Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1 - Freshman Program Type: ODU First Year Experience
Maximum Credits Earned: 7 Language of Instruction: English
Area(s) of Study: General education requirements, Oceanography, Philosophy Faculty Leader: Pearson, Y., Wells, S.
Estimated Cost of Attendance: <$5,000
Program Description:
Summer in Greece:
First Year Experience Abroad
Program Highlights Sample Itinerary Faculty Leaders Course Info
How to Apply Eligibility Program Costs Program Contacts
In summer 2019 the Office of Study Abroad will offer a First Year Experiences Abroad (FYE) program in Greece. The 2019 Greece FYE program will be the fifth year of this groundbreaking international experience in which students  explore the landscape that inspired Homer’s Odyssey, ranging from archaeological sites to extinct volcanoes. As a center of antiquities, geology, culture, trade, and history, Greece is virtually unmatched by other civilizations. For the study abroad student, Greece offers many experiential, impactful learning experiences and much to enjoy during a roughly two week stay. 

FYE study abroad programs are designed specifically for incoming ODU freshmen and allow freshmen students to enroll in a short-term summer study abroad program even before starting classes in Norfolk.  To allow the widest possible number of first-year ODU students to participate, FYE study abroad programs satisfy general education requirements that all ODU students need.

Course descriptions:

Coming in 2019!

Temple of Olympian Zeus
Ancient Athenian Agora
National archaeological Museum
Sousaki Volcano
Esperides, Vavrona,  and Legrena Beaches
Plato Museum
Cape Sounio
Temple of Poseidon
Hosios Loukas Monastery
Kalavrita Cave of the Lakes
Lavrio Silver Mines
Mount Lycobettus
Cycladic Museum
Palamidi Castle

Big Blue at Acropolis


2017 Greece FYE group picture,

ODU shirt with Jennifer K.

2014 group at Sounio


Day 1: Arrive at ODU, on-campus orientation and activities
Day 2: On-campus activities
Day 3: On-campus activities
Day 4: On-campus activities, depart Norfolk
Day 5: Arrive Athens, in-country orientation activities, ancient Athenian Agora
Day 6: Acropolis, Theatre of Dionysos, Peripatos, Acropolis museum
Day 7: National Archaelogical Museum. Plato Museum, Plato's Academy
Day 8: Lavrio silver mines, Cape Sounio. Temple of Poseidon, Legrena beach
Day 9: Hosios Loukas, Delphi, overnight in Galaxidi
Day 10: Kalavrita Cave of the Lakes, ancient Corinth, Corinth canal, Sousaki volcano
Day 11: Esperides, Vevrona beach
Day 12: Marathon, Benaki museum
Day 13: Mount Lycobettus, Cycladic museum, Temple of Olympian Zeus
Day 14: Return to Norfolk

*Subject to Change: The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Coursework will be delivered through a variety of face-to-face and online instructional methods including lectures, seminars, online modules, excursions, and experiential fieldwork. Students will start the courses in early July through online means before coming to ODU for program orientation and intensive face-to-face activities. Students and faculty will then travel together from Norfolk to Athens for the study abroad program.  Much of the coursework in Greece is delivered through interactive, experiential activities in and around Athens and other areas of Greece. Following the study abroad program in Greece, faculty and students will return together to Norfolk. Following the study abroad program, students will complete assignments in order to synthesize the online and in-country aspects of the academic courses.

Courses offered on this study abroad program are summer courses; the Office of Study Abroad will register students participating in the Greece FYE study abroad program in the courses.  Course tuition is not included in the study abroad program fee and is the responsibility of the student.

Students must actively participate in all course and study abroad program activities, and be in good physical health as the study abroad program includes much walking and hiking on uneven ground, swimming, and travel around Greece. 

The study abroad program starts and ends in Norfolk. 

[return to top]


Applications for this program will open in Fall 2018 and will be accepted until May 2019. 



This program is designed specifically for first-year undergraduate students admitted to and enrolled in Old Dominion University for Fall 2019. 

All participants must :
  • commit to attending ODU for Fall 2019
  • be an incoming freshman for Fall 2019
  • complete Preview (ODU Orientation) before the start of the study abroad program
  • attend a comprehensive study abroad pre-departure orientation
  • secure a passport valid for 6 months or more months following program completion
[return to top]

Program Cost: TBD
Students must also register and pay for the course credits  during the summer semester tuition to participate in this program.  Summer semester tuition is due in early July.  Financial aid and tuition payment plans are not available for summer tuition.  

Cost Includes:
Round-trip airfare from/to Norfolk; shared accommodations, program activities and entrance fees, and program-related transportation in Norfolk; shared accommodations, daily breakfasts and select group meals, program activities and entrance fees, and program-related transportation in Greece; study abroad fee, and international travel and health insurance.

Not Included:
ODU tuition for summer courses (participants are required to register for credit), meals and transport other than indicated above, baggage and travel fees, and expenses of a personal nature. Students should estimate roughly $35/day for meals. 

Financial Resources and Assistance:
Old Dominion University strongly believes in the educational impact and value of international study experiences for ODU students.  The university has provided financial resources to significantly lower the cost of the program for participating students.  Financial aid may be available to help defray costs for some students.  If interested in this possibility, please contact Dr. Steve Bell (; 757-683-5378) in the ODU Office of Study Abroad.

Payment Schedule:
$500 deposit upon application; the first-half payment  is due in April 2019, and the remaining balance payment is due in May 2019.

[return to top]

Participants are responsible for securing a valid passport to participate in this program. Passports must be valid for 6 months or more months following program completion. U.S. passports can take 12 weeks to secure from time of application; students are encouraged to apply early.

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Greece for a stay of less than 90 days.  Non-U.S. citizens may need a visa to enter Greece.  Participants are responsible for securing their visa to Greece, if necessary.

[return to top]


Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.
Check out photos from previous programs!
 [return to top]


This program is currently not accepting applications.