Study Abroad

Summer in Greece

The department regularly offers a special study abroad opportunity: PHIL 3039/5050: What is the Life Worth Living? Ancient Ethics in Athens, which goes to Greece for eleven days in the summer semester (May 11–21). The bulk of the course takes place in Athens, where you and other students will answer for yourselves the questions that consumed Ancient Greek ethicists and still consume today’s positive psychologists: What is the life worth living? What is a truly excellent, remarkable human life?

For 2024

Visit the Acropolis and Parthenon, the Acropolis and National Archaeological Museums, the Ancient Agora, and Plato’s Academy.


  • Three days in the dreamlike harbor town of Nafplio!
  • Day trips to the mountains of Delphi and the ancient city of Mycenae!
  • Collaboration with Hellenic American University (Athens) faculty for a richer academic experience!
  • Extended exploration time!
  • Authentic Greek cooking class!

All site visits and lodging, most travel, and group meals are included!

Course Credit and Scholarships

This is a three-credit course that counts in the Ethics/Aesthetics category for the Philosophy major and minor (PHIL 3039), as an elective for the Philosophy MA (PHIL 5050) or the minor in Classical Studies, and satisfies General Education’s Global/Arts Theme requirement (PHIL 1502). If you are a Philosophy major, the department will provide you with a $500 scholarship to help defray the program cost. Additional scholarship opportunities are available through the Study Abroad Office.

More Details and to Apply

Please contact the instructor, Dr. Daniel Boisvert, or the department chair, Dr. Trevor Pearce, if you have any questions. You can also find more information here and here.

Although the application deadline for Summer 2024 is February 1, please don’t wait to explore and apply for this program. Space is limited to 12 students, who are admitted on a first-to-confirm basis, and as in prior years, this program will almost certainly max out early. For more detailed information and to apply via the International Office, please click here.