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  • Locations: Arachova, Greece; Athens, Greece; Chania, Greece; Crete, Greece; Delphi, Greece; Epidaurus, Greece; Heraklion, Greece; Kalambaka, Greece; Mycenae, Greece; Nafplio, Greece; Olympia, Greece; Piraeus, Greece; Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Course DescriptionHousingItineraryEligibility / DeadlinesPre-Departure CourseCancellation PolicyCostScholarships / GrantsLinksMore Information



Course Description


This course will primarily introduce students to the art, architecture, religion, and history of ancient Greece, from the Bronze Age (the “Mysterious Minoans” and the first Greeks—the Mycenaeans) to the “Golden Age of Athens” in the Classical period and to the Macedonian dominance under Philip II and Alexander the Great. In this class, students will visit and examine major ancient historical sites throughout the Greek Mainland and Crete. Additional destinations will include the Byzantine and Medieval sites in Meteora, Napoli, and Thessaloniki. Along the way, students will also gain first-hand experience of many aspects of modern Greek culture. Though the oracle of Delphi has long ceased to prophesy and the shrine of Asclepius no longer witnesses healing miracles, Greek gods and goddesses still fascinate modern people. Although the Trojan War and King Minos’ labyrinth can now only be sought in legend and myth, Agamemnon, Hercules, Theseus, and their heroic deeds still live in our imagination. The bustling Plaka may have replaced the Agora as the center of commercial activities and tourism, but the Parthenon continues to inspire awe and wonder, the Pnyx still echoes the first debate of the people’s assembly, and the footprints of Greek athletes are permanently set within the history of the stadium at Olympia. Ancient Greece is very alive! Let us explore together this land, rich in creativity and wonders!

Prerequisite: GBL 146. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Civilization requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.  Counts toward the Classical Studies minor.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations (double or triple rooms).

Tentative Itinerary

Athens and Attica

  • City Tour and Plaka
  • Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum
  • National Archeological Museum
  • Marathon site and museum
  • Monastery of St. Paul
  • Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
  • Mask workshop


  • Heraklion
  • Minoan Palaces in Knossos and Phaistos
  • Archaeological Museum of Iraklio
  • Ancient Law Code in Gortyna
  • The "Old Town" in Rethymom and Chania
  • Maritime Museum and the Suda Bay War Cemetery at Chania
  • Local Olive Oil Press


  • Corinth Canal


  • Ancient Citadel at Mycenae 
  • Treasury of Atreus
  • Palamidi Castle
  • Local Winery


  • Greek Theater
  • Sanctuary of Asclepius and Museum 


  • Temple of Zeus
  • Original Olympic Stadium and Museum


  • Sanctuary of Apollo and Museum at Delphi 
  • Sacred Way
  • Sanctuary of Athena


  • Hanging Monasteries
  • Greek Orthodox Icon Workshop


  • Byzantine City Tour
  • Royal Tombs at Vergina

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.

Eligibility & Application Deadlines

The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.

See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. 

  • February 28, 2017:  All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
  • March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs. 
  • 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline.  All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission. 
  • March 28, 2017: Notification begins.  The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
  • March 28, 2017: Change period begins.  Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28). 
  • March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins.  New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
  • September 4, 2017:  Deposit refund deadline for Study Abroad programs.  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**
  • September 14, 2017:  Final deadline and refund deadline for Study USA programs.  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.

Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.

Pre-departure Course: GBL 146

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for winter term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of winter term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

Spring Meeting Information 

The spring meeting date, time, and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Wednesdays from 6-8 P.M. (unless otherwise stated) on the following days:

  • Sept. 6
  • Sept. 20 from 5:30-8:30 P.M.
  • Oct. 4
  • Oct. 18
  • Nov. 11
  • Nov. 15
  • Nov. 29

Cancellation Policy

To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.

Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
  • September 4 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • September 15 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
  • October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
  • October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
  • Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
Note: You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.

Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at or 336.278.5300.

*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.

If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Additional Links

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email--they are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!

For More Information

Program Leader 1: Hui-Hua Chang
Department of History and Geography
CB 2335, AVAS (Lindner) 101C

Program Leader 2: Vicki Siler
Emerging Technologies Librarian and Assistant Librarian
CB 2550, Carol Grotnes Belk Library 118

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)

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This was my first time abroad so it was an extremely enlightening experience. It was great to simply see how another culture lives and behaves. It was also fun to be able to learn some of such a unique language.
     — Jessica Pike, Winter 2014
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 08/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/02/2018 01/23/2018
  • March 6: Priority period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, March 16: Priority deadline.
  • March 28: Decision date; Change period begins.
  • March 30: Rolling period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, Aug. 31: Study Abroad final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • 11:59 PM, Sept. 14: Study USA final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • See the Deadlines and Cancellation Policy page for full deadline information.

    The start date is the date students are expected to meet at the U.S. departure airport. The end date is the date students will meet back at that same airport.

    These dates reflect the best information available to the GEC but are subject to change. Please do not purchase domestic flight tickets based on the dates listed here.

    ** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

    Indicates that deadline has passed

    This program is currently not accepting applications.