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  • 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 2017 the Office of Study Abroad will again offer a First Year Experiences Abroad (FYE) program in Greece. The 2017 Greece FYE program will be the fourth consecutive 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 soon!

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


July 22: Arrive at ODU, on-campus orientation and activities
July 23: On-campus activities
July 24: On-campus activities
July 25: On-campus activities, depart Norfolk
July 26: Arrive Athens, in-country orientation activities, ancient Athenian Agora
July 27: Acropolis, Theatre of Dionysos, Peripatos, Acropolis museum
July 28: National archaelogical museum. Plato Museum, Plato's Academy
July 29: Lavrio silver mines, Cape Sounio. Temple of Poseidon, Legrena beach
July 30 : Hosios Loukas, Delphi, overnight in Galaxidi
July 31: Kalavrita Cave of the Lakes, ancient Corinth, Corinth canal, Sousaki volcano
August 1: Esperides, Vevrona beach
August 2: Marathon, Benaki museum
August 3: Mount Lycobettus, Cycladic museum, Temple of Olympian Zeus
August 4: 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.

Yvette PearsonDr. Yvette Pearson is an associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. She has traveled to Greece, France, England, and Denmark. Her 2012 trip to Greece was motivated by a lifelong interest in exploring and learning more about the place that gave birth to Ancient Greek philosophy. She is particularly excited about returning to Greece to lead a group of students eager to engage in philosophical inquiry among the ancient ruins in Athens, Delphi, and beyond. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Pearson has taught a wide range of courses in applied ethics and other areas of philosophy for more than two decades. Dr. Pearson’s research interests are diverse. She has published in the fields of crisis management ethics, robot ethics, reproductive ethics, ethical issues surrounding direct-to-consumer marketing of genetic tests, among other topics in bioethics. When she’s not engaged in philosophical inquiry, she enjoys windsurfing and teaching others to windsurf.

Shannon Wells headshotDr. Shannon Wells is a lecturer in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.  Her research interests include marine invertebrate physiology and reproduction, primarily focusing on the blue crab in the Chesapeake Bay.  Since joining the faculty in 2011, she has focused on teaching and mentoring undergraduates.  She regularly teaches Introductory Oceanography and Environmental Geology, and has taught Earth Science and Historical Geology.  She is the author of Exploring Oceanography: Introductory Laboratory Exercises that has been customized for ODU.  She is looking forward to introducing students to the unique geology and oceanography of Greece, and demonstrating the impacts that the land and sea can have on each other.
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Students who successfully complete the  Greece FYE study abroad program will earn 7 ODU academic credits in the following courses - OEAS 195N: Introductory Oceanography: Oceanography of Greece (4 credits including a Laboratory credit) and PHIL 195 P: Introduction to Philosophy: Greek Thinkers and Thought (3 credits). 

Both courses offered on the study abroad program are general education courses that satisfy coursework that all ODU students need to graduate. Dr. Shannon Wells will teach the 4-credit OEAS 195N: Introductory Oceanography: Oceanography of Greece while Dr. Yvette Pearson will instruct the 3-credit PHIL 195P: Introduction to Philosophy: Greek Thinkers and Thought course.

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. 

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Applications will be accepted until May 5, 2017. 

To apply:
  • Please click on and follow the  FYE Abroad Application Instructions.pdf  in order to complete your online registration for the program.
  • You should click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin your application.
  • Submit a $500 deposit online as part of your application.
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This program is designed specifically for first-year undergraduate students admitted to and enrolled in Old Dominion University for Fall 2017. 

All participants must :
  • commit to attending ODU for Fall 2017
  • be an incoming freshman for Fall 2017
  • 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
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Program Cost:
$4,200.  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, all meals, 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 April 15, 2017, and the remaining balance payment is due by May 15, 2017.

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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.

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Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.
Check out photos from the 2014 program!
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This program is currently not accepting applications.