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Drexel in Greece: Summer in Crete
|Restrictions:||Drexel applicants only|
|Minimum Language Requirement:||No Requirement||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Minimum Cumulative GPA:||3.0||Class Eligibility:||2. Sophomore, 3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior|
|Other Eligibility Requirements:||See Brochure for details||Eligible Majors:||All Majors|
|Type of Program:||Free Standing||Housing Options:||Hotel|
|Program Advisor:||Lauren Steinberg|
The ProgramThe Drexel in Crete Program is open to ALL Drexel students scheduled for class during the summer term. This 12-credit program consists of four 3-credit courses. The courses are all hybrid courses-- meaning that learning takes place partly face-to-face and partly online. The program offers students the opportunity to literally dive into the Greek experience through an empirical study of its rich multifaceted culture as it is expressed today on the island of Crete. Learning doesn't end when the program finishes, as exposure to another world broadens minds, horizons, but, most importantly, hearts. After all, travel is about changing perspective, and the most important means of transportation is life itself.
AcademicsThe 4 courses offered by the program study Greek culture as exhibited through its rich and distinct archaeology, history, visual art sources and the poetry, fiction, memoirs and letters of people who have visited, studied or even lived on the island. Students are guided through the techniques of participant observation as a research ethnographic method and are urged to apply them. While in Crete, they selectively attend festivals, rituals, family, household, village and city customs and practices, as these all are valuable mechanisms for learning the social, economic, cultural, political and religious ways that underlie and make Greek culture distinctive. Field trips have been integrated into the course requirements and offer students a wide exposure to Eastern Mediterranean history, culture, traditions and society.
Courses: (students are required to take all 4 courses)
ANTH 340, 3 credits, Crete Through the Looking Glass
Students are guided through the techniques of fieldwork and participant observation to attend several customs and practices through various fieldtrips. Traveling is a course requirement used toward the completion of a research project. While "at home", students reflect on their experiences through a looking-glass process.
GREC 313, 3 credits, Greek and Cretan History, Economy and Society
Work for this course will include pre-trip readings as well as participating in various guest lectures while in Crete. Students will be assessed via various essays, tests and other homework assignments.
IAS 360, 3 credits, Cretan Civilization: Unraveling Ariadne's Thread
A core requirement for this class is a 5 page paper on Greek weddings based upon an actual experience as well as other assigned readings.
GREC 280, 3 credits, Communicate in Greek: Philoxenia
The goal of this course is a) to provide students with a foundation in Greek language with emphasis on communication and b) the construction of a basic vocabulary and useful phrases students will need in order to effectively communicate in simple, everyday life situations.
Classes are conducted in English and count toward the completion of a Minor in Greek Studies. Because the best way to approach a culture is through a study of its language, the curriculum includes a course which enables students to develop and practice basic Modern Greek communicative skills. While in Crete, guest lecturers, film showings, conversation tables, day trips and major site visits complement classroom meetings and enrich the interdisciplinary nature of the Program. There will be optional trips around the island (for example to UNESCO and NATURA sites) as well as to the volcanic island of Santorini and/or Athens, in which case, extra fees will apply. Please note that these courses are only offered as part of this study abroad program. If a student were to fail a course they would not be able to retake the course.
1) Pre-program coursework and preparation
The 2014 program is divided into 3 distinct parts:
- Pre-departure meeting and coursework preparations: Monday, June 16th, 2014 9:00- 11:50am and Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 9:00- 11:50am. Please note that these meeting times are during the week between spring and summer terms. Students should make sure that they are in Philadelphia and available at this time.
- Until students leave for Crete on June 27th, 2014 they will continue doing coursework and research in preparation for their intensive study abroad experience in Crete.
- Leave the US on Friday, June 27th, 2014
- Arrive at Heraklion International airport (HER) in Crete on June 28th, 2014
- Program housing ends on Sunday, July 27th, 2014. Depart Crete July 27, 2014
- Classes meet MWF 9:00-12:30 am and TuTh 9am-7pm
- July 28th- August 22rd, 2014, post-trip reflective coursework done on-line and research writing. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that they have adequate internet access during this time period.
2014 payment schedule for $2950 program fee* With application: $50 non-refundable app. fee + $1,000 deposit (only refundable if not accepted into the program)
* $1,000 non-refundable payment: within 2 weeks of acceptance, but no later than April 28, 2014
* $950 non-refundable payment: No later than May 12, 2014
All payments are non-refundable unless students are not accepted into the program or if the program is cancelled. Checks should be made payable to Drexel University.
The program fee covers:--The cost of housing for 29 nights
--Breakfast and one meal at the “Ideal Hotel Apartments” (http://www.idealapts.com/), a friendly, family-run business that through its cozy atmosphere makes you feel relaxed and at home by also providing you with the experience of the famous Cretan hospitality
--Entrance to sites that are part of the educational field trips
Students are responsible for their regular Drexel tuition, airfare to Heraklion, and personal expenses. There is free Wi-Fi at the reception, swimming pool and restaurant areas.
The ExperienceCrete, an island at the southernmost part of Greece, serves as a connecting link between East and West. The so-called "bride" of the Mediterranean, Crete, is a cultural crossroad which connects Greece to Africa on the south, to Asia on the east, and to Europe on the northwest. It is the island that gave birth to the Minoan Civilization and the Mediterranean Diet, a world where an eco-friendly, sustainable life is daily witnessed.
Scholarship InformationThis is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your financial aid travels with you. If you are interested in seeking additional funding, you should considering applying for study abroad Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
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