Immerse Yourself in An Overseas Education

Webster University offers an unparalleled network of campuses on four continents in nine countries worldwide, including Athens, Greece.

We’ve designed our unique study abroad programs to afford students a rich cultural experience in the birthplace of Western civilization and democracy, while taking accredited, upper-level courses in their chosen fields of study.

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Virtual Odyssey in Athens

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As COVID-19 has had a global impact on international education with study abroad programs being cancelled, we’ve developed several virtual courses as a “Pre-Study Abroad” stepping stone—not intended to substitute the semester abroad, but to enhance it. 

Our virtual courses cover Modern Greek Culture and Society and Greek Mythology and Religions, providing students the opportunity to learn via online classroom lectures, discussions and virtual tours of archaeological sites, museums and educational videos.

Odyssey in Athens

Students study alongside Greek and other international students, a feature which distinguishes our programs from other study abroad programs and facilitates the process of cultural integration.

The study abroad programs are based in the heart of downtown Athens, footsteps away from Plaka, the historic section of Athens at the foothills of Acropolis. Two buildings house classrooms, a student center, library, computer lab, and administrative offices. With its extraordinary artistic, intellectual and cultural heritage, Athens is richly endowed with resources for formal study and experiential learning. The museums of the Acropolis and the ancient Agora, as well as the National Archeological Museum, the Cycladic Museum, and the Benaki Collections, are within minutes of Webster Athens. Cultural events, including concerts, recitals, dance and theatre, as well as international trade shows, conferences and symposia, public lectures, gallery exhibits, sports events and marathons, are an integral part of life in this bustling, cosmopolitan city at the confluence of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Learn more about the Top Ten Reasons to Study Abroad with Odyssey in Athens and about the Bicentennial Anniversary & Celebrations of the 1821 Greek Revolution in the Odyssey in Athens Bi-Annual Newsletter - January 2021 - Vol. 1 Issue 1.

For more information, contact:

Dina Skias
Director of Study Abroad
Odyssey in Athens
Tel: +30 211 990 5303
skiasd@webster.edu 

Discover the top-10 reasons to study abroad with Odyssey in Athens; read the latest on virtual study, internships and more in the inaugural issue of the bi-annual newsletter.

January 2021

June 2021

Study Abroad Information & Resources

If you are eager to find out more about studying abroad, please meet with a study abroad advisor or your academic advisor.

Then, apply in Terra Dotta if you are a Webster student. For non-Webster students, apply as a non-degree seeking student. After receiving your credentials, apply in Terra Dotta

Afterward, you’ll want to review the visa and permit requirements by visiting our Visas and Permits page.

We encourage student mobility internationally and make it easy to all qualified students to study abroad. You may choose to study one term or more at one of our international campuses without interrupting your program of studies. Simply start the process two terms ahead of your planned travel date by meeting with your academic advisor.

Minimum requirements:

  • Undergraduate student: must have successfully completed a minimum of 15 credit hours at Webster University Athens Campus at time of international travel.
  • Graduate student: must have successfully completed a minimum of 9 credit hours at Webster University Athens Campus at time of international travel.
  • Must be in good academic standing

Minimum GPA 2.0 for undergraduate students or 3.0 for graduate students

  • Must be in good financial standing with the Business office
  • Must be in good social standing, complying with Webster’s student conduct policy.

Webster World Traveler Award

The purpose of this award is to provide round-trip airfare to degree-seeking students at Webster University wishing to study abroad at another location and return to their home campus to complete their degrees. This award is not applicable to students wishing to apply for a permanent site-transfer.

For students enrolled at a European campus, eligible travel includes Webster campuses in the United States, Thailand or China (note that not all programs are available at all campuses).

Qualifications for the Webster World Traveler Award:

  • Must successfully complete a minimum of one eight-week term (six credits) abroad as a full-time student.
  • Must remain enrolled as a full-time student in good standing while abroad in accordance with Webster University policy and local immigration law.
  • Must complete a minimum of 30 additional credit hours at Webster University, which may include credits earned while abroad or completion of the degree program at Webster University.
  • Successfully fulfill the service obligation to be determined in consultation with the Study Abroad Office. The students, for example, would agree, on their return to Webster Athens, to talk to current students about their experience, the added value to their education and the lasting impact on their world view. By so doing they would encourage studying abroad to other students.
  • If you decide to change the ticket once it has been booked, you are financially responsible for any change fee and re-booking. 

Tuition fees:

While studying abroad you remain a Webster Athens student and continue to pay your tuition fees to the Business office at the Athens campus.

Deadlines for applications:

  • Summer term - February 28
  • Fall semester - March 30
  • Spring - September 30

Students in the WINS Network
Webster University offers an unparalleled network of campuses on four continents, in nine countries around the world, including Athens, Greece in the heart of Europe.  The WINS (Webster International Network of Schools) program allows students outside the Webster University network to study abroad.  If you choose to study at Webster Athens, the credits you obtain will count towards the institution of higher learning you are currently registered in.

Tuition
In order to determine the costs and tuition of studying at Webster Athens, you will need to meet with the Study Abroad office on your current campus.

The First Steps
If you are eager to find out more about studying in Greece at Webster Athens, please contact the Study Abroad office at Webster University in St Louis

You will also want to review visa and permit requirements by visiting our Visas and Permits page.

For more information, contact:
Dina Skias
Director of Study Abroad
Odyssey in Athens
Tel: +30 211 990 5303
skiasd@webster.edu

At Webster Athens, we pride ourselves on offering Short-Term and Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs that provide students and professors an unforgettable experience in Greece. 

With the network of resources, we have built we work creatively in designing affordable programs that will meet the academic and cultural needs of your institution.   Not only do we provide full logistic support for your group but through our passion for what we do, we constantly seek to inspire students in exploring Greece beyond the classroom.

We believe that shorter, more-focused programs will make it more accessible to students who may otherwise miss out on an international experience due to academic, financial or other obligations. Students with little or no overseas travel experience may also find this model more attractive, feeling more comfortable traveling within a structured program.

Professors will also have a lot to gain from the experience of teaching in a country of special interest such as Greece.  By leading a program abroad professors will have the opportunity to engage in multiple cultural activities and develop a valuable network of ties abroad.

Webster Athens short-term & faculty-led programs include:

  • Analytic program proposal based on your specific needs
  • Academic collaboration (Webster University transcripted course(s) option)
  • Course and field trip coordination and implementation
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Comprehensive on-site orientation
  • On-site support for student health issues, personal issues, and disciplinary issues
  • On-site program management
  • University housing in self-contained apartments, equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities, air conditioning and wireless internet
  • Academic support services, including access to classrooms, study areas, computer labs and University library
  • Secretarial and Administrative support
  • Welcome receptions, farewell dinners, and group activities
  • 24/7 emergency Webster Athens staff support while in Greece
  • Weekend facility arrangements
  • “WebsterUAboard” Acropolis magnificent view study area
  • Airport transfers for group arrivals and departures in Greece
  • Professor accommodations
  • Wireless internet access
  • Museum/Site visits
  • Support of a Webster Athens staff member on excursions
  • Group excursions travel and lodging while in Greece
  • Coordinate all the logistical aspects of the trip, including accommodations, transportation, and guided tours
  • Cultural Awareness / Diversity and Service Learning opportunities
  • Organize visits to government, business, NGO’s and other organizations
  • Organize custom seminars, round-table discussions and workshops;
  • Post-program evaluation

For more information, contact:

Asi Boubaliki

Director of Short Term & Faculty Led Study Abroad Programs
Tel: +30 211 990 5302

asiboubaliki@webster.edu

Webster Athens and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) have a long-standing relationship through their joint study abroad program, AHEPA-Journey to Greece, which is specifically designed to help students of Hellenic descent travel to Greece in order to recognize, embrace and come to understand their Hellenic heritage and to establish a Hellenic identity. Students learn the language, culture and history of Greece, while earning up to six college credits. 

From the onset of AHEPA-Journey to Greece in 2006, it has been extremely successful and rated highly as an outstanding program, both academically and programmatically.

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The program offers students the opportunity to enroll in exciting courses, travel to various parts of Greece, explore archaeological sites and museums and partake in specially arranged cultural and political visits. Not only do the students gain from an academic perspective, but they also make lifelong friendships, and more importantly, strengthen their ties with their Hellenic roots.

AHEPA-Journey to Greece Pamphlet

Program Overview  

AHEPA-Journey to Greece Application

Information about AHEPA

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Ellie Seguin, Spring 2020
A Grateful Experience

“I am eternally grateful for this experience, and will always take a little bit of Greece with me wherever I go.”

Ellie Seguin, Spring 2020

Student Testimonials

Spring 2020

Jessica Benedetto, Spring 2020

"Studying abroad in Athens and attending the Webster University Campus there was the most amazing experience I have ever had. Immediately you are immersed in this culture where family and friends are still valued as the most important things in life. Everyone takes time and cares for one another, and this is exemplified by all of the professors and staff at Webster University. Dina Skias, the director of the study abroad program in Athens, goes above and beyond every day to make sure all of the students are having the most amazing time in Athens. After you leave the most beautiful city on earth, you are left with the most wonderful of memories and spend your time counting down the days till you can go back.” Jessica Benedetto, Anthropology and History student, SUNY Geneseo  

 

Shelby Morgan, Spring 2020

"My time in Athens changed my life. Athens gave me the opportunity to explore a vibrant and rich culture. I was touched by the kindness of everyone in Athens, especially the kindness of the staff at Webster Athens. I instantly felt welcomed by everyone, and they instantly made the campus and the city feel like home. I loved visiting the islands and Ancient Olympia. I was amazed by how much history is preserved in the city--I loved that ancient history co-existed alongside a modern industrialized city. Each day I fell in love with something new in Greece, and I would recommend this program to anyone. I am forever thankful for all that I learned from the people and the city.” Shelby Morgan, Creative Writing student, Writing Coach, Webster University

 

Ella Rogers, Spring 2020

“My classes were interesting and engaging, without being overwhelming, allowing us to maintain a perfect balance of school and fun. The city of Athens is very special - rich history, amazing food, kind people. You will never run out of places to see or things to do. It really was the perfect city for me. So many awesome experiences were just a short walk from my apartment. I travelled to a few other cities in Europe during my time abroad, and while I do cherish those experiences as well, I felt myself always longing to go 'home' to Greece.” Ella Rogers-Light, Studio Art student, Goucher College 

 

 Lauren Huffman, Spring 2020

"My time that I spent abroad in Athens will always be fondly remembered in my heart. I still practice my Greek, and I often think of places I would have visited if I had more time. I plan to go back one day - maybe even bring my family along for the trip this time! If you are thinking of studying in Athens, I urge you to do it! You’ll fall in love with the country, and the Webster Campus is awesome. The professors are excellent and some of the most captivating educators I have ever met. The courses are interesting and very useful in day-to-day life in Athens. It’s a place of wonder, excitement, and history. Please, do yourself a favor and study at Webster University in Athens!”  Lauren Huffman, Education and History student, Webster University 

 

Olivia Vinteznik, Spring 2020

“My time at Webster's Odyssey Athens Program was not only one of international discovery, but self-discovery, as well. Thanks to the class styles and the extracurriculars, I was able to explore not only Athens, but many areas of Greece while learning about the beautiful history of the land, as well. The classes there challenged my current abilities and drove me to think of new perspectives during each meeting. Likewise, the excursions with my fellow Odyssey members allowed me to bond with them while seeing exceptionally beautiful historic parts of the country. I highly recommend this program for anyone who wants to explore themselves and their interests, as well as the country they wish to live in.” Olivia Viteznik, Communications and Media Studies Student, Goucher College 

Spring 2019

Mikaela Brigman, Spring 2019
“I really enjoyed my time here in Athens, Greece. My favorite class was Greek, and I think this is an important class for everyone to take, so that they have some understanding of Greek while they are here. I learned quite a bit in such a short amount of time. And when I did speak Greek, it actually helped me make Greek friends, because no one expects you to know it. There are a lot of things to do here in Athens, and the food is amazing. I could eat Greek salad and gyros every day! I really enjoyed my time while abroad and am very grateful for the opportunity.” Mikaela Brigman, Junior Sociology student, Goucher College (Photo of Mikaela is at Webster Athens Cultural Center rooftop with Roman Agora in the background)  

 

Nicauris Veras, Spring 2019
“Living in Greece gave me a small glimpse of how adulthood would be for me after graduation, while also allowing me to develop a sense of independence. Studying abroad in Greece brought me out of my comfort zone countless times. I spoke to strangers more, things in general that I would be too scared to do back home. I loved that I had the ability to take a Greek class since it allowed me to make new friends, while also practicing my Greek! Being in Greece and in the Odyssey in Athens program was a breath of fresh air. I thank Greece for having me and changing me. If I had the opportunity to go back I wouldn’t hesitate!” Nicauris Veras, Junior Criminal Justice student, Centenary University  (Photo of Nicauris is on the Greek island of Santorini)  

 

Summer 2019

Dana Rue, Summer 2019

“My experience here in Athens has been absolutely amazing! Based on my time here I would have to say that there is no way to be truly prepared to study abroad, because it will surprise you. From the friends I’ve made to the excursions we’ve been on, I feel truly blessed to have gotten the chance to be here, especially at the age of 21. I never imagined I would have this opportunity, and it turned out to be better than my wildest dreams.” Dana Rue, Junior Early Childhood and Elementary Education student, Webster University (Photo of Dana at Cape Sounio) 

 

Ruchil Sheth, Summer 2019

 “If you have the chance, take it, STUDY ABROAD! It has made me appreciate so much about the world, but also things at home. The thing that surprised me the most is how close I had gotten to everyone in this program, and I think that bond is very important when you are having these new experiences. The excursions have been eye-opening, and Dina, the Odyssey in Athens director, has made our experience here so easy and fun. I would recommend this program to everyone who wants to step into the world of art and history.” Ruchii Sheth, Senior Studio Art with Cultural Anthropology minor student, Webster University (Photo of Ruchii on rooftop of Webster Athens Academic and Administrative building) 

 

Fall 2019

Megan Ramdehal, Fall 2019

“Overall, my experience studying abroad was wonderful! I highly recommend it to absolutely everyone. Meeting people from all over the world was one of the biggest highlights for me. Living in another country for four months away from my family and friends was life-changing, but at the same time amazing. I developed a different kind of bond with the people I met here in Greece and am so happy I did. Traveling almost every weekend was another highlight. We got to experience how other people are in different cultures, and that really stood out to me. Moreover, the classes and faculty were wonderful. I was motivated and looked forward to attending class every day. I thank the people for making my experience here in Greece so wonderful!” Megan Ramdehal, Senior psychology student, LeMoyne College (Photo of Megan at Santorini island)

 

Minnell Fundora, Fall 2019

“The highlights for me were going to community service twice a week and all the travels I did outside of Athens. My favorite place in Greece was Delphi and Meteora, because I love the mountains and nature.” Minnell Fundora, Junior advertising student, Webster University (Photo of Minell at Delphi)

 

Spring 2018

Troy Lugar, Spring 2018

"It was valuable to see up close the culture that influenced so much of the modern world and draw comparisons between the Greek culture and my own culture. It changed the way I see many aspects of my own culture.” Troy Lugar, Junior Computer Science student at Washington & Jefferson College (Photo of Troy is on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini)

 

Emma Oroxom, Spring 2018

"I wanted to study abroad somewhere a little different, other than somewhere like France or Germany, so I chose Greece. Whenever someone would hypothetically ask where I wanted to go, I always dreamt of Greece, and it’s literally a dream come true. I loved being able to learn this fascinating language and visit ancient historical sites on excursions. I met some amazing people through Odyssey in Athens and saw gorgeous parts of this country.” Emma Oroxom, Sophomore Spanish and Political Science student, Washington & Jefferson College (Photo of Emma is on the Greek island of Hydra during the Odyssey in Athens excursion) 

 

Summer 2018

Max Rodhouse, Summer 2018

“My experience in Athens has been a roller coaster, with ups, downs, twists and turns, but it has led to an important path of self-discovery/self-acceptance that I do not think I would have ever gotten at home to the degree I experienced here. I learned how to live alone without feeling lonely, adapt to a new culture without supervision, and embrace the world around me for what it is. Athens, too is its own roller coaster, and it is definitely worth riding on. All I can say is to enjoy right now, today.” Max Rodhouse, Sophomore media communication student, Webster University (Photo of Max at a café in Athens)

 

Mackenzie Bowen, Summer 2018

“Yia sas (hello) from Greece! For someone who is interested in international education, my hope was to go abroad this summer and have an international experience of my own. I am currently interning at Webster University’s Athens campus, and having a wonderful immersive experience. My internship so far has been more than I could have imagined. I am stepping out of my comfort zone, getting experience in a field that I have such a passion for, and also having fun along the way!"  Mackenzie Bowen, Graduate student, Leadership in higher education, Baldwin Wallace University  (Photo of Mackenzie on the rooftop of the Webster Athens classroom and administrative building) 

 

Fall 2018

William Tucker, Fall 2018

“My time here in Athens has been a roller coaster, to say the least. Emotions sometimes play tricks on us, hiding the true importance of what we have learned. Luckily, the structure of the Webster Program in Athens supplemented me with just what I needed to see beyond, and be able to understand the emotions felt while being in a new country surrounded by a culture that is not your own - through classes that help you understand why things happen here, to community service that allows you to get involved with people and things you never thought of; from helping teach asylum seekers basic English skills to dancing the tango with locals; I truly started to know and understand the place that I now call my second home. ‘Take advantage of whatever life throws at you.’” William Tucker, Junior Sociology student from Washington & Jefferson College  (Photo of William is in the mountain village of Arahova, outside of Delphi, during an Odyssey in Athens excursion) 

 

Jamie Kotthoff, Fall 2018

“Studying abroad in Athens was the experience of a lifetime. I got to see the world, make new friends, and live on my own for the first time ever. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone. One of the best things about being here was the ability to travel around Europe on the weekends. I went to so many amazing places inside and outside of Greece.” Jamie Kotthoff, Sophomore Script writing student from Webster University (Photo of Jamie at the Acropolis) 

Odyssey in Athens

The Odyssey in Athens curriculum is unique in that it offers a diverse variety of accredited upper-level courses. Students can continue their programs of study and earn college credit, which transfers back to their home institutions.

There are no specific program requirements, however, students are encouraged to take full advantage of the Greek language and culture courses. All courses are taught in English by distinguished faculty from the U.S. and Europe.

Odyssey in Athens Program Brochure

Signature Courses at Webster Athens Brochure

Fall I, Spring I and Summer I Schedule of Virtual Classes

MDST 3150: Retail Business Social Media Promotion Virtual Internship
MNGT 4950 B2B Research & Arrangements Virtual Internship
MNGT 4950 Retail Business Analysis Virtual Internship
MNGT 4950 Retail Business Social Media Promotion Virtual Internship
MNGT 4950 Tourism Operations Project Management Virtual Internship
PHIL2080 Virtual Greek Mythology and Religion
RELG2030 Virtual Greek Mythology and Religion

Fall II, Spring II and Summer II Schedule of Virtual Classes

ANSO3100 Virtual Modern Greek Society & Culture
ILC2150 Virtual Modern Greek Society & Culture
MDST 3150 Retail Business Social Media Promotion Virtual Internship
MNGT 4950 B2B Research & Arrangements Virtual Internship
MNGT 4950 Retail Business Analysis Virtual Internship
MNGT 4950 Retail Business Social Media Promotion Virtual Internship
MNGT 4950 Tourism Operations Project Management Virtual Internship

 

Odyssey in Athens accepts applications from students in good standing at their home institutions who are eager to learn about the landscape, culture and people of Greece. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply to our semester summer session or year-long program.

Students from more than 150 colleges and universities have enrolled in the Odyssey program. Enrollment is for a semester session (8 weeks and up to 9 undergraduate and 5 graduate credits), a single semester (up to 18 undergraduate and 10 graduate credits), a full academic year (up to 36 undergraduate or 20 graduate credits) or the summer session (4 weeks long and up to 6 undergraduate or 4 graduate credits).

Although the junior year is preferred by most students who study abroad, freshmen, sophomores, and seniors can apply to Odyssey in Athens with approval from their universities. Students in transition to graduate school or employment in the international arena are also welcomed.

Application deadlines:

  • Summer - February 28
  • Fall - March 30
  • Spring - September 30

Academic credit is transferred to a student’s home institution on the basis of a transcript issued by Webster University. Each student is responsible for arranging academic credit with his/her own college or university before applying to Odyssey in Athens.

Letter grades are based on fulfillment of all course requirements, including written and oral assignments, exams and class attendance. An official copy of a student’s transcript is mailed to the home college and an unofficial copy is sent to the home address. Transcripts are released only after all financial obligations have been met.

 

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The School of Business & Technology is proud to be one of the only five percent of the world’s business schools to have earned specialized accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

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Hellas

Webster Athens has been accredited/licensed by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of the Hellenic Republic to operate in Hellas.

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Top Rated Program

In 2019, the Odyssey in Athens program was awarded Top Rated Program based on student reviews of the program.

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The Odyssey in Athens program fee includes tuition, housing, orientation, group excursion costs, student ID, computer lab and library fees, transcript and student support services. It does not include roundtrip airfare, meals, laundry, personal spending money, as well as, medical/accident/ property insurance, textbooks or independent travel.

Students can expect to spend $120-150 per week on meals, laundry, entertainment, and miscellaneous needs. Total costs are considerably less than those at private colleges and universities in the U.S.

For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as activities and WINS orientation, visit our Odyssey page.

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