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Greek Culture and Regional Tensions

Ioannina, Greece

Term Offered: 
Greek Church
Approximate Dates of Instruction: 
March 28, 2011 to June 1, 2011
Application Deadline: 
November 1, 2010

Sponsored by The Comparative History of Ideas and Hellenic Studies

Greece is the birthplace of democracy and Western Civilization. It is located at the crossroads between Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Politically stable and economically developed, Greece is the first country in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean region to become a full member of the European Union, including participation in the Euro zone. As such, Greece plays a significant role in guiding her neighbors in their ambition to join the European Union.

Sunbathed, filled with antiquities, surrounded by blue waters, Greece is a beautiful country and destination for 17 million tourists annually.
During the spring quarter of 2011, the Greek program will focus on the study of Greek language and culture, and Greece and Albania during the age of nationalism.

The program takes place at the University of Ioannina (UOI) in the city of Ioannina, which is located in the Northwest part of Greece. Ioannina, with a population of approximately 100,000, will provide the students with memorable opportunities to trace the long history of Greece. Participants will visit thousand year-old theatres and other Greek and Roman sites in the surrounding area, Byzantine churches, remnants of the Ottoman rule, and places where the Greeks of modern times made sacrifices in the defense of freedom. At the same time they will experience life in contemporary Greece.

Students will stay in  University of Ioannina dormitories.  The UOI will collect a refundable damage deposit of 150 euros from each student for security on the room.  Students are responsible for maintaining their own living spaces in order to obtain a refund for this deposit.

This program is open to students of all areas of study at the University of Washington. Students will receive credits in CHID and European Studies.


During winter quarter of 2011, participants will be required to take a pre-departure seminar on the Seattle campus.  This summer prepares students for the trip to Greece by giving insights into the courses and tips on getting more out of the experience.

The Spring program begins from the evening of March 30 to the morning of June 3. Due to Greek Easter Holidays, students have the option of traveling the country on their own in late April (April 20th through May 1st). Study begins again on Monday, May 1. During the first nine weeks, instruction will take place at the University of Ioannina in the following three courses:

  • Euro 111 - Modern Greek Language (5 credits) see About Ioannina
  • Euro 399 - Greek Culture (5 credits)
  • CHID 471 – Regional Tensions: Greece and Albania During the Age of Nationalism (5 credits)

The last five days of the program will be devoted to a final tour around the country visiting selected archeological sites such as Delphi, Corinth, and Mycenae, ending in Athens.

Total Program Fees: 

This fee will cover program costs, housing,  two meals a day, and transportation and overnight accommodations for field trips. A $350 deposit, included in the program fee, will be assessed to the student’s tuition account just after the student signs the payment contract. In addition, the Office of International Programs and Exchanges will assess a  $250 IPE fee at the same time.  The IPE fee will remain on your account, but will not be due until the program starts.

Also the University of Ioannina will charge each student a refundable 150 Euro housing deposit as security for the student dormitories.  Students are responsible for making this payment and obtaining their refund on their own.

The program fee does not cover: IPE fee, airfare, health insurance or personal travel and expenses.

Make sure to read our Fees, Financing, and Withdrawal page for information on paying for your trip.