Study Abroad

Aegina, Greece: Science and Travel

So much of our understanding of the physical universe originates in ancient Greece. Astronomy, physics, the life sciences and mathematics are all still deeply influenced by the work of this amazing culture. This trip will integrate the teaching of science with our travel, emphasizing the important shared things between study of the natural world and reflective, insightful reflection about experience away from home. These include careful observation, description, analysis, appreciation for context, openness to new ideas, and integration of the insights and experiences of others.

Greece is a country with a wide variety of environments: highly urban and modern Athens; the largely rural Peloponnese; hundreds of islands, each with its own geography and character; and the Mediterranean itself, the canvas on which all of these are arrayed. We will begin our exploration of science and Greece with a seven-day stay on Aegina, a comfortable transition from Springfield to Greece, which allows us to set a foundation for our entire experience. The Drury Center in Aegina, and its classroom, studio, and computers, allow students to lay the groundwork for working productively during our subsequent two weeks, while observing the stars, visiting a unique camera obscura housed in a German WWII gun emplacement, and considering the science of learning about the past. Athens provides a deeper introduction to both the ancient Greeks and the challenges faced by Modern Greece. Our trip continues with a three-day trip north to Delphi and Meteora, followed by three days based in the small city of Nafplio, from which we’ll visit the pre-Athenian city of Mycenae, and the marvelous theatre of Epidavros with its phenomenal acoustics. Two days each on the islands of Hydra and Paros complete our exploration, with a final night in Athens to gather and reflect before heading home.

Instructors: Bruce Callen, Professor of Physics, will lead this study abroad. He co-led a similar trip to Greece and the Islands in May/June 2012, and has a deep interest in Greece, its contributions to science and history, and its current challenges, as well as travel and writing.

Date of Travel: May 21 – June 13, 2015
Program Fee*: $3,950
Tuition for 3 credit hours: approx. $735
Personal Expenses**: approx. $1,100

Total Approximate Cost: $5,785

First Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Payment: $500 due December 1, 2014
Second Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Payment: $1,000 due January 15, 2015
Remaining balance due by: April 1, 2015

* Program fee includes: airfare from Springfield, accommodations (based on double room rate), excursions (transportation within Greece for program trips), faculty expenses, entry fees to all museums, churches, archeological sites, facility costs in Aegina, health insurance, and two program dinners (one at beginning, one at end). This amount does not include passport fee, passport photos, food, books, tuition, entertainment, personal trips or expenditures.

**Personal expenses include: books, passport fee, passport photos, meals (other than the two program dinners), entertainment, personal items and souvenirs. The Drury Aegina apartments are fully equipped with a stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, etc. Students can save on food costs by taking advantage of this equipment.

NSCI 260: Science Goes Global (3 credit hours)
PDEV 205: Engaged Learning (0 credit hours

For more information, please contact:
Bruce Callen
(417) 873-7473
(417) 873-7546