WHO CAN TAKE OUR COURSES?
First, undergraduate students or those attending graduate school (for advanced level courses) who can transfer the credits to their own institutions. Those attending universities with high tuition fees will realize substantial savings given the cost of our program.
Second, high school juniors and seniors who will be applying to college. Attending a program such as ours adds to the strength of the application, not to mention they can also transfer the credits once they have been accepted to college.
Those students (college or high school) who achieve a grade of A or A- will be entitled to a reference letter from their professor.
Third, adults who wish to take advantage of everything a vacation in Greece has to offer, seek intellectual stimulation but also use the program as a springboard to visit other locations in Greece. Adults do not have to participate in the grading requirements of the course by taking exams nor do they have to claim the credits, if they so choose.
Finally, we offer a discounted price for room and board as well as the excursions to those who escort one of our students but do not wish to register for a course themselves (please see the registration page).
COURSE CREDITS AND CREDIT TRANSFERS
It is common for students officially enrolled at one university to take summer courses in study abroad programs at other institutions. The reason is very simple: immersing yourself in a different culture and images can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
Each of our courses is given for 4 1/2 ECTS credits, the way course credits are called in Europe. The number of ECTS are awarded on the basis of the amount of time involved in the teaching hours of a course and the amount of work students expect to put into preparing for tests and exams; these provisions are specified by legislation of the European Union. US universities tend to acknowledge 2/3 of ECTS credits, hence students coming from US universities should anticipate earning 3 US credits. However, in light of the quality of instructors in our courses and the fact that they have been designed to meet the standards of rigor of an equivalent 4-credit summer course in a top US university, US students may wish to request from their schools the award of 4 US credits.
Upon completing a course students will be issued an official transcript by Democritus University, an institution which is part of the national education system in Greece and fully accredited by the Greek Ministry of Education. The transcript will have the grade of the student as well as the number of credits obtained and it can be used for transferring the credits to the student’s home institution. Please bear in mind that U.S. colleges usually require obtaining a grade of C or higher in order to accept credits from a different institution. Colleges in other countries may have similar requirements. Depending on the student's major and the course one takes in a summer program, the credits can either count towards your major or, in most cases, can be applied toward other "general education requirements."
Transcripts will be issued in English, and will include the following:
• A confirmation of your participation in the program
• Course grade
• Number of credits awarded
• Number of teaching hours
Universities throughout the world have in place relatively uncomplicated measures to transfer credits. For those students interested in participating in our program, the first step should be to stop by the office of summer programs at your own institution. This is the best venue for getting information that will help you navigate through the process. Advisors in these offices will most likely ask you to present them with the syllabus of the course you are interested in. The decision to accept a course may also involve in some cases the signature from someone in the department of your own major. If there is any way we can facilitate the entire process, please don't hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each of our courses has a minimum registration requirement of two students. In the event this figure is not reached, it will be up to our discretion to retain the course in question. If we choose to cancel it, the single registered student will have the option to choose another course in the same or other programs.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON THE DEADLINE
Registration deadlines are: January 15th for the May program and March 1st for the ones in July.
It is very important to adhere to these deadlines as closely as possible for several reasons such as the risk of the hotel becoming fully booked.
DAILY SCHEDULE AND WORK LOAD
The lectures are scheduled on the weekdays of each program and will take place in the modern conference rooms of the hotel.
For the July programs we schedule the lectures during two time slots, 9am-1pm and 1:30pm-5:30pm. The professor of each course will provide a short break during those times. The morning lectures will start right after breakfast and the afternoon classes will end before dinner.
The May program will run by scheduling lectures along three time slots: 9am-11:30am, 12 noon-2:30pm, and 3pm-5:30pm.
For those who take a course for credits (July programs), professors will determine part of the grade, no more than half of it, by the time the program is over with the remainder being determined based either on an online test given a few weeks after the end of the program or through the assignment of essays. Each professor will provide specific details to his/her own students. Regardless of the grading system, a fair amount of study has to take place during the program. But there will also be free time to participate in some activities that have been planned by the organizers and in others that the students can pursue on their own.