Greece

Program Overview

GREECE: Athens

Friday, May 10 to Friday, June 7, 2019 (4 weeks)

This will be the fourth year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Greece but the first year a course is offered in Athens. Students will earn a full-year Political Science credit in four weeks while living and learning in Athens, Greece’s capital and largest city.

This course will benefit students interested in exploring Modern Greek culture and learning about the continuing Greek contributions to world civilization. The program will be 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.

 

Course

The University of Toronto will offer one course in Greece, worth one full-year credit. The course has limited space and is contingent on adequate enrolment. For the first three weeks of the program, classes will take place Monday through Wednesday mornings with field trips often planned for Thursday and Friday. The program will conclude with a seven-day trip to the island of Rhodes. The course aims to provide students with a deep understanding of contemporary Greek culture and values, where elements of the Greek language, literature, food and arts will be examined.

POL300Y0 Modern Greek Culture: People, Tradition, Language and Cuisine

This course explores Modern Greek culture in the context of the Mediterranean and European regions and with reference to the continuing Greek influence on western civilization. Hellenism has influenced the world since the ancient times. Starting from their remarkable contributions in philosophy, politics, science, architecture, history, music, theatre and literature, Greeks continue to impact our everyday lives through their language and culture. It is impossible to celebrate the liberties and responsibilities of democracy, to embrace the spirit of the Olympic games, to enjoy the flavours of Mediterranean cuisine or to feel the magic of a theatrical play, without revealing their Greek connections. The course analyzes important aspects of contemporary Greek society and its values along with elements of Greek language, literature, food and arts.

Students will experience living and studying in glorious Athens, a European megalopolis surrounded by significant monuments and museums, before travelling to Rhodes and the Dodecanese to learn more about the Hellenic tradition and enjoy the beauty and hospitality of the Greek islands. Through lectures, readings, interaction with distinguished Greek professionals and educational excursions to sites of historical and cultural importance, students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze critically contemporary Greece. They will discover interesting aspects of a unique culture that remains resilient to regional and international challenges. The course is taught in English and there are no Greek language requirements.

Prerequisites: 1.0 POL credit or relevant academic preparation.
This is a Social Science course; BR=3
POL300Y0 – 2019 Course Outline

Field Trips: During the first part of the course in Athens, students will have the opportunity to visit sites in mainland Greece, including a day trip to Nauplio (the first capital of Greece) and Epidaurus (famous for its ancient theatre) in eastern Peloponnese; a two-day trip to Delphi, with the most famous oracle of ancient Greece, the Monastery of Hosios Loukas (UNESCO World Heritage sites) and the villages of Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus and Distomo. During the final week of the course, on the island of Rhodes, there will be a field trip to the island of Simi and to Lindos, one of the most beautiful villages of the Dodecanese. The cost of these trips is CAD$1,475, paid to U of T for accommodations, onsite transportation, and guides.

Instructor: Dr. Themistoklis Aravossitas teaches Modern Greek language and culture at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Athens, Greece, an MA and a PhD from the Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Knowledge Media Design Institute. His research focuses on issues of teaching minority languages and the intersections of pedagogy, language, culture and identity. As a SSHRC-Canada post doctoral fellow at the University of the Aegean in Greece, Dr. Aravossitas investigated Greek Language Education in the Diaspora and the status of Heritage/Community Languages in Canada. His recent publications include the co-edited books Interdisciplinary Research Approaches to Multilingual Education (Routledge Research in Language Education, 2018), Handbook of Research and Practice in Heritage Language Education (Springer International Handbooks of Education, 2018) and Rethinking Heritage Language Education (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Program Details

Friday, May 10 to Friday, June 7, 2019 (4 weeks)

This will be the fourth year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Greece but the first year a course is offered in Athens. Students will earn a full-year Political Science credit in four weeks while living and learning in Athens, Greece’s capital and largest city.

This course will benefit students interested in exploring Modern Greek culture and learning about the continuing Greek contributions to world civilization. The program will be 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.

    • Live in Athens! 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 a number of great restaurants and cafés to try, as well as weekly open-air fresh food markets to immerse yourself in.

    Program Activities

    • Welcome dinner
    • Orientation to Athens
    • CYA Campus Orientation
    • Faculty led visits to select local historical sites

    Accommodation and Meals

    CYA provides off-campus accommodation in safe residential areas in the Pangrati neighbourhood of central Athens. This neighbourhood is close to sites, monuments and museums. It is also within walking distance of cafés and grocery stores. The apartments are furnished with a kitchen that has basic cooking equipment and tableware. The cost for accommodations for the duration of the program (May 10 to June7) is CAD$1,800.

    Students will be able to prepare food in their apartments but there are also many places nearby to eat. On campus, CYA has dining facilities on the ground floor of the Academic Centre. Students are suggested to budget approximately CAD$500 for other meals.

    Group flight

    No group flight is available for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Please note that if you choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the available dates for the accommodation option you have selected, you will be responsible for arranging your own arrangements.

    The Summer Abroad office will send recommended flight details to admitted students. CYA will offer airport transfers to students who choose to take this flight.

    Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

    All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.

    Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Greece PDO, which will take place on April 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Entry requirements

    All students are responsible for making sure that they have the necessary travel documents to enter the countries listed below as visitors.

    As of the time of publication (December 2018), Canadian citizens only require a passport valid for at least three months beyond their return date to enter Greece as a visitor. Citizens of other countries may require visas.

    Information on entry requirements is available from the Consulate General in Toronto.

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Costs

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 1, 2019
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due March 18, 2019

Cost of Studying in Greece

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $2,360 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $3,515 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $176 Estimate based on 2018 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $1,475 Includes transportation, guides and accommodation
Accommodation $1,800 Based on shared accommodation in off-campus residence
Airfare $991 Estimate – will depend on departure location and purchase date
Meals $500 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Entrance Fees and Public Transportation $150 Estimate – paid on site
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $7,662 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $8,817 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

• Summer Abroad Bursary (two awards at $3,000 each)

Information Session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Greece will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from Summer Abroad staff, previous participants; and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, in Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor Street West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)

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