RWU Greece offers students the opportunity to earn 3 credits in Core Senior Seminar (CISS), while experiencing Greek culture, business, and history that enhances the experiences of both courses.
Students enroll in the Senior Seminar, “It’s All Greek to Us” . They complete this course partially through online lectures (pre-departure and upon return) and partially through group discussion, tours and reflection (on site). Ancient ruins and Mediterranean shores of Greece and the Greek Isles will serve as the classroom for these courses. RWU Greece includes visiting Athens-the home of the first democracy, Corinth-famous for the New Testament and St. Paul, Olympia-birthplace of the Olympics, the Oracle of Delphi-know thyself, Mycenae-the Greek capitol during the Trojan War, and the island of Santorini with its houses perched above the sea.
RWU Greece begins with a series of online lectures in Bristol that cover the fundamentals of the Greek language and foundational material for the senior seminar. With these lectures and basic speaking skills students travel to the various destinations experiencing the culture, history, cuisine and language and discussing their observations in small groups for the classes. Many of the places visited include course material that makes both the place and assignment come alive by the combination. Imagine discussing Pericles Funeral Oration in the exact spot where Pericles spoke over 2000 years ago. Consider the value in discussing the Olympics and their influence on western society while sitting along Greece’s first race course.
The itinerary includes:
Athens & The Greek Bequest Discussion Series:
- Herodotus and “East Versus West”
- Cleisthenes & Democracy then and today
- Pericles & The First War to End All Wars
- Religion vs. Philosophy and the Greek Discovery of Humanity
Mycenae & Epidaurus:
- Homer & The Long Shadow of The Trojan War
- What is Theater
- Athletics, The Invention of the Greeks
- “Getting it Right” The Greeks and Striving for the Ideal
- The Islanders, Athens and the Melian Dialogue
- Science vs. Technology
Open to All Majors
- Eligibility to enroll in a senior seminar
- 45 credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 or better
- Consent of Instructor(s)
- Good academic and judicial standing
- CORE 451: It's All Greek To Us- The ancient Greeks bequeathed to us the great philosophical, literary, political and historical themes that have dominated the worldview (Weltanschauung) of western civilization since ancient times. It is difficult, if not impossible, to find an area of humanity or human relationships with men, nature, and God that was not discovered and then explained by the writers and poets of that little speck of land in the Mediterranean Sea. In this course, we will consider our inheritance from Greece and how it has influenced our own history, language, politics, religion, and culture. As a study abroad course, we will have the unique opportunity to discuss themes of the course at sites where the events we discuss took place.
Student accommodations will consist of hotels located in the various traveled areas.
May 17, 2020 - May 31, 2020
Program Fee: $3,315
December 15: $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit
- Includes tuition, all breakfasts and dinners, housing, entrances, and travel
- Does not include airfare
February 28: Remaining Balance
Financial Aid and Scholarships
RWU students applying to RWU-sponsored short term study abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid, however, they may apply to one or both of the scholarships listed below. Students apply for the scholarship(s) at the same time they submit their application for a short-term program abroad. In order to be considered for the Global Engagement Scholarship, they must submit their application by stated program application deadline.
The Bridging the World Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on academic merit only
Scholarships awards based on financial need and academic merit
The Global Engagement Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on financial need only (limited funds available)
Professor Anthony Hollingsworth, Department Chairman and Professor of Foreign Languages and Classics
Office: GHH 112
Health & Safety Abroad
Students should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for complete information regarding the health concerns and vaccine recommendations specific to Greece. Students should also review the U.S. State Department’s consular information website for complete information on safety and security.
All information subject to change - Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led program offered during the academic year for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason. These reasons may include safety and security concerns at the program location. Should it prove necessary to do so, the School will promptly notify all registrants.