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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Cairo, Egypt
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2019 08/25/2019 ** Rolling Admission 12/13/2019 12/22/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Fall
Eligibility Restrictions: University Honors Program Students Only Minimum GPA: 3.2
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Constantine Polychroniou Program Advisor: Neil Choudhury
Program Description:

Program Overview

The Pyramids of Giza
Past and Present in Greece & Egypt: An Inquiry of History, Culture and the Economy is made up of two distinct parts: issues related to the economy and archaeology.  The modern countries of Greece and Egypt both feature extraordinary and unique cultural resources, especially archaeological sites and museums that preserve remains several millennia old. Tourism, naturally, comprises a major sector of the economy of Greece and Egypt, but the management of these fragile cultural sites requires a balance between preservation, conservation, and presentation to the public. This course will explore how each country manages its cultural sites: how do you pay for the upkeep of archaeological sites and museums when the modern economy is unstable? How do they decide what aspects of history to present? What motivates these decisions? What international conventions govern the choices individual countries make? 

The part on the economy will examine and discuss the evolution of the Egyptian economy and the status of the Greek economy.  Specifically, on Egypt, the focus of the discussion will center on how the sociocultural environment has influenced the political economy of Egypt, that is, how the political, economic and regulatory systems have evolved.  The relevant discussion will give particular emphasis to Egypt’s contemporary challenges in the era of increasing globalization and geopolitical strife.  On Greece, the focus of the discussion will be on how Greece became part of the European Union, briefly discussing the concept of regional integration and the inception of the concept of a United Europe.  Particular consideration will be given to the challenges the Greek economy has endured, since it entered the Eurozone, and its prospects in within the Eurozone.  In fact, the future of the Eurozone itself will be discussed.  Particular attention will be given to the impact of culture on cross-border integration and how globalization has enhanced cross-cultural convergence.  Students will visit Athens, Greece and Cairo, Egypt during the study tour and will have the opportunity for further exchange with the instructors on the above issues.  This seminar will conclude with a student report on what was learned and on how this course experience has affected their perspective.    

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The Acropolis in winter.
At the end of the semester students in this seminar will to both Athens, Greece and Cairo, Egypt. As two of the most ancient cities in the world, students will experience what it is like walking through a major metropolis surrounded by ruins thousands of years old and what those societies must do to ensure those ruins are both preserved and that their knowledge is disseminated.  

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Who Can Participate?


Applications for this seminar will open in January 2019 and will be due on Feb. 11, 2019. An interview with the faculty may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 20 students.

UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.2 or above and are enrolled full-time at UC (i.e. for at least 12 credit hours in the fall 2019 semester). Graduate students are not eligible to enroll. Although priority is given to University Honors students, we are often able to offer spaces to other students as well.

Course Expectations
Students are expected to meet the instructor's academic and behavioral expectations during the class time leading up to the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund.

Course number: CLAS3051 / INTB3051

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Academic Program and Course Information

Syntagma Square

All students in this program are required to enroll in course number CLAS3015/INTB3051 Past and Present in Greece & Egypt: An Inquiry of History, Culture and the Economy for 3 credits for the fall semester.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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The Sphinx
  • Dr. Constantine Polychroniou is a Professor-Educator at the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches marketing and international business. His research interests include regionalization, global governance and institutionalization. 
  • Dr. Kathleen Lynch is a Classical Archaeologist who has worked on sites in Italy, Greece, Albania, and Turkey.  In particular, she is a ceramic specialist interested in Athenian figured wares from archaeological contexts. Her research currently spans a number of ceramic related topics from issues of Attic chronology to iconography to symposia to the Greek household. In addition, her research considers the role trade played in shaping Attic potters’ and painters’ outputs. In general, the goal of Kathleen’s research is to place material culture back into its context of use in order to understand better the people who used the objects. She is currently publishing ceramic material from Troy, Gordion, and the excavations of the Athenian Agora.

    Dr. Lynch's book, The Symposium in Context, ASCSA Publications, won the 2013 AIA Wiseman Award for best book in archaeology. She won the 2014 UC Dolly A.B. Cohen Award for excellence in teaching, and the Provost's Award for faculty excellence in 2016.

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Living Arrangements

The Nile River

Students and faculty will be staying at local hotels (TBD) while in Greece and Egypt.

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Getting There

Old Cairo

On Dec. 12, 2019 the group will depart from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport to Athens, Greece. On December 18, 2019 the group will depart for Cairo, Egypt. On Dec. 22, 2019 the group will depart for Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport from Cairo. 

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Program Costs

Karnak Temple at Luxor
 2019 Program Cost:  $4000

Included in Program Cost:
  • Airfare and transfers
  • Accommodations
  • CISI insurance
  • Breakfasts at hotel
  • Group museum admission tickets/passes
  • Guides
 Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Personal meals
  • Baggage fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal ground transportation
  • Souvenirs
  • Visas
The program fee for this study tour is $4000. However, this program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only) and a $800 University Honors Grant. This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $2800. 

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $500,000 in student grants last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage at

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

For more information or questions that are not answered on this page please contact Neil Choudhury

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