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; Chania, Greece; Heraklion, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Syros, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: No minimum Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Faculty-led, Summer Program
Academic Areas: Business, History Click here for a definition of this term Scholarships: Center for International Programs
Click here for a definition of this term Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: No
Program Description:
SJU Summer Program in Greece
May 24th - June 25th, 2020

Delphi Greece

Course Information
Students choose one of the following: 

HIS 315: The Glory That Was Greece - The Classical and Hellenistic Worlds (750-300 BCE)​ with Dr. Alison Williams Lewin

  • History major
  • Art/Lit GEP
  • Ethics Intensive Overlay

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:
From Homer to Alexander, the Greeks of antiquity made their mark on the world both of their own time and of the present.  While many know the names of great philosophers and artists, such as Plato and Sophocles, few are acquainted with the historical circumstances that often served to inspire these founders of Western civilization. Through original historical and literary texts, this course will help students better to understand the complex context of military prowess, intellectual curiosity, and artistic inspiration that created the glory that was Greece.

DSS 200/470: Contemporary Information Systems & Business Intelligence/Analytics Practices with Dr. Rubé​n Mendoza 

  • DSS 200 fulfills the Intro to Information Systems requirement for all Business students
  • DSS 470 fulfills a Business Intelligence & Analytics elective for majors/minors

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:
At the completion of this course, students will be able to describe the basic components of a general information system and of a system they may use as part of their current job responsibilities. Students will also be familiar with selected technologies and systems currently in use by businesses, emerging technologies and applications, and general trends in telecommunications, data management, and Internet technologies. The course will provide students with basic tools and general approaches to understanding existing systems and applications, and for deconstructing emerging technologies. Field trips in Greece will serve to explore issues related to business intelligence and systems audit markets, and to compare similarities and differences between domestic and international markets.

Credit: Upon acceptance, students will be registered for their selected course (one of the above), for 3 credits, as part of their Summer 2020 course load.

Volcano boat tour panoramic

Program Calendar
The Greece Summer Program will include stays in Athens, Syros, Santorini and Crete - click the link below to view the full 2020 Program Calendar!

Greece 2020: Program Calendar

Program & Cost Information
1) Program Fee: $4,650Ermopolis
  • Deposit: Non-refundable $300 due to the CIP with application by February 1st, 2020
    • ​If you submit a deposit before the program fee is published, and determine that you are unable to participate at the published program fee once it is released, the CIP will refund your deposit
  • The remainder of the program fee will be due to the Office of Student Accounts (can be paid online) in two installments in Spring 2020 (deadlines TBD) 

2) Estimated SJU Tuition:  TBD in April 2020 ($1,752 in 2019)
*Please note: tuition charges are not included in the program fee.

Program Fee Includes:
  • Transportation: Round-trip, international flights between Philadelphia & 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                                                                          
  • Logistics: Geoblue 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:
  • Summer Tuition
  • U.S. Passport ($135) or Renewal ($110), see below.
  • 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. 

 Students are responsible for most meals during their stay.


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

Information Sessions

Join faculty leaders & CIP staff for an Information Session on Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at 11am in the Wachterhauser Seminar Room (2nd Floor PLC)

Missed the info session? Email the CIP at to learn more or set up an advising appointment!

How to Apply:
Applications will open Fall 2019
  1. Click 'Apply Now' on this brochure and begin with your SJU login
  2. COMPLETE All elements of your application before the application deadline*
  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.

Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged!

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

Center for International Programs Summer Program Grant
Saint Joseph's University offers several scholarships from $500 to $1,000 for Saint Joseph's University students studying abroad on SJU faculty-led Summer Programs.  CIP awards these funds based on financial need and merit to help support SJU undergraduate students study abroad. Further information, along with the scholarship application, can be found here. The application will open and the deadline will be announced in Fall 2019. 
2014 Greece dinner view 2014 Greece dinner  

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Value:
1 2 3 4
Academic Experiences:
1 2 3 4
Cultural Experiences:
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4
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.

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.

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!

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.