Semester in Greece
Missouri Greece Program
Greece and Greek culture have exercised a tremendous influence on European and North American civilization. The Semester in Greece is an educational and cultural experience, offering to students the opportunity to study in Greece through a semester-long curriculum combining regular classes, field trips, and independent studies.Students can register for up to 15 credit hours of courses on various subjects in nearly every major. Students take classes and receive transfer credit from The American College of Greece-DEREE located on a breath-taking hillside at the edge of Athens.
SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS - available for all qualified UMSL students!
| Spring 2009 Participants photos by Michelle Rowe
Location: Athens, Greece, Europe
Program Type: UMSL Fee-Paying Study Abroad Program / Affiliate
Language of Instruction: English
UMSL Term Abroad: Spring Only
Approximate Dates Abroad: Mid-January - Early May
Deadline to Apply: October 10, 2013
UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements
ACG Study Abroad Office
When can I go?
The Semester in Greece program is offered during the spring semester. The 2013 program dates are January 7 - May 2, 2014.
Students enroll full-time during their semester in Greece, and can earn 12-15 credit hours of transfer credit from The American College of Greece-DEREE. DEREE is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Students are required to attend all classes, field trips, and required orientations. With the exception of language courses, all classes are taught in English. Click here for the full list of available classes.
Accommodations and Travel
Just two blocks from campus in the Aghia Paraskevi suburb, students will live in two or three-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens and full bathroom(s). Standard bedrooms are shared with two single beds, sides tables, and lots of closet space. The building includes internet access, a fitness center, and free laundry facilities.
Students are responsible for their own airfare and travel to Athens.
Greek Cultural Immersion
With a 90% Greek student body, students will benefit from a full cultural immersion experience with plenty of opportunities to make friends and learn about Greek culture. There are many clubs and organizations that you can join, including the Philoxenia Program, designed to connect Greek students with study abroad students. Other clubs include the hiking club, film club, environmental club, and more!
Library, Computer, and Athletic Facilities
ACG-DEREE's library is one of the largest private libraries in Europe. Students will have access to library resources and staff. The campus also has state-of-the-art computer labs with free internet access and printing services available. The Olympic-quality fitness facilities include a fitness center, an Olympic size swimming pool, soccer field and track, basketball arena, climbing wall, tennis courts and more. ACG-DEREE was the 2004 U.S. Olympic team official training site.
A residence visa is required for a semester program. ACG-DEREE has a visa officer who will work with students to gather the required documents. Students must apply for a visa at their local Greek Consulate in the U.S.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Most financial aid may be used toward study abroad programs. Student are enouraged to visit an adivsor in Student Financial Aid for more information. The UMSL International Studies and Programs scholarship and external scholarships are available to qualified UMSL students. Students can also apply for the Hellenic Legacy Scholarship through the Greek America Foundation. Non-UMSL participants should check with their university's Financial Aid Office and Study Abroad Office.
Faculty Director Dr. Akis Kalaitzidis,
Professor of Political Science, University of Central Missouri
How much does it cost?
Below are the Spring 2013 estimated costs for the Semester in Greece program. All students pay the Program Fee plus any home campus charges (check with your school for applicable charges). Note: there is a surcharge of $250 for students from Missouri State University and the University of Missouri - Columbia and $500 surcharge for students from a non-Missouri Consortium campus. (Check with your institution's study abroad office for more information.)
The 2014 Program Fee is 8,035 Euros*.
It will include:
- 12-15 credit hours of tuition
- Student housing
- Visa assistance through ACG-DEREE
- Transportation to and from the Athens airport during move-in and move-out days upon request
- Welcome reception and guide
- Use of facilities, including computer lab, student lounge, library, and athletic facilities
- Access to the onsite doctor and nurse for non-emergency health issues
- Various excursions to archaeological and cultural sites
- Complimentary cultural activities such as Greek dancing and Greek cooking classes
- Official ACG-DEREE transcript sent to home institution
* The Program Fee must be paid in Euro. Students are responsible for any fluctuation in the exchange rate.
Esimated expenses not included in the Program Fee:
- International airfare ($1400-$1500)
- Meals, books, and other personal expenses ($2000-$2500)
- Mandatory sickness & accident insurance through HTH Worldwide ($32.25 per month; information provided upon acceptance into the program)
Costs may vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel.
How do I apply?
This program is open to students from any university provided they have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Missouri-Greece member campuses include:
University of Missouri-St. Louis
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Central Missouri
Truman State University
Missouri Southern State University
Northwest Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Students from these campuses should apply through their home campus. All other students should apply through UMSL.
All UMSL students and students from non-member schools applying through UMSL must submit the following documents to the Study Abroad Office no later than October 10, 2013. All students from other Missouri Greece consortium campuses should apply directly through their home campuses.
1. Missouri Greece Program Application Form (must be signed in ink)
2. ACG Program Application (apply online through ACG) Once at the site, please choose "Study Abroad Application". Submit this form online.
3. One faculty recommendation form completed by a professor. The form must be printed and submitted along with other application materials to the UMSL Study Abroad Office.
4. Official transcript sent directly to the UMSL Study Abroad Office from your school's registration office
5. Copy of identification page of passport
6. A personal statement supporting your reasons for wishing to study in Greece, what you hope to gain from the experience, and how it will complement your educational and personal goals.
7. Supplemental Fee, if applicable:
a. $250 for students from Missouri State University and University of Missouri-Columbia
b. $500 for students from a non-Missouri Consortium campus
Documents must be sent to this address:
Study Abroad Office, 261 MSC
Attn: Semester in Greece
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
Application Deadline: October 10, 2013
50% Deposit Program Fee Deadline: November 1, 2013
Online Orientation Deadline: November 1, 2013
Mandatory UMSL Orientation: 2-4pm November 8, 2013
Move-In Dates at ACG: January 7 and 8, 2014
ACG Orientation: January 9, 2014
First Day of Class: January 13, 2014
Move-Out Date: May 2, 2014
How can I learn more?
Missouri Greece Program - Study Abroad Coordinator
Advice/Feedback from past Semester in Greece participants:
"[In my journal, I] put down 'best day ever' many times." - 2011 Participant
"Wow, strawberries and oranges in February!" - 2011 Participant
"I wished I had known about the program [earlier], I could have applied for more scholarships." - 2011 Participant
"At first the Modern Greek history was really hard: names, dates, wars and stuff but [I'm] glad to know it now because it explains other things. - 2011 Participant
"It is definitely possible to get by only speaking English, but knowing Greek will help with local interactions. I took a Greek class while I was there and it was awesome to immediately go out and put what I learned to use. Most locals were more than happy to help with the language and they loved it when you put forth the effort to try and communicate in Greek." - 2010 Participant
"Anyone interested in archeology, anthropology, or even history should consider this program." - 2010 Participant
"Weekends were open for doing any sight-seeing on the islands and other areas of Greece ... Definitely go visit the islands if there is time... I've never seen anything as beautiful as the Mediterranean sunset from the beach in Crete." - 2010 Participant