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  • COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism) in Greece
  • Greek History, Culture and Modern Greek Language
  • The Rise of Social Solidarity in Greece Since the Crisis
  • Creative Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Leadership
  • Sustainable Micro-Enterprise Seminar and Field - Work 
  • Independent Study
* Some courses may not be offered during a given term. Please inquire. 

Travel and Excursions that Broaden Your Perspective
Travel is an essential part of studying abroad. Taking knowledge from the classroom and applying it through direct observation allows for greater classroom comprehension and cultural understanding.

City Tour (included for students in all terms)

As part of the onsite orientation upon arrival, students will be given a day-long guided city tour highlighting some of the important historical sites and museums in Thessaloniki. This will serve as an introduction to the rich history of this part of Greece as well as provide a logistical orientation to the city.


Mt. Olympus & Dion (two days, one night included for summer and semester Thessaloniki term)

Students will enjoy a hike up to Mt. Olympus home of the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greek Mythology.


Day Sailing Trip (Included in the Short Term SUMMER and FALL semester term)

Sail to unforgettable Chalkidiki, a region in northern Greece known for its jutting peninsulas, which feature Mediterranean forests that give way to sandy beaches in sheltered bays.

Four Day Sailing Trip (Optional for for an additional fee for all summer and Fall term students)

An unforgettable four day, three night journey to the three Aegean islands of Skiathos-Skopeleos and Alonissos and the National Marine Park.


Four day excursion to Zagorochoria in the Eprius region (included for SPRING and FALL semester term)

This region was known as Parorea, meaning “beyond the mountains” Gorges, rivers, dense forests, steep slopes, natural pools, rocky peaks,  and the so-called “Dragon Lakes” are waiting for you to explore.


Four day excursion to the Tzoumerka Region (included for SPRING and FALL semester term)

A total of 47 villages – known as the Tzoumerkohoria, exist on the slopes of the mountains, split between the regions of Arta and Ioannina and are inhabited by multi-generations of crafts people and artisans,


Optional Excursions that may be available for an additional fee:


Athens (multi-day - Spring and Fall Semester Only)

Students will have the opportunity to spend four days in Athens exploring everything this 3,400 year old city has to offer including  the Hellenic Parliament and the Acropolis.

In addition to the above trips, students taking the Greek Cultural Experience and other classes go on short excursions and field trips that are related to the class content, including visits to museums and markets, organic farms and vineyards, and nearby exhibitions and fairs. 

IPSL students in Greece may also work with program staff on-site to arrange for independent travel to other areas of Greece or surrounding countries. As with all travel, weather and other travel hindrances can affect the exact destinations of excursions. In such cases, IPSL program staff make every effort to find suitable replacement itineraries.


Required Courses

COSA in Greece  (Community Organizing and Social Activism)

The focus of this course is to explore community organizing and social activism in Greece with the goal of learning how to effectively translate these ideas and techniques into a concrete knowledge of social activism (including a practical tool set and the development of a personal ethic of advocacy) that can be applied across cultures, countries, and efforts. The course starts with an overview of social change institutions, explores the history and ethics of international service and moves to the examination of past and current political and social movements and advocacy efforts in Greece. Students will learn the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning in a Greek context. This course complements IPSL community service placements and helps students make sense of their international experience in order to develop their intercultural competence. Topics are examined through the prism of hands-on community service in Greek NGOs and other non-profits and include intercultural communication, the mechanics of Greek non-profits/NGOs, citizenship in Greece, local civic engagement/advocacy efforts and the exploration of civil society.


Contact Hours: 45

Recommended US credits: 3

Elective Courses

Greek History, Culture and Modern Greek Language

This course is designed to familiarize students with Greek history and culture as well as to introduce the basics of Modern Greek language. The aim is to explore the 5000 years of Greek history, understanding why Greece is still considered the cradle of our civilization, stopping at its greatest moments, discovering those elements that made Greece stand out through the ages, exploring ancient Greek art and culture and understanding the ways and the degree it shaped the western world.  The course will connect the dots from prehistoric times and the era of the great heroes and legends, like Hercules, Odysseus and the Trojan War, with the achievements of Ancient Greece, the troubled years of Medieval and Byzantine Greece until its independence after the Greek Revolution of 1821, and Greece in the 21st century. Taking place in a large, vibrant port city of Thessaloniki, with a history of over 2500 years, the students will be able to experience Greece’s living history firsthand.  Because language is a window onto a culture,  familiarizing students with the Greek language, its script, its history, its uniqueness and its idiosyncrasies enhances understanding of the culture and gives practical language training to navigate the basics. The aim is to acquaint students with the Greek speech and script in a simple and comprehensible manner; to discover the alphabet and comprehend how it became the basis for most European alphabets; to understand how and why the Greek language has dominated scientific and disciplinary terminologies and how much of it is still in use throughout the world. 

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended US credits: 3

Greek Language Across the Curriculum

Independent project based language course that integrates language study throughout the academic process. The goal is to utilize the language in a practical manner either through extra reading, writing or oral delivery of a presentation or through the creation of an independent project using the Greek language.

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended US credits: 3

The Rise of Social Solidarity in Greece Since the Crisis

This course explores the concept of solidarity, or social unity, in the context of austerity and refugee burdened Greece. Austerity measures motivated community efforts including soup kitchens and free pharmacy distribution clinics. At the height of the European refugee crisis, civilian volunteers offered clothing, food, transportation and shelter to immigrants and refugees entering Greece. This course explores how these two crises moments have challenged established forms of sociality and motivated a movement towards national and global solidarity.

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended US credits: 3

Creative Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Leadership

This course is about productive thinking, and is designed to assist students in developing critical and creative thinking skills which are essential ingredients to enhance their innovation and decision-making skills. These skills include the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, solve problems skillfully, and make carefully thought-out judgments about the worth, accuracy, and value of information, ideas, claims and proposals. 

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended US credits: 3

Sustainable Micro-Enterprise in URBAN Communities, Seminar and Field Work 

This course is designed to familiarize students with different types of enterprises in Urban Communities and explore national and international case studies as well as opportunities and challenges in sustaining micro and small-sized enterprises (SME).

It sets out the criteria for identifying whether a company is a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise. These different categories, based on the number of a company's employees and its turnover or balance sheet, determine its eligibility for EU and national financial and support programs, especially in the more rural areas of Europe.

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended US credits: 3