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*From the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire

Multiple, Greece

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The information provided here is from a past program. The International Center anticipates offering this program again in 2019; however, specific details have not been finalized and may change.



The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Department of Classical Studies. MU professor Michael Barnes will lead this four-week program with travel throughout Greece.

From the Acropolis in Athens to the splendors of the island of Corfu, you will explore the culture, literature and geography of ancient Greece: classical Athens, where Sophocles and Socrates once roamed; the famous oracles of Delphi and Dodona; and the Roman monuments and Byzantine monasteries that also dot the landscape of Greece. You will consider not only the physical and intellectual remains of Greco-Roman antiquity, but also the role of that ancient heritage in the culture and politics of modern Greece.



You will enroll in one course for a total of six credit hours.

CL HUM 4100/4100H: Greece: From the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire (6) will immerse you in the physical and intellectual heritage of Greco-Roman antiquity through travel to the cultural capitals, important archaeological sites and museums in Greece. You will explore a number of sites in Greece, thus affording you a broad view of the layers of history in the various ancient civilizations that have called those lands home. These sites allow for cross-disciplinary teaching and learning, the particulars of each site preserving, in various ways, key aspects of the heritage of ancient Greece, Byzantium, and the Roman and Ottoman empires. The course also considers the complicated relationship between modern Greece and its ancient past. This trip is aimed at students of the classics, but it is open to all with an interest in the material and intellectual heritage of the eastern Mediterranean.

Academic credit

You will be enrolled in actual MU courses. You are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, you must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.

MU students: Grades will calculate into your MU GPA and appear on your MU transcript when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. You must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to your home universities. You must work with your home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue one transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on your Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.


Host program

Educational Tours and Cruises has specialized in leading group tours to Greece, Italy and Turkey for more than 35 years. The organization will arrange all accommodations and land travel for the duration of the program.

Accommodations and meals

You will stay in shared rooms in 3-star and 4-star hotels with private baths in Greece. All breakfasts and some dinners are included in the program cost — you will be responsible for your own lunches and most dinners.

Host city and surrounding areas

Greece is an incredibly rich source of history, art and culture. As the birthplace of some of the most well-known philosophers and writers, Greece is an excellent place to study both ancient history and the classics. Greece is also recognized for its beautiful islands that are some of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world. Surrounded by Greek art and architecture, you will be better able to understand the connection between contemporary and ancient Greece.


You will travel to several cities of historic and cultural importance around Greece for the duration of the program. All land transportation will be by fully air-conditioned, deluxe motor coaches. The comprehensive sightseeing tours will be accompanied with the services of professional, local, English-speaking, government-licensed guides. You will travel with the group, but will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during your time abroad.

Tentative itinerary

  • May 22: Arrive in Athens, welcome dinner
  • May 23: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum
  • May 24: National Archaeological Museum, Ancient Agora
  • May 25: Marathon, Cape Sounion, overnight ferry to Heraklion, Crete
  • May 26: Arrive in Heraklion, orientation walk, Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
  • May 27: Malia, Spina Longa, swim Aghios Nikolaos
  • May 28: Gortyna, Phaistos, Kommos
  • May 29: Knossos, Chania, Eleutherna site, Dourakis winery
  • May 30: Free day in Chania, optional hik in Lissos gorge with swim in Sougia, overnight ferry to mainland Greece
  • May 31: Eleusis, Ancient Corinth, Nafplion
  • June 1: Mycenae, Nemea site and winery
  • June 2: Palamidi fortress, Epidaurus ancient theater, baking lesson
  • June 3: Tegea, Sparta archeological museum and ruins, Mystra byzantine chapels, olive oil museum
  • June 4: Kalamata, Ancient Messini site and ruins, archeological museum
  • June 5: Pylos, Nestor's Palace, Castle of Pylos
  • June 6: Ancient Olympia site and museum, swimming
  • June 7: Ferry to Kefalonia, Argolstoli orientation tour
  • June 8: Cave of Melissani, Cave of Dograti, St. Gerasimos Monastery
  • June 9: Free day in Kefalonia
  • June 10: Ferry to Ithaki, tour island, swim near Vathy
  • June 11: Ferry to mainland Greece, Delphi archeological museum
  • June 12: Oracle of Delphi, Thebes archaelogical museum, Athens
  • June 13: End of program

Optional island extension program tentative itinerary

  • June 13: Transfer to island of Santorini
  • June 14: Island tour, museum of Prehistoric Thira, Acrotiri
  • June 15: Transfer to island of Naxos
  • June 16: Naxos tour, Kouros at Melanes, Citron distillery, potter in Halki, swimming at Plaka beach
  • June 17: Optional morning hike of Mt. Zas
  • June 18: Free day in Naxos
  • June 19: Transfer to Athens
  • June 20: End of island extension trip

Faculty program director

MU faculty member Michael Barnes, Department of Classical Studies, will accompany the students to Greece. Professor Barnes has experience traveling in and leading study abroad programs to Greece and Turkey, and will be a great asset to the program.

Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.

Michael Barnes

Michael Barnes

Professor Barnes received his bachelor's degree in Classical Studies and English Literature at the University of Houston (1994) and his master's and Ph.D. in classical languages and literature at the University of Missouri (2003). He returned to the department in the fall of 2004.

In addition to teaching courses across the classics curriculum, from the large introductory myth course to upper-level courses in Latin and Greek, he serves as the department's director of undergraduate studies. In 2009, he launched the department's annual summer study abroad program with a program to Greece and Turkey (co-led with Professor Anatole Mori) and in the summers of 2010-2014, he led programs to Greece.

Professor Barnes was awarded a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 2010 and the Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award for 2007.


Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Program Start Program End

We anticipate this program will be offered again in the future.


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application in using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Recommendations - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically.

This program is not currently accepting applications.