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Western Roots of Interior Design-Greek Influence (Short Term, WMU Faculty Led program)
Athens, Greece
Program Terms: Summer I
Budget Sheets Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2017 01/31/2017** Rolling Admission 05/12/2017 05/26/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Hotel (double)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Graduate, Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences
 Program Length:
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Special program information sessions:
The faculty program Director, Eleonora Philopoulos, will be offering program  information sessions.  These sessions are proven to be helpful  for students interested in the trip.                     
Come to meet the program faculty director and Study Abroad specialist, Anastassia Kaml, to learn more about the program and scholarships !

Greece is a country of unique beauty and history. Ancient Greek builders have left remnants of their architecture and design scattered throughout the region that attest to their skill, artistry, and ingenuity. On this 14-day tour, that will include ancient sites in Greece, and 2 famous islands in the Aegean Sea, students will learn about, observe and reflect on historic Western art and architecture that has influenced the fields of architecture and interior design.

This program will include visiting the mainland and select islands with significant ancient and modern sites of study. Proper research of the historic architectural sites as well as current events in Greece will be required prior to departure. Daily photo/sketching journals will be required of each student upon completion of the course. Observation of Greek culture, architecture, design, language, and science will be explored as well as how Greek culture has influenced and impacted modern society and western civilization.

Upon return, a post trip class session will involve open dialogue of educational experiences and evaluation. One final project will be required of each student to submit and present. Final project will encompass the essence of course objectives through observation and application of design.
All inclusive: Research, factual media, and final study.

The group will fly to Athens, Greece and will explore key destinatin areas in Athens, such as the Acropolis, Parthenon, and the newly built Athens Museum.  The group will then continue on to visit Corinth, Epidavros, Nafplion and Olympia, followed by two famous islands, Crete and Santorini.  Upon return to Athens, the grop will close with final ancient sites in the Attica region.

Greece (Greek: Ελλaδα, Elláda), officially the Hellenic Republic (Ελληνικ Δημοκρατα, Ellanikî Demokratía), is a country in Southeast Europe. Athens is the capital and the largest city in the country (its urban area also including Piraeus). The population of the country, according to the 2011 census preliminary data, is about 11 million.
Greece has land borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km (8,498 mi) in length, featuring a vast number of islands (approximately 1,400, of which 227 are inhabited), including Crete, the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the Ionian Islands among others. Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus is the highest at 2,917 m (9,570 ft).
Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of ancient Greece, generally considered the cradle of Western civilization. As such it is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, including both tragedy and comedy. This legacy is partly reflected in the seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Greece, ranking Greece 7th in Europe and 13th in the world. The modern Greek state was established in 1830, following the Greek War of Independence.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Academic Program and Eligibility:
Good academic standing at the time of the application.
This program would offer students the opportunity to travel to Greece. It would require students to learn about, observe and reflect on historic Western art and architecture that has influenced the field of interior design. Students will earn three hours of academic credit. It would require approximately 135 contact hours. Interior Design students may substitute this study abroad experience for ART 2200 – History of Art I.

Course Description: Ancient and Modern Greece:
Interior Design students may substitute this study abroad experience for ART 2200 – History of Art I. This course will include one two hour mandatory class period on campus prior to departure covering historical, architectural, cultural, and geographical focus and pre-travel preparation.

Each student will be required to select a study of focus research topic for the course and submit a paper report outlining the required detail.
Students will be given reading assignments about historic architectural sites, as well as current events in Greece, prior to departure. Three two-hour mandatory sessions prior to departure will provide an opportunity to discuss readings, to outline trip expectations and travel etiquette, and to help students prepare for the trip. All students who participate in this program will be expected to document the trip through sketches and photography and will reflect, in writing, on the contribution of classical design to current practices.

Sample Course Study Schedule – Summer I 2015
May 11 Week 1 – Class Time
May 21 Depart – Destination Athens, GREECE (arrival Friday May 22)
May 22 – June 4 Greece Study Abroad
June 5 Depart – Destination Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA (arrival Friday, June 5)
June 8 Post Trip Assessment
June 19 Final Project Due

Note: Interior Design students who are taking this course to replace ART 2200 may have the additional requirement of producing a post-trip presentation.

Sample ITINERARY(2015)
    5/21 Depart USA
    5/22 Arrive Athens, Greece
    5/23 Ancient Athens
    5/24 Tour Athens, New Athens Museum
    5/25 - 5/27 Classic Peloponisso Tour (Corinth, Epidavros, Nafplio, Olympia)
    5/28 - 5/31 Crete (Chania, Hrakleion)
    6/1 - 6/2 Santorini (also known as the Lost Atlantis)
    6/3- 6/4 Athens
    6/5 - Depart for USA

Confirmed Summer 2017 itinerary will be available in January 2017.

Academic Credit
Students can earn three hours of academic credit for summer I.  Students can receive 3 hours of WMU credit in FCS Travel/Study Seminar. Interior Design Students taking this course for three credit hours may substitute this study abroad experience for ART 2200 – History of Art I.

WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic unit, and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

Program dates and fees are to be confirmed in January 2017.
Please find program budget estimations here.

The program fee  includes:  tuition (3 credit hours), administrative fees, instructional costs, International health and emergency insurance, lodging, program related transportation, program related cultural excursions and some meals (continental breakfasts, closing dinner).
The program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for summer I term.

The Program fee does not include:  airfair, local travel, some meals, passport, immunizations (if needed) and personal expenses/spending money.  Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs).   The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
   Study abroad commitment fee
+ Qualified fees (tuition)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee

Commitment fee:  The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form.  The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for summer I  term.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for  the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship

Financial Aid
Enrollment for this program is processed for Summer I .
Students who are eligible for federal or state financial aid can use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with the Financial Aid staff in order to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e. remain enrolled full-time). 
*Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Housing Accommodations are in three and four star hotels in twin or triple rooms with private or shared facilities. Continental breakfasts will be provided throughout.

Additional Resources

Country Information (external links)
Athens - Loneley Planet
Country Specific Information - Greece
Culturegram - Greece

Contacts at WMU:
Program Faculty Director
Eleonora Philopoulos
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5313
Phone: (269) 387-8648

Academic advising:
Carol Reid, Academic Advisor
Office of Undergraduate Advising | College of Education and Human Development
Western Michigan University | 1903 W. Michigan Ave. | 2504 Sangren Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5275
phone: 269-387-3474 | fax: 269-387-3736

Study Abroad:
Anastassia Kaml
Study Abroad Specialist,
Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave,
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: (269) 387-5890
Fax:   (269) 387-0630
campus location:
2425 Ellsworth Hall