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*KIIS: Greece (Summer)
Athens, Greece (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Program Catagory: WKU Partner Program
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Faculty/Program Leader(s):
King, Richard, Mortara, Anthony, Ranieri, Paul, Shea, Chris, Watkins, Steve
Colonnade Credit: No Class Eligibility: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
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Program Description:

Experience Greece

The KIIS summer program in Greece offers students the chance to study and travel for five weeks in a country of dramatic natural beauty and rich cultural traditions. The fascinating culture of modern Greece provides the ideal setting for learning about the ancient Greeks whose literature, political ideas, philosophy, art and architecture continue to shape our lives. No previous knowledge of Greek is necessary; all instruction is in English. 

The program begins and ends in Athens. Here (as in every place we visit) our hotel is centrally located.  Classes are held on the hotel's rooftop garden with a magnificent view of the Parthenon. After five nights in Athens, we travel by ferry to the Greek islands: first to the impressive archaeological site on the island of Delos, and then on to the beautiful island of Naxos for an eight-night stay. After a brief return to the mainland, an overnight stay in the port of Piraeus (home of some o
f the best ancient bronze statues), the group again boards a ferry and travels to Siphnos, an unspoiled island in the Cyclades. The stay here includes a day trip to the neighboring island of Melos, where the "Venus de Milo" was found and Thucydides' famous "Melian dialogue" is set. Students may opt to hike to the ancient gold mines of Siphnos and to take a course in Greek folk dancing.

After a brief stopover in Athens, the group travels by private motor coach toDelphi (with its famous oracle of Apollo), Olympia (home of the Olympic games), and on to the charming seaside town of Nauplion, the first capital of modern Greece. This serves as our base for exploring the Argolid, with excursions to Mycenae (home of the legendary King Agamemnon), Argos, Corinth (where Paul preached), Eleusis (site of the famous mystery cult), and the popular ancient healing theater. The group then visits Athens once more before returning to the U.S.

Greece program departs US on May 16 & arrives into Athens on May 17

Please note: All courses are taught in English. Prospective students should be aware that the Greece program is very strenuous. You should be prepared to 1) walk at least a mile or two each day; 2) walk over stony, rough or slippery paths at archaeological sites; and 3) protect yourself in the hot Mediterranean climate by always carrying water, wearing hats, etc. 4) be prepared if susceptible to motion sickness, as we travel extensively by bus and ferry. 



ENG 290 Topics: Classical Greek Comedy
ENG 290 Topics: Women in Ancient Greek Literature
ENG 396 Mythology/RELS 399 Topics: Greek Myth in Context

EXS 485 Exercise Science Topics: Health & Philosophy in Ancient & Modern Greece
EXS 485 Exercise Science Topics: History of the Olympic Games
HIST 490: Topics: Day to Day in Ancient Greece 
RELS 305 The History of Christianity 
RELS 399 Topics: St. Paul's Influence on Early Christianity

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KIIS Greece is an excursion-based study abroad program. Throughout the five-week program, students stay at comfortable two-to-three-star hotels. Each hotel is conveniently-located within walking distance of cultural sites and museums as well as restaurants, shopping and other daily needs. Rooms are triple occupancy and include a full private bathroom. Every hotel provides a hearty breakfast that typically includes fruit, cereal, yogurt, some kind of meat, eggs, cheese, coffee, and juice. Most hotels provide WiFi access (though the reception is better in some than others).

In Athens, students enjoy magnificent views of the Parthenon as they study and relax on the rooftop of the hotel. The excellent downtown location affords students the opportunity to explore local markets and restaurants. Public computers with Internet access in the hotel lounge and reliable WiFi throughout the hotel enable students to connect with family and friends back home.

In Siphnos, students enjoy the hotel's beautiful beach location while the more luxurious hotel in Mykonos offers a view overlooking the island. In charming Naflion, we stay at a very nice hotel perfectly-located by the water and the central square. Several of the hotels have restaurants and lounges on-site. Air conditioning is not favored by the Greeks so not all hotels have air conditioning in every room.    

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