University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: Athens PHIL - micro

Program Dates January 08, 2018 - January 29, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview Study Social and Political Philosophy in the cradle of Western democracy: sunny Athens, where it won't feel like winter! Enjoy the historic surroundings, following in the footsteps of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in the Agora, Plato’s Academy, and the Lyceum. Students enrolled in this winter session program will be housed in The Athens Centre (, a facility with classroom space, a library, and a computer lab. The Centre is within walking distance of just about everything, including the famous Acropolis and the Panathenaic Stadium (home to the first modern Olympics in 1896). Eat great food and sip great coffee while gazing at the Parthenon and other wonders.

Students are responsible for most of their meals. The accommodations are self-contained units with kitchens, and cheap grocery stores and restaurants are within easy walking distance. There is a Friday street market a block away.

From the Homeric epics to the life and death of Socrates, we’ll have a history primer before immersing ourselves in Plato’s Republic, all the while comparing the Athenian experiment in democracy with our own. Is the United States the Athens of the modern world? We’ll examine the interplay between fiction and politics: Plato banned poets from the Republic on the ground that they are liars; Aristophanes lampooned Socrates in The Clouds. We'll visit art galleries. We’ll journey to Olympia and the island of Aegina. We’ll visit Corinth and Napflion, compare the Peloponnesian War with our own Civil War, and compare Pericles with Lincoln.

The Program Fee includes lodging, airport transfers if traveling on group flight, excursions, medical insurance and a farewell meal.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Greece, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Athens. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, plane tickets have been reserved for the group, and students are strongly encouraged to purchase as part of the group reservation.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
PHIL 201-070: Social and Political Philosophy (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Arts/Humanities Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group A
UNIV 370-116: Study Abroad - Athens PHIL-micro (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,485.00$3,984.00
Final Program Fee$2,275.00$2,275.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $3,790.00$6,289.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,150.00$1,150.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Richard Hanley
Faculty Director
24 Kent Way

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2017

Interest Meetings:
03/01/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Gore 316
03/08/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Gore 316
03/09/2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Gore 316

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.