Dates Abroad: May 24 - June 3, 2018
Course Description: Fly direct from NYC to Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. Visit the Acropolis site and the Acropolis museum, the National Archaeological muse-um, and the Temple of Zeus. Enjoy an extended afternoon tour of Cape Sounion, the site of ruins of the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. Next, embark on a 4-day Louis Hellenic Cruise to the Greek Is-lands and Turkey including Ephesus, Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes, and Patmos. Then, travel to the wondrous Nauplion, the first capital of Modern Greece. Tour Mycenae, the historical setting of the epic of Homer and other ancient Greek literature and myths, and Epidaurus, an ancient site with a preserved amphitheater that still hosts Greek dramas.
This course fulfills: Area of Knowledge II or IV
- 2.5 GPA
- Good disciplinary and academic standing
- Faculty approval
- Additional program requirements
Meet your Faculty Leader(s)
Dr. Catalano - firstname.lastname@example.org - 917-836-0610
Program Cost and Itinerary
The program fee is in addition to Pace tuition and the $100 study abroad fee, and includes the following: **SUBJECT TO CHANGE
- Round trip airfare from NYC
- Admission fees for site visits ( museums & cultural excursions)
- Many meals
- Student advisement
- Parental support
- Local travel resources
Payments and Deadlines
All payments must be completed by the stated deadlines below. For undergraduates, $1,000 honors scholarship can be applied. **SUBJECT TO CHANGE
2018 estimated program fee: $4,330 (in addition to tuition & $100 study abroad fee) **SUBJECT TO CHANGE
$1,000 deposit: November 27th, 2017
$3,330 balance: January 26, 2018
Requesting Financial Aid
You may request that your financial aid package be extended for your study abroad program.
We will work with you if you have special circumstances and cannot meet the established payment deadlines. Please contact email@example.com for payment plan request.
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of competitive World Cultural Exchange Fund awards worth $1,000 each for either an undergraduate or graduate faculty-led study abroad program for the Spring 2018 semester. Applicants must be enrolled in any major at Dyson College and must have accrued a minimum of 12 credits at Pace. Applicants with QPA below 3.0 will not be considered.
Please follow this link to apply: http://www.pace.edu/dyson/current-student/international-travel
Eligible undergraduate honor’s students can apply their $1,000 Study Abroad scholarship. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation.
Please be advised of the Pace University Cancellation Policy below:
"I hereby acknowledge that the University reserves the right to make cancellations, changes or substitutions to the program at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and that the University shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to program participants as a result of such cancellations, changes, or substitutions. I understand that the University reserves the right to cancel, terminate, and/or discontinue the program at any time. Any refund of tuition and fees, if appropriate, shall be issued pursuant to the University’s and University program’s policies."
Passport and Visa
It is important to obtain the necessary documents before you depart for your study abroad program. In order to cross international borders, you must be able to prove your identity and nationality.
For citizens of the United States, passports are issued by the US Department of State and provides many uses:
What is a Passport?
A passport is a document issued by your national government that certifies your identity and nationality for the purpose of international travel. Almost all international travel requires that you have and carry a passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after re-entry to the United States.
It is important not to confuse a Passport Book with a Passport Card. A Passport Book is valid for international travel by air, sea, or land. A Passport Card is valid when entering the US from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossing or sea ports-of-entry. A Passport Card is not valid for international travel by air.
- When presented abroad, it is a request to foreign governments to permit you to travel or temporarily reside in their territories and access all lawful local aid and protection.
- It allows you access to US Consular services and assistance while abroad.
- It allows you to re-enter the United States upon your return home.
How Do I Apply for a Passport?
First time applicants should follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s website. Applicants must bring their completed application, photos, required documents, and form of payment to one of many acceptance offices, which can be found using the State Department's passport acceptance facility search page.
Those looking to renew an adult passport should follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s website. For citizens over 16 years of age, a passport is valid for 10 years.
The fee to receive or renew a passport is available on the State Department's full chart of costs. It generally takes 4 to 6 weeks to process, so apply for a passport as soon as possible. You could expedite the services at an additional charge.
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter another country generally must first visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport and allows you to travel to, from, and within that particular country or region legally.
What is a Visa?
Countries typically break visas down into types that reflect the purpose of your visit—tourism, studying, and working, among many potential others.
Each visa has different requirements necessary to obtain them depending on country, type, duration and nationality of the applicant. A country’s consular office should be able to provide you with a list of requirements based on these factors.
A visa is a privilege, not a right. A consular office may deny your visa application, so it is best to adhere to their requirements as much as possible.
How Do I Apply for a Visa?
Obtaining a visa is your responsibility. It is important that you know what is required of you before attempting to enter a country. Failing to obtain a visa (or the correct visa) could result in a denial of entry into a country, and even criminal charges.
You can find the most up-to-date visa information by contacting the consulate or embassy of your host country. US Citizens can also find current visa information on the US State Department website.
Non-resident students must reach out to International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) by emailing email@example.com.
- Check if you will be able to keep your SEVIS record active while participating in the study abroad program.
- Inquire about re-entry to the US at the completion of your program. Will you need to renew your US visa? Will your travel signature be valid?
- If it will be your final semester, ask whether study abroad will impact your ability to apply for Optional Practical Training (F-1s).
How to Apply
To apply, click on the "apply" tab at the top or bottom of this page. Be sure to read all information carefully, as each program has different requirements and instructions.
For most programs it will take 2-3 weeks after the application deadline has passed to know if you’ve been offered a spot on the program. This will vary depending on the type of program.
After the initial application has been processed by Pace Study Abroad, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps including program specific applications.
Greece uses the Euro as its currency.
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Standard electricity in Greece runs at 220 volts, while electricity in the US runs at 110 volts. Students must purchase plug adapters and power converters to protect their electronic devices. These can be purchased in the US or in Greece. We recommend you purchase your larger heating appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons in Italy to save room in your luggage and you do not need to purchase an extra voltage converter. These heating appliances can be found throughout Athens and are generally not expensive.
What are plug adapters and power converters? Plug adapters allow you to plug your American flat-pronged device into Greece's two (or three) round-prong socket. Power converters protect your appliances from overheating, which usually occurs with high current devices such as hair dryers and curling irons. Most plug adapters and power converters can be purchased in a set but for heating devices it is recommended that you purchase a power cord as well.
WiFi vs. International Phones
International cell phone options vary depending on your individual wants and needs. Some students choose to disconnect from their home using only local WiFi to keep in touch, while others want to use their phone to keep in touch with family and friends, post to Instagram, Facebook, or surf the web. Be sure to talk with your family before choosing an option.
International Cell Phone Plans
You can use your own cell phone with an international calling plan. These plans vary depending on your cell phone provider. These plans can be complex so be sure to call your provider for detailed information such as roaming charges, international dialing and receiving of calls and international sending and receiving of texts.
International Sim Cards
Purchasing an international or global sim card allows you to use your own cell phone at reduced rates around the world. Sim cards are best for travelers who are either visiting many countries and/or going to be in a country for a short period of time. You will keep your own cell phone number, have access to voice, text, and data, but spend less on your call service. You pay as you go and reload your sim card when you need to. In order to do this option, you must have a GSM carrier unlocked cellphone for the sim card to work. To find out if you can unlock your cellphone you must contact your cell phone provider.
Rick Steves - Using a European SIM Card
Buying or Renting an International Phone
Another option is to buy or rent a cellphone for your time abroad. There are many services that offer cell phone plans from basic, very inexpensive cell phones to expensive smartphones.
Below are a few websites where you can purchase and international cell phone. Keep in mind there are tons of sites for you to find a phone. Make sure they are legitimate sites (read the reviews).
WiFi and Apps
Turning off your cell phones data and roaming and relying on WiFi is the cheapest way to keep in touch with family and friends. However, with this option you do not have the ability to Google directions to restaurants or find a place to listen to a live band. Students can also use WiFi, which us usually available in large chain cafes, hotels, hostels and some restaurants. There are many apps you can use to communicate with family and friends such as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Line and more.
Late May to early June is a wonderful time to visit the Greece; the flowers will be blooming, the sun is out and outdoor seating a restaurants is a must. It can get very hot and humid in Athens and the Islands during this time, with temperatures reaching 90°F. Be sure to carry plenty of water, sunblock, light clothing and hats.
Greeks tend to dress for comfort. However, you will rarely find someone running out in their sweats for some bread. Although the temperature will be hot and you will default to tank tops and shorts, you may visit sites that have a modest dress code and will ask you to cover up. To avoid having to buy extra clothes to cover your knees and shoulders, be prepared. Bring a light scarf to cover your shoulders and wear capri pants, skirts or long shorts that day.
Athens is an ancient city with charming narrow walkways and cobblestone streets; uneven cobblestone streets, where it will be easy to fall if you do not pack the correct footwear. For those who like to wear high heels, you may want to by-pass packing them, especially if they have narrow heels. It will be easy for your heel to get caught on the sidewalk or street and your chances of falling are very high. You will do A LOT of walking, be sure to pack comfortable, cushioned sandals or sneakers.
Health & Safety
Your health and safety are Pace International's top priority and it should be yours as well. Always be aware of your surroundings, travel in pairs and make smart decisions. Always have your identification, your insurance card, your hotel card, a debit or credit card, and some cash on you at all times. Do not carry your passport with you unless specified by your professor. Keep your passport, large sums of money, prescription medication, any important documentation and electronics in your hotel room, preferably in a safe at all times.
While walking around Athens and other Greek cities, be conscious of your belongings. Pickpocketing is unfortunately very common in crowded, touristy areas. Pickpockets are usually experienced and you will not know something was taken until possibly hours later. To avoid getting your personal items stolen, wear bags with small locks for the zippers, keep your important documents in a separate compartment from everything else, and do not keep anything valuable in your pockets. You may also want to invest in a money belt.
Before traveling to a new country, it is important to do your research. Learn about the history, politics, dress, language, norms, faux pas, food, etc. This can be accomplished with a quick Google search. Below are some examples of the Italian culture that are important to know before departing on your study abroad program.
If you are not familiar with the Greek language, that is okay, however, It is important to learn a few key words and phrases before you depart to Greece. Knowing these key words will help you if you are lost, trying to find a restroom, trying to buy something or simply saying hello. Where ever you travel, it is courteous to learn the native language. It will show you care about their culture and in turn Italians will be more willing to help you. If you are unsure of the pronunciation, try it anyway or show them what you are asking for. You can also download a translation app that will speak what you are trying to say for you. This is especially valuable if you need help quickly.
Visit BBC Language Lab for free online language lessons.
For Greeks, food remains central to daily life. People gather to eat, drink and socialize in coffeehouses and tavernas. Staples are olives, grapes and wheat. Plenty of traditional dishes have become famous the world over thanks to tourism and Greek immigration, including honey-sweetened baklava, and moussaka, a ground meat and eggplant dish. Lamb, goat and pork are eaten as main dishes, along with salads made of vegetables, olives and feta cheese. Popular beverages include retsina, wine grown from local grapes and flavored with pine resin, as well as ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur consumed before meals.
Norms and Faux Pas
- When entering and exiting a shop always say good morning, good afternoon, or good evening and good bye, even if you do not buy something.
- Keeping eye contact with someone when communicating is perhaps one of the most important norms you will find within this culture.
- Expect Greeks to ask personal questions, such as "Are you married?" or "Do you have children?" This is not considered rude, but an attempt to get to know you personally.
- Do not be afraid to speak Greek, even if you know you are making a mistake. Greeks are most likely to help you if you are making an effort to speak their native language.
- Dress is more informal than in most European countries.
- It is not appropriate to over drink and be loud while walking home at night. Greeks generally think American's are loud. When out to dinner with friends do not yell across the table. It is more appropriate to speak softly as to allow the other people in the restaurant to enjoy their company.
- Punctuality is not particularly important in Greece. Arrive at least 30 minutes late for a dinner party. 8:00 means "after 8:00."
- Try to join in Greek dances where possible. It is greatly appreciated.
- Although not all stores participate in the traditional siesta, in which stores close in the afternoon so employees can spend time with family or take a nap, some stores do close in the afternoon. This is not a siesta, the store is just closed. Some stores do not open until the afternoon, especially on Monday mornings. Participation in a siesta depends on the time of year and where you are in Greece
Transportation in Athens is pretty easy to navigate. If you are planning on taking a local bus in Athens, you may be required to purchase your tickets before boarding the bus. These can sometimes be purchased at the bus stop, while others you may have to purchase at a local newspaper stand/kiosk. Once you are on the bus you need to validate your ticket – put it into a machine that will print that date/time used on the ticket so it cannot be re-used. This step is important as it will save yourself a fine!
While on the islands students typically walk everywhere they need to go. You may also choose to ride a donkey while in Santorini!
For this course, most transportation will be provided.
- Remember that everything you pack you will need to carry. If you are unable to carry it on your own, then you are packing too much!
- Leave some room for any new items you may purchase while abroad.
- Inquire about airline luggage regulations and pack accordingly.
- Find out about dress customs in your destination and pack clothes that will help you blend-in with the locals.
- Pack a nice outfit for special occasions.
- Do not pack anything that you are not willing to lose.
- If you are going to a place where the temperature will vary, pack clothes that you can layer.
- Pack clothes that don’t require special wash.
- You will probably walk more than the usual, bring comfortable shoes! In some destinations closed-toes shoes may be recommended due to possible injuries or infections.
- Power adapters and converters as applicable http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/world-electricity-guide.html
- If you know your roommate, see if you can share some items.
- Shower shoes
- Backpack or tote bag for day field trips
- Find out if you really need to bring a laptop. Keep in mind that a laptop can be stolen, so you may need to carry with you at all times.
- Cell phone
Things to pack in your carry-on: Follow airline customs and regulations http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/3-1-1-carry-ons
- Visa (if applicable)
- Financial documents
- Airline tickets (round trip)
- Letter of acceptance in your study abroad program
- Address where you will need to go as well as arrival instructions
- Important phone number(s)
- Prescription medications appropriately packed and identified
- Toiletries and a change of clothes in case of baggage or flight delays
- Cell Phone
- Pocket Dictionary
Flying internationally can be an expensive purchase. As a student there are many discounts you can take advantage of. Remember to do your research and compare prices. If you have a credit card that as a point system, you may be able to use those points towards your airplane ticket.
Below are some websites we feel have the best prices for student travelers:
Thank you for supporting studying abroad as a significant opportunity in the student's life. Studying Abroad is closely linked with higher grade point averages, shorter time to graduate, and a key to a successful early career as global companies as seen as a high priority by many employers.
Study Abroad Programs have a variety of different financial models, and time commitments. Study Abroad is affordable. Study Abroad is committed to high academic standards and the student will work with the Study Abroad and their respective school/college and department to meet the academic needs.
In addition, the Pace Internationals believes that studying abroad should provide participants with a significant cultural as well as academic experience. Whether it is through a homestay living arrangement, an in-country internship or other planned cultural and social activities, your participant will be given an opportunity to interact with the peoples and cultures of their host country.
The Study Abroad team will with each participant to insure that their individual needs and concerns are addressed before, during and after their learning abroad experience. Whatever type of program your family member or friend has chosen, I hope that this information helps you understand their unique experience and helps you provide the support at home that your participant needs to enjoy a rich and profound experience abroad.
Please reach out to us with questions or concerns, big or small, regarding your student's studying abroad: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student identity resources
Student Identity Abroad
Pace Education Abroad recognizes and supports a diverse student population on its study abroad programs. Matters of personal identity can impact all students on a study abroad program. For some, it may be the first time you are a minority in your community. For others, you might notice that you are getting attention based on your identity either positive or negative. It is important to remember that you have control over your response to that attention.
We encourage you to do some research into social norms, cultural norms, and local practices before choosing and beginning your program. You will want to participate as much as possible in the host culture and should be prepared for the experience, which can be both personally challenging and rewarding. Please consult Education Abroad website as you consider and prepare for your experience abroad.
Keeping in Touch
Keeping in touch with family and friends is becoming easier as WiFi is more prevalent in international cities. You no longer need to spent a ton of money to call home or go to an internet café. Downloading apps on your smartphone is becoming an essential resource for travelers. Some apps that you will find yourself needing:
- Facebook Messenger
Money, money, money… It is an important component to your study abroad program to have all your money matters taken care of before departing. From contacting your banks, to creating a budget and obtaining local currency, this is a step you should begin as early as possible.
It is important to contact your banks to let them know you are traveling internationally and for how long. If you do not let your banks know, not only will you not be able to use your credit cards or debit cards, your accounts will be frozen. Unfreezing accounts take time, time in which you will not have any money available for you to use.
Creating a budget for yourself is essential to not running out of money abroad and having to call friends or family for additional funds. Below is a budget worksheet to help you stay on track with your money.
Taking your credit card abroad is very common and probably the easiest way to make a purchase. Be aware of interest rates and international charges. Some credit cards charge you a lot for a single purchase while others have no international transaction fees. Call your bank to find out what the international transaction fee is on your card. Please note: International cards vary by card, not by company. For example, some Chase cards have zero fees, while another may have a very large fee. Read the guidelines carefully before deciding on a card.
Make sure your credit card has a designated pin number. You will need a pin number to make any purchase. If you do not have a pin, or if you are unsure, a quick call to your bank will clear up any confusion.
Currency exchange rates can be high and the interest rate at many shops, especially near or in airports or train station, can really hurt your budget. You will generally receive the best exchange rate at your bank. You should being $100 to $200 dollars in the local currency with you. Some banks have the most popular currency, like Euros on hand, while others have to be ordered. This process can take up to 2 or 3 weeks so be sure to do this in advance. If and when you need more cash, an ATM is your best option, but again be aware of transaction fees. Not only will the bank whose ATM you are using charge you, your bank will most likely charge you as well.
Below are a list of international credit cards we suggest:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
- Discover it® 12:12
- Wells Fargo Propel World American Express
- Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
- Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
- Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card
- Capital One® Spark® Cash for Business (all Capital One cards have zero international transaction fees - these are our favorite)?