Note that this program is on hiatus for summer 2022. It is expected to resume during the summer of 2023.
Summer Study Abroad Program
Program focusing on Greece from antiquity to the present day, with opportunities to study a variety of subjects from history to politics to art to music.
Study democracy, ethical citizenship and more in the city where democracy was invented! The UNH-in-Greece Program is open to any undergraduate at UNH who is interested in the long history of civilization in Greece, from the classical period to the present day. Athens is famous as the most important city-state in ancient times and as the site of some of the world’s most famous and influential architecture and art, but it is also the vibrant capital of modern Greece (The Hellenic Republic), and that combination of antiquity and modernity, as well as the city’s position between West and East, makes it an extraordinary location for on-site, experiential learning.
This program will be on hiatus in summer 2022 but is expected to resume in summer 2023
At the time of application, all students are expected to meet the following criteria:
- At least 12 credits earned at UNH
- Freshmen students not meeting the 12-credit requirement may be allowed to participate in the program. Approval is needed from both the Program Faculty Director. Contact the COLA Center for Study Abroad for guidance.
- A declared major
- A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Students who do not have a declared major or who have an established GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may still apply. Admission will be at the discretion of the program faculty director.
- Good standing with the Student Conduct System
- A student who is on probation, regardless of the underlying violation, must successfully petition through the Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC) for permission to participate. Students who have had a past violation will also be required to petition. Please contact your Dean’s Office for more guidance and the petition form, if needed.
No previous study of Greek culture or language is necessary.
UNH-in-Greece is designed to provide an intensive but invigorating introduction to Greece for those who have little background in ancient or modern Greek culture but it also serves as a way for students with more familiarity to advance their knowledge. The structure of the program provides many advantages:
- An introductory 1-week study/travel course allows students to visit and learn in some of the most important sites in central Greece outside of Athens
- Students live and learn in central Athens with easy access to all this amazing city offers
- 10 credits can be earned in 5 weeks in the summer term
- Courses satisfy the Historical Perspectives Discovery category requirement and, depending on course selection, one additional Discovery requirement
- The program is led by a UNH faculty member, who teaches, advises and provides academic support
- Hellenic American University, our partner institution, provides a full range of services and amenities
No previous study of Greek culture or language is necessary.
The program is open to all UNH undergraduates and there are no specific prerequisites.
Students take 10 credits of course work:
- "A Walk Across Greece," a 3-credit intensive 1-week study/travel course during the first week of the program. This course is required of all students. This course does not satisfy any Discovery requirements and transfers to UNH as general CLAS credit but the grade will not be factored into students’ GPAs. A minimum grade of C is required for credit to transfer.
- CLAS 511: Special Studies in Greek History, a 4-credit UNH course in Classics. The centerpiece of the program shared by all participants is a course focusing on Democracy and Ethical Citizenship in ancient Athens. This course is required of all students and satisfies the Historical Perspectives Discovery and Inquiry categories.
- One additional 3-credit course taught by Hellenic American University faculty. Students will have a choice of several options, some of which are approved to satisfy Discovery categories. Courses are subject to cancellation due to underenrollment, so students will be asked to select at least one backup course. The credit from this course transfers to UNH as credit in different departments (depending on choice) but the grade will not be factored into students’ GPAs. A minimum grade of C is required for credit to transfer and for the course to satisfy any Discovery requirement it may be approved for. Students may present these courses to their major or minor department for degree requirement equivalencies.
2020 dates are forthcoming, but will be similar to previous year's calendar:
- Arrival in Athens: May 24, 2018
- Walk Across Greece Course (Travel within Greece): May 26-June 2
- Classes in Athens at HAU: June 4-29
- Departure from Athens: July 2, 2018
The first week of the program in country is a travel course that involves visiting some of the most important historical sites of Ancient Greece. The remaining four weeks are spent taking courses in Athens.
In the 5th century BCE Athens became the most important city-state in ancient Greek civilization, with an outsized and enduring influence in politics, literature, philosophy, art and architecture. That influence is still felt throughout the world, and Athens is frequently known as the “birthplace” or “cradle” of democracy, drama, philosophy—even Western Civilization itself. In fact, it is one of the oldest continuously settled cities in the world and its history long precedes the days of Socrates, Plato, Sophocles and Pericles. Likewise, its subsequent history is fascinating and compelling; today it is not only the capital of Greece but one of the most important cities in modern Europe. Despite a recent fiscal crisis, Athens remains the home of almost 4 million people and is an important center for world business, finance, shipping, trade, education, art and tourism. What makes Athens such a fascinating laboratory for learning is the combination of all of its identities in the same living city. This is not a city of layers on top of layers but a place where the ancient Greek heritage is visible side by side with that of the Romans, the medieval Greeks, the Ottomans and its modern citizens.
Nearly 4 million people live in the urban area of Athens and the city offers almost everything imaginable: museums, concerts, ancient ruins, magnificent churches, street art, a lively music scene, incredible food and a nightlife that is laid back or frenetic, as you prefer.
Program Tuition and Fees
The estimated 2019 program costs for UNH-in-Greece are estimated at $6,851.25 (NH residents) or $7,321.25 (non-residents). This covers tuition for 10 credits, housing, planned program travel within Greece, excursion costs and some meals, and the following mandatory fees: UNH Summer Registration ($20), Summer Technology Fee ($51.25), Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($100), international health insurance fee ($70). It also does not include airfare to/from Greece, books and course supplies and most meals.
Housing and Meals
Student housing is included in the program fees and arranged by the program. During group travel outside of Athens, students will typically stay in modest, traveler-friendly hotels. In Athens, students will stay in housing arranged by Hellenic American University - either a local boutique traveler hotel or private apartments. We have used both set-ups in the past, and the final arrangements depend on the group size and availability. Students can expect to share rooms with UNH and possibly other American students studying at HAU over the summer. Internet will be available and the housing will be in close proximity to HAU (probably either walking distance or a short commute by public transport).
Occassional group meals will be arranged, but largely students will be on their own for meal expenses. Food is inexpensive, widely available and delicious throughout the city of Athens, with many options from street food to sit-down restaurants.
In addition to the above, program fees also include:
- Comprehensive international travel insurance and assistance program
- All travel, accommodation and other excursion costs (museum and site entry fees, etc.) associated with the 1-week study/travel course, as well as some group meals and some excursions in the city of Athens itself
- Pre-departure preparation by UNH faculty and staff. In-country support by the UNH-in-Greece resident director and the staff of HAU
- In-country arrival orientation organized by HAU
- Airfare to and from Greece
- Most meals
- Mobile phone (required)
- Personal spending and travel money
Payment Information and Refund Policy
A non-refundable deposit of $400 is due by March 15, 2020 from accepted students.