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

Irene Guerinot (Leader) 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 visited 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

Carl Gombert (Leader) 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.

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! 

Classroom learning about Ancient Greece is instructive, but to actually be there, face-to-face with the Lion Gate of Mycenae 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.

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.  

 Each student will need to attend two pre-departure lectures, the CIE pre-departure workshop, complete a pre-departure assignment, maintain a detailed daily journal while on the trip in which they reflect upon the aspects of Greek history and culture they encountered, and complete a short post-trip reflection paper.

May 2019 (tentative)


 Day 1 >> Mon. May 6:
Your adventure begins as you board your flight to Athens, Greece.
Καλώς ήρθατε! Welcome!

Day 2 >> Tues. May 7: (Athens)
Morning/Afternoon: Arrival at Athens International Airport. After clearing customs and immigration,
meet your CEPA on-site coordinator who will be available to introduce you to
Europe today. A private coach bus will take you from the airport to your hotel in
Athens. Check into your room and then start off your program with an
orientation session provided by your coordinator.
Evening: A special welcome dinner awaits your group at a traditional Greek restaurant
in Athens (today or on May 8 - depending on your arrival time and preference).

Day 3 >> Wed. May 8: (Athens)
Morning: Your morning begins with a private guided tour of the Acropolis (admission
included), Greece’s most famous monument. The greatest and finest sanctuary of
ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena, dominates
the center of the modern city from the rocky crag.
Afternoon: Continue your day with a guided tour of the Ancient Agora (admission included).
The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial,
administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural center, and the seat
of justice. The Ancient Agora Museum is housed in the Stoa of Attalos,
a reconstructed building of around 150 BC.

Day 4 >> Thurs. May 9: (Athens)
Morning: Start off your day with a private guided tour of the Museum of Greek Culture
(admission included), which is part of the Benaki Museums and housed in one of
the most beautiful neoclassical-style buildings in Athens, near the National
Garden and the Hellenic Parliament.
Afternoon: Enjoy a private guided tour of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (admission
included). Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the
Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient
world, but it was not completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian
in the 2nd century AD, some 638 years after the project had begun.

Day 5 >> Fri. May 10: (Athens - Heraklion - Knossos - Heraklion)
Morning: After breakfast, check out of your rooms and travel by private bus to the airport
in Athens. After an approximate 1 hour flight, you will arrive in Heraklion. Travel
by private bus to your hotel, check into your rooms and meet your on-site
coordinator for a brief orientation session.
Afternoon: Refueled by lunch at your own expense, travel by private bus to Knossos. Upon
arrival, start your private guided tour of the Palace of Knossos (admission
included). The site was first occupied sometime around 7000 BCE in what is called
the Aceramic Neolithic period. The Bronze Age was not to begin for a further four
thousand years. It is thought that Knossos was the first and oldest Neolithic site in
Crete and the first indication of human activity on the island is located in the
exact area where the Palace and its Central Court were located.
Evening: Enjoy a group dinner at a restaurant in Heraklion.

Day 6 >> Sat. May 11: (Heraklion)
Morning: Begin your day with a private guided walking tour of Heraklion focusing on the
architecture of the city. Heraklion was one of the regions that attracted the
Venetians and the Byzantines who left a fair number of forts, castles and
beautiful monuments that survive to this day. The Ottoman rule brought gave its
own architectural flair to the city of Heraklion. Mosques, baths and public
buildings were built in the arabesque style but still retaining a lot of the previous
Venetian elements.
Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to an olive oil mill, e.g. the Cretan Olive Oil Farm. Cretan olive oil has
a first class quality, which has continually improved over the last 20 years. The
consumption per person stands on average at 29 liters a year. Olive oil is the
main nutritional factor in Cretan cuisine and is held as the elixir of life.

Day 7 >> Sun. May 12: (Heraklion - Athens)
Morning: Enjoy a free morning and discover Heraklion further on your own. Consider
visiting the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the greatest museums in
Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable
and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete.
Afternoon: Travel by private bus to the airport in Heraklion. After an approximate 1 hour
flight, you will arrive again in Athens. 

Day 8 >> Mon. May 13: (Athens)
Morning: Meet your local guide for a private guided walking tour of the suburb
“Exarcheia”. The district of Exarcheia was created between 1870 and 1880 at the
border of the city and has played a significant role in the social and political life of
Greece and a place where many intellectuals and artists live and many socialist,
anarchist, and anti-fascist groups are accommodated.
Afternoon: Enjoy a guided tour of the National Archaeological Museum (admission
included), which was founded at the end of the 19th century to house and
safeguard antiquities from all over Greece and to promote their historical,
academic and artistic value to the world.

Day 9 >> Tues. May 14: (Athens - Mycenae - Nafplion)
Morning: After breakfast, check out of your hotel and travel by private bus to Mycenae.
Upon arrival, start your guided tour of the Archaeological Site of Mycenae
(admission included) which comprises the fortified acropolis and surrounding
funerary and habitation sites, which are located mainly to its west and southwest.
Most of the visible monuments date to the center's great floruit, from 1350 to
1200 BC. Afterwards, continue by private bus to Nafplion.
Afternoon: Upon arrival in Nafplion, check into your rooms and meet your coordinator for a
brief orientation session. Afterwards, continue your afternoon with a private
guided tour of the Palamidi Fortress (admission included), a typical baroque
fortress, based on the plans of the engineers Giaxich and Lasalle. In 1715 it was
captured by the Turks and remained under their control until 1822, when it was
liberated by the Greeks.
Evening: Enjoy a group dinner at a restaurant in Nafplion.

Day 10 >> Wed. May 15: (Nafplion - Olympia)
Morning: Enjoy a free morning in Nafplion. You may consider visiting the Castle of Bourtzi
which is located in the middle of the harbor of Nafplion. The Venetians
completed its fortification in 1473 to protect the city from pirates and invaders
from the sea. Until 1865 it served as a fortress. It was then transformed into
residence of the executioners of convicts from the castle of Palamidi.
Afternoon: After lunch at your own expense, check out of your hotel and travel by private
bus to Olympia. Upon arrival, start your private guided tour of the Archaeological
Site of Olympia and its museum. The archaeological site of Olympia includes the
sanctuary of Zeus and the many buildings erected around it, such as athletic
premises used for the preparation and celebration of the Olympic Games,
administrative buildings and other lay buildings and monuments. The Altis, the
sacred enclosure and core of the sanctuary, with its temples, cult buildings and
treasuries, occupies the center of the site. East of the Altis lies the stadium where
the Olympic Games were held. Afterwards, continue your journey to your
hotel in Olympia.
Evening: Enjoy a group dinner at a restaurant in Olympia.

Day 11 >> Thurs. May 16: (Olympia - Delphi - Athens)
All day: After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and travel by private bus to Delphi. Upon
arrival, follow your guide on a private tour of the Archaeological Site of Delphi
and its museum (admission included). Delphi’s site is one of the most important
ancient relics of Greece. The magnitude of the Delphi’s contributions to the
entire ancient civilization cannot be overstated. Many political decisions were
taken after consultation of the Oracle, and no colony was founded around the
Mediterranean without the consent of the sanctuary at Delphi. In proportion with
its immense influence, the settlement at Delphi grew from a small village to an
imposing depository of fine architecture and art. Afterwards, enjoy some free
time in Delphi and discover the city on your own before you return to Athens.

Day 12 >> Fri. May 17: (Athens)
Morning: Your morning begins with a private guided tour of the Olympic Stadium of
Athens "Spyros Louis" (admission included), which was originally designed in
1979 and built from 1980 to 1982. It was completed in time to host the 1982
European Championships in Athletics and again renovated in time for the 2004
Summer Olympics, including a roof designed by Santiago Calatrava, and
innovatively positioned with Enerpac hydraulics.
Afternoon: Continue your day with a visit of the Herakleidon Art Museum (admission
included), which has evolved into an interactive center for popularized science. In
the framework of this philosophy, the new, permanent interactive exhibition
“Play and Understand”, at the 1st and 2nd floor, invites children and adults to
come into contact with science, art, and mathematics, through creative play with
judiciously chosen and designed interactive exhibits.
Evening: A farewell dinner will be arranged for your group at a restaurant in Athens.

Day 13 >> Sat. May 18: (Athens)
Begin your journey home.

Αντίο! Goodbye!

Approximate Program Fee: $4,300 

The price includes: 

  • Tuition
  • Roundtrip & in-country airfare
  • Local transportation
  • Accommodation in 3-star hotels (double rooms)
  • Breakfast + 5 dinners
  • Cultural Experiences & Field Trips
  • Local bilingual guides
  • Guest lectures/presentations
  • Onsite orientation and city maps
  • International travel insurance
  • $100 Application fee + $200 Deposit

Not included: 

  • Passport ~ $135  (if you don't have one)
  • Immunizations ~ visit the CDC website for info ~ up to $138 
  • 2 meals/day ~ $185  (21 meals not included)
  • Gratuities ~ $50
  • Personal expenses ~ up to you

*Please note that prices are tentative and may fluctuate based on variation in exchange rates, number of participants, price fluctuations in actual airfares and fuel surcharges, or administrative overhead

How it Works:

  • Travel with two expert MC faculty members 
  • 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: 

Significant walking and standing will be required (some days on uneven or cobblestoned floors).

Get More Information:

  • Travel Study Program Information Meeting: Meetings will take place during Spring 2018 and early Fall 2018 (Watch Today@MC for information)
  • Talk to Faculty Leaders about the program you are interested in.


  • Travel Study faculty-led program application form 
  • Due:  ONLINE by October 1 by 12noon with a $100 application fee.  This fee will be used towards 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

    Friday, September 1

    Apply Online

    Application Deadline

    Monday, October 1, Noon

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

    Interviews Begin

    Wednesday, October 3 – Friday, October 12

    All students will interview with the faculty leader(s) 

    Notification of Acceptance (and scholarship)

    Monday, October 22

    Via email before 5:00pm

    Confirmation of Acceptance Due

    Friday November 2, Noon

    Confirmation of acceptance with $200 deposit due by 12noon

    Payment 1 Due

    Monday, December 10, 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

    Saturday, February 9

    From 9am - 12pm. Required for all participants.

    Program Specific Pre-Departure Orientation


    As determined by faculty leaders.

REFUND POLICY: Students who are not selected will receive a refund of this application fee. Otherwise it is non-refundable. If you decline a place offered to you it is non-refundable.  Visit here for more information on our Travel Study Withdrawal Policies

*Sample Confirmation of Commitment Paperwork you will be asked to sign when you make a deposit.

Apply Now!

 Travel Study Application + $100 Fee  Due October 1  

Deposit of $200 Fee with Confirmation of Acceptance:    Due November 2

Application for Faculty-led Programs

Scholarships Available