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  • Locations: Arachova, Greece; Athens, Greece; Chania, Greece; Crete, Greece; Heraklion, Greece; Kalambaka, 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 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!

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 146

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 time, date and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Wednesdays from 05:30-07:10 p.m., location TBD.

Activity Level: Moderate

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means you will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.


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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 registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


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


The tentative dates for the program are January 2-23, 2020.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is TBD.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



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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.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study 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.


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 global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page or the financial planning section of our FAQs.

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 program. 

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Connect with us

Questions? See if they're answered in our Short-Term Programs FAQ section

Prefer to ask in person? Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM
Learn from program alumniConnect with a Global Ambassador to learn from students that have studied on this program or others. Search the Global Ambassadors profiles to find students in your major(s), or organization(s), or with similar experiences.  

Get social: Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! You can also read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for other programs on the Study Abroad Blog.


Program Leader 1: Hui-Hua Chang
Department of History and Geography
AVAS (Lindner) 101C
2335 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

Program Leader 1: Mary Knight-McKenna
Associate Professor of Education and Director of Master of Education
Mooney 102A
2105 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

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


Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

I would recommend the Greece: Classics in Context study abroad program to anyone. There truly are not words to sum up how much I got out of the program- Not just all of the amazing history and mythology I learned while there, but the life lessons and stories I can bring back to the States with me. I met some of the best people I've ever met that go to Elon while abroad, and the best part is we all get to go back to campus together and continue our new friendships!
     — Rebecca Hurd, Winter 2014
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/02/2019
Rolling Admission 01/02/2020 01/23/2020
NOTE: Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.