Odyssey in Athens is a unique study abroad program hosted by the University of Indianapolis at its Athens Campus. It is designed to afford college students a rich cultural experience in the birthplace of Western civilization while they take accredited, upper-level courses in their chosen fields of study. Odyssey students study alongside Greek and other international students, a feature which distinguishes Odyssey in Athens from other study abroad programs and facilitates the process of cultural integration.
Odyssey in Athens is based in the facilities of the University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus in the heart of downtown - footsteps away from the Plaka, the old section of Athens at the base of the Acropolis. Four buildings house classrooms, a student center, library, computer lab, and administrative offices. You will be walking distance from most of the major historical and cultural sites that the city has to offer.
With its extraordinary artistic, intellectual and cultural heritage, Athens is richly endowed with resources for formal study and experiential learning. The museums at the Acropolis and the ancient Agora, as well as the National Archeological Museum, the Cycladic Museum, and the Benaki collections, are within minutes of the facilities of the University of Indianapolis Athens.
Odessey in Athens has recently been awarded the #1 Study Abroad program in Greece and the #8 ranking world-wide (www.abroad101.com). In celebration of such, they are offering EIU students the following:
Up to 5 scholarships of $350.00 each for Winter Session (January 7 - February 1, 2013)
Up to 5 scholarships of $750.00 each for Spring Semester (February 11 - May 24, 2013)
*Deadline for these scholarship opportunties is November 15, 2012.
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM - Odyssey in Athens offers accredited courses with an international or cross-cultural focus in anthropology, business administration, journalism, history, literature, political science, and economics. Courses surveying Greek civilization from ancient times to the present cover art and architecture, enthnography and culture, history, literature, politics, and language. The undergraduate academic program consists of 12 to 15 credits per semester, 3 to 6 credits per winter or summer session
There are no specific program requirements, but students are encouraged to take advantage of the Greek culture and language courses to the fullest extent possible. One course in particular (The Ambassador's Social and Political Forum--Irel480-28) is strongly encouraged. This Forum offers the rare opportunity to students majoring in International Relations, Political and Social Sciences, and Communications to attend lectures given by Ambassadors from various countries who know Diplomacy and Itnernational Relations best.
GRADUATE PROGRAM - Students in graduate school can also participate in Odyssey in Athens. The graduate academic program consists of 6 credits per semester and 3 credits per winter or summer session. Enrollment is for a single semester, winter or summer intersession or full academic year. Cost of the graduate program can be found on the Program Costs page and is equivalent to the undergraduate cost.
The following graduate studies are available at University of Indianapolis Athens: Executive MBA, MA Clinical Psychology, MA Mental Health Counseling, MA Applied Sociology, MA in Media and Communication, MA Applied Sociology - Human Resource Management, MA English, MA Music, MA International Relations, MSc Computer Science.
Click here to see a listing of courses for both the Undergraduate and Graduate options: http://www.uindy.gr/current_students/schedules/index.html.
SCUBA DIVING PROGRAM - If you want to learn to scuba dive, take a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water Diver course, the most widely recognized and respected diving certification in the world. Within a few days, you can be enjoying the underwater world.
Odyssey Orientation takes place a week before each semester begins (for the summer session, orientation takes place the Friday before classes begin). Orientation features walking tours of Athens and information about how best to adapt to the ways of life in Greece, including particulars about where to buy groceries, how to take a bus, how to use the telephone, and where to do laundry. Orientation leaders discuss cultural differences and social expectations, and activities are scheduled to allow students to get to know the faculty, staff, Greek and international students, and each other.
Students may use their free weekends to travel on their own. By doing so, they will quickly discover that Greece abounds with island and mainland attractions easily accessed from Athens at a relatively low cost. The exquisite natural beauty of the country -- idyllic islands washed by dazzling light and surrounded by pristine waters, snow-capped mountain ranges torn by gorges and ravines, and lush valleys blanketed by olive, fig, orange, and lemon trees -- makes an indelible impression on visitors to its shores.
Once their academic obligations are met, students are free to live their own lives, and are encouraged to take full advantage of the plethora of cultural and recreational activities available to them in Athens. Cultural events including concerts, recitals, dance and theatre, as well as international trade shows, conferences and symposia, public lectures, gallery exhibits, sports events and marathons, are an integral part of life in this bustling, cosmopolitan city at the confluence of Europe, Asia, and Africa
Excursions are an integral part of Odyssey in Athens. Destinations include sites in Attica (Eleusis, Rhamnous, Sounion), the Peloponnese (Corinth, Mycenae, Argos, Epidaurus, Olympia), and central Greece (Delphi, Thebes). The cost of group travel and shared lodging is fully covered by the program fee.
Students are housed in shared apartments in the area of the Univesity, all with common space and kitchens. The narrow, picturesque streets of the Plaka are teeming with cafes, restaurants, galleries, and artisan workshops.
Students will find themselves spending many an evening discussing European Union politics, international trade, Kazantzakis's Zorba, or the hottest Greek pop singer, as they linger in Plaka over late-night meals of olives, feta, tzatziki, crusty bread, and a carafe of wine. Walks on the magical, moon-lit paths below the Acropolis will also be enjoyed.
Foreign Entry Requirements
+90 days, you need a student visa and must apply from the US at least 2 months before you leave, and preferably more. Students can travel within the Schengen countries, but if they exit the Schengen region and then come back in, their student visa is no longer valid. However, they can start fresh at that point with the free 90-day tourist pass (if less than 90 days remain in program).
Student visas are only 3 months, tourist passes are only 3 months, so if a student wants to stay longer than 6 months, she/he has to apply for a Residence Permit while on a student visa. Students cannot apply for the Residence Permit without the Student Visa. This is a bureaucratic process, but the university will help you, so there's not need to worry.
Travel Document Systems (TDS) can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.