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Modern Odyssey to Ancient Greece

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Athens, Iraklio, Olympia, Delphi, Sparta, Nafplio, Greece
Course # SA 11003
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2022 05/08/22 to 05/28/22

Program Leader

Name Katherine Jarriel
Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

Modern Odyssey to Ancient Greece - Maymester 2022


Dates: May 8-28, 2022

Led by: Dr. Katie Jarriel
Call outs: September 15 | 6-7 PM | Zoom link; October 5 | 5:30-6:30 PM | HCRN 1143
Est. cost: $5,500 updated 9/28/21: $5,000

Update 9/28/21: I have received a grant to lower the cost of the trip for all students. The amount of price reduction will vary depending on the number of students enrolled, but the overall estimated cost has been updated.

Come explore ancient Greece! In this three-week Maymester course, you will climb the steps of the Parthenon, wander the labyrinth at Knossos, and visit the oracle of Delphi. By learning about the history and mythology of ancient place you will examine how we reconstruct the past and how heritage issues affect the present day. You will experiment will the digital reconstruction of ancient sites. You will also discuss the legacy of ancient Greece, questioning why people have tended to privilege certain aspects of history that ignore the identities of marginalized people, such as women, slaves, and foreigners. At the end of this course, you will understand why heritage is important in modern politics and cultural identity.


May 8-12     ATHENS - Day trip to Marathon
May 13-16   CRETE - Knossos, Chania
May 17-20   MAINLAND TOUR - Delphi, Olympia, Sparta
May 21-25   NAFPLIO - Day trips to Mycenae, Eleusis, Nemea, Corinth
May 26-28   ATHENS - Day trip to the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio


At the time of writing (9-13-21) Greece is facing a similar situation regarding COVID-19 to much of Europe. Upon arrival in Greece, you must submit one of three things: 1) proof of full vaccination against COVID-19; 2) a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival; or 3) a negative rapid COVID test within 48 hours of arrival. Many public indoor spaces are restricted to those who have proof of vaccination. You will be expected to comply with all local laws regarding COVID safety. I will communicate all information regarding COVID as quickly as I am able.

***If you have questions or would like more information, don't hesitate to email Dr. Katie Jarriel (!***


Academic Credit

 Students in this program will enroll in 6 academic credits, divided over two courses.


Whose Greece? Issues of Cultural Heritage – 3 CR

Who owns the past? In this course, students will evaluate tensions between national and global claims to Greek heritage and material culture. Students will visit archaeological sites and museums, and they will learn about learn about traditional Greek cultural practices through hands-on experiences, such as sustainable farming, Greek dancing lessons, theater performance, and pottery-making. Topics covered include the expatriation of archaeological artifacts and the threats of overtourism and environmental instability on heritage sites. At the end of this course, students will be able to compare Greek cultural practices and heritage concerns with their own personal experiences.

Envisioning Ancient Greece – 3 CR

Reconstructions of ancient sites offer a glimpse of life in the past. In this course, students will investigate methods for presenting heritage sites to the public using examples of Greek archaeology, from the short-sighted “reconstruction” of Knossos by Sir Arthur Evans at the turn of the 20th century to the virtual recreation of classical Greece in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.
Students will visit a wide range of archaeological sites, conduct on-site experiments using different preservation tools, and process and discuss the results. At the end of this course, students will be able to compare the pros and cons of various heritage tools, consider ethical responsibilities toward public education, and critique the ways in which conservationists prioritize historical narratives.


To be eligible for this course, students must have a 3.0 GPA, or instructor approval.

If your GPA is less than 3.0 but you are still interested in applying, please contact Dr. Jarriel ( to set up a meeting and discuss.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Currently, the estimated program cost is $5,500 update 9/28: $5,000. 

This price is subject to change, and will vary depending on the number of students enrolled.


The Purdue Moves scholarship is available to all students whose total family income is <$150,000. All you need to do is have a FAFSA on file and enroll. See the Purdue Moves website for more details.

For Summer 2022 programs longer than 14 days, awards are:

  • If your total family income is <$75,000, your award is $2,000.
  • If your total family income is $75,001-$100,000, your award is $1,500.
  • If your total family income is $100,001-$125,000, your award is $1,000.
  • If your total family income is $125,001-$150,000, your award is $500.

If you are a Pell Grant Recipient, you are eligible to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship Program. See their page at the Purdue Study Abroad website.

For a full list of the scholarships for Study Abroad, see the Purdue Study Abroad website.

Application Deadline

Priority reservation deadline: If you apply before October 15, I will hold your place until then. On October 16, I will open up applications to the wait list. To guarantee your spot on the trip, plan to make your deposit payment by October 15 OR meet with me to establish a plan for payment. (I am happy to work with you to help you find financial aid.)

The final deadline to apply and submit your deposit will be December 1, 2021. Applications will close once all spots are filled, so to ensure your spot apply early. Once you are accepted to the program and submit your program deposit, your spot is guaranteed.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

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