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Athens, Venice, Greece, Italy

Program Description

Immerse yourself in the life and culture of two magnificent jewels of the Mediterranean world in this 6 credit program: Athens, Greece and Venice, Italy. There’s no better way to study Mediterranean history, philosophy, religion, culture and literature than studying it abroad.

In this culturally immersive program, you will visit temples built for powerful gods and goddesses, gilded palaces decorated for Renaissance rulers, and be introduced to the cultural exchanges that have shaped the Mediterranean world.

Learn about the roles, lives, and contributions of people from differing ancient cultures as well as the current political and social situations of the global Mediterranean world today.

Location Description

Athens, Greece; Venice, Italy; We will learn about the achievements of Ancient Greece, Venice's Renaissance splendor, and 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

Sarah Brooks | | School of Art, Design and Art History


Short term shared apartment rentals or hotel rooms will be arranged.

The program will include some meals. Students should plan to cover the cost of some meals on their own.

Additional Items to Consider

It will be useful to have an unlocked cell phone so that you can purchase a SIM card upon arrival for cell phone service.

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 3.0

Open to all majors

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
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

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

Applications Closed.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HUM 250: Foundations of Western Culture (3 credits)

UNST 390: Special Studies in University Studies (3 credits)

ARTH 426: Advanced Topics in Cross-Cultural Art: Pagan, Christian, and Islamic Cultural Heritage of the Mediterranean (3 credits)

ARTH 490: Independent Study in Art History (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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