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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Chania, Greece; Heraklion, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Syros, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: No minimum Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Faculty-led, Summer Program
Scholarships: Center for International Programs Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: No
Program Description:
SJU Summer Program in Greece
May 23rd - June 24th, 2018
Delphi Greece
Course Information
Students choose one of the following: 

PSY 100: Psychology of Ancient & Modern Greece with Dr. Patrick GarriganGarrigan

  • Social Science GEP
  • IBU International Exposure Requirement
Eligible students:
  • All majors; no pre-requisites
  • Students who are in good financial standing and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation or deferred suspension may apply.
Course Description: This class takes a cross-cultural approach to Introductory Psychology while exploring Athens and traveling among the Greek islands of Syros, Santorini, and Crete. We will learn about ancient Greeks, their thoughts on how we perceive the world, their customs, the foods they ate, and the mysterious writings of the ancient Minoans. But we will also learn about modern Greek Psychology, like Greek nonverbal communications (facial expressions and gestures), how they raise their children, and their feelings about social issues like gender, poverty, and mental healthcare. We will touch on all the major topics (clinical, social, developmental, etc.), but with an eye towards how Psychology is always influenced by the culture in which it is cast.
**For more information please visit the Psychology Website

PSY 212: Multicultural Psychology with Dr. Josephine Shih

  • Social Science GEP 
  • DGNW Overlay GEP
  • Gender Studies Minor
  • Faith-Justice studies Minor
  • PSY Major 
Eligible students:
  • All undergraduate students
  • Students who are in good financial standing and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation or deferred suspension may apply.
Course Description: Multicultural psychology is the systematic study of how different cultures (broadly defined) affect the way people think, feel, and act.  People often associate culture with race and ethnicity.  For example, people often identify themselves by their race, ethnicity, or country of origin. People might refer to themselves as black, white, African American, Swedish, Irish, Chinese, Puerto Rican, etc.  On the other hand, culture can be defined more broadly as “any group that shares a theme or issue(s) (Sue, Ivey, & Pedersen, 1996, p.16).”   Teen culture would be an example of culture.  

This course is particularly appropriate for the Greece summer program as it exposes you to a different culture than that of the “American” culture.  Through exposure and interacting with the local people, you should be able to integrate some of your personal experiences with what you are learning in class (e.g., differences in communication styles, adapting to a new culture).   In this case, we also discuss multicultural competence, which is how to appropriately interact with individuals of other cultures.  Being in Greece will provide you with first-hand experience.  Furthermore, it is the goal of the course that you will learn more about Greek heritage and customs as well as gain an understanding of Greek Americans’ immigration experiences.

Credit: Upon acceptance, students will be registered for their selected course (one of the above), for 3 credits, as part of their Summer 2018 course load.

Volcano boat tour panoramic
Program & Cost Information

1) Estimated* Program Fee: $4,750Ermopolis
  • Deposit: Non-refundable $300 due to the CIP with application by February 1st, 2018
  • Payment 1: $2,225 due to Hawk Central (can be paid online) by March 10th, 2018
  • Payment 2: $2,225 due to Hawk Central (can be paid online) by April 7th, 2018
*Fee is based upon a minimum of 22 students participating. If the number of participants change, the program fee will also change.  

2) Estimated SJU Tuition:  $TBD in April 2018 ($1,752 in 2017)
*Please note: tuition charges are not included in the program fee.

Program Fee Includes:
  • Transportation: Round-trip, international flights from PHL to Athens; Domestic flight from Crete to Athens; All course or itinerary-related transportation
  • Accommodations: Accommodations throughout, please see below
  • Meals: Welcome and farewell dinner(s)
  • Excursions*: All entries to cultural & academic site visits:
    • Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Agora, Archaeological Museum
    • Hermopoli city/government sites & markets
    • Ano Syro & Candy Factory visit (Syros)
    • Akrotiri tour with guide and Prophetis Elias view (Santorini) 
    • Knossos and Archeological Museum with guide (Crete)
    • Tour of Chania on the move
    • Aptera with guide (Crete)
    • Botanical Park of Crete with cooking demonstration                                                                                  
    • Eleusis (Athens)
  • Logistics: HTH Emergency Medical Insurance, Natural Disaster, and Political Evacuation coverage; Pre-departure academic & safety training; 24/7 assistance of on-site SJU Coordinator & U.S. based CIP Staff
Not included in Program Fee:
  • Tuition
  • Personal expenses/souvenirs
  • Most meals (Consider the Cost of Living Index)
  • Optional, recommended Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance (Students will learn more about how to purchase post-acceptance into the study tour)

Housing & Meal Information 
Housing: In an effort to build community among the participants on the program, as well as to keep costs of housing in Greece low, students will reside in Monasteries for the majority of the month-long trip. It is important to keep in mind that the conditions are rustic and not luxurious. Please keep the level of personal comfort you require in mind when considering this program. 
Meals: Welcome and farewell dinner and daily breakfasts at the hotels in Athens and Heraklion. Students are responsible for all other meals during their stay.

Tentative Calendar Itinerary
      May 24-
Meet @ PHL airport
AM: Arrive in Athens; Airport transfer to hotel
PM: day to explore; Group dinner
Tour Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Agora. 
PM: Guest Lecture (Refugee situation)
27- Athens
AM: Archaeological Museum Tour 
PM: Class
28 –
AM: Day trip to Delphi w/ guide; Stop at Arachova for lunch. 
PM: Free 
7:30 a.m. Blue Star to Syros. Grocery stop.  Villa ck-in. Orientation to Poseidonia;
PM: class
30 Syros
AM: Bus and walking tour of Hermopoli city/govt. sites, markets, with guide.  PM: class
31 Syros
AM: class
PM: class
June 1- Syros
AM:  Bus/walking tour of Ano Syro & SW island (Candy factory) w/ guide. Bus Stop in Kini Beach
PM: class
2-  Syros
AM: class
PM: class
3 – Syros
Free day
4– Syros
 Free day
5- Syros
 Free Day
6- Syros
AM: St. Stephan’s hike
PM: class
7- Syros
AM: class
PM: class
AM: class
PM: class
AM: class
PM: class
10 Syros
AM: Class
 Free Day
AM: Travel to Santorini; Transfer to Syros port.  Transfer from Santorini port to St. John’s church facility.
AM: Santorini
Prehistoric museum & Akrotiri w/ bus, guide.  Prophetis Elias view.
PM: Lunch Kamari. Sunset at Oia
14- Santorini
 Free day
15- Santorini
AM: ½ day Volcano tour boat ride
PM: Free
AM: Transfer from St. John’s to port; Ferry to Heraklion;
PM:Transfer from port to (Astoria Capsis) Hotel in Iraklion.
17- Crete
AM: Tour Knossos and Archeological Museum w/ bus & knowledgeable guide. 
PM: Lunch in Rethymno; Transfer to Monastiri in Chania.
18 – Crete
AM:  Tour of Chania
PM: Class
19 – Crete     
AM: class
PM: class
AM: class
PM: class
AM: (Optional)
Samaria Gorge
PM: class
AM:  Aptera w/ bus, guide & entry
PM: class
AM: Class
PM: Botanical Park
Tour W/ cooking demo
24 Crete
AM: Early Flight to Athens;
Pick up at airport & transfer to Athens Cypria Hotel. 
AM: Sounion tour w/Guide & lunch on coast
PM: Group Dinner 
26– Athens
AM: Pick up at hotel and transfer to airport

Important Considerations
Greece Group 2015Flights:
  • Students are required to travel with the class on a pre-arranged, round-trip flight from Philadelphia to the starting origin for the summer program.
  • Deviations from the group flight are not allowed. Students may not change the dates or locations of the flight arrangements.
  • After committing to the program, the CIP office needs your U.S. Passport to book flight arrangements, confirm hotels, and make other reservations on your behalf.  Therefore, if you do not have a passport, or if it is set to expire within 6 months of the end of the summer program date, please apply or renew your passport BEFORE applying to the program. More information can be found at 

Greece Itinerary Map
“Traveling from Athens through the islands of Greece enabled me to visualize the material we were covering in class.”
-Alexa Tsaptsinos ‘15, 2013 SJU Summer Program in Greece

"I believe being in the location that is the focus of your learning adds so much more to the experience. This unique opportunity enhances learning while creating memories that will last a lifetime."
-Devon Lavery '16, 2014 SJU Summer Program in Greece

Learning how to negotiate the exigencies of a foreign country over 30 days gave me a great deal of confidence, and it is this growth in confidence and independence that I also see quite frequently in the students who travel with me. Students who haven’t traveled without their parents before learn a lot about how to take care of themselves independently. So much of the learning that occurs on the trip is outside of the classroom. And of course Greece is a fabulous place to visit. It is difficult to take a horrible picture there – the light is amazing. And the country has such a history.  It is jaw-dropping to be standing in a village square that was inhabited 3600 years ago. Or to look at pottery that was used for cooking or jewelry worn by someone in the pre-historic bronze age. I always try to imagine what their lives were like – the people who constructed the ruins through which I am walking, or created the objects that are now in a museum.
-Dr. Shawn Krahmer, 12 time Summer Program in Greece Course Professor

How to Apply:
  1. Click 'Apply Now' on this brochure and begin with your SJU login
  2. COMPLETE All elements of your application before the application deadline*. Early applications will be given preference. The course instructor may request a meeting prior to acceptance into the summer program.
  3. Submit the $300 confirmation deposit to the CIP office to hold your spot on the tour. (Refundable if the program does not run; non-refundable if you change your plans.)
*To access a previously started application, please click SJU login/register at the top right and login to view your application. Do not click Apply Now again.


Photo & Video Gallery
View additional photos from the 2015 Summer Program (with Dr. Garrigan & Coordinator Caitlin Fritz) here

Summer 2017 Video by Alexandra Herrarra


Open to all undergraduate SJU students who apply for a SJU Summer Program. Please click the link above to apply for the Summer Program before applying for the Grant, both due by 11:59pm February 1st, 2018.
2014 Greece dinner view 2014 Greece dinner  

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience:
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Program Value:
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Academic Experiences:
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Cultural Experiences:
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Overall Learning:
1 2 3 4
Program Reviews:
Sydney C. Flemister, Summer 2015 Participant
Greece is a very unique part of the world and it's so different from the rest of Europe. From conversations with locals I learned so much more than I ever though I would, and I became super comfortable everywhere we stayed. Although every where we went was a new adventure, by the end of the month I felt like a local and that Greece was my home.

Gina M. Ragone, Summer 2015 Participant
Studying abroad was the best decision of my life. There will never be a time in your life where you will have the opportunity to live in a different country for over a month with little responsibility. Step out of you comfort zone and do it!

Summer 2015 Participant
My participation in this program has been my most meaningful experience at SJU. The combination of taking a course in a unique environment accompanied with being surrounded by new people and resources really pushed me out of my comfort zone. This helped me to make room for change and to push myself to new limitations and to have a new understanding of the world around me.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.