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* WWU Global Learning Program: Summer, Greece- Sustainable Ithaca: Applied Studies in Mediterranean Sustainable Development
Aegean Islands, Greece; Athens, Greece; Ithaca, Greece (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 05/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 06/30/2015 07/14/2015

** 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:
Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite: No
Fields of Study:
Agriculture, Architecture, Design, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, Sustainability
Housing Options: Other
Program Description:
WWU Global Learning Programs Program Details Instructor Cost

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Greece, Ithaca

ENVS : 437P (10 Credits)

Mediterranean Sustainable Planning Studio

Pre-departure session dates: Spring Quarter dates TBD   
Travel location dates: June 30 – July 14, 2015
(Field Research Phase) 
Return session dates: August 1- 24, 2015
(Team Production Phase, home campus)

Explore Mediterranean architecture and culture while performing fieldwork in the Aegean Islands and on the small coastal Ionian Island of Kioni Village in Ithaca, Greece. This hands-on study abroad program will treat students as entry-level professionals

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Program Details

Join us for a trip and learning experience of a lifetime. You will:

  • Experience applied research in an international coastal community
  • Complete a comparative analysis of select communities in the Aegean Islands
  • Live and work in a Greek Island village
  • Work independently and in project teams to perform research and planning analysis of the case study community
  • Develop alternative concepts for sustainable community development in an international context
  • Identify community priorities and constraints through field research, interview and informal meetings with guest speakers
  • Investigate sustainable economic development and tourism practices
  • Learn to sketch architectural concepts quickly and confidently
  • Create an illustrated project plan depicting village values and goals for sustainability
  • Gain knowledge of local, national, European and global sustainability principles

Click here to download a detailed, printable itinerary.

ENVS 437P (10 Credits) Click to view Course Syllabus


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Nicholas Zaferatos
Nicholas Zaferatos is an associate professor of urban planning, and sustainable development at Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University. Since 2005 Zaferatos has directed many Mediterranean teaching and research programs in sustainable development. His programs partner with international universities including: United Nations University in Amman (Jordan), University of Patras (Greece), and the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece.

Dr. Zaferatos’ work in Greece has received numerous international awards and recognitions, including the 2009 Green Good Design Award from The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the 2008 SETE National Honor Sustainability Award from the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, Athens and the 2006 sixth Honorific Mediterranean Sustainability Award from the Mediterrania Center D’Inciatives in Ecologiques, Spain.

His current research involves an application of sustainable development strategies to establish Mediterranean fair trade and equal trade olive oil economics.

Phone: (360) 650-7660
Office: Environmental Studies 444
View the complete bio for Nicholas C. Zaferatos


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Please click the budget sheet for program cost and payment information

To learn more about the Faculty-led Global Learning Programs and to see Information Session details please visit Western Washington University's Travel Abroad page.

Program Ratings:
Academic Experience: 1 2 3 4
Program Value: 1 2 3 4
Housing Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Cultural Immersion: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Administration: 1 2 3 4 5
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5