Athens, Greece - Business & Society

 Travel Dates: July 10th - August 7th, 2017

During this four-week program, students will take BUS-B399, Business & Society, a Gen Ed course (3cr.), while also participating in experiential learning activities/events and excursions to explore Athens and the surrounding area of Attica. While studying in Athens, students will stay at The American College of Greece and will have access to all the college’s facilities, including housing, cafeteria, gym, laundry, library, cafes, etc.

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The program will be hosted in Greece’s capital city of Athens. Greece is and will continue to be a significant “epicenter” of political and economic activity within the Eurozone for at least the next five to seven years. The proposed course for this program is BUS B399 – Business & Society. This general education course examines the intersection of the business community with society. It establishes the framework of Corporate Citizenship, while it accepts the notion that organizations are open systems, which interact with their environment, external and internal, at all levels. Within the general framework of this course, students are also exposed to issues of civil and human rights, diversity & inclusion, and socio-economic issues, via case studies involving the business community and its interaction with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization (WTO), International Human Rights Campaign, and the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC). Students not only explore the realities of the inter-dependence of sovereign nations and the concepts of ethical and cultural relativism, but also how these relate to the operations of businesses worldwide.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Student participants will need to have a minimum GPA of 2.75. In addition, students should have earned a total of 60 credit hours prior to the study abroad program, OR gain permission from the program director. There will be no language requirement, since all campus life at The American College of Greece (ACG) is conducted in English.


Program Description and Activities

In addition to the lectures, the course’s experiential component will bring students face-to-face with Greek businesses and MNCs, governmental agencies, and officials/representatives:

   Visits to Greek and International MNCs, to NGOs, and Government Agencies:

- Titan Group

- The Bodossaki Foundation

- Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Co.

- National Bank of Greece

- Hellenic Coast Guard

Students will also visit various sites and will experience Greek culture through their interaction with the general public, sight visits, Greek cuisine, music, and various customs/traditions:

Find photographs by Professor Vasilopoulos of many of these sites here.

Finally, in order to reinforce the learning and development of our students, as well as increase their level of exposure to Greek culture and history, two excursions have been selected and will be available.

  1. Excursion to the Saronic Gulf Island of Aegina: The ferry trip to Aegina takes about 1 hour and once we arrive on the island we head to the Archeological site of Aphaia Temple, which is situated on the top of a hill covered with pines, in the north-east part of the island, and is distinguished by the very good preservation of the Late Archaic temple. The sanctuary was initially dedicated to the cult of Aphaia, a local deity later assimilated by Athena. After our visit at Aphaia we return to Aegina town, first briefly visiting the St. Nektarios Cathedral and Monastery grounds. Afterwards, and once in the town of Aegina, there will be enough time for swimming or wandering in the picturesque town and of course for having lunch at the picturesque harbor before our return in Athens.

  2. Excursion to Mycenae, Nafplion, and Epidaurus: Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the  Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea, (short stop). Drive to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets. Visit the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs. Depart for Nafplion through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress. At Nafplion town we will have some free time to wander in the picturesque streets and have lunch before departure. Then we leave for Epidaurus, to visit the Theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its astonishing acoustics. Return to Athens by the National road connecting Epidaurus with Corinth.

Program Fee

The total cost of this program will be approximately $3,100 plus three tuition credits at IUSB. The fee includes airfare, instructional fees, housing, meals, health insurance, travel in Greece, museum passes, etc. This fee also includes a $220 housing deposit, which will be credited to your student account if your apartment is not damaged. Fees may vary slightly since airfare is not purchased and some of the pricing might fluctuate based on currency exchange rates between the Dollar and the Euro.


The program fee will include a meal plan, which will be provided at ACG’s dining facilities, five days a week (Monday-Friday) and will include two meals (lunch and dinner). Students have a variety of options for breakfast (either in their own rooms, or other facilities on campus, such as the Starbucks store on the campus grounds, among other cafes). There is no meal plan for the weekends. However, students again have several options available (either preparing meals in their rooms, eating at nearby restaurants located within walking distance, and/or as a group during weekend excursions).


Students will stay at the ACG student housing facilities. These modern and safe buildings offer the following accommodations, which can be enjoyed within the safety and security of gated student housing:

  • Student housing - double occupancy bedroom (2 single beds) in a student residence apartment.
  • Breakfast food and snack supply for first 3-4 days in apartments upon arrival.
  • Set of bed linen/bath towels and fully equipped kitchen with all appliances/dishes/ utensils, etc.
  • Wireless Internet access in all rooms and common areas.
  • Complimentary laundry facilities at no cost to students.
  • 24/7 Fitness center in residence.
  • Lounge and studying common areas.
  • Orientation to the student residence facilities and services.
  • Guided tour of local neighborhood.
  • Services of onsite residence assistants.


Applications are due by February 1st, 2017.  A deposit of $100 for airfare is due by March 1st, and a second deposit of $250 is due by April 1st with the balance paid in full (or by commitment from Financial Aid) before departure.

Financial Aid

All loans, grants, and scholarships for which participants are eligible at Indiana University can also be used for the Athens program. Competitive study abroad scholarships are available and can be applied to program costs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Study Abroad page for more information.


Applications will be available online and from the Office of International Programs in November. Any student desiring to participate in the program should contact:

Lisa Zwicker
Director of International Programs
DW 3269, (574) 520-4231

Harry Vasilopoulos
Lecturer in Human Resource Management
Administration Building 208D, (574) 217-5273