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* WWU Global Learning Program: Summer, Greece- Sustainable Ithaca: Applied Studies in Mediterranean Sustainable Development
Aegean Islands, Greece; Athens, Greece; Bellingham, Washington, United States; Ithaca, Greece; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 06/22/2016 08/22/2016

** 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
Minimum GPA:
Program Description:
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Greece, Ithaca


Pre-Departure Session Dates: June 22 - July 8, 2016
(Phase I Pre-Departure Preparation and self study research)    
Travel Dates: July 10-24, 2016 
(Phase II Field Research in Athens, Aegean Islands, Ionian Island of Ithaca, Greece) 
Return Session Dates: August 11-22, 2016 
(Phase III Final Report Production)

Explore Mediterranean architecture, urban planning, and culture while performing fieldwork in urban and village communities. The program involves 3 distinct parts:

Part 1) We will begin our adventure exploring urban Athens, emphasizing urban design, the city’s historic development, and plans to pedestrianize the central city. Special attention will focus on exploring the current impacts of mass migration in Athens.

Part 2) The part involves island hopping to the Aegean islands to study traditional settlement villages on Syros, Folengandros, Ios, and Serifos (tentatively) before returning to Athens and departing to Ithaca.

Part 3) Our residency is on the Island of Ithaca in the beautiful village of Kioni where we engage with the local community to develop urban design and development alternatives.

The program involves both comparative analysis of select case study communities in urban Athens, the Aegean Islands, and a design study in the Ionian Island of Ithaca. The course emphasizes comparative studies of sustainable development in Mediterranean Island communities. The course entails daily field investigations. Study Projects undertaken in the 2016 Program emphasize sustainable community development, urban morphology, migration impacts, and heritage town design. Projects includes: Comparative assessment of town morphology as forms of traditional sustainable development; urban renewal and Migration impacts: Athens; and design solutions: historic iconic bell tower design, tourism center.

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Program Details

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

  • Experience applied research in a international coastal settings
  • Comparative analysis of traditional village communities in the Aegean Islands
  • Live and work in a Greek Island village
  • Work independently and in project teams to planning analysis and design
  • Conduct field research, interview and informal meetings with local experts
  • Learn to sketch architectural concepts
  • Contribute to our program’s published research and book: “Living Village: Kioni, Ithaca”
  • Gain knowledge of local, national, European and global sustainability principles

Click here for the itinerary: 2016 Ithaca GREECE Itinerary.doc

Click here for the syllabus: ITHACA GREECE 2016 syllabus.doc

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Nicholas Zaferatos, PhD, AICP, Professor of Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, Huxley College of the Environment, WWU

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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Program Ratings:
Academic Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Value: 1 2 3 4 5
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
Living Situation/Accommodations
Accommodations were fantastic! I loved that our apartments had kitchens and air conditioning. Furthermore it was great that our group was able to rent the entire complex so we didn't feel like we were disturbing other residences.
     — Sara Ullman, Summer 2015
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