College Year in AthensGreece

College Year in Athens provides students with the resources to achieve a comprehensive knowledge of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean.  It is administered for Rollins by Southwestern University.  Even though the program is best suited for students studying the classics, majors in anthropology/ethnography, art history, European studies, history, international relations, literature, philosophy, political science and religious studies are also welcomed.  Classes are taught in English and include field trips to historical sites and museums.  Students must have the endorsement of visiting assistant professor of Art Robert Vander Poppen.

Location:  The College Year in Athens Academic Center is located in the heart of central Athens, next to the Marble Stadium and opposite the National Gardens, with a stunning view of the Acropolis. The Academic Center houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge, the dining hall, the computer lab, an auditorium, laundry facilities, and faculty and administrative offices. The Center is convenient to major historical sites, public transportation, and amenities such as shops and restaurants. Classes take place at the Academic Center as well as on-site both within Athens and on field trips. Student housing is located in residential neighborhoods within walking distance of the Academic Center.

Program Costs:

  • Costs: The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.  For 2014-2015 this is $28,275.
  • Includes: Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, one meal a day, study-travel, International Student Identity Card, airport meet and assist services, and student support services.
  • Does not include:
    • Airfare from Orlando: Estimated at $1150
    • Visa: Estimated at $320
    • Personal expenses and course materials: Estimated at $600
    • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1200-$2000
    • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary
  • Discount on Student Account: In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program.  The discount should cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund. 
  • Need-Based Scholarships: scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Good record with Community Standards
  • Professional Application
  • Biographical Data
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Statement of Study Abroad Approval/Credit Transfer
  • Tentative Academic Plans
  • Two Letters of Academic Reference
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (Rollins pays)
  • All materials will be sent to Southwestern University for review and then students will be informed via email of their acceptance into the program

Fall 2014 Calendar

  • Sept 1: Students depart US
  • Sept 2: Orientation
  • Sept 8: Classes start
  • Dec 20: Students depart for home

Spring 2015 Calendar

  • Jan 18: students depart US
  • Jan 19: students arrive
  • Jan 26: Classes start
  • May 15: Classes end/Farewell Dinner
  • May 16: students depart

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