WHO CAN TAKE OUR COURSES?
First, undergraduate students who can take the courses and transfer the credits to their own institutions. Those attending universities with high tuition fees will realize substantial savings given the cost of our program. Regarding credits and transferring them to your own institution, please see the information following the list of courses in this page.
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 are accepted to college. In addition, those students who achieve a grade of A or A- will also 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 but also seek intellectual stimulation. 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, and 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 number of U.S. students studying abroad for credit during recent academic years exceeded 300,000. The reason is very simple: immersing yourself in a different culture and images can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Bonus points, of course, when a study abroad program offers you a diverse range of courses taught by professors who have an excellent reputation.
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."
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 taking. 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: email@example.com.
Each of our courses has a minimum registration requirement of three. 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 registered one or two students will have the option to choose another course in the other programs.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON THE DEADLINE
The registration deadline we set originally has now passed. We thank all those who decided to join us next summer in Kavala. While most of our students will be coming from the US, we have had registrations from every continent (but Australia). In appreciation of this very positive response rate we have booked a number of extra rooms in the hotel, on top of the ones justified by our registrations so far. This move will allow us to keep receiving registrations in the next weeks and, possibly, months. But it is important to stress that once these extra rooms are filled, students can keep registering but they will be staying in another hotel, most likely one of 4 stars which is centrally located in the heart of Kavala. When the extra rooms in Lucy hotel run out we will be making it clear by posting the relevant information in this space as well as in the registration page.
We wish to express our deep appreciation to those students who decided to join us. We feel it is a gesture, in turn, of their own appreciation for our efforts in putting together a program of the highest quality. We very much look forward to receiving even more students for this coming summer and expand the diversity of countries they come from.
DAILY SCHEDULE AND WORK LOAD
The lectures will take place on the ten weekdays of each program 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.
Some professors may decide to determine the grade by the end of the program based on tests and assignments they give out. Others may decide to determine part of the grade 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.
Transcripts will be issued in both Greek and English, and will include the following:
A confirmation of your participation in the program
- Credits that are awarded
- Number of teaching hours
The last is important to specify as they determine the so-called ECTS credits. ECTS is the name for course credits in Europe, which are converted to credits for US students.