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Drexel in Greece: Summer in Crete
Heraklion, Greece
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum Language Requirement:
No Requirement
 Language of Instruction:
 Minimum Cumulative GPA:
 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:
 Program Advisor:
Lauren Steinberg
Program Description:

The Program crete

The 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.


The 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.

The 2014 program is divided into 3 distinct parts:

1) Pre-program coursework and preparation
  • 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.
2) 4 week on site intensive coursework in Crete, Greece
  • 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
3) Post-program reflective coursework and research writing done on-line
  • 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. 
Faculty: Maria Hnaraki (Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, Folklore & Cultural Anthropology, Indiana University, 2002) joined Drexel University in the Fall of 2006 as the Director of Greek Studies. She has researched music and dance events in Greece, specifically the island of Crete (where she comes from). Her research interests focus on Modern Greek language and intercultural education as well as Mediterranean cultural identity, folklore, music, performance and literature, starting from Crete to Greece and toward its closely and distantly related countries. She favors investigating who we are, through the arts we create, coming to the conclusion that we are all amalgams of many influences and that the same things happen all over the world, in different ways. Her 2007 book Cretan Music: Unraveling Ariadne's Thread received the "Young Academic Writer and Researcher in the Areas of Cretan Culture and Dance" Award from the Pancretan Association. Dr. Hnaraki can be contacted at:

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” (, 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 Experience

Crete, 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 Information

This 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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