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*From the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire

Greece: Multiple

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The MU International Center and Department of Classical Studies are happy to announce the fifth year of their summer study abroad program. MU professor Michael Barnes will lead this four-week program in which students will travel throughout Greece. The program is open to all MU and non-MU undergraduate and graduate students and offers six hours of upper-level MU humanities and fine arts credit.

From the Acropolis in Athens to the splendors of the island of Corfu, students will explore the culture, literature, and geography of ancient Greece: classical Athens, where Sophocles and Socrates once roamed; the royal tombs of the kings of Macedonia in the north; the famous oracles of Delphi and Dodona; and the Roman monuments and Byzantine monasteries that also dot the landscape of Greece. Students 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.



Students will enroll in one course for a total of 6 credit hours.

CL HUM 4100/4100H: Greece: From the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire (6) will immerse students in the physical and intellectual heritage of Greco-Roman antiquity through travel to the cultural capitals, important archaeological sites, and museums in Greece. We will explore a number of sites in Greece, thus affording students 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 those with an interest in the material and intellectual heritage of the eastern Mediterranean.

Academic credit

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

MU students: Grades will calculate into students' MU GPAs and appear on students' MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the Faculty Program Director. Students must work with their 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 students' home universities. Students must work with their 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 the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.


Host program

The MU International Center and Department of Classical Studies sponsor this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in conjunction with the Educational Tours & Cruises. Educational Tours & Cruises has specialized in leading group tours to Greece, Italy and Turkey for over 35 years. The organization will arrange all student accommodations and land travel for the duration of the program

Accommodations and meals

Students 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 — students will be responsible for their 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, students will be better able to understand the connection between contemporary and ancient Greece.


Participants 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. Students will travel with the group but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad.

Tentative itinerary

  • May 26: Arrive in Athens, welcome dinner
  • May 27: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum
  • May 28: National Archaeological Museum, Ancient Agora
  • May 29: Elsusis (sanctuary of Demeter), the Corinthian Canal, Ancient Corinth and Nafplio (former capital of Greece)
  • May 30: Mycenae and Tiryns (Bronze Age sites)
  • May 31: Epidaurus (sanctuary of Asclepius and theater), Palamidi Fortress of Nafplio
  • June 1: Nemea (site and museum), winery tour
  • June 2: Ancient Olympia (site and museums)
  • June 3: Nekyomanteion (sanctuary of the dead) of Ephyra, arrive in evening on island of Corfu
  • June 4: Corfu: Museum and Achillion Palace
  • June 5: Corfu: Paleokastritsa and Moni Theotokou
  • June 6: Dodona and Ionannina
  • June 7: Free day in Ioannina, optional morning hike in the Vikos Gorge
  • June 8: Kalambaka/Meteora, monastery visit
  • June 9: Delphi Museum
  • June 10: Delphi site (sanctuary of Apollo) and Monastery of Hosios Loukas
  • June 11: Monastery of St. Paul and Cape Sounion
  • June 12: Arrive on island of Crete, Archaeological Museum of Iraklio and Knossos
  • June 13: Crete: Phaistos, Gortyn and Matala
  • June 14: Crete: Rethymno and Chania
  • June 15: Crete: Free day in Chania
  • June 16: Arrive in Athens, free day in Athens and farewell dinner
  • June 17: End of program

Optional island extension program tentative itinerary

  • June 17: Transfer to island of Santorini
  • June 18: Santorini tour (Akrotiri, Oia, & winery)
  • June 19: Transfer to island of Naxos
  • June 20: Naxos tour (Sangri and Chalki)
  • June 21: Morning hike of Mt. Zas, including Cave of Zeus
  • June 22: Free day in Naxos
  • June 23: Transfer to Athens
  • June 24: 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. He is also the editor of Classical and Modern Literature, a journal of the reception of antiquity in modern literature and art. 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 2010-2013, 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 Decision Date Program Start Program End
Summer 2014 02/17/2014 03/03/2014 05/26/2014 06/24/2014

Priority decision date: December 2, 2013

Summer faculty-led programs fill up quickly! Submit your application by the priority decision date to ensure preferred consideration for admission and to be eligible for scholarship funds reserved for priority decision applicants. Applications are still welcome after the priority decision date, but must be received by the final application deadline of February 17, 2014 for consideration.


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 for your program or country of interest.
  2. If you are an MU Student, start an application in using the button below. Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process. Please note:
    • Once you have started an application, you can login again using the myStudyAbroad button above.
    • By starting an application you will incur a $50 application fee, even if you do not complete your application.
  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.
    • Recommendation Forms - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
      • Application Certification/FERPA waiver
      • Essay
      • International Center Scholarship Application
      • Recommendation FERPA waiver

This program is not currently accepting applications.

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