Odyssey in Athens is a study abroad program at the Athens Campus of Webster University in Greece. Students take accredited courses in their chosen fields of study alongside Greek and other international students. This feature distinguishes Odyssey in Athens from other study abroad programs and facilitates the process of cultural integration. Odyssey in Athens is based in the facilities of Webster University Athens - in the historic area known as Plaka, at the base of the Acropolis. Two buildings house classrooms, computer lab, library, administrative offices, and a cultural center. With its extraordinary artistic, intellectual and cultural heritage, Athens is richly endowed with resources for formal study and experiential learning. The museums at the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora, as well as the National Archaeological Museum, the Cycladic Museum, and the Benaki collections are within minutes of the University's facilities. Athens is a modern city with a plethora of activity. Cultural events including concerts, gallery exhibits, dance and theatre are an integral part of everyday life.
The Odyssey in Athens curriculum is unique in that it offers a diverse variety of accredited upper-level courses. Students can continue their programs of study and earn college credit which transfers back to their home institutions. there are no specific program requirements; however, students are encouraged to take full advantage of the Greek language and culture courses. All courses are taught in English by distinguished faculty from the US and Europe. Courses surveying Greek civilization from the ancient times to the present cover art and archaeology, ethnography and culture, history, literature, politics and language. Courses with an international or cross-cultural focus include anthropology, business administration, communication, history, literature, political science, international studies, international relations, philosophy, music and economics.
Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session
Have the required GPA (2.5) and prerequisite courses for the program
Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.
Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester
Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application
Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information.
Students must next apply to Webster University by their published deadline. Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.
Fall Semester: Mid August to Mid December
Spring Semester: Mid January to Mid May
Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.
All courses are taught in English by highly qualified faculty. Students do not need to know Greek to apply. The majority of people in Athens speak English. However, the Greek language course is very popular for study abroad students and helps them learn to communicate in Greek. The Athens campus offers a variety of course in various disciplines, which are available to study abroad students.
• Students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours for the semester.
• Courses must be taken locally at Webster-Athens. Online courses and independent study course do not count towards the minimum.
• All courses are 3-credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
• Term classes will be noted on the schedule.
• Attendance is expected and required; absences will negatively affect grades.
For details on available courses, please click here.
Courses taken abroad will appear on a Webster University transcript and will transfer to the student's academic record at Goucher. Grades will be factored into the Goucher GPA.
Grades count toward a Goucher GPA
Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits
All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.
Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad
Courses are taught in English, and an introductory Greek class is offered.
Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.
To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:
A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees. Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.
The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.
If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.
The university housing is in shared, furnished apartments in a very convenient location in the Plaka area. In the immediate vicinity of the university facilities and housing are restaurants, cafes, bakeries, post office, department stores, pharmacies, souvenir stores, archaeological sites, and museums.
Everything is within walking distance and the local transportation system (metro, tram, buses, taxi, etc.) are less than a 5-minute walk away. During the first week of orientation, students are given multiple walking tours to get to know the area, and staff is always available to assist students in whatever they need.
For more details on housing, please click here
No. Students should budget $2000-$2500 for meals during the semester.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad. Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.
Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S. Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports
You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad. Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance
Study Abroad Insurance
All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.
Students with Disabilities
Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad. OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have. However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests. More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website.
Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.
On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.
Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.