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Rick Steves says "With their picture-perfect, whitewashed villages and ample opportunities to enjoy swimming in, eating from, and gazing at the deep-blue Aegean, Greek's islands deserve every bit of their fame."


Course Goals:

  • 13-day traveling world cultures course
  • Analyze the impact of globalization upon the culture as reflected in the intercultural dynamics with other contemporary societies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various aspects of the selected cultural group, such as social and political institutions, arts, religion and beliefs, and social practices
  • Utilize multiple disciplinary perspectives that demonstrate understanding of the complexity of human experience Effectively communicate cultural insights and information gained as a result of the course

Course Description:

Ancient architectural ruins in Athens and Delphi, mythology in Knossos, first organized sporting contests in Olympia, and paradise beaches in Crete make Greece a fantastic opportunity for a faculty led trip for students who want to experience a different side of Europe. Students who are accepted to our program will travel to Greece, and spent two weeks enjoying breathtaking views, touring museums, and analyzing sculptures and many great pieces of architecture from the height of the Greek civilization!

Why Greece?

Ancient Greece significantly influenced the development of the Western culture and civilization. Modern democracies are based on the Greek beliefs in government by the people, trial by jury, and equality under the law. Greece is the origin of many outstanding accomplishments, such as: spectacular architectural monuments, unique works of poetry, fundamentals of philosophy as well as significant findings in natural history and mathematics.


This program will carry 3 credits. Selected students will be enrolled in a May-term World Cultures 370 class.


Ms. Irene Guerinot | Lecturer in Physics | SSC 229 | (865) 981-8271 | 

  • Ms. Guerinot has extensive travel experience and has visited already all of the suggested sites. She has lived and studied in Germany as well as USA and visted the majority of the European countries as well as Japan. She lived in Greece until she was nineteen years old. She will assist with translation and interpretation, eliminating the need for a paid translator.

Dr. Carl Gombert | Professor of Art | CCA Main 310 | 

  • Dr. Gombert has led two different groups on three week camping/work/study trips out west, and co-taught a three week travel study course to Tibet. Also, in 2007 he spent three weeks in an ACA/Mellon Foundation Grant program called “Infusing the Classics in Appalachian Curricula.” Under expert faculty guidance he toured Athens, Napflion, Mycenae, Olympia, Aegina, Naxos, and Delphi in the past. In addition he has spent a week in Washington studying the philosophy of the pre-Socratics and Plato with the same faculty leadership as the one in Greece.

 May 2022


Classroom learning about Ancient Greece is instructive, but to actually be there, face-to-face with the Akrotiri in Santorinin and the Parthenon on the Acropolis, is entirely different, and an invaluable experience, impossible to have any other way. Through guided visits, independent explorations, organized events, and personal interviews students will be exposed to Greek culture from antiquity to the modern day. Our visits will draw on a variety of disciplines, from history to archaeology, to modern sports studies (exploring the evolution of athletic competition).

In addition to experiencing the history and culture of the region first-hand, students will learn about the economic and political challenges and opportunities inherent in creating the European Union and Greece’s place in it. Students will be given the opportunity to interview citizens of Greece about their economy, the global financial crisis, their state's struggle with debt and austerity, as well as the crisis that precipitated by waves of economic migrants and refugees crossing Greece's borders. Students will be given the option of visiting the refugee campsite of Idomeni to gain a firsthand impression of the humanitarian crisis.



Day 1  Travel to Athens, Greece

Day 2  Arrive in Athens

Check-in, orientation to Athens/Greece and welcome dinner to kick off the program

Day 3  Athens  

Guided tour of the Acropolis, which is the greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena and it dominates the center of the modern city from the rocky crag.  Guided tour of the New Acropolis Museum, which has five floors with over 4000 artifacts.  It provides a comprehensive picture of the human presence on the Acropolis from pre-historic times through late Antiquity.

Day 4   Athens  

Guided tour of the Museum of Greek Culture & the National Archaeological Museum

Day 5   Athens/Heraklion  

Cable Car to Mount Lycabettus.  Flight to Heraklion

Day 6  Heraklion 

Guided walking tour of Heraklion.  During the tour, you will see the 14th Century St. Peter's Monastery of the Dominicans, the arsenals, the Lions' Square and the old market street.  Group dinner in Heraklion.

Day 7  Crete 

Free day to discover Crete

Day 8 Crete  

Visit the Palace of Knossos.    Visit to an olive oil mill (e.g. Cretan Olive Oil Farm).  Quick fact: the consumption per person stands on average at 29 liters of Olive Oil/year

Day 9  Heraklion - Santorini

Ferry from Heraklion to Thira (travel time approx. 6 hours). Explore Santorini.  Group dinner in Santorini.

Day 10  Santorini

Guided tour of the Archaeological Museum of Thira and the Prehistoric Thira Museum.

Day 11  Santorini

Public boat tour of Santorini including a visit to Volcano Island with a hike up the crater

Day 12  Santorini

Free day on Santorini

Day 13  Santorini - Athens

Flight from Santorini to Athens.  Farewell dinner.

Day 14  Athens - Home

Departure from Athens to the USA

(Source: Google Maps)

U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet 

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Greece website for the most current visa information.

Greece is a party to the Schengen Agreement; therefore, U.S. citizens may enter Greece without a visa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

  • For entry into Greece, your passport should have at least six months of remaining validity. While Greek law requires three months of passport validity beyond the intended date of your departure, if you are transiting a country that requires six months of validity, you may not be permitted to continue your trip. We recommend that you have at least six months of validity to avoid any travel disruptions.
  • U.S. citizens traveling on a passport reported lost or stolen will not be permitted entry into Greece and may be returned to their original departure point. This decision is the purview of the Greek immigration authorities; the U.S. Embassy cannot intervene. Emergency passports are issued only at the Embassy in Athens. Staff members do not travel to the air, land, or sea ports of entry.
  • You must arrive in country with proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket or other evidence that you will depart Greece if asked. The sufficient funds requirement is often met with credit cards.


CIA World Factbook - Greece

Greek Tourism

Lonely Planet Guidebook

Travel Tips

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How it Works:

  • Travel with two expert MC faculty members (Irene Guerinot & Carl Gombert)
  • Travel with a group of Maryville students on a short term study abroad program
  • 3 academic credits
  • This is an interactive learning experience. You are not sitting in a classroom abroad, but learning about the course topic with the international destination as your classroom.
  • May-term course & travel

Who can participate?

You! Travel Study programs are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.  This program will admit approx. 16 students.

Registration & Application:

Please follow the below instructions to apply for a Travel Study program.  Do not miss our application deadlines!

You may list up to 3 preferences on the  travel study program application. You are encouraged to select more than one site as this improves your chances on being placed on a travel study program.  Only list programs you would be happy to be selected for.  You will be considered first for your first place site.


Selection will be conducted by the faculty leaders. Selection decisions are based upon the entire application packet: application, essay, references, GPA, student conduct, etc. In addition, faculty leaders look for a match between the student's goals and the goals of the programs.  The selection process varies by program, however applicants should be prepared for an interview as part of the acceptance process.

Special Considerations: 

The minimum level of fitness required for the travel component is approximately five miles of walking per day. Students with limited mobility or mobility-aids (e.g., wheelchair) will require special accommodations, which the more rural regions (e.g., Engelberg) may not be able to adequately accommodate.

Get More Information:

  • Travel Study Program Information Meeting: Meetings will take place during spring 2021 and fall 2021 (Watch Today@MC for information)
  • Talk to Faculty Leaders about the program you are interested in.
  • Talk to the Center for International Education 
    @MCScotsAbroad (Facebook / Instagram)


  • Travel Study faculty-led program application form 
  • Due:  ONLINE by October 1 by 12noon with a $100 application fee.  This fee is separate from the cost of the program.
  • Travel Study scholarship applications will be due to the Center for International Education (International House) by October 1 Scholarship deadlines will not be extended for late applicants.

Tentative Timeline:


Application Available


Apply Online

Application Deadline

October 1, Noon

All online materials, including scholarship application must be submitted by noon

Interviews Begin

Monday, October 4  – Friday, October 8

All students will interview with the faculty leader(s) 

Notification of Acceptance (and scholarship)

Monday, October 26

Via email before 5:00pm

Confirmation of Acceptance Due

November 1, Noon

Confirmation of acceptance with $200 deposit due by 12noon

Payment 1 Due

December 1, Noon

50% of Payment due (Full balance may be paid at this time) before 12noon.

Final Payment Due

February 1, Noon

Remaining balance due

Mandatory CIE Pre-Departure Orientation


Required for all participants.  Quiz due by Feb 15th

Program Specific Pre-Departure Orientation


As determined by faculty leaders.

Tentative Program Fee :  $5,025


Program Fee Includes:

  • $200 deposit
  • Roundtrip airfare
    Local transportation
    All excursions & cultural activities (except free days)
    Some meals (breakfast and some dinners
    Travel insurance

Not Included:

  • Application fee $100
  • Passport  ($145)
  • Immunizations (
    Personal expenses
    Some meals  $255
  • Specialty activities (free days)
  • Gratuities $50

Travel Study Application + $100 Fee  Due October 1. 2021  

Deposit of $200 Fee with Confirmation of Acceptance:    Due November 1, 2021

Application for Faculty-led Programs

Scholarships Available