Education Abroad Program in Greece

Join us for a unique archaeological experience in Greece!

During this eight-week summer education abroad program you will study material culture (buildings, fortifications, monuments, places of worship, etc.) from Greek history. The program will focus on three very different Greek environments: 1) Athens (the modern capital of Greece and arguably its most important ancient city); 2) the Isthmus of Korinth (Corinth), a crossroads of culture, trade and warfare across the centuries and location of the Ohio State Excavations at Isthmia program (one of the longest-running American archaeological excavations, with a heritage that stretches back to 1952 in collaboration with the University of Chicago and UCLA); 3) the island of Kythera, located between the southern mainland of Greece and Crete, inhabited since about 5600 B.C. 

The Student Perspective

During the education abroad trip, students blog about their experiences. Below are some of the highlights from past blog posts.

Isthmia"I am exponentially thankful for the amount of time I have been able to spend here and the many experiences I've had. I've learned a significant amount about the way an archaeological site is run and orchestrated. Having professors as knowledgeable as Tim and Lita made the trip that much better, allowing us all to get the most out of the sites we visited and the objects with which we have interacted. Overall, I will greatly miss the Greek sun and pebble beaches, the rich history of the country visible through the archaeological sites we've seen, the delicious food our hotel owners make for us, and spending time with those in our group on a daily basis." -- Kate Sherma

"Staying in a small Greek village is an experience in of itself. From the stray dogs that frequent the area to all of the adorable elderly Greek women, everything is very new and different. I am loving all of the flowers, the Greek houses, the ancient ruins that are literally everywhere, and of course all of the food." -- Nicole Hablitzel

"After a month here in Greece, I would recommend to anyone that studying abroad is a necessary component of a college education. A classroom education is great, but with the global community that we live in, it is important to know how the rest of the world lives: how other cultures are similar to ours, how they are different, and how to appreciate those similarities and differences." -- Michelle Sdao

Isthmia"There is only so much that can be taught in a classroom setting – some of it needs to be seen and experienced in order to fully understand. That is exactly what this program has done for me so far. Seeing Europe for the first time was amazing unto itself, but each site we see and bit of culture we learn is a new phenomenon. Dr. Gregory is so knowledgeable about his work that he brings each place that we experience to a new level of inquiry and understanding. In only a week and a half I have seen the glories of ancient Athens, the excavations of the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Isthmia, walked along the Hexamilion Wall built by Theodosius, scaled the infamous Acrocorinth up to its fortress walls, visited Agamemnon's Palace in Mycenae, and learned how to analyze the landscape in a historical context." -- Michelle Sdao

"I love Greece because of its food and unique culture (I really want to learn how to make some Greek food before I leave) Life here is fun and you can learn a lot everyday." -- Shiyong Lu

"Even today we had the chance to meet a former student of Tim, who stopped by to revisit the site. She had taken this very class 20 years ago and brought her husband and two daughters to see where she had worked. I think this is probably the best way to show how meaningful this class has been for all involved. We will leave Greece having learnt and experienced so much, and having made so many close friends. The experiences this program, and our professor's Tim and Lita, have given us are something that we will have for the rest of our lives." -- Nicole Hablitzel

"I cannot believe that I have been given with such an amazing opportunity. I have already seen things I have never even dreamed about. We climbed to the top of Acrocorinth and saw the ocean and miniscule towns below. I saw Agamemnon's palace in Mycenae and the pitch-black dungeon that provided water for the people that once lived there. We were read the poem "The King of Asine" from the exact point of where it was written." -- Laura Cress

This video about the Ohio State Education Abroad Program in Greece directed by Professor Tim Gregory appeared on Greek television. In it Professor Gregory describes the mission of the program and his philosophy about study abroad.

Isthmia and its history is the subject of this video by Professor Gregory.

Resident Director: Professor Tim Gregory

Professor Tim Gregory

"It's been a real joy to watch our OSU students mature and learn about living in a "foreign" environment and to experience the enjoyment of learning how a real archaeological project works.  Some of them may be disappointed that this is not very "romantic" work, but that it involves experience in keeping records, writing descriptions of objects, and deciding how to derive secure historical information from the excavations and other exploratory techniques we use.  We've also been able to mix this experience with trips to local beaches and visits to other nearby sites and towns – some of them with attractions such as genuine Italian gelato and views from mountain-tops and sea-side vistas."  -- Tim Gregory

About Professor Gregory

Professor Gregory has an A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of History at The Ohio State University. His areas of specialization are Byzantine history and classical archaeology. Director of The Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia, Co-Director of the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey, and Co-Director of the Karavas Water Project, Professor Gregory's primary interest is the use of archaeological evidence for historical reconstruction. He is working on a "landscape approach" to the history of the Eastern Mediterranean area, especially in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. His publications include books and articles on the archaeology of Greece and the history of early Christianity. He teaches courses on classical archaeology and Byzantine History.

Resident Director: Adjunct Asst. Professor Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory

Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory

About Professor Tzortzopoulou-Gregory

Lita Tzortzopoulou-Gregory is by descent Kytherian, but she was born in Australia. She grew up, however, in the village of Karavas on the island of Kythera, and Greek is her native language. She did her university studies in Australia, primarily at the University of Sydney and Latrobe University (in Melbourne), where she received her PhD degree. She has taught extensively in the USA, primarily at Ohio State and Columbus State Community College. She is currently Executive Officer of the Australian Archaeological Institute in Athens and is based in Athens.

This history study abroad program is coordinated by the Office of International Affairs (OIA). For more information and/or to apply to the program, please visit their web site.