WINS-Odyssey in Athens: An Experience of a Lifetime

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Undergraduate Program:

WINS-Odyssey in Athens offers accredited courses with an international or cross-cultural focus in anthropology, business administration, journalism, history, literature, political science and economics. Courses surveying Greek civilization from ancient times to the present, cover art and architecture, ethnography and culture, history, literature, politics, and language. There are no specific program requirements, but students are encouraged to take advantage of the Greek culture and language courses to the fullest extent possible. The undergraduate academic program consists of an 8 week term, where students can take up to 9 credits, a semester (16 weeks) where students can earn up to 18 credits, a full academic year for up to 36 credits and a 4 week summer session for up to 6 credits.

Students in transition to graduate school or employment in the international arena are also welcome to apply. Enrollment is for a term, single semester, full academic year or summer session.

Graduate Program:

Students in graduate school can also participate in WINS-Odyssey in Athens. The graduate academic program consists of up to 5 credits per term (8 weeks), up to 10 credits per semester (16 weeks), up to 20 credits for a full academic year, and up to 4 credits for a summer session (4 weeks). Enrollment is for a single term, full semester, academic year, or summer session.


Orientation features walking tours of Athens and information on how best to adapt to the ways of life in Greece. The Director of WINS-Odyssey in Athens is always available to help students adjust by discussing cultural differences and social expectations while scheduling activities to allow students to get to know the faculty, the staff, and other students.


Excursions are an integral part of WINS-Odyssey in Athens. Destinations include sites in Attica (Eleusis, Rhamnous, Sounion), the Peloponnese (Corinth, Mycenae, Argos, Epidaurus, Olympia), and central Greece (Delphi, Thebes, Meteora). The cost of group travel and shared lodging is fully covered by the program fee. Students may use their free weekends to travel on their own, and will quickly discover that Greece abounds with island and mainland attractions easily accessed from Athens at a relatively low cost. The exquisite natural beauty of the country - idyllic islands washed by dazzling light and surrounded by pristine waters, snow-capped mountain ranges torn by gorges and ravines, and lush valleys blanketed by olive, fig, orange, and lemon trees - makes an indelible impression on visitors to its shores.

Student Activities:

Once their academic obligations are met, students are free to live their own lives, and are encouraged to take full advantage of the plethora of cultural and recreational activities available to them in Athens. At the same time, they are expected to conduct themselves with decorum and respect for the customs, values, and laws of their host country under all circumstances. 

Throughout the semester a variety of activities are planned for the Odyssey students such as dances, dinners, coffee hours, service and sporting events, movie/pizza nights, etc.  Also, they partake in classes that teach them traditional Greek dances and popular Greek dishes.

Medical Care:

Program fees do not include medical insurance. Students should check to see that their insurance adequately covers them while living abroad. Medical care is generally provided on a reimbursement basis; students will need to pay for services rendered and submit the bill to their personal insurance carrier. Although staff will assist in securing the services of a qualified physician, WINS-Odyssey in Athens assumes no legal responsibility in the event of accident or illness.

Admissions Policy:

WINS-Odyssey in Athens welcomes applications from students in good standing at their home colleges who are resourceful, flexible, and eager to learn about the landscape, culture, and people of Greece. It accepts qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin. Deadlines for admission are May 15th for the full year and Semester I; October 15th for Semester II; April 15th for Summer session. After these dates, applicants are considered on a space available basis. A rolling admissions policy provides for notification approximately 30 days after receipt of a completed application.

For more information contact:
Dina Skias                                            

Dina Skias
Director of Study Abroad
WINS-Odyssey in Athens
Tel: +30 211 990 5303