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Athens: Ancient Culture and Modern City

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Program sponsor: Northwestern

Acropolis at night
Acropolis at night

Athens: Ancient Culture and Modern City is a new program and is under development to begin in Summer 2020.

In this program students will experience Greece through the archaeology of the ancient world and the cityscape of the modern. Courses will focus on the study ancient life and culture as well as the complex relationship between Greek past and present, from independence to the economic and refugee crises.

If you are interested, please review the "Application" section below, start a program application, or email the program director or GLO adviser for more information!

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During this one-month program students will take two courses. Courses include:

Course 1: People and Places of Ancient Greece, will be taught by NU Classics faculty member and program director, Ryan Platte. This course will serve as an introduction to the most important surviving sites of Ancient Greek life and culture, as well as to the cultures of the people who built and lived among them.

Course 2: The second course, taught by a local faculty member in Greece, will focus on contemporary Greece and Greek identity, especially as they relate to the legacy of ancient Greece.

Program Requirements


Open to NU and non-NU students from all majors meeting Northwestern's minimum application requirements.


No language pre-requisite.


Apply for permission to study abroad

All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page. 

Note- Athens: Ancient Culture and Modern City is a new program and is under development for Summer 2020. The application for Summer 2020 is now open and at this time, students are encouraged to indicate their preference for a second-choice program as well. If you are interested, please start an application or email the program director or GLO adviser for more information!

This Northwestern Program has a maximum enrollment capacity. If there are more applicants than spaces available, then admission to this program will be competitive. It is highly recommended that you include a second choice program in your Northwestern Study Abroad Application, in case you are not offered admission to this program. Listing a second choice program in your Northwestern Study Abroad Application does not affect your chances of getting admitted to this program. Review the admissions criteria and selection process for Northwestern Programs on the application review process page.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

2 Northwestern units.


Accommodations and some group meals will be provided as part of the program, but students will be responsible for most of their own meals. Students will be housed in shared rooms in student apartments with simply furnished kitchens. 


Participants will visit the most famous ancient sites in Athens, including the Acropolis, Theater of Dionysos, the Athenian agora, and the ancient port city of Piraeus. There will also be excursions to several important sites outside of the city like ancient Mycenae, the island of Aegina, and the temple and beaches at Cape Sounio.

Program Cost

Summer program costs vary, but summer study abroad tends to be much less expensive overall than a regular quarter at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Summer 2020: $8,600

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $4,700
  • Room & Board: $1,500
  • GeoBlue: $50

Total program fee: $6,250

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Meals: $500
  • Local transportation: $50
  • Books & supplies: $50
  • Personal expenses: $250

Total: $2,350

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Students applying to this program are eligible to apply for GLO scholarships and are also encouraged to apply for other funding opportunities.
  • Northwestern students receiving financial aid during the academic year may be eligible to apply for summer aid for this program. Visit the summer aid & scholarships page for additional information. 

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for Northwestern Programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions. Contact your study abroad adviser (listed above) if you have any questions.

Program Confirmation

Once you are approved to attend a Northwestern study abroad program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. Northwestern students admitted to Northwestern programs are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee, which includes tuition, accommodations abroad, all related program activities, and international health insurance. Your program's billable costs and estimated budget are outlined above.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account. If you were awarded a ULA scholarship, it will also disburse to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately. The 9PAY plan is not available for summer programs.

Student Visa Financial Certification

If you are required to obtain a student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation, and contact ULA for assistance.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may also contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support.

Withdrawal & Refund Policies

If you withdraw or are dismissed from a Northwestern Program after submitting your program confirmation form, you are subject to the withdrawal & refund policies for Northwestern Programs.