Webster Introduces Greek Study Abroad Program in Athens Beginning Spring 2015

| September 4, 2014
Greek study-abroad program starts spring 2015

Greek study-abroad program begins spring 2015

Webster University students have a new option for study-abroad opportunities. “Odyssey in Athens” will offer students the opportunity to explore and study historic sites in Greece while introducing them to the region’s rich history and culture. The program starts in the spring of 2015.

At a Glance

The program is open to all Webster University students at all of its locations. Plans are underway to expand the program and offer on-site undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as access to other educational opportunities from other peer institutions operating in the region.

“With its extraordinary artistic, intellectual and cultural heritage, Athens is richly endowed with resources for formal study and experiential learning,” said Guillermo A. Rodríguez, director of international projects for Webster’s study abroad program. “Greece is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, the Olympic games and much more, and will be a great experience for students who wish to study abroad while also seeing the cradle of democracy firsthand.”

Greek study-abroad program starts spring 2015

The Roman Agora with the Athens location’s library and cultural center in the background.

The Location

The location of “Odyssey in Athens” is close to the Acropolis and the ancient Agora, as well as the National Archaeological Museum, the Cycladic Museum, and the Benaki Museum.

Students also will have access to cultural events including: concerts, recitals, dance and theater, international trade shows, conferences and symposiums, public lectures, gallery exhibits, sports events and marathons.

Programs Offered

Students can participate in the program for a semester term, a semester, an entire year, or for a summer. The program is open to all students from accredited institutions who are interested in this unique study abroad experience including students from Webster, its affiliates, members of the Webster International Network of Schools (WINS), Odyssey in Athens affiliates and other associate institutions. While programs will be taught in English, Greek-language courses may be offered at all levels of proficiency based on demand.

Webster faculty will teach courses in “Odyssey in Athens,” but faculty from other U.S. institutions may also teach courses at the same location.  As the Webster Athens campus program develops, Webster University will work on agreements with those other institutions to allow Webster students to receive credits for taking their courses. Webster University will also allow students from other colleges and universities to take Webster classes.

In addition to the academic program, other class offerings could include traditional Greek dancing and cooking classes to a community service learning course where students work at rescue centers for injured sea turtles, camps for war refugees, and on other public service projects. Students will be housed in shared rooms in apartments, in the Plaka area in the center of Athens. Apartment housing will include kitchen facilities, air conditioned or fan equipped rooms, laundry facilities and Internet.

Webster Student Application Deadlines
  • Sept. 15 for the spring semester
  • Feb. 15 for summer 2015
  • March 15 for fall 2015

For more information about “Odyssey in Athens,” call Webster University’s study abroad program at 314-968-6988 or check out the program online.

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