STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
The Foundation’s Melathron Center at Mycenae, Greece, has grown into an educational and research international hub that facilitates education and practical training, interdisciplinary faculty research, faculty-student research collaboration, and cultural immersion of foreign students in Greece.
Our innovative educational model aims at communicating knowledge while developing critical and original thinking through an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, engaging, experimental, experiential, effective, adaptive-learning-based and praxis-oriented approach.
Students study in the impressive facilities of the Melathron Center at Mycenae and reside at Nafplion (http://acamycenae.org/photo-gallery), one of the most beautiful and culture-rich European cities, ideal location for shopping, entertainment, and cultural immersion, while engaging in travelling all over mainland Greece and the islands. The Mycenaean Foundation offers students pre-departure services and full support on-site in Greece, including: academic advising; general orientation and weekly follow-up sessions on everyday life, cross-cultural adjustment, and practical issues; health services and counseling; crisis management plan, safety measures, and emergency procedures in coordination and communication with the off-site administration and the US Embassy in Greece.
Our study abroad programs apply a holistic integrative educational model that transcends geographical, temporal, scientific or cultural borders, by combining theoretical learning with hands-on practical training, classroom with travel, education with cultural immersion, learning with critical thinking, interdisciplinary approach with international focus, thus engaging majors from all over the world and across the spectrum, sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and encouraging personal and academic growth for students.
GREEK ODYSSEY Study Abroad Program (link)
The Melathron Center at Mycenae, Greece, hosts every year the GREEK ODYSSEY study abroad program for undergraduate foreign students (http://acamycenae.org), a program accredited by the University of South Carolina ('school of record') and endorsed by the International University Alliance(IUA) and the Study In Greece (Official Portal of the Hellenic Republic). The academic curriculum includes interdisciplinary courses in classics, history, art, studio art, field archaeology, archaeology, geophysics, geoarchaeology, bioarchaeology, paleo-environmental studies, archaeometry, archaeoastronomy, cultural heritage management, and theatrical studies (http://acamycenae.org/curriculum), requiring no prior experience in archaeology, transcending disciplines, and engaging majors from across the spectrum, sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. All courses are taught in English by prominent Greek and American professors.
Students study at Mycenae, reside at Argos and Nafplion, where they immerse in the local culture, entertainment, and shopping, and participate in organized field trips and study tours all over mainland Greece and the islands in the weekends. These intensive study abroad programs offer an unparalleled experience for students to spend a semester, Maymester, or a summer month in one of the most spectacular regions of Greece, study and travel all over mainland Greece and the islands, while doing hands-on archeological work and learning basic skills that will serve them regardless of major and career. The enthusiastic comments of participating students and senior administrators attest to the quality and effectiveness of our study abroad programs (http://acamycenae.org/greek-experience).
NOSTOS: cultural immersion program for high-school students of the Greek Diaspora
NOSTOS is a thematic, cultural immersion summer program in Greece designed for high school students of the Greek diaspora. This three-week summer program in July is organized by the Mycenaean Foundation, hosted at the Melathron Center at Mycenae, Greece, and taught in English and Greek by our faculty and guest lecturers.
The NOSTOS cultural immersion program consists of intensive language instruction in Modern Greek (including a special class on Etymology and use of Greek words and terms in the English language), a course in Greek art (including guest lectures and classes in landscape drawing and painting), 2 days of real field training in our unique outdoor dig simulator, and organized field trips to famous archaeological sites and museums in Athens, on mainland Greece (Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Sparta, Nemea, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos, Mystras, Methone) and the islands (Monemvasia, Hydra, Spetses, Kythira). The program is enriched with various outdoor activities in landscapes of unique natural beauty, such as swimming at the shores of Nafplion, Poros, Voidokoilia, Elafonissos, in the Pheneos lake or the Neda river water falls; mountain hiking at Dimitsana and Mani, climbing the volcano at Methana, and crossing the Vouraikos gorge.
Students study in the impressive facilities of the Mycenaean Foundation at Mycenae and reside at Nafplion (http://acamycenae.org/photo-gallery), one of the most beautiful and culture-rich European cities, ideal location for shopping, entertainment, and cultural immersion. Our innovative educational model aims at communicating knowledge, while developing critical and original thinking, through an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, engaging, experimental, experiential, effective, adaptive-learning-based and praxis-oriented approach. The NOSTOS summer program aims to become a unique educational and cultural immersion gateway for high school students of the Greek diaspora from all over the world to the land of myth, history and natural beauty, a return to the homeland of their own parents and grandparents.
The NOSTOS program is scheduled to commence in July 2021, in the year that marks 200 years since the Greek Revolution for Independence
Thematic summer study abroad programs
The Melathron Center has organized and hosted thematic short-term summer study abroad programs tailored for other institutions (Dickinson College, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), and is currently designing a new study abroad programs in Greece: “HERMES: Global Studies in Ancient & Modern Diplomacy” for the Institute of World Politics (TBA).
TRAVEL PROGRAMS & ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURISM
The Mycenaean Foundation organizes special travel programs that offer a great vacation and a unique cultural experience in Greece, the cradle of western civilization and land of timeless beauty, but also the opportunity to help the Foundation sponsor archaeological field research in Greece through your participation and support the noble causes and mission of the Foundation.
The Greek Visions Land Expedition (May 20-30, 2020) is an all-inclusive 10-day luxury bus tour of exceptional places in Greece, including famous ancient and medieval sites like Athens, Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidaurus, Monemvasia, Mystras, Pylos, Olympia as well as landscapes of unparalleled natural beauty, such as the stunning shores of Nafplio, Monemvasia, Elafonissos, Voidokoilia or the breathtaking gorge of Vouraikos and the mountainous region of Kalavryta – a wide spectrum of Greek landscapes and timeless historical places. The Greek Visions Land Tour is designed for 16-20 people, it will be led by Professor Christofilis Maggidis (archaeologist, field director of excavations at Mycenae, President of the Mycenaean Foundation), and it includes 4- and 5-star hotel accommodation (2 nights at Nafplio, 2 nights at Monemvasia, 3 nights at Pylos, 3 nights in Athens), breakfast and one meal per day, transportation by luxury coach, welcome reception at the Melathron Center of the Mycenaean Foundation, a day-long cruise at the Navarino bay and Voidokoilia, hiking in the Vouraikos gorge, and private guided tours of archaeological sites and museums. The comprehensive price is $6,200 per person and a modest percentage of this price will allow the Mycenaean Foundation to support archaeological field research in Greece and philanthropy.
The Greek Odyssey Luxury Cruise (May 4-16, 2020) is a 12-day, elite, all-inclusive vacation in Greece including a 7-day luxury cruise on a private 100-foot yacht around the Peloponnese and select Greek islands (Spetses, Hydra, Monemvasia, Elaphonissos, Zakynthos, Kephalonia) and 5 days in Athens and Nafplio, led by Professor Christofilis Maggidis (archaeologist, field director of excavations at Mycenae, President of the Mycenaean Foundation). This elite package is exclusively designed for only 4 couples and offers superb personalized luxury, complete privacy, destinations of unparalleled beauty and ancient history, unique experiences, and all-inclusive, high-class services, such as a 6-member crew on the yacht serving you 24/7, stellar cabin accommodations, gourmet kitchen (chef), private dining on board, swimming on remote beaches of stunning beauty, private tours and exclusive behind-the-scenes visits to select sites and museums, a welcome reception at the Melathron Center of the Mycenaean Foundation, Byzantine Choir musical performance, special happenings and memorable experiences, luxury accommodation and dining in world-class hotels at Nafplion and Athens, limousine ground transportation, return to Athens by air. This is truly a unique experience of high-end luxury. The comprehensive price is $25,000-$28,000 per person (depending on selection of cabin accommodations) and a modest percentage of this price will allow the Mycenaean Foundation to support archaeological field research in Greece and philanthropy.
To join either of these special vacation programs offered by the Mycenaean Foundation or to receive more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org