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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Classes With: UGA Students Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: FACS Academic Area: Consumer Economics, Economics, Finance, Financial Planning
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.80 or above
Program Description:

UGA Greece study abroad program - From Athens to Athens  

Acropolis day


Study abroad program in Greece  Join us for a 12-day academic program in 3 of the most beautiful places in Greece for an interdisciplinary collaboration between the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Earn 3 hours of FHCE 5710/ 7710 - Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics in Greece - The Case of the Greek Financial Crisis, Instructor: Effie Antonoudi


Earn 3 hours of AAEC 3911 -  International Agribusiness and Environmental Management – The Case of the Greek Financial Crisis, Instructor: Dr. Genti Kostandini

There are valuable lessons to be learned from every crisis.
This study abroad program will include lectures and discussions with representatives from academia, the government, institutions, and the private sector.  We will:
  • Study Greece, its political and institutional framework, and its agricultural sector as part of the European Union and the Eurozone.
  • Explore how the Greek Financial Crisis affects the business environment, the key sectors of the Greek economy, including the agricultural sector, the services sector, and the end consumers.
  • Explore the effects of the Greek Financial crisis on the housing market and how financial planning and financial literacy can vastly improve the lives of consumers during the crisis.
  • Learn about the Greek heritage and the Greek culture to explore the background and origins of the Greek debt crisis and the conditions under which the economy might be turned around.
  • Discuss the role of producers and consumers in the economic recovery and the challenges in implementing the necessary reforms.
  • Study how exchange rates, financial and marketing institutions, property rights, government regulations, and cultural practices impact agribusiness profitability and international competitiveness.
  • Tour the Acropolis and other historical and cultural sights in Athens and Thessaloniki.
  • Take a sunset cruise to Santorini.

Program Location

ASOEAthens, Santorini or Nafplio, Thessaloniki,
and Chalkidiki Greece. santorini

Contact Information

Program Director: Effie Antonoudi
127 Stuckey Building 
1109 Experiment Street
Griffin, GA USA 30223
Phone: 707-229-3322

Co-director: Dr. Genti Kostandini
313-B Conner Hall 
Athens, GA USA 30602
Phone: 706-542-0764

The faculty and program director, Effie Antonoudi grew up in Greece and Greek is her native language. She has set up and organized this program and is our liaison with our University and Business partners in Greece.
Dr. Genti Kostandini, the faculty, and co-director has previously studied in Greece for two years and is familiar with the Greek culture and the Greek language. 

Academic Program

Two courses are offered as part of this program and students can only choose one course or the other: FHCE 5710/7710 OR AAEC 3911.
Students cannot complete both courses at the same time. The maximum credit hours students can earn by attending this program is 3 credit hours. 
Both courses are study abroad courses and are 3 credit hour courses. 

Program Itinerary

  *The program exact dates are still tentative. Please note that the location that we will visit for the weekend may be subject to change.
Date Location Activity
5/16/2021 Atlanta, GA  Departure from USA - travel day
5/17/2021 Athens, Greece Arrival in Athens Greece
5/18/2021 Athens, Greece Lectures and instructional/cultural visits
5/19/2021 Athens, Greece Lectures and instructional/cultural visits
5/20/2021 Athens, Greece Lectures and instructional/cultural visits
5/21/2021 Athens, Greece Lectures and instructional/cultural visits
5/22/2021 Santorini or Nafplio, Greece Cultural and instructional visits
5/23/2021 Santorini or Nafpio, Greece Free time and travel to Thessaloniki
5/24/2021 Thessaloniki, Greece Lectures and instructional/cultural visits
5/25/2021 Thessaloniki, Greece Lectures and instructional/cultural Visits
5/26/2021 Thessaloniki, Greece Lectures and instructional/cultural Visits
5/27/2021 Thessaloniki, Greece Departure from Greece - travel day


athensThe students will stay in hotels in Athens and Santorini. In Thessaloniki, the students will stay at university campus dorms. The program provides all breakfast meals and most lunch and dinner meals as group meals covered under the program fee. 

Program Costs

The program fee is subject to change due to currency exchange fluctuations but is estimated to be $3,200. This fee includes all accommodations, transportation while in Greece, orientation program, sightseeing tours with professional tour guides, and most meals. (program fee does NOT include airfare from the US to Greece, tuition, or fees associated with tuition)

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Program Reviews:
Victoria Elizabeth Santini, Summer 2017 Participant
Amazing value for the cost. Amazing. Completely worth it.

Kameron Kamlesh Patel, Maymester 2018 Participant
Of course I wish we had more time in Santorini, but this was a study abroad, not a vacation. The program was great.

Patricia Lee Froistad, Maymester 2018 Participant
All of the field trips, site visits, and excursions were wonderful!

It is difficult to explain or pick one experience that was my favorite moment on this trip; they were all unbelievable. I was overall so blessed to experience another culture and cities in the world. This was a shock to me and was an indescribable feeling. Learning about such history in Athens, Santorini and Thessaloniki was something pictures will never do justice. Simply driving around each city and seeing historic monuments or a piece of the past known around the world was a surreal feeling. Not to mention, one of the top take-aways was their sensational food we ate on a daily basis!
     — Gracie Hovan, Summer 2017
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This program is currently not accepting applications.