be submitted to a refereed journal (i.e., Journal of Greek Media and Culture) All transcriptions and summaries are assessed for clarity, cogency and critical thinking skills.

JSIS A 304: From the Grand Tour to Modern Tourism: A Concise History of Travel to Greece (5 credits) I&S

This course is a concise history of travel to Greece beginning with the Grand Tour and ending with modern tourism. Taking its starting-point from the travelogues of some famous European and American travelers, such as Lord Byron, Mark Twain, Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller and others, the course discusses the perceptions and representations of Greece and the Greeks by the above and other modern Western travelers; it also examines the relationship of their representations with the discourses of Hellenism, Balkanism and Orientalism; and it places them in the contexts of imperialism and colonialism. Furthermore, considering the role of travel books and of various institutions connected with mass tourism, the course traces the modern emergence of the mass tourism market and how the tourist gaze about Greece is constructed. Lastly, the course explores the impact of travel and tourism on Greek history and identity, but also on the visitors themselves. In this context, students are invited to consider how they are affected by their journey to Greece and, conversely, how through their role as agents influences the country and its culture.

Learning goals include:
Students get to: a. Explore key texts and themes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century travel literature b. Analyze major topics in Modern Greek History and Modern European History c. Appreciate how Greece shaped the Western imagination and culture d. Consider how the West played a pivotal role in the emergence of modern Greece and the construction of modern Greek identity e. Write a paper in which they critically engage with primary and secondary sources and experience the country in its totality.





Dr. Taso G. Lagos
Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

Dr. Lagos was born and raised in Greece and founded the Athens (now Greece) Study Abroad Program in 2005 after being inspired by his volunteering at the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Since then he has led 21 foreign study programs to Greece and Spain. His interest in migration and minority exclusion stems from his own experience as an immigrant to the United States from Greece when he was eight. He is a faculty member in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, where he teaches classes on Diaspora communities, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and Digital Storytelling. He authored most recently, American Zeus: The Life of Alexander Pantages, Theater Mogul, and is a regular contributor to the Seattle Times opinion-editorial pages.

Dr. Nektaria G. Klapaki
Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

Dr. Klapaki works at the intersection of the fields of Modern Greek literature, Comparative literature and Reception Studies. Her publications include articles on epiphany in modern Greek literature, on various other aspects of modern Greek literature, and on modern travel literature. Her latest article is on “The Afterlife of the Greek Gods in the Modern World: The Revival of the Epiphanies of Pan and Dionysus in the Early Poetry of Angelos Sikelianos,” Classical Receptions Journal 9.4 (2017): 546-65. Klapaki is currently working on a book-length, comparative study of epiphany in modern Greek poetry. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Modern Hellenism in the field of Modern Greek literature and culture and is currently completing her book on epiphanic revelation in modern Greek poetry.





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $6,945

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,750 but there are also great internet deals!)
  • Food (about $14 to $18)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.