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  • Locations: Aegean Islands, Greece; Athens, Greece; Bellingham, Washington, United States; Ithaca, Greece;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite: No
Fields of Study:
Agriculture, Anthropology, Architecture, Culture, Design, Development & Sustainability, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Field Research Methods, Hospitality & Tourism, Sociology, Sustainability
Housing Options: Apartment, Other
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Program Description:
WWU Global Learning Programs Program Details Instructor Cost
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Global Learning

Greece, Ithaca


Syllabus: Greece 2017 syllabus.pdf

Pre-Departure Session Dates: June 10 - June 20, 2017
(Phase I Pre-Departure Preparation and self study research)    
Travel Dates: June 24 - July 11, 2017
(Phase II Field Experience in Greece) 
Return Session Dates: August 11 - 22, 2017
(Phase III Final Report Production)

The program focuses on analysis of urban spaces in Athens and in traditional medieval villages of the Aegean and Ionian Islands. The course emphasizes studies in sustainable development in urban and traditional Mediterranean Island communities and includes field investigations emphasizing sustainable community development, the study of village form, and current issues facing Greece. Students will explore neighborhoods in transition as well as ancient sites and will assess village form using sustainability methods. Our residency stay in Ithaca will focus on a design project as part of our ongoing research in Ithaca.

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Program Details

Explore Mediterranean architecture, urban planning, traditional village development, and culture while performing fieldwork in village community settings. The program involves 3 parts: Part 1: Our exploration begins and ends exploring urban Athens, emphasizing urban design, the city’s historic development, plans to pedestrianize the central city, and the impacts of austerity and migration. Part 2: involves island hopping across the Aegean islands for comparative studies of traditional settlement villages in the Cycladic and Saronic chain of Islands. Part 3 includes a week of residency in the island of Ithaca. In addition to Ithaca, Aegean Islands include Syros, Folengandros, and Serifos, Aegina and Hyrdra). 

Click here for the itinerary: 2017 Greece Itinerary.pdf

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

Nicholas Zaferatos is a 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 Mediterranean communities.

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

This program is currently not accepting applications.