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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/06/2020 06/30/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
Faculty Led Program Greece S20
The History, Archaeology and Culture of Greece

Program Highlights: 
This study abroad program offer students the opportunity to study the history, culture and archaeology of Greece from a diachronic perspective. The program will introduce students to Greece’s complex past through site visits, reading assignments, lectures, and exposure to Greek culture. Site visits will occur in Greece’s capital, Athens, and other (select) regions in the country. Greece has been a crossroads between east and west since antiquity, and it remains so to this day. The Greek Crisis revealed this simple fact quite directly: would Greece remain a part of the European project or not? Was it proper for Greece to be an EU member state (i.e., part of the club of developed, Western nation-states)? Likewise, Greece’s music reflects influences spanning Europe and Asia: Greek folk music is rendered in scales that belong firmly to the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, yet the instrumentation one finds in Greek music groups certainly reflects strong Western influences (e.g., widespread use of fretted instruments, the violin, and so on). Thus, Greece presents students with a unique case: an EU country that sits astride supposed “civilizational” fault lines. This historical fact has colored and affected the development of the modern Greek nation-state since its founding, and it continues to do so today. This program will allow students to explore this complex dynamic diachronically through the application of different types of evidence (literary, documentary, material) to grounded historical questions. In so doing, students will gain direct exposure to a wide range of issues and problems that historians, art historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and others continue to grapple with today.

Greece: Athens, Corinth & Nafplio

Program Dates:
June 6 - June 30, 2020
HIST 301 - Ancient History: Greece (syllabus here - Faculty Led Program - Greece Summer 2020.pdf)
HIST 498 - Special Topics: Medieval and Post-Medieval Greece 
Faculty Leaders:
Prof. D. DeForest (CSU, Chico); Email:
Professor DeForest is an ancient historian whose research explores the social and cultural history of the Roman Empire. He uses material evidence extensively in his work and takes a particular interest in the Roman city, monumental architecture, daily life, and religion. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Greece during the 2010-11 academic year and a research fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens from 2010-12. He has worked on a number of archaeological projects in Greece and Cyprus and maintains an interest in the diachronic history and archaeology of both countries. He teaches History 101, upper division courses in Greek, Roman and Byzantine history, and History 300W at the university.

Prof. John T. Barnes (University of Tennessee – Knoxville); Email:
Dr. John Tristan Barnes is a classical archaeologist specializing in Greek prehistoric landscapes and ancient astronomy.  He was a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens between 2010 and 2012, during which time he traveled widely all over Greece exploring the ancient and modern countryside.  As an active field archaeologist, he has excavated in Athens, Corinth, and on the island of Crete in a variety of contexts, ranging from Minoan palaces to Classical markets, Roman baths, and Byzantine houses.  He currently works in the Department of Classics at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Number of Participants Accepted: 8 (minimum) – 14 (maximum)
Accommodations, Meals & Travel Passes Included:
  • Housing: ​Twin or triple-bedded rooms within centrally-located tourist-class hotels in Athens, Corinth and Napflion.
  • Linens and towels, and free wireless internet are included throughout.
  • Meals: daily breakfast in the hotels in each location, a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner, and occasional meals on excursions as listed below.
  • Travel pass: An Athena-Card for unlimited travel on the underground/metro, buses and trams in Athens (excluding the airport) for the first 10 days of the program. Transfers between cities and on day trips by private coach or minibus, per the program itinerary. 
Program Cost: $5,942, includes:
  • Academic Course Fees (6 units): $1,800
  • Program Fees, Foreign Travel Insurance, Housing and some meals: $4,442
Note: Above program fees do not include round-trip international airfare, meals other than those listed in the program, laundry, or personal expenses (estimated to be approximately $1,800).

Application Deadline & Fee Schedule:  
  • March 1, 2020: Deposit Deadline of $450.00 due, paid online to AIFS (non-refundable if program has sufficient amount of students by 03/01/2020). AIFS can accept applications after this date on a space available basis, but cannot guarantee program costs after this date.
  • April 1, 2020: Final Program Fees of $3,395 due. AIFS reserves the right to withdraw students who are not paid in full by the final payment deadline. 
  • May 1, 2020: Unit fees of $1,800 & Travel Course Fees of $297 due to CSU, Chico Regional & Continuing Education (RCE), 

  • Participants in this program must have a valid passport that expires no sooner than 6 months after the return date of the program. Those needing a U.S. Passport can apply in the Passport Place at CSU, Chico, located in the Student Services Center Room 440. 
  • Routine service for first time applicants (age 16 and over) takes 6 -8 weeks from form DS11 submission date.
  • Expedited services for first time applicants (ages 16 and over) takes 2 -3 weeks from form DS11 submission date. There is an additional fee for this service.
  • For more information, go to the Chico State Passport Place website