Odyssey in Athens is a unique study abroad program hosted by Webster University. 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 Webster University 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 Webster University
Students or parents who are members of the Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association are entitled to a 100% tuition assistance. Click here for more information.
Students are able to enroll in a session (8 weeks long) or a semester (17 weeks long) and take up to 18 undergraduate credits total for the semester.
There are also 3 summer sessions available for the Odyssey in Athens students. Each session is 4 weeks long and students can take up to 6 credits each session. A variety of courses are available each session and semester and will be listed on Webster University webpage. Click here for more informatio
GRADUATE PROGRAM -Students can enroll for a session (8 weeks) or a semester (17 weeks) and take up to 10 graduate credits for the semester. There are 3 summer sessions also available that last 4 weeks where students can take up to 4 graduate credits each session. Click here to see a listing of courses for both the Undergraduate and Graduate options.
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 University, 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.