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*From the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire

Multiple, Greece

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Introduction

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 in which students will travel throughout Greece in conjunction with Educational Tours and Cruises.

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 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.

Academics

Courses

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.

Location

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 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.

Excursions

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 25: Arrive in Athens, welcome dinner
  • May 26: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum
  • May 27: National Archaeological Museum, Ancient Agora
  • May 28: Monastery of St. Paul in Lavrion, Cape Sounion, overnight ferry to Heraklion, Crete
  • May 29: Arrive in Heraklion, orientation walk, Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
  • May 30: Knossos, Kapetaniana, cave exploration or hiking in Mt. Kofinas
  • May 31: Free day in Heraklion
  • June 1: Phaistos, Gortina, orientation tour of Chania
  • June 2: Free day in Chania, overnight ferry to mainland Greece
  • June 3: Eleusis, Corinthian Canal, Ancient Corinth, Nafplion
  • June 4: Mycenae, Tiryns (Bronze Age sites)
  • June 5: Epidaurus ancient theater, Asclepius sanctuary, Palamidi fortress
  • June 6: Nemea site and museum, winery visit, Olympia
  • June 7: Ancient Olympia site and museum
  • June 8: Boat to Corfu, Nikopolis
  • June 9: Corfu town, Frourio, archaeological museum or Antivouniotissa museum, Achillion Palace
  • June 10: Paleokastritsa, Moni Theotokou, beach time
  • June 11: Leave Corfu, Dodona, Ioannina, Frourio and Ioannina Archaeological museum, isle of Ali Pasha
  • June 12: Free day in Ioannina, optional hike in the Vikos Gorge
  • June 13: Kalambaka, Meteora, village of Metsovon
  • June 14: Delphi, museum
  • June 15: Delphi site, Monastery of Hosios Loukas, Athens
  • June 16: End of program

Optional island extension program tentative itinerary

  • June 16: Transfer to island of Santorini, orientation walk
  • June 17: Prehistoric museum, site of Acrotiri, swim in Perivolos, winery, Oia
  • June 18: Transfer to island of Naxos
  • June 19: Naxos tour, Kouros at Melanes, Temple of Dimitra at Sangri, swim at Plaka beach
  • June 20: Morning hike of Mt. Zas, including Cave of Zeus
  • June 21: Free day in Naxos
  • June 22: Transfer to Athens
  • June 23: 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.

Costs

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 2015 02/17/2015 02/23/2015 05/25/2015 06/23/2015

Early acceptance date for summer 2015 programs: December 19, 2014

Summer faculty-led programs fill up quickly! Submit your application by the early acceptance date to ensure preferred consideration for admission and to be eligible for International Center scholarship funds reserved for early acceptance applicants. Applications are still welcome after the early acceptance date, but must be received by the final application deadline of February 16, 2015 for consideration.

Application

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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