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Ancient Perspectives, Modern Eyes

Fast Facts

Session Offered:

Spring + Summer

Location:

Greece

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

Honors students + related majors/minors. UI GPA 2.75. Sophomore standing.

Application Due:

Spring 2021

Designed specifically for the Honors Program at University of Iowa, this course will take students on a 3-week, faculty-led tour of Greece.

Students will reconstruct and interpret life in ancient Greece through the study of language, literature, art history, and archeology and visit sites in Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Delos, Santorini, and more.

Academic Program

In order to prepare for this trip, all participants will enroll in a 1 semester-hour course during Spring Semester. The course will meet once a week on campus to discuss the sites, objects, and sources that we will encounter.

The Greece trip is a 3 semester-hour course during Summer. Combined, these two courses will place ancient worldviews within a modern context in order to gain an appreciation for the landscape, history, and significance of ancient Greece.

The course satisfies an honors course requirement as well as honors experiential credit.

Additionally it fulfills requirements for at least two majors (Classical Languages and Ancient Civilizations) and five minors (Ancient Civilizations, Greek, Latin, Classical Languages, Health and the Human Condition).

Program Dates

TBA, Summer 2021

Faculty Director

Debra Trusty

Debra Trusty came to the University of Iowa in 2017 as a lecturer of Classics. Her research interests include Bronze Age Greek archaeology and material culture, Mycenaean ceramics, ceramic studies and analyses, prehistoric cooking ware vessels, early state political economies, craft production, food preparation and consumption, and ancient technologies. Debra's dissertation focused on the importance of cooking ware vessels in Mycenaean political economy and was entitled Ceramic Analysis of Cooking Ware Vessels and its Implications for Early State Political Economies. She received several grants for her research, including a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. Debra co-edited a recently published volume with Julie Hruby (Dartmouth) titled Cooking Vessels to Cultural Practices in the Late Bronze Age Aegean. She is involved in museum and fieldwork for the Petsas House excavations, directed by Kim Shelton (Berkeley) and has past experience with the Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project directed by Daniel Pullen (Florida State University) and Thomas Tartaron (University of Pennsylvania). She received her BA from the University of Evansville and MA and PhD from Florida State University.

For More Information

Contact Faculty-leader Dr. Debra Trusty, Classics Department
Professor Deb Trusty or Program Coordinator Leslie McNeilus leslie-mcneilus@uiowa.edu

Athens

The capitol and largest city in Greece, Athens is one of the world's oldest cities with a recorded history spanning 3,400 years. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon. The Parthenon is the greatest and finest sanctuary of Ancient Athens. Dedicated to its patron, the goddess Athena, it still dominates the center of the modern city from the rocky crag known as the Acropolis.

Other Destinations

This information will be updated in Spring 2021.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Housing

Students stay in hotels, sharing a double occupancy room with another course participant. All hotel rooms have private bathrooms.

Travel Arrangements

This information will be updated Spring 2021.

Passports

Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months PAST the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad.

Students who do not yet have a passport are advised to apply for one as soon as possible. Applications are available at the Federal Building/Post Office on Highway 6 in Iowa City or at the U.S. State Department web site.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive) and we encourage students to ask at the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Eligibility

This course is designed specifically for Honors students and those with related majors/minors (Ancient Civilizations, Classical Languages, Religion, Greek, Latin, Health & the Human Condition). 2.75 GPA and sophomore standing or above.

All participants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa.

Application

The application will be available here in Spring 2021.

Students who submit an application will be U-billed a $50 application fee.

The application form, along with a copy of the information page of your passport, a UI Grade Report, and Personal Statement (instructions included on the application) should be submitted by the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Early applications are encouraged.

Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire soon:

Students who do not yet have a passport are advised to apply for one as soon as possible. Applications are available at the Federal Building/Post Office on Highway 6 in Iowa City or at the U.S. State Department web site.

Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months PAST the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad.

Program Cost

The total estimated costs (billed plus out-of-pockets expenses) for the program will be available here in Spring 2021.

Included in the billed program cost (fees billed to participants' u-bills after Summer registration):

  • Academic instruction and guided tours
  • 3 semester hours of UI credit
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transport from and to Athens airport
  • Transportation for all course activities
  • Welcome + Farewell dinners
  • Breakfasts at accommodation
  • Cultural excursions
  • 24/7 staff support
  • CISI International Travel insurance

Not included in the billed program cost (out of pocket expenses):

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Meals not included in the program fee
  • Personal expenses and personal travel
  • Any medical appointments needed prior to departure
  • Passport fees

Financial Aid and Scholarships

You may be able to use financial aid for summer courses, particularly if you already use it for fall/spring. Speak with the Financial Aid office to see what might be available to you.

Summer study abroad students are also able to apply for Study Abroad scholarships. Please visit the Study Abroad Scholarships website for more detailed information on the available scholarships and to review eligibility criteria.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. If for any reason you withdraw after the Confirmation Deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated.

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.


Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%

Confirmation Materials

Flights

Students will receive instructions for booking flights after Confirmation Deadline. A suggested group flight will be shared with the group and students will make their own arrangements. Those who do not have extensive travel experience are encouraged to book the suggested group flight.

Vaccinations and Health/Safety

We'll address many of the issues related to health and safety during orientation sessions, but until then, our general advice is to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have before going abroad. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website for Greece-specific health information and visit your doctor or the Travel Nurse at Student Health for any vaccinations you might need.

Orientation

In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

You may be able to use financial aid for summer courses, particularly if you already use it for fall/spring. Speak with the Financial Aid office to see what might be available to you.

Summer study abroad students are also able to apply for Study Abroad scholarships. Please visit the Study Abroad Scholarships website for more detailed information on the available scholarships and to review eligibility criteria.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for and confirming a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation dedaline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%