Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Balkan, and Mediterranean Studies in Athens, Greece
Through an exchange with the Center for Education Abroad at Arcadia University, Hollins students of classical studies and related fields can study Greek language, history, and culture for one term at the Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Balkan, and Mediterranean Studies and Research in Athens. The program is open to juniors, and second-semester sophomores, with juniors receiving priority.
Affiliate Program Pre-Departure Guide
Arcadia's Center for Hellenic, Balkan and Mediterranean Studies allows students from a variety of different fields (including Classics, Gender Studies and Economics) to engage in studies of modern Greek language and culture.
All students are required to enroll in the "Greek Key: Cultural Landscape" course, an interdisciplinary seminar designed to involve students in Greek community life. In this course, field research techniques are used to examine and begin to understand the complexities of contemporary Greek society. Part of the coursework may involve structured service learning activities in a social service or environmentally-focused organization.
Students must also select three electives from the Arcadia course offerings. Greek language courses at all levels (beginning through advanced) are available, and there are no minimum proficiency requirements.
Other course topics include archaeology, ancient Greek and Latin, Greek literature, art, history and philosophy, Byzantine studies and modern Greek studies. Many courses include field excursions to sites of historical and cultural importance, trips and guest lectures. Courses are open to program participants only.
Students are required to enroll in four courses while abroad to maintain full-time status.
Housing and Meals
Students at the Arcadia Center live in apartments with other program participants in Pangrati, a residential neighborhood. Each apartment has two or three double bedrooms and shared living room, kitchen, and bath. The apartments are within easy walking distance of classes.
Hollins students will be provided with an additional stipend to cover the cost of meals during the semester abroad.
What is Covered by the Comprehensive Fee
- orientation on Hollins campus and at program site
- comprehensive health insurance while abroad
- program handbook and other materials
- program-organized field trips, if applicable
- roundtrip airfare
- books and other course-related expenses
- personal expenses including independent travel
Minimum requirements are:
- Junior or sophomore status (juniors are given priority)
- Cumulative and in-major GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Two strong faculty recommendations
- No major disciplinary infractions
Applicants are evaluated on their academic and personal maturity, flexibility, and openness to new cultural experiences. Hollins recommends approved candidates to the program, which makes final admissions decisions.
**Please note: In addition to the Hollins application, you must also apply directly to Arcadia for acceptance into this program.
Designed to partially cover or reduce the cost of travel to select Arcadia programs. Awards will be either $250 or $500 per student and they will be awarded directly to the students.
The purpose of the scholarships is to further students’ study of classics or classical archaeology with opportunities not available during the school year. Eligible proposals might include (but are not limited to) participation in classical summer programs or field schools in the Mediterranean or language training at institutions in the U.S., Canada, or Europe. The maximum amount of the award will be $4,500.