Welcome to the LEAD Greece Accepted Student Information page! Navigate the tabs below for everything you need to know before your epic adventure!
To navigate back to your portal for payments, forms and due dates, click the My Account button above.
Stay on track for your summer adventure with the pre-departure checklist. Print it out, share with your parents and cross off items as you complete them. Please note some items may only apply to specific locations, and this is noted where applicable.
Are flights included in the program fee?
International airfare is not included in your program fee. You have several options when booking flights:
- Purchase a group flight ticket from LeadAbroad
- Book your own ticket that is on the same itinerary as the official group flight (this is a great option if you prefer to use points and/or miles to book airfare)
- Book your own flights on any itinerary that is most convenient for you (be sure to note your arrival/departure dates and times as this may affect your airport transfer)
All flight details can be found in the flights section below!
Can I still fly with the group if I am not going on the Italy add-on?
You cannot book a LeadAbroad group flight ticket since the itinerary is roundtrip between the U.S. and Athens and then Rome back to the U.S.; however, you can still book your own itinerary that matches our flight going to Greece. When the official program ends, be sure to fly out on the correct departure date and airport (ATH).
Can I buy a one-way group flight ticket from LeadAbroad?
Unfortunately, we can only issue roundtrip tickets with the confirmed group itinerary. If you have other travel plans, we recommend booking the same flight as the group on your own. All itineraries can be found in the flights section below. Use this information for booking flights on your own.
I purchased a group flight ticket from LeadAbroad. Do I need to book any other flights?
Your LeadAbroad group flight ticket includes a roundtrip itinerary between JFK/Athens and Rome/JFK. All students are responsible for their own booking between their hometown and New York (JFK), this year’s group flight departure city. We strongly recommend landing into the group flight airport at least four hours before your international flight departs. Additionally, we recommend booking your hometown itinerary on the same airline as the group flight. When you check-in for your very first flight, this will allow the airline representative to combine your ticket with the one LeadAbroad purchased for you. Your bags will be tagged with ATH, so you won’t have to pick them up again in JFK before the group flight departs.
If you live within driving distance of JFK airport and plan to drive to the airport before catching the group flight, be sure to note this on your flight form in the portal. We strongly recommend you arrive to the airport at least four hours before departure.
All students must also book a one-way ticket departing Crete (HER) to Naples to depart Greece and begin the Italy add-on. Details can be found in the flights section below!
When will I get my group flight confirmation? Can I upgrade my ticket or request a different seat?
All students who register for the group flight through LeadAbroad will receive an email confirmation with ticket details approximately 30 days before departure. Once details are sent, you can alter your seat assignment by looking up your ticket number on the carrier website. LeadAbroad cannot accommodate seat/class requests during the initial group booking.
Will LeadAbroad staff be on my flight?
Since our staff will already be in Greece preparing for your arrival, we will not have any staff at the departure airport or on flights to Athens. However, a student will be taking attendance at the gate and helping students connect with each other before the flight. Should you have questions or problems with your flight, we strongly recommend you speak with an airline representative at the airport as they will be able to assist. Our on-call, U.S. based staff is available for any itinerary changes that will impact your arrival into Athens.
Can I cancel my group flight ticket after purchasing from LeadAbroad?
Group flight tickets are non-refundable.
I am not arriving on the group flight. Will someone meet me at the airport in Athens?
Yes! As long as you are arriving on the official start date, LeadAbroad staff will greet you at the airport. Depending on your arrival time, you may be responsible for your own transportation cost to the hotel. We will arrange this transfer for you, and you will pay the driver directly. If this applies to you, we will be in touch before departure to confirm your arrival plans!
What happens if I miss my flight or it is canceled/delayed?
- Step 1: Do not stress. These things happen!
- Step 2: Work with an airline rep at the airport to be rebooked.
- Step 3: As soon as you have a new itinerary, complete the new flight plan form linked in your pre-departure newsletter. We will be in touch to confirm any details.
Where can I find a packing list?
Click here to jump down to the packing section of this page for all the details!
Do I have to bring my laptop?
Yes. You will submit some assignments electronically, so it’s important you have a laptop to complete your work.
Should I pack sheets/linens/towels/hangers?
No, our hotels provide all of the above. However, it’s always a good idea to pack an extra beach towel or quick-drying travel towel.
How will my classes transfer back to my home university?
Every school has different procedures and requirements for transfer credits. The first step in the process is often meeting with your academic advisor with the course syllabi. Be sure to do this as soon as possible. More details can be found in the transfer credits section below!
When will I know my final grades?
Final grades will be submitted to Oglethorpe University in early August. For any questions related to the academic component of the program, please reach out directly to Dr. Printz.
When will I receive a transcript for my classes this summer? Do I have to send it to my school?
Transcripts are issued by Oglethorpe University in late August. OU will send your transcript automatically to the institution on your record. If you’ve transferred to a new school for the fall semester, please notify us by emailing info@LeadAbroad.com.
Budgeting & Finances
Are meals included?
Your program fee includes a welcome dinner and a final dinner. In addition, some of the hotels offer breakfast. All other meals are your responsibility.
How much spending money should I budget for the trip?
Click here for a budgeting worksheet. You should have a realistic conversation with your parents in the application process to discuss spending habits and budgeting while you are abroad. While spending can vary widely, LeadAbroad recommends $40/day as a baseline budget for meals and incidentals.
Should I bring U.S. cash? Debit cards? Credit cards?
LeadAbroad strongly recommends you bring two ways to access money: a debit card for ATM withdrawals and a credit card as a backup. We do not recommend exchanging U.S. dollars for local currency as the exchange rate is typically better when you withdraw from an ATM. You should plan on getting cash out an ATM once you arrive in Greece.
Health & Safety
Is travel insurance included? What about health insurance?
LeadAbroad does not offer a travel insurance plan. All students will be covered under LeadAbroad’s health insurance for the duration of the program. Details can be found in the Health & Insurance section of “Pre-Departure Info.”
Do I need shots before visiting Greece?
Review CDC guidelines for travelers to Greece here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/greece
No specific shots are required; however, LeadAbroad recommends visiting your family doctor before departure to ensure you are up to date on routine vaccines including Hepatitis A and MMR.
Can I bring my prescription medication to Greece?
If you pack prescription medication, be sure it is in the original prescription bottle. We also recommend researching the medication to better understand any restrictions in Greece. Your doctor will be a great resource in finding this information.
Pharmacies in Greece will not accept foreign prescriptions. If you anticipate needing a prescription refill while abroad, speak with your doctor about getting enough medication for the duration of your trip. Alternatively, our staff can assist with a local doctor’s visit to receive a local prescription.
Do I need a visa to enter Greece?
U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa to visit Greece if you stay for 90 days or less. When entering Greece, you will be considered a tourist and not a student since you are not enrolling in a foreign university.
If you are NOT a U.S. citizen, be sure to research entry requirements based on the country that issued your passport. You may be required to obtain a visa.
For more information on visa and passport requirements, review the passports section below!
Will my cell phone work abroad?
We strongly recommend all students contact their cell phone service provider before departure to better understand international plans. Typical data plans abroad are very expensive.
As an alternative to purchasing an international plan, you can buy a local SIM card once in Greece and use your phone like normal. Your phone must be unlocked to use a SIM card other than your own. Contact your cell phone provider for more details if you are not sure whether or not your phone is unlocked.
When will I know my roommate assignment?
We can change roommates up to 30 days before departure. Roommate requests are entered on the general form linked on this page. If you’ve already completed this form and would to change your request, please email info@LeadAbroad.com.
Final roommates will be released 30 days before departure. No changes can be made after this time.
What is the best way for friends/family to contact me while abroad?
Check out the Communication Abroad section for tips on staying in touch while abroad. WiFi is also accessible in our hotel.
If there is an emergency in the U.S. and your family needs to contact LeadAbroad, please have them call our emergency response line at 404.720.5657 and dial extension 710.
Can I receive packages/mail while abroad?
General mail can be received at the hotel while you’re abroad; however, we strongly discourage the mailing of valuable packages (cameras, cell phones, medication, etc) to students while abroad. You will have to pay taxes on the item in order for it to clear customs, and it often takes many days for the process to be completed which delays delivery. Depending on what is being sent, the taxes may be very high (sometimes more than the value of the item itself).
There are lots of ways to connect with our team and fellow students to start your #LeadAbroadLife adventure:
- Join our online groups (for students only) to meet other travelers and your program leaders! We will also post important reminders and announcements in the groups:
- LEAD Greece 2019 Facebook group
- LEAD Greece Pre-Departure 2019 GroupMe (find link in Facebook group!)
- Follow us on Instagram and search the 5,000+ #LeadAbroadLife and @LeadAbroad tags
- Like us on Facebook and watch out for your program’s photo album this summer
- Send us an email at info@LeadAbroad.com
Get Ready to Take Off
To make a payment online, log in to your customer portal.
The LEAD Greece program fee is $5,200. Tuition for the six credits from Oglethorpe University is $3,200. Please refer to your customer portal for your custom due dates based on when you were accepted to the program. Further information on all payment policies can be found on our policy page.
Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover) are accepted for payment online; however, we do not accept American Express. Please remember that a 4% processing fee will be added to all credit card payments. Payment by eCheck is also accepted. eCheck payments do not have a processing fee. Paper checks will not be accepted.
The LeadAbroad team will support you every step of the way when planning your flights! Please review the sections below as well as the flights FAQ section above for information on the official group flight and tips for booking flights independently.
Important dates for LEAD Greece:
- Sunday, May 19: All students depart the U.S. for Athens (ATH)
- Monday, May 20: All students arrive into Athens
- Sunday, June 16: All students depart Crete (HER) and fly back to Athens to catch a flight home or travel on to Naples (NAP) for the Italy add-on
- Friday, June 21: All Italy add-on students depart Rome (FCO) for the U.S.
LEAD Greece ends in Crete. In addition to a roundtrip flight between the U.S. and Athens / Rome, all students must book a one-way ticket departing Crete for Athens (or Naples if continuing to the Italy add-on). More details can be found below!
The optional* LeadAbroad group flight itinerary is as follows:
Registration for the LeadAbroad reservation has closed. If you have not booked a flight yet, we strongly encourage you to book this itinerary directly with Delta.
Depart: May 19, 2019 (Arrives in Athens on May 20)
- Depart JFK at 5:11pm on Delta #202 / Arrive in ATH at 10:00am (May 20)
Return: June 21, 2019 (after the Italy add-on)
- Depart FCO at 10:20am on KLM #1598 (Delta #9448) / Arrive in AMS at 12:55pm
- Depart AMS at 2:30pm on KLM #645 (Delta #9278) / Arrive in JFK at 4:30pm
Group flight cost: (registration closed)
Final reservation deadline: (registration closed)
*Only students participating in the Italy add-on should pay LeadAbroad for their flight. The return itinerary departs from Rome, Italy, after the add-on ends.
For steps on booking flights, please review the sections below according to your plans for the Italy add-on.
Yes, I am going on the Italy add-on
We strongly recommend you book the group flight through your LeadAbroad portal. The itinerary out of JFK can be found in the section above.
Other flights to book:
- Round-trip domestic flight from your hometown to and from JFK to meet up with the group flight:
- Recommended arrival time into JFK before the group flight: 1:05pm on May 19
- Recommended departure time leaving JFK after the group flight: 7:00pm on June 21
- We strongly recommend you book this ticket with Delta. This will allow you check-in for your first flight at your hometown airport and check your bags all the way to Athens. If you do not book with Delta, you must pick up your bags in JFK, check in with Delta and re-check your bags to Athens.
- If you live nearby or will already be in New York on departure day and plan to drive to the airport, we strongly recommend arriving no later than 2:00pm. Three hours before departure will give you plenty of time to check-in, go through security and get settled at the gate.
- One-way flight from Crete (HER) to Naples (NAP) on Aegean Airlines
- All students should book the following as ONE itinerary on June 16, 2019 (enter HER as your origin and NAP as your destination):
- Leg 1: Depart HER at 6:25am on Aegean Airlines #A37301 / Arrive in ATH at 7:15am
- Leg 2: Depart ATH at 8:25am on Aegean Airlines #A3680 / Arrive in NAP at 9:10am
- All students should book the following as ONE itinerary on June 16, 2019 (enter HER as your origin and NAP as your destination):
If you DO NOT book the group flight out of JFK, please note the following recommendations:
- Recommended arrival time into ATH: May 20th, no later than 9:40am
- Recommended departure time leaving FCO: June 21st, no earlier than 10:00am
- If your flight times are not within our recommendations, you will be responsible for your own airport transportation
Important notes about booking a group flight ticket through LeadAbroad:
- Group flight tickets are non-refundable.
- The group flight itinerary cannot be altered in any way. All passengers must fly on the designated dates and between the designated cities.
- Individual tickets will be emailed to students about one month before departure.
- LeadAbroad cannot book one-way group flight tickets.
- LeadAbroad staff will not be on this flight as they will already be abroad preparing for your arrival! We will nominate a student flight leader to take attendance at the departure gate.
- We cannot accommodate seat requests before ticketing. Once you receive your ticket, usually you can log in to the airline’s website to pick a seat. You can also change your seat when checking in with the airline agent.
No, I am not going on the Italy add-on
Students not going on the Italy add-on should not buy a flight from LeadAbroad because our roundtrip itinerary returns to the U.S. from Rome, Italy. We recommend booking the following itinerary:
Depart: May 19, 2019 (Arrives in Athens on May 20)
- Depart JFK at 5:11pm on Delta #202 / Arrive in ATH at 10:00am (May 20) – note this the same itinerary as the official group flight
Return: June 16, 2019
- Depart ATH at 12:00pm on Delta #203 / Arrive in JFK at 3:59pm
Other flights to book:
- Round-trip flight from your hometown to and from JFK. We strongly recommend you make your reservation as one booking (i.e. enter your hometown as your origin and Athens as your destination) and select the itinerary offered by Delta with a layover in JFK that matches the flight information above.
- One-way flight from Crete (HER) to Athens (ATH) on Aegean Airlines
- All students should book one of the following itineraries on June 16, 2019:
- Itinerary 1: Depart HER at 6:25am on Aegean Airlines #OA301 / Arrive in ATH at 7:15am
- Itinerary 2: Depart HER at 8:15am on Aegean Airlines #OA303 / Arrive in ATH at 9:05am
- All students should book one of the following itineraries on June 16, 2019:
If you DO NOT book a flight out of JFK, please review the following recommendations:
- Book a flight that has you arriving before 9:40am in Athens on May 20 (this means you should depart the States on May 19). This will ensure that you get on the group transfer to the hotel.
- Try to book a flight with no more than one layover. Multiple layovers create a higher probability for lost luggage and missed flights.
- After the program ends and you fly from Crete to Athens, we recommend 4 hours between this flight landing in Athens and your international flight home leaving.
- For example: My flight from ATH back to the States departs at 11:40am on June 16. I should arrive in ATH by 7:40am so I should take flight option 1 leaving HER at 6:25am.
Required one-way flight departing Crete
As mentioned at the top of this section, LEAD Greece ends in Crete. You are required to book your own ticket from Crete (HER) to either Athens (ATH) or, for Italy add-on participants, Naples (NAP), on June 16. This ticket is separate from your roundtrip booking between the U.S. and Greece/Italy.
Specific itinerary recommendations can be found above by selecting your Italy add-on plans. All students must book their one-way ticket departing Crete no later than 60 days before departure.
Airport greeting and group shuttles
Students arriving before May 20th are responsible for securing and paying for their own airport transportation and accommodation until the official program start date. Students arriving after May 20th are responsible for their own transportation to the accommodations.
- Greeting students at the airport: All students arriving on May 20th will be greeted at the airport.
- Group shuttle: Estimated shuttle departure time is one hour after the group flight lands, or 10:40am on May 20th
- If you arrive on the official group flight or before 9:40am, we will include you in the group transfer.
- If you are scheduled to arrive after the group lands, you are responsible for your transportation cost. LeadAbroad will assist you in arranging this transportation.
- Departure after the program:
- All students will be transferred to the Crete airport (HER) the morning of June 16th.
- Italy add-on participants: you will be transported to the Rome airport (FCO) and arrive by 8:00am on June 21st. Your flight should depart Rome at 10:00am or later. If you book an earlier flight, you will have to take your own taxi to the airport before the group.
In order to arrive in country rested and ready to go, consider the following tips to make your flight experience as enjoyable as possible:
- Print ALL of your flight itineraries for the trip and have them easily accessible.
- Do not start your trip stressed. GET TO THE AIRPORT EARLY. For most international flights, we recommend that you arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to departure.
- Weigh your bags before you leave home. Check baggage size and weight restrictions for ALL AIRLINES you might be flying during the program. Smaller budget airlines abroad usually have stricter baggage policies than the larger U.S.-based carriers.
- Pack the following items in your carry-on. If your checked baggage takes an adventure of its own, having these items with you will create less stress and allow for a more comfortable plane ride:
- Two days worth of clothes
- Laptop, cell phone, chargers, other electronics
- Water bottle/Nalgene
- Blindfold and ear plugs if you are sensitive to light/sound when trying to sleep on planes
- Program director’s phone number
- Dorm address
- Be comfortable on the plane. Dress in layers so that you can easily adapt to the temperature.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluid while in the air. It is easy to become dehydrated when flying.
- Know where your passport is at all times. When checking in at the airport, you will have to get your passport in and out of your bag several times; at each stop, be sure to take a moment for a passport check.
- Reset your watch. As soon as you board the plane, reset your watch to the local time and try to get on a sleeping pattern that is consistent with your destination. Most students traveling will be on an overnight flight and you will be very grateful if you sleep. Also, remember that if you have to take medications at a certain time during the day or at the same time everyday you might need to adapt this prior to departure.
- Make special meal requests if necessary. If you have any special requests, be sure to contact the airline at least 72 hours prior to departure.
- Make sure you have a pen for any immigration forms. Flight attendants usually distribute arrival forms shortly after take-off. On these forms, note that you are a tourist, not a student.
Italy Add-On Adventure
To sign up for the add-on, click the “Payments” button on your portal and scroll to the optional payments section!
Dates: June 16-21, 2019
To apply for a U.S. passport, click here. If you are not a U.S. citizen, be sure to thoroughly research passport and visa requirements for citizens of your home country.
If you already have a U.S. passport, check to confirm the following:
- the expiration date is 2020 or beyond
- the passport has at least two consecutive blank pages
- Your name is spelled correctly
If your passport does not have all requirements above, you must renew your passport before traveling abroad.
All students are required to submit passport information via the passport form in the LeadAbroad portal 60 days before departure. Please do not submit a passport that is expired or in the process of being renewed. When your new passport arrives, you can then submit your form.
All participants are REQUIRED to review the following orientation videos:
- Acceptance Orientation video
- Please submit the acceptance orientation form in your portal within 30 days of your LeadAbroad acceptance
- For a slides-only version, click here!
- Pre-Departure Orientation (Part 1): General Orientation for All Programs – Available in December 2018
- due 60 days before departure
- Pre-Departure Orientation (Part 2): Program-Specific Orientation – Available in February 2019
- due 30 days before departure
All orientation videos are also linked in your LeadAbroad portal under the “Preparing to Go Abroad” section. The associated forms must be submitted after you complete each orientation.
To ensure we have the tools to support you before and during the program, we have several short forms that must be completed 60 days before departure. Please access your customer portal for all required forms and due dates.
The most important thing to remember when packing for Greece is that we will be moving to multiple cities. Pack light and be able to carry all of your luggage up and down stairs (without a trolley). You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage on and off ferries during the program. Don’t worry, you can do laundry on the program, so ONE suitcase and a backpack carry-on will be perfect!
Applications are posted in your portal under Optional Forms. DUE DATE: April 5th!
What are program leaders?
On the LeadAbroad team, the program staff are the coaches and program leaders are the team captains – they set the tone and encourage other students by creating a strong sense of community through service projects, social outings, group chats and creative stories. They are the peer leaders who step up when needed and make other students feel included. Whether you’re joining us on GO, LEAD, DIRECT or PRO, our program leaders will help make your experience abroad impactful and lasting.
Why should I apply?
The more you put in, the more you get out. That’s why we have 3 awesome leadership opportunities on your program abroad. Whether you are your squad’s go to party planner, you’re passionate about giving back or you’re a wizard with video editing, we’d love to invest in you and your talents!
We have three types of program leaders on LEAD, so there are multiple ways to plug in on the ground.
Community Leader (apply online through your portal): Are you a leader on campus or interested in becoming one in the future? Do you feel like you’re the “ringleader” of your crew & want to take your skills abroad? Our Community Leader (CL) program is an awesome way to make the most of your summer experience with leadership 101 training, resume boosts and serving as a peer leader on the program. CLs will experience an extra level of investment from our staff (and fun invites), opportunities for social media highlights and a connection with other like-minded students on the program.
Service Leader (apply online through your portal): Do you have experience as a camp counselor or are majoring in education? Are you involved in service organizations on your campus? Apply to be a Service Leader on your program & you can help with the planning, preparation and execution of our service projects on the ground! Not only will you get more investment from the staff & get more out of our time serving, but it looks great on your resume.
Media Leader (apply online through your portal): “If its not on camera, it didn’t happen” is your mantra. Are you someone who makes videos for every trip you go on? Do you have a “fancy” camera for special events or have an interest in photography? Are you already planning out your end-of-program video or following local photographers on Instagram? Sign up to be a media leader & put your skills to use!
Ready to dive into this leadership role? Apply in your portal before the deadline!
Get Ready for Class
The LEAD Greece program is designed to combine dynamic cultural experiences with an academically rigorous curriculum. The program is aimed toward instilling the foundations of personal, academic and cultural growth in students. All students are required to enroll in two courses during the LEAD Greece program. These courses are designed and accredited through Oglethorpe University’s Urban Leadership department. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum, you may cross-list the courses in History, Sociology or Political Science. Students will have the opportunity to select their preference by completing the Academic Form.
Each day is unique, and therefore, it is challenging to communicate an ‘average’ day on the LEAD Greece program. However, below is an example of the type of activities that a sample day may include:
9:00 am: Lecture on Social Change Model and Ethical Leadership
10:00 am: Guest Speaker: Judy Boyle (world renowned philanthropist and activist)
11:00 am: Small group debrief and discussion in community groups
12:00 pm: Break for lunch
2:00 pm: Service work with the Salvation Army
4:00 pm: Return to hotel for free evening
Students are required to order a program workbook (Big Blue Book) and complete several assignments prior to departure.
To order your Blue Book, please click here. (Link will be posted in March)
We recommend placing your order as soon as possible to allow yourself time for shipping and to complete all assignments. It is required that all students bring the program workbook abroad this summer for use on the program.
Students have two options for ordering the program workbook:
- Order online and pay with Paypal
- Order over the phone with a credit card.
It is important that you select the correct item (LEAD Greece Blue Book) and indicate your shipping address. If you need expedited shipping (2-3 business days or less), call BelJean directly rather than placing your order online. Students who prefer picking their program workbook at BelJean do so during normal store hours at the following address:
163 E Broad St
Athens, GA 30601
Please note: syllabi are tentative and subject to change.
Review Your Syllabi
All students will have a few assignments and readings to complete before they arrive in Greece.
One of the first workshops you will participate in is examining your “signature strengths.” All students must complete this assessment before departure.
Click here for your unique access code (will be available in March)
If you do not see your name on the list of access codes, please email info@LeadAbroad.com to request your code.
Students accepted into a LeadAbroad program are also simultaneously accepted into Oglethorpe University as transient students. Students are required to participate in all program and curriculum activities during the program unless they are granted an exemption by staff due to a physical or emotional reason. Oglethorpe University students follow the same process as transient students when participating on a LeadAbroad program.
Many universities across the country accept Oglethorpe University transfer credit; however, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to find out how the course credit transfers to your home institution. Every university has a unique process for accepting transient credit. Please schedule a meeting with your academic advisor and the study abroad office as soon as possible to understand your school’s requirements. These steps MUST be completed prior to departure. LeadAbroad does not guarantee credit transfer to any particular university or major.
If you plan to use any scholarships or financial aid, please submit this information on the Financial Aid & Scholarships form in your online portal under optional forms.
The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships may be available for students who are permanent Georgia residents, attend a university in Georgia and meet eligibility requirements. You should meet with your financial aid office in order to determine if this scholarship will apply to a LeadAbroad summer study abroad program.
For students who qualify, the HOPE Scholarship amount is $1,014 and the Zell Miller Scholarship is $1,120. You should confirm these amounts and your eligibility with your home institution’s financial aid office.
We understand that studying abroad is a family decision with significant costs. We recommend that you explore a variety of options to finance your study abroad experience. You can find scholarships by reaching out to the financial aid office at your home university, non-profits and writing letters to companies in their hometowns.
LeadAbroad offers a number of scholarships. Please review these scholarships to check your eligibility here.
All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here. If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.
Sophie Leopold – Program Director
Sophie spends the school year traveling across the country to meet students excited about going abroad and loves connecting with past LeadAbroad students! This will be Sophie’s fourth summer on the international leadership team. She has led programs in Cape Town, Greece and London and is thrilled to spend summer 2019 with students on LEAD Greece and GO Rome!
Amanda Printz Whooley – Academic Director
From Printz: “I am a Philosophy professor at Oglethorpe University; The (current) song on my life soundtrack would be “Home” by Philip Phillips; my childhood ambition was to be a a justice on the Supreme Court; my favorite youtube videos are of “Animal Fails”; and my life hashtag would be #expand”
Gillian Foss – Teaching Assistant
From Gillian: “Hi! I am currently a PhD student at Louisiana State University, where I study Higher Education Administration and work as the Graduate Assistant of Assessment for Residential Life. I’m originally from a small town in coastal Maine, and so I grew up wanting to be a marine biologist…until I realized just how many science courses I would have to take. My absolute favorite YouTube videos are from the “Binging With Babish” cooking series (even though my cooking is pretty terrible), and whenever I need a pick-me-up or anthem to keep me going, I listen to “Love on Top” by Beyonce. My life hashtag is definitely #NeverStopExploring — there is so much of the world to see and learn from!”
Sam Curl – Assistant Program Director
From Sam: “My name is Sam Curl, a Georgia College Alum (Go Bobcats!) and currently a travel nurse (based in NYC!). Some would say I’m young, scrappy and hungry.. which is a crazy coincidence because “I’m not throwing away my shot” by Lin Manuel Miranda in Hamilton is my life theme song. And in the spirit of being scrappy, my favorite YouTube video is The Office Bloopers (season 2 specifically). But on a serious note, my career in nursing has allowed me to serve and love people, and I can’t wait to bring that to Lead Abroad. My hashtag is: #FunEnoughToStopYourHeartSkilledEnoughToRestartIt (or if that’s too long #PeopleFirst will do)”
Maggie Strasser – Assistant Program Director
From Maggie: “Hi everyone! My name is Maggie Strasser and I am a rising senior at Miami University in Ohio! My life soundtrack would consist of every single genre- from Bryson Tiller to Travis Scott to Kenny Chesney to old Justin Bieber to literally the Hannah Montana 2.0 soundtrack. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a professional chef! My favorite youtube video is any vine compilation and my life hashtag would be #WelcomeToFlavortown”
Make sure to make your luggage with the Glyfada address in case your bags get lost en route to Greece!
Congo Palace Hotel
81 A Poseidonos Avenue,
16674 Glyfada – Greece
Tel: 210 89 46 711
Fax: 210 89 46 719
New Haroula Hotel
Fira, 847 00, Greece
Tel: +30 2286 024226
Ag. Konstantinou Street, Koutouloufari 700 14, Greece
Tel: +30 281 023 8812
For students participating in the Italy add-on, your hotel addresses will be posted here in December!
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To request a roommate, please submit the roommate form in your online portal. Roommate forms are due 60 days before departure. Final housing assignments will be posted about one month before departure. Once roommates are posted, we cannot make any changes. If you’ve already submitted your roommate form but wish to make a change to your request, please email info@LeadAbroad.com no later than 60 days before departure.
Last year’s program calendar can be found here: http://leadabroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-LEAD-Greece.pdf
An updated itinerary for summer 2019 will be posted in January.
There are many ways to stay in touch while traveling abroad. Wireless internet is available throughout our hotels. Please note that internet speeds can fluctuate depending on traffic. Internet can be slow and unpredictable, especially when all students are trying to upload pictures or watch videos at the same time. We ask all students and parents to be patient with the internet. Students will have more success using the internet if they use it at off-peak times.
LeadAbroad strongly encourages students to have cell phones while abroad for risk management purposes. Students can:
- Bring an unlocked phone and buy a local SIM card upon arrival
- Add an international package to current phone plan
- Rent/buy a local cell phone
With Wi-Fi readily available in most locations, you are encouraged to utilize internet texting apps (iMessage for iPhone to iPhone, Groupme, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts) to communicate with program staff and family and friends at home.
In addition, we integrate technology into our communications and risk management strategy to keep students safe. Therefore, we require students to download the following applications on their phone prior to departure:
- Find my Friends
- State Department
If there is an emergency at home while you are abroad, our team will support you and your family in every way possible. Should any friends and/or family need to contact LeadAbroad, please have them call our U.S.-based domestic team at 404.720.5657. For emergencies, dial extension 710 when prompted. Our on-call team will assist with the situation and get in touch with your program staff as needed.
This worksheet will allow you to understand costs outside of the program fees and airfare. Review this section in detail and email us at info@LeadAbroad.com with any further budgeting questions.
Before you leave, call your bank and credit card company to notify them that you will be traveling abroad. Give them the dates and countries of your itinerary, including any layovers. Debit and credit cards can been blocked after transactions abroad because your bank may assume it is a fraudulent transaction.
To access funds, debit cards are the best way to access cash overseas. ATM machines are widely available everywhere we travel. Debit cards with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus or Plus signs are the most widely accepted. There may be a transaction fee for using ATMs abroad; therefore, it’s important to understand the fees associated with using your cards overseas. Keep a record of your debit card and pin numbers with someone at home.
Credit cards can be used similarly to debit cards at restaurants and shops abroad. Most major credit cards are honored abroad (i.e. MasterCard and Visa). Similarly to debit cards, credit card companies use the current exchange rate for your transaction. Call your credit card company to understand the fees charged per transaction.
We recommend that students do not bring large sums of US dollars with them to Greece. It is not convenient to exchange money and students typically get a poor exchange rate. Using your debit card is the best option. We recommend that students do not bring traveler’s checks. Most businesses will not accept them.
The program fees cover most of the costs of being in country, but you will need to provide additional funds for:
- Meals: We will have weekly program dinners, other meals are your responsibility
- Incidentals: Internet, phone calls, transportation to non-program events
- Free time: Independent evenings and additional outings
- Gifts and souvenirs
Budgeting can be a challenging and personal process. On average, if you eat all the group meals, breakfast at the hotel daily (included), cook in your apartment while in Crete, drink mostly water, occasionally take taxis and keep additional activities to a minimum; you will spend between $25 and $40 per day. Know yourself and your budget plan to avoid any surprises. Here are some sample local costs to help you plan:
Meals: Costs for dining out are similar to those in the US; typically, prices for dinner range from $15-$25. Most people spend about $10-30 per day on food. Greece has a range of restaurants from five-star dining to casual chain restaurants. While in Crete, you will have full kitchens and there is a grocery store within walking distance; this will make eating-in a very easy option for lunch and some evenings. Food is part of the Greece culture and should be enjoyed, but eating at home is also a great way to remain on budget. Have dinner parties with your Community Group once a week so you can build community and save some money.
Cell Phone: We encourage students to bring their cell phone with them so they have a way to contact our staff in an emergency. Wi-Fi is readily available throughout Europe, which makes logging online easy and inexpensive, whenever in a Wi-Fi zone. Talk with your cell phone provider prior to departure about international plans for data and cell usage abroad.
Taxis: A taxi from Glyfada into town will be about 20 Euros or 5 Euro per person if split between 4 people. There are also trams and a subway that students can take to get around town. These options are a little less expensive, but take longer. Program Directors will show you how to navigate each city upon arrival.
Laundry: You can do laundry in each city; however, Glyfada (Athens) and Crete will be the most convenient. The average cost for a full bag of laundry is 12 Euro.
Other Activities: Below are average costs of many of the additional activities that students enjoy! During your first week in Greece, you will have an opportunity to hear more about each of these activities and sign up to participate.
- Corinth Canal Bungee Jump: Around 75 euro
- Catamaran Tour: Around 85 euro
- Island Tour: 90 euro
To charge your electronics abroad, will need pack (or purchase when you arrive) an outlet adaptor. A quick search on Amazon will provide several options! For some items like hair dryers and straighteners, you will also need to purchase a voltage converter since voltage is much higher in Europe than the US. If you do not use a converter, you could damage your appliance.
We encourage students to be mindful of their electronics while traveling. It is wise to conceal electronic devices when walking around as iPhones and laptops can be attractive for theft.
LeadAbroad strongly encourages students to be mindful of their health prior to departure and while abroad. Living in a new environment, eating different cuisine and adjusting to a new schedule can impact one’s immune system. Before you travel overseas, students should examine the factors that contribute to their physical and emotional wellbeing so that they can stay healthy and get the most out of their trip.
- Read and understand the CDC recommendations for your upcoming travel. The CDC website includes information on vaccines, medicines, packing lists as well as information to prepare students to stay healthy and safe.
- Make an appointment with your university’s travel clinic, dentist and other medical professionals. Students can proactively eliminate many potential health issues by ensuring they are in good health prior to departure. Additionally, during these visits, make sure your health records and prescriptions (including eyeglasses) are up-to-date. If you are taking a prescription medication, please ensure that you have enough for the whole program and that the medication is in the original container. If you self-inject prescribed medication, please carry needles and syringes with you. It’s important to understand that LeadAbroad will not distribute any form of prescription or nonprescription medication to students. We recommend every student travel with a medical kit.
- Be honest with yourself regarding your emotional health. Students that are concerned about their emotional stability or use of alcohol/drugs should address it honestly before making plans to travel. Contrary to many people’s expectations, travel does not minimize these problems; in fact, it can often exacerbate them.
- Contact us directly at info@LeadAbroad.com with any specific medical issues we should be aware of at least three months prior to departure. Our team is better equipped to support you abroad if we know your health history and emotional health. Please share this information with us prior to departure.
Basic medical insurance is included in all students’ program fee. Please review the policy to become knowledgeable regarding the types of medical conditions and situations that are covered while you are participating on a LeadAbroad program. If you are injured or ill while you are abroad and need medical attention, you will likely need to pay for the treatment upfront, and if covered the money will be reimbursed by LeadAbroad’s insurer after submitting your claims form. If for any reason you need to seek medical assistance while abroad, a LeadAbroad staff member will accompany you to the doctor. Please contact us first if you have any sort of emergency.
It’s important to note that this medical insurance is not ‘travel insurance’ and therefore does not cover the cost lost or stolen luggage or cancellation of the trip. Students may purchase travel insurance independently through an outside provider. For more information on the different types of travel insurance you can click here.
LeadAbroad’s Emergency Response Protocol provides a system for coordinating the management of emergency services for all participants in our study abroad programs. In-country staff are the first point of contact for students on the program in the event of an emergency and assume leadership of the emergency situation until other resources (e.g., local police, etc) are available. However, in the event that the staff are unavailable, the following guidelines are provided here in case you, as a participant in the program, need to handle an emergency.
- Ensure safety: Your first priority is to safeguard the safety and well-being of yourself and other program participants. Do whatever is reasonably necessary to ensure safety.
- Seek medical care: Obtain any emergency medical care for affected participants as soon as possible.
- Control emotions: Remain as calm as possible. Do your best to diffuse any growing anxieties that may be occurring among participants.
- Communicate (as applicable). Depending on the nature of the emergency, it may be necessary to contact medical or emergency services, police or local law enforcement or the US embassy.
- Ongoing support: Continue to monitor, aid, and communicate status updates as the situation progresses.
- Debrief: Meet with LeadAbroad staff to discuss the situation, how it was handled and steps that were taken to resolve the emergency.
Reducing Risk Abroad
LeadAbroad takes many steps to reduce risk abroad. You will be registered with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. The benefits of STEP include the following:
You will be given a keychain with emergency contact numbers and the address of our accommodations.
Please review the following resources to ensure that you are informed on how to have a safe and healthy trip abroad: