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Italy & Greece Bike Tour (Psychology): SCSU Short-Term
Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/10/2018 01/17/2018 06/15/2017 07/10/2017
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Minimum GPA: 2.0
Minimum Class Eligibility:
1-Freshman Non-SCSU Student: Yes
Housing Options: Hotels Credit Type: Undergraduate
Program Length: Short-Term Program
Program Description:



Get to know Italy and Greece by bicycle--the best to get to know a country (besides living there longer-term). Bicyclists travel slow enough to savor the sights, sounds, and smells, yet quickly enough to cover a reasonable distance. They can stop on a whim to check out interesting things--including beaches.  They arouse curiosity: locals and other travelers are more likely to strike up conversations. We will travel after having studied cross-cultural psychology to help you interpret and understand the cultural differences and similarities you will observe.

The trip will last 30 days. Go to THIS WEBSITE for more details, including the general itinerary/route. This presentation also provides details about costs, including the type of bike and equipment you will need (not included in the package prices).

Note: You must be willing and have the ability to cycle an average of 25 - 30 miles per riding day (5-6 pedaling hours). Must have suitable bike with rack and panniers, etc. Must be willing/able to participate in two group practice rides before departure.

Fast Facts

Academic Calendar:  Summer
Credits:  3 Credits (PSY 330)  

Faculty & Staff:  SCSU Faculty-Led
     Dr. Joseph Melcher
Housing:  Hotels 
Meals:  Breakfast and some dinners; all meals on cruise
Language of instruction:  English


provides the basis for the experiential part, interpreting what you see in Italian and Greek culture and people. The course requirements include reading and discussion of the text, doing a cross-cultural interview, keeping a travel journal, writing a book report on an Italian or Greek novel, and doing a pre-tour presentation on culture or geography. Students who wish to take 6 credits may write an additional term paper in connection with the tour and cross-cultural psychology.


Students will experience ancient and modern Italian and Greek culture and civilization. The tour incorporates sight-seeing in Rome (Colosseum, Roman Forum, and churches). We will visit the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. In Napoli, we will visit the Museum of Naples and tour ancient Pompeii. Those interested may ride to the top of Mt. Vesuvius. In Greece, we will tour an island (Zakynthos), visit ancient Olympia (home of the Olympic Games), ancient Epidavros, ancient Corinth, and ancient (and modern) Athens, including the Parthenon and agora.


Students will stay in quadruple rooms (for the most part) in inexpensive (but very decent) hotels, most of which come with breakfast. One night our “hotel” will be the ferry to Greece.


  • Must have taken an Introduction to Psychology course
  • Freshman status or above
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Open to all majors

NOTE: The start and end dates are tentative

             Required by program but not in the Program fee

Bike $450+
Rear Rack & Panniers $210
Helmet & Mirror $65-$100
Cycling Shorts (optional) $40-50
Cleated Pedals w/cycling shoes (optional) $80
Cycling Gloves $25
Reflective Mesh Vest $15
Inflatable Pad (for napping) $25