Duke in Greece
A 4-WEEK SUMMER PHILOSOPHY PROGRAM
STUDY TOPICS IN ANCIENT GREEK ETHICS, METAPHYSICS, AND EPISTEMOLOGYApply Now
This integrated course of study combines close reading and discussion of key ancient philosophical texts with in-depth tours of the important sites and museums in various regions of Greece. Rotating through program stops in the Aegan Islands, the Peloponnese, Athens, and Thessaloniki, the program wraps up on the quiet waters of the Western Aegan aboard a spacious chartered yacht, giving you time to reflect on program themes and work on your final project.
This program offers a deep and broad understanding of the classical Greeks' emphasis on the rational aspect of human nature, the intellectual foundations for subsequent western civilization.
PROGRAM FAST FACTS
Location: Greece (Aegan Islands, Peloponnese, Athens, Thessaloniki)
Term: Summer I
Dates: May 18 to June 18, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1st
Academic Theme(s): Philosophy
Credit Type: Duke Credit
Eligibility: There are no prerequisites. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.
Duke Affiliation: Duke Department of Philosophy
Housing: Hotels, Yacht
Physical Requirements: There will be a substantial amount of walking and some hiking, including an optional moderately strenuous trek up the slopes of Mt. Olympus.
GEO Advising: Request an appointment
Duke in Greece students work on their final project aboard a chartered yacht on the quiet waters of the Western Aegan.
Duke in Greece students
Duke in Greece
Duke in Greece students
Restaurant in Greece
Merihas, the port of Kythnos
Duke in Greece students
View from inside the yacht
All students will enroll in the signature course for one Duke credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted.
- PROGRAM SITES
PHIL 236A / CLST 272A
THE BIRTH OF REASON IN ANCIENT GREECE
(CCI, CZ, EI) 1.0 Credit. Instructor: Prof. Michael Ferejohn.
The principal course objective is to give the student a thorough understanding of (and a critical perspective upon) the classical Greeks' pronounced emphasis on the rational aspect of human nature that enabled them not only to produce the artistic and architectural splendors we shall be seeing at first-hand, but also to lay the intellectual foundations for subsequent western civilization.
This is an integrated course of study combining in-depth tours of the important sites and museums in various regions of this spectacular country with close reading and discussion of key ancient philosophical texts.
Tours, lectures, and readings focusing on topics in ancient Greek ethics, metaphysics and epistemology. Two exams, one short term project, and two textbooks. Active group participation on all site visits and tours, in addition to attendance at lectures, is a key requirement of this program.
All texts to be worked with at length are by ancient philosophical authors, and are collected in a single paperback, S. M. Cohen, et al, Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy (paper). Occasionally, these will be supplemented by short excerpts from other authors (such as Homer, Thucydides, and Euripides), to be distributed in class. A. R. Burn, A History of Greece (paper) will be used as a general reference work.
The program begins with twelve days in the Aegean Islands, (including a visit to Crete, the largest of the Greek isles) where students will consider how the ancient rationalistic movement first came to life with the mechanistic science of the Milesians, and the theoretical mathematics and metaphysics of the Pythagoreans.
The course location then shifts to the Greek mainland, first to the Peloponnese and then on to Athens, where the dramatic rise and fall of the Athenian Empire serves as a backdrop to Socrates’ revolutionary denunciation of the “Unexamined Life”, and the great philosophical system of Plato’s Republic.
The program then travels northward to Thessaloniki, making stops at Delphi and the tomb of Philip of Macedonia in Vergina along the way, until finally arriving on the very slopes of Mt. Olympus. During this segment, the class will study the great ancient ethical systems of Aristotle, Epicurus, and the Stoic philosophers.
In the final week of the program, the group will board a spacious chartered yacht to sail the quiet waters of the Western Aegean while students complete individual course projects designed to put the themes and issues encountered during the entire course in broad perspective.
- Visits to sites and museums will be in the morning hours.
- Lunch and early afternoons will be free time.
- Lectures and discussion will take place in the middle to late afternoon, after which there will usually be additional free time before dinner.
- On days designated as “Free", when no touring or travel is scheduled, students will be able to use the morning hours for study and recreation, and class will be held as usual in the middle to late afternoon.
- Due to unscheduled closings, it will not always be possible to adhere to the schedule as published. The instructor will always endeavor to ensure that the students either visit the sites listed, or ones of equal value and interest.
HOUSING & MEALS
- The group will stay in clean and comfortable B-Class hotels.
- Students will be assigned two (but occasionally three) per room, with private baths.
- Rooms will be assigned by the program staff.
- New assignments will be made after each change of location.
Program fee includes covers breakfast and one other meal (with rare exceptions, dinner) each day. All other meals are the responsibility of the student.
Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.
The program fee for this program includes:
- Some meals
- Local transportation
- International SOS coverage
- Program-sponsored activities and excursions
- Orientation program
What is not included?
Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.
- Airport transportation to/from program site
- On-site accident and health insurance policy
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Visa and/or residency permit (if needed)
- Textbooks and class materials
- Internet usage
- Mobile phone
- Independent travel and entertainment
- Items of a personal nature
U.S. citizens do not need a visa for this program. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need a visa. Please be sure to research the cost of obtaining a visa for Greece, including any required travel to a consulate or embassy.
If you receive financial aid, and need assistance with travel costs, please contact your financial aid counselor.
Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. You can use a cost-of-living comparison tool to get an idea of what daily life costs in the program host location.
Step 1: Upon acceptance to the program, you must submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyExperientialEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.
NOTE: If you withdraw after March 15, you will be charged a cancellation fee for voluntary withdrawal. Fees range from $1,500-2,000.
Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. Consult the Duke Bursar's office billing schedule for payment due dates.
Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.
Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.
This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:
Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.
- Arrival: May 18, 2022
- Departure: June 18, 2022
You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyExperientialEd to update your travel registry.
VISA & PASSPORT
No visa is required of U.S. citizens to participate in this program. Non-U.S. citizens should pay special attention to the visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting the country embassy to find out if any visa restrictions are in effect.
All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.
International Student Identity Card
An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is required for this program. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury.
You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. Please order your card well in advance of your departure.
Program Faculty & Staff
The program faculty director can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the Global Education Office.
Deadline: February 1st
This program does NOT have rolling admission. Admissions decisions will be made after the published deadline, and on a space-available basis after that. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.
Maximum Enrollment: 24 students
Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.
Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.
GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:
Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.
Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO.
Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.
Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.
- Online application
- Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
- Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate
- Academic letter of recommendation (one)