Dates

2018 dates to be announced soon.

2017 dates were: May 28 – June 25, 2017*

Students depart from the U.S. on May 27, 2017

Price

2018 prices to be announced soon.

2017 prices were: Program Fee: $5,200
Tuition: $3,200

*Dates and prices subject to change

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support
  • Online orientation
  • Financial aid advisory
  • Personal assistance
  • Transient student registration facilitation
  • Flight recommendations
  • Parental communication
  • Housing
  • Weekly group dinners
  • Daily breakfast
  • All curriculum-related activities and tours including city tour, tour of the Acropolis and Parthenon, daytrip to Corinth Canal, volcano hike and sailing day in Santorini, visit to Aquaworld, Hike of Samaria Gorge, tour of Heraklion
  • All service-related activates and tours
  • Transportation to all LeadAbroad events
  • Ferry from Athens to Santorini
  • Ferry from Santorini to Crete
  • Triad staffing with LeadAbroad Program Directors, interns and academic staff
  • Personal mentoring
  • International medical insurance
  • Group transfers to/from airport
  • Emergency assistance
  • Resume assistance
  • References for internships, jobs and positions on campus
  • LinkedIn networking group
  • Atlanta networking group

Itinerary

On LEAD Greece, you get to travel to Athens, Crete and Santorini and see all of the highlights of Greece. You get to spend the first two weeks in Athens, exploring this dynamic and artistic city. From the markets of Plaka to the rooftop cinemas, you will get to see many sides of the city. We will organize a city tour and visits to the Acropolis and Parthenon, so you can learn all about the fascinating ancient Greek culture. Service Week also happens in Athens and you will have the opportunity to contribute to the local community through hands-on service work with a local non-profit like the Salvation Army.

Olivia in Oia

Next, you will hop on a ferry bound for Santorini! This magical island really looks as beautiful as it does in the movies. Here we will take a daylong tour of the volcano, enjoy fresh seafood and ride donkeys to watch an amazing sunset at Oia. We will stay in Fira, which is the the heart of the island and just minutes from the best shops, restaurants and cafes.

Our final stop is Crete, the largest and most adventurous island in Greece. Here we will wrap up the leadership and service learning curriculum while exploring Heraklion and hiking Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe. The four weeks will fly by, but you will return home with new friends, a stronger vision for your future and countless memories from paradise!

Ready to sign up for a Greek adventure this summer? Apply here!

“I loved the planned activities because it forced me to break out of my comfort zone, meet more people and do activities that I would have never thought to plan by myself. We got to see and experience so much more of Greece with all the planned activities.”

– Blakeley Graham, University of Mississippi

“I loved the planned activities because it forced me to break out of my comfort zone, meet more people and do activities that I would have never thought to plan by myself. We got to see and experience so much more of Greece with all the planned activities.”

– Blakeley Graham, University of Mississippi

Accommodation

All of your accommodations in Greece inspire relaxation and are reminiscent of the beautiful Grecian beaches. In your first week, you will stay in Glyfada, a quaint seaside community of Athens. The location is close to shopping, restaurants and coffee shops. Additionally, it is a quick train ride into the city center. Students will stay in double or triple rooms in our Glyfada hotel.

During your time in Santorini, you will stay at a boutique hotel in an ideal location with easy access to restaurants, museums and the beach. Students will stay in double, triple or quad rooms.

Our final stop is in Crete where you will live at the Galaxy Villas. These amazing apartments are in a peaceful, hilltop neighborhood with unbelievable views. You can walk down to the beach, hop in the pool and take a short walk to class. While in Crete, you will travel by bus to Heraklion and Samaria Gorge for awesome excursions. The program ends in Crete, so you will need to book a one-way flight from Heraklion to Athens at the end of the trip. You should book this flight to connect with your international flight departing Athens and taking you home!

Accommodation

All of your accommodations in Greece inspire relaxation and are reminiscent of the beautiful Grecian beaches. In your first week, you will stay in Glyfada, a quaint seaside community of Athens. The location is close to shopping, restaurants and coffee shops. Additionally, it is a quick train ride into the city center. Students will stay in double or triple rooms in our Glyfada hotel.

During your time in Santorini, you will stay at a boutique hotel in an ideal location with easy access to restaurants, museums and the beach. Students will stay in double, triple or quad rooms.

Our final stop is in Crete where you will live at the Galaxy Villas. These amazing apartments are in a peaceful, hilltop neighborhood with unbelievable views. You can walk down to the beach, hop in the pool and take a short walk to class. While in Crete, you will travel by bus to Heraklion and Samaria Gorge for awesome excursions. The program ends in Crete, so you will need to book a one-way flight from Heraklion to Athens at the end of the trip. You should book this flight to connect with your international flight departing Athens and taking you home!

Adventures

Greece is as beautiful as you imagine. While you are on LEAD Greece, you will travel to Athens, Crete and Santorini and enjoy different adventures in each location. In Athens, you will tour the city and take a day trip to the Corinth Canal. Here, you will have the opportunity to bungee jump (if you so choose). You will also have the option to join in a day trip to Hydra, a beautiful island right off the coast of Athens. In Santorini, you will hike in a volcanic crater, ride donkeys at Oia and watch an epic sunset. Our hotel is right in the heart of Fira where you can wander through the streets and relive your version of the movie “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”

Finally, in Crete, you will do a 9-mile hike of the Samaria Gorge. This hike is challenging, but gorgeous, ending with a delicious meal at the Aegean Sea!

Italy Add-On Adventure

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Dates: June 25-June 30

Price: $1200

Details: Enjoy 5 nights, 6 days seeing Italy’s best in Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Download the brochure here.

Included in cost:

  • 5 nights of accommodation in Rome or Sorrento
  • Airport transfer upon arrival and departure in Rome
  • Rome city tour
  • Welcome dinner
  • Entry and guided tour of the Roman Forum & Colosseum or the Vatican (sign up prior to departure for the tour of your choice)
  • Transfer to Sorrento
  • Roundtrip transfer to Capri
  • Boat ride to the Blue Grotto
  • Chairlift to Monte Solaro
  • Full day in Positano
  • Free day in Rome
  • Final dinner
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunch in Capri
  • Local guides

Flight guide: Students will need to book a connecting flight from Crete (where the program ends) and Rome. Please refer to the flight guide for details.

Service

You will experience a full week of hands-on service. As part of our service-learning curriculum, you will dive into the local culture and gain perspective as you work in an underprivileged community in Athens. These experiences are made possible through our unique partnerships with local organizations including the Salvation Army and The NO Project.

With the Salvation Army, we will work in a local community center, providing after school programs for the students. You will make a difference whether you are leading an arts and crafts activity, rehabilitating a building or organizing donations. The variety of projects we support for the Salvation Army directly lead to better care, support, programming and growth in their community. Each of the projects our students participate in directly impact the families and refugees living in the area.

With the NO project, you will learn about the horrors of human trafficking and the steps you can take to help raise awareness. Human trafficking is a global issue and our local partner, Judy Boyle, has been a leader in this movement for years. During one of the most powerful days of the program, you will hear directly from Judy and learn simple ways to contribute to ending this tragedy.

The service-learning curriculum includes both hands-on work, debrief discussions and journal reflections. Our faculty and teaching assistants will ensure that you are understanding the experience and connecting it back to your life at home.

Courses

During LEAD Greece, you will enroll in two courses for a total of six credits from Oglethorpe University. Everyone participates in the same courses: Leadership: Global Theory and Practice and Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement. To provide more flexibility in your course selection, you can choose to label these courses in a variety of ways on your transcript under the subjects of interdisciplinary studies, history, politics or sociology. 

Class at Greece Ruins

Past students say that they have learned more about themselves from these two courses than any other class taken during their college career. These courses focus on who you are as an individual and where you want to go in life. They allow you to define your vision and values in a way that you may have never thought about before, and they provide you with direction after you return home.

All courses are tentative and subject to change. Below are the summer 2017 courses. Summer 2018 courses will be announced in September. Summer applicants get top priority for course preference!

You can download samples of the syllabi from LEAD Greece here:

“Signing up for this program was the craziest and scariest thing I had ever signed up for in my entire life. This trip, with the experiences and friends I made, will stay with me for the rest of my life and made that scary decision of signing up alone completely worth it. Without a doubt, going to Greece has completely changed my life for the better, and I can’t wait to travel again!”

– Hayley Howell, University of Tennessee

“Signing up for this program was the craziest and scariest thing I had ever signed up for in my entire life. This trip, with the experiences and friends I made, will stay with me for the rest of my life and made that scary decision of signing up alone completely worth it. Without a doubt, going to Greece has completely changed my life for the better, and I can’t wait to travel again!”

– Hayley Howell, University of Tennessee

Flights

There are two ways to book your travel to Greece. First, you canStudents in hotel ready for flight reserve a seat on our group flight. This is a great way to get to know your fellow LeadAbroad travelers from the moment you depart the US. Traveling thousands of miles away from home is new and exciting so having familiar faces all around you makes the experience unforgettable. We will announce group flight details in the spring. If the flight is departing from a location other than your hometown, you will need to book your connecting flight independently to meet up with the group flight with a minimum 4-hour layover to connect. No need for any stress on the way to Greece!

You can also choose to book your flight on your own. We will provide a time window when you should arrive at the airport in Athens.  Whether you are on the group flight or a different flight on arrival day, LeadAbroad staff will be at the airport to greet you with huge posters and even bigger smiles. We will arrange your transportation to the hotel if you arrive within the designated group arrival timeframe.

If you are traveling prior to the program, you can also meet us at the hotel to check in with the rest of the group on the same day!

Health & Safety

Your safety is our number one priority on all programs. With a triad staffing model including LeadAbroad program directors, interns and Oglethorpe University faculty. We execute safety procedures in Greece including assessment, education, security measures, ongoing monitoring and emergency response protocol. The LeadAbroad Policies, Terms & Conditions document outlines these policies in detail.

We want every student to remain healthy on the program so they can get the most of their time in Greece. Though we are prepared to handle every health issue, we don’t want you to miss out on the adventures and fun. We combine pre-departure preparation with on the ground strategies to ensure our students are healthy and happy.

Prior to departure, every student will complete a detailed health questionnaire. We encourage you to visit your doctor and dentist to ensure that you are up to date on all vaccinations and have complete supply of prescriptions. We also offer international medical insurance through TW Lord & Associates for all LeadAbroad students. It is important to note that this is different than trip protection and travel insurance. We will provide many more details on health and safety information in the student login after you are accepted.