Webster Introduces Odyssey in Athens

View from Athens, where Webster has opened a new study-abroad program Greek study-abroad program starts spring 2015

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 4, 2014) - Webster University students have a new option for study-abroad opportunities. “Odyssey in Athens” will offer students the opportunity to explore and study historic sites in Greece while introducing them to the region’s rich history and culture. The program starts in the spring, 2015. The application deadline for Webster students is Sept. 15 for the Spring Semester, Feb. 15 for summer 2015 and March 15 for fall 2015.

The program is open to all Webster University students at all of its locations. Plans are underway to expand the program and offer on-site undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as access to other educational opportunities from other peer institutions operating in the region.

“With its extraordinary artistic, intellectual and cultural heritage, Athens is richly endowed with resources for formal study and experiential learning,” said Guillermo A. Rodríguez, director of international projects for Webster’s study abroad program. “Greece is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, the Olympic game and much more, and will be a great experience for students who wish to study abroad while also seeing the cradle of democracy firsthand.”

The location of Odyssey Athens is close to the Acropolis and the ancient Agora, as well as the National Archaeological Museum, the Cycladic Museum, and the Benaki Museum. Students also will have access to cultural events including concerts, recitals, dance and theater, international trade shows, conferences and symposia, public lectures, gallery exhibits, sports events and marathons.

Students can participate in the program for a semester term, a semester, an entire year, or for a summer. The program is open to all students from accredited institutions who are interested in this unique study abroad experience including students from Webster, its affiliates, members of the Webster International Network of Schools (WINS), Odyssey in Athens affiliates and other associate institutions. While programs will be taught in English, Greek-language courses may be offered at all levels of proficiency based on demand.

Webster faculty will teach courses in “Odyssey in Athens,” but faculty from other U.S. institutions may also teach courses at the same location for their institutions’ study-abroad programs subject to an arrangement. As the Webster Athens Campus program develops, Webster University will work on agreements with those other institutions to allow Webster students to receive credits for taking their courses, as well as allowing students from other colleges and universities to take Webster classes.

In addition to the academic program, other class offerings could include traditional Greek dancing and cooking classes to a community service learning course where students work at rescue centers for injured sea turtles, camps for war refugees, and on other public service projects. Students will be housed in shared rooms in apartments, in the Plaka area in the center of Athens. Apartment housing will include kitchen facilities, air conditioned or fan equipped rooms, laundry facilities and Internet.

For more information about “Odyssey in Athens,” call Webster University’s study abroad program at 314-968-6988 or visit http://www.webster.edu/study-abroad.

Webster University (www.webster.edu), founded in 1915, with its home campus based in St. Louis, Missouri, is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program, with campus locations around the world including metropolitan, military, and corporate, as well as American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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