Arts and Culture Field School to Greece, 2023

Field School Dates: May 19 - June 10, 2023

Program Overview

VIU's Greece: Arts and Culture Field School welcomes students to an international experience that educates on the unique performing and visual arts history of the region.

We'll interweave course curricula and intertwine assignments in this new study abroad focused on arts traditions that still resonate with designers and creatives today.

Students enroll in two courses: THEA 321 (Theatre, Text Analysis) and ARTS 103 (Interior Design, Textiles), with an optional third course available.

Historic architecture and interior design elements, textiles and mosaics from distinct cultures and eras, sculpture, paintings and archaeological proofs will be seen first-hand.

The Charioteer of Delphi, a statue surviving from Ancient Greece, and an example of ancient bronze sculpture.           Thea of Dion Carvings

Visits to historic sites and outings to theatres and performances will prove the innovations of past artists and infuse students with an interdisciplinary perspective on the power of the arts to impact (if not propel) culture.

By travelling the roads that Oedipus walked and by exploring the Theatre of Dionysus at the Acropolis, students will learn from archaeological wonders about the establishment of the performing arts as a vital aspect of a healthy civilization.

The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, that was dedicated to the goddess Athena during the fifth century BC.

By trekking up 300 stairs to the monasteries at Meteora and by climbing the Sacred Way at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi, students will view ancient Greek relics, Classical patterns and icons, and Byzantine colours and contours that teach arts approaches and appreciation.

A group of Doric columns in south-east corner of the Temple of Apollo.            A side view of the 35 rows of seating in the Delphi Theatre.

We’ll heighten awareness about the value of the arts within culture, adventuring to key locations that have influenced the evolution of design, artistic practice, performance, and production.

Plus, there will be free time to visit the beaches, do some shopping, and make this academic excursion your own!

Turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea from Finikas' Beach

Information Sessions

Building 345, Room 214

Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 12 - 1 PM

Thursday, February 9, 5:30 - 7 pm

Application Procedure

Deadline to Apply:  February 10, 2023.

Interested students should contact Eliza Gardiner, or Cimarron Knight,

International and domestic VIU students. 

Field School Fees Include

  • Shared accommodation
  • Most program related in-country travel
  • Program activity costs
  • Group meals

Expenses Not Included

  • Tuition
  • Return airfare to and from the field school
  • Passport/Visa expenses
  • Most meals
  • Guard.Me travel medical insurance
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Miscellaneous entry fees
  • Personal expenses

Payment Schedule

Payment BreakdownAmountDeadline
Deposit$500February 17, 2023
Payment 1$1750March 3, 2023
Payment 2/Final Payment$1750April 3, 2023

All payments must be made by the student record. Credit cards are NOT accepted.

Passports: All participants must have a valid passport good for six months after your return. Apply for a Canadian passport or pick up an application at any Canada Post office. Students must be able to legally travel outside of Canada and through/to the USA.

International students going abroad must make sure their TRV and Study Permits are up-to-date and won't expire while they are abroad.

Students will be responsible for applying for and securing their own visas (where appropriate).

Eliza Gardiner

Cimarron Knight

Education Abroad
Building 255, 2nd Floor
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext. 2494