Greece: Global Mental Health
June 26 to July 22, 2023 (4 weeks)
This will be the sixth year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Greece, and the first year that a course in Global Mental Health will be offered. Students will earn a full-year Psychology credit in four weeks while living and learning in Athens, Greece’s capital and largest city.
This course on Global Mental Health introduces students to the research, policies, and practice of promoting and improving mental health for individuals, families, and communities worldwide. Topics on mental health will be examined from global perspectives, with guest speakers from around the world who will join the class virtually. As well, mental health in Greece will also be closely examined through class discussions and site visits to community organizations in Greece currently addressing mental health. The course is taught in English and there are no Greek language requirements. Students will earn a full-year Psychology credit in four weeks while living and learning in Athens, Greece’s capital and largest city.
The program is organized and hosted by the College Year in Athens (CYA), a non-profit educational institution established in 1962. CYA emphasizes the importance of learning beyond the classroom to gain a deeper understanding of Greece. Students will be housed close to campus with easy access to the classroom and on-campus facilities and services.
About Athens, Greece!
As a capital city of Greece, Athens has an impressive cultural life that blends the old and new together. While it is known for its history, Athens is also a rapidly modernizing metropolis. It is a densely packed city of ancient sites, museums, and modern urban landscapes.
Despite its rapid and ongoing transformation, Athens remains a city made of small and intimate neighbourhoods, each with its own personality and charm. You can find hip bars, small venues for live music and lots of theatre to enjoy. There are also many art galleries and cinemas to visit, as well as beaches, sports venues, and concert halls. In every neighbourhood there are several great restaurants and cafés, as well as weekly open-air fresh food markets.
- Welcome dinner
- Orientation to Athens
- CYA Campus Orientation
- Faculty led visits to select local historical sites and community organizations addressing mental health in Greece and globally