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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: VCU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
VCU Globe in Greece

Athens, Greece
1 credit in GLED 202, 302, or 493
2 March -11 March 2018
$1900 + airfare + 1 credit VCU tuition 

Program Director:
Christina Marino
Registration deadline: 1 December 2017
The Global Education Office and VCU Globe are pleased to offer its participants an unique opportunity to learn about Greek culture, the refugee situation in Greece and serve the refugee populations within Athens. Directed by Christina Marino, VCU Globe’s Assistant Director of Residence Education, the program will include cultural trips to Ancient Greek sites including Temple of Olympian Zeus, Acropolis, Ancient Agora and others; modern market trips through Syndagma Square, Ermou Street and Monstiraki Square; and interaction with students from VCU Qatar campus. The program will be co-organized with a group traveling from VCU Qatar campus.  The students will spend about 30 hours of service with our partner in Greece. The program will provide students with a hands on view of the refugee crisis and the local community’s response to refugees.
Course and credit options                                  
Students will earn 1 credit in GLED 202, 302, or 493.

GLED 202 Global Engagement Seminar, 1 Credit, Ms. Marino
GLED 302 Preparing for Global Leadership, 1 Credit, Ms. Marino 
GLED 493 Global Leadership Practicum, 1 credit, Ms. Marino

Students will enroll in the GLED course sequence that is next for the VCU Globe certificate.

The Education Abroad office will enroll students in the course upon receipt of the registration and approval of course of study by the program directors.

Course description
In GLED 202, students examine the concept of culture broadly and will have an opportunity to focus specifically on American culture and Greek culture.  They will also learn about communication styles across cultures. Students will apply knowledge and skills from this course by completing 30 hours of engagement with our partner organization in Greece.
In GLED 302, students learn more about different types of leadership, reflect upon and continue their service in the community and create a project proposal (based on the needs of the community site or partner and the people it serves) that could conceivably be implemented by the community organization we work with in Greece.   
In GLED 493, students examine the leadership skills of the global organizations we work with in Greece and complete service hours with that organization. Students will be expected to develop team building activities for the whole group, work to lead group discussions and serve in a leadership role while in country. 

The program fee is $1900 and includes the following:
  • Shared accommodations in a hotel in Athens with breakfast included
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell dinner of traditional Greek Cuisine
  • Orientation by our partner in Greece
  • In-country transportation to/from airport and to all excursions, public transit to volunteer site
  • Guided Tours of the Greek Cultural Sites, Overview of the Economic and Refugee Crisis, and Introduction to Local Responses and NGO endeavors
  • Cultural trips to the Ancient Greek sites Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Agora, Filopappou Hill
  • Modern Market Trips though Syndagma Square, Ermou Street, Monastiraki Square
  • On-site Program Director support
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • International Student Identity Card
  • VCU administrative fees
  • Application deposit
The following are not included in the program fee. Students are responsible for:
  • VCU tuition and fees
  • Airfare
  • Some meals
  • Laundry              
  • Passport application fee
  • Visa application fee
  • Personal expenses during the program estimated at $300-400
  • Anything not specifically mentioned above
Please budget for these additional expenses.

Airfare is not included.  

Students must be current VCU Globe students (who have successfully completed GLED 101 prior to departure date) and must have, at minimum, a 2.0 GPA in order to participate in this VCU Globe study abroad program.

Participants should be able to lift objects 10-25 lbs and stand for long periods of time, as well as walk distances on uneven pavement.

Accommodations and Excursions in Athens
Students will stay in a nearby hotel, and be transported to the service site daily.   Students will be sharing their rooms with another VCU Globe student.

VCU Statement of Service-Learning 
Service-learning at Virginia Commonwealth University is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets community-identified needs. Service activities may be direct (e.g., mentoring youth, volunteering with patients, working in community gardens) or indirect (e.g., creating research reports, designing online or print materials); may be individual or group-based; may occur either on- or off-campus; may be scheduled at varying times of the week/day; may be focused in different parts of the city, and may involve a variety of community organizations. Individual service-learning classes do not offer all of these options.  Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the service activity options that are available in this class and to select from the available options the option that best suits their needs and interests. Students in all VCU service-learning classes participate in reflection activities that are designed to increase students' understanding and application of course content and to enhance their sense of civic responsibility.
A valid passport is required to leave the US. If a student does not already have a passport, they are advised to begin the application process as soon as they are accepted into the program. The processing time for new passport applicants can be as long as 8 weeks. For students who already have passports, they will need to verify that the passport’s validity dates extend 6 months past their return date. For more information about passports and the application/renewal process, please consult the State Department's website.
Payment of fees
In order to complete the application, students are required to submit a $250 registration fee and deposit. This $250 registration fee and deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student is rejected by the faculty member based on their qualifications to participate in the program. Reasons for rejection could include, but are not limited to, GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, unacceptable or inappropriate statement of interest, etc. and are at the discretion of the faculty program director. However, if a student pays the fee and is not given final acceptance to the program based on failing to complete application requirements, as determined by the Education Abroad office or faculty director, the $250 is non-refundable.
Students will receive one charge to their student accounts for this program reflecting the balance of the program fee (minus the $250 deposit and application fee). This bill will be charged through VCU Student Accounting and should appear by May.
Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the account balance is paid before the billing due date.
Withdrawal procedures and financial commitment policy
All withdrawals must be made formally in writing and submitted to the Director of Education Abroad. Otherwise, the program fee will not be refunded. After committing to the program, students deciding to withdraw will be held accountable for a portion of or the entire program fee based on the following schedule:
  • Formal withdrawal submitted later than 30 days before the first day of the program abroad: 100% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 30-60 days before the first day of the program abroad: 75% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 60-90 days before the first day of the program abroad: 50% of the program fee will be charged
In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program abroad, students must provide a physician’s certification that his/her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds VCU is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.
See above for refund policy on $250 registration fee and deposit.
Travel health
Students should schedule an appointment with their physician or at a travel clinic (such as VCU Student Health) at least 4 to 8 weeks before the program to inquire about recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers. To view the health risks and requirements for the country to which you will be traveling, please visit the CDC's website.
Health Alert:  Zika Virus
The CDC has issued a travel alert for countries where the Zika virus is prevalent.  Check the CDC’s travel notices regularly as new countries are being added to this list.  Check VCU Student Health to stay updated as well.

VCU Student Health offers in-depth pre-travel consultation with a health care provider as well as most of the vaccines recommended for safe travel. Prescriptions for recommended medicines are also available. Please visit their website for full details.


Every effort is made to provide updated and accurate information at the time of publication. The sponsors reserve the right to make necessary changes to the programs and costs. The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees, and fee collection procedures at any time.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.