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Greece & Italy (Planning and Community Development)
Delphi, Greece; Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Minimum Class Eligibility:
Non-SCSU Student: Yes Housing Options: Hotels
Language Courses Offered: No Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Length: Short-Term Program
Program Description:



Explore the beautiful cities of Italy and Greece and learn about the sustainable building development practices that have enabled these places to survive the passing of time. Students will visit a variety of cities including Rome, Florence, and Athens as they compare and contrast cultural practices in the U.S.  Spend the beginning of your summer discovering the beauty and history of these innovative countries. It promises to be an amazing and unforgettable experience! Interested students should see important Admission Information below.
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Fast Facts

Academic Calendar:  Summer 
Credits:  3 or 6 credits
Faculty & Staff:  SCSU Faculty-Led
     Dr. Aspasia Rigopolou-Melcher                                      
Housing:  Hotels and cruise cabins
Meals:  Breakfast and some dinners-All meals on cruise
Language of instruction:  English


Students can take either CMTY 410: Built to Last and Planned to Endure—The Eternal Cities of Italy and Greece (6 credits) OR CMTY 466/566: The Eternal Cities of Italy and Greece (3 credits). Students will chose only one of the courses for their excursion. Both courses are open to all students with no language requirements or pre-requisites and can be used as university electives. Each class will meet at least four times before departure for instructional and group-building activities and will hold regular one-hour meetings on the tour.


An exciting line up of bucket-list destinations await you on the Italy/Greece Tour including: Rome, The Vatican City, Florence, Pompeii, Delphi, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Ephesus/Turkey, and more. It is impossible to list all of the amazing things you will experience during your time abroad!

In contrast to the architecture that continues to stand through the test of time, the ruins of Pompeii serve as a reminder of the power of nature and how it affects our choices in sustainable city building. 

A three-day Greek island cruise (with a stop in Turkey) provides students with beautiful views of picturesque blue water along with excursions on each of the islands.


SCSU students will stay in a range of hotels (with 1 or 2 roommates) during their stay as well as cruise cabins on their trip to the Greek Islands.


  • Freshman status or above
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  •  Open to all majors
  • Students should first apply with SCSU online 

After it is complete, Faculty Director Aspasia Rigopoulou-Melcher will review the application to determine if the student is eligible to participate in the program. Director Rigopoulou-Melcher will then email students more information about the program and direct students to register with EF Tours. All students who wish to participate in this educational excursion must complete an application with both SCSU and EF Tours. After the SCSU deadline has passed, accepted students will be financially committed to the program.

All students who participate in this program need to register with EF Tours by the February 1st deadline.  Please contact the program manager (Peggy Johnson-Finnerty) at for more information.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/01/2016 02/15/2016 TBA TBA