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Athens, Rome, Venice, Nice, Greece, Italy, France

Program Description

The Mediterranean Sea has been a dynamic crossroad for people, goods, and ideas for thousands of years. Beginning in Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy and continuing to Venice and Nice, France, this short-term study abroad class will introduce students to the culture and intellectual traditions of the Mediterranean world with an emphasis on cross-cultural heritage. 

In this culturally immersive program, you will visit temples built for powerful gods and goddesses, gilded palaces built for Renaissance rulers, and be introduced to the cultural exchanges that have shaped this Mediterranean world. You will leave with an appreciation for the ways in which developments in this key region have helped to define and give shape to the modern world. 

Location Description

Athens, Greece; Rome,Venice, Italy; and Nice, France - We will learn about the achievements of Ancient Greece, explore Venice's Renaissance splendor, and travel to Nice, on the French Riveria. In our explorations of the Mediterranean world, we will consider the lives and histories of the peoples who lived in and traveled through these places.


Beth Hinderliter | | School of Art, Design and Art History


Accommodations will be provided for students through furnished apartments with internet access and a full kitchen.

Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend that will cover approximately 14 meals per week.

Additional Items to Consider

A cell phone plan to use in Europe would be useful, but not required.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Open to all majors and class levels

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • List of academic references
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in.


Program Closed

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HUM 250: Foundations of Western Civilization (3 credits)

UNST 390: Special Topics in Integrative Study (Cultural Heritage & the Mediterranean World) (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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