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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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Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
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 Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
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Greece: Mediterranean Studies in Sustainable Development


Syllabus: Greece SD 2018 syllabus.pdf

Pre-Departure Session Dates: June 10 - TBA, 2018
(Phase I Pre-Departure Preparation and self study research)    
Travel Dates: July 6 - July 22, 2018
(Phase II Field Experience in Greece) 
Return Session Dates: August 1 - 22, 2018
(Phase III Final Report Production)

Click here for the itinerary: 2018 Itinerary.pdf

The program focuses on comparative studies of urban and island communities. Beginning with an exploration of the importance of public spaces in Athens, we then shift focus to examining 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 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 continuing research in Ithaca. The Ithaca project received the 2017 Outstanding Student Planning Study awarded by the American Planning Association and the Planning Association of Washington.

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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 exploring urban Athens, examining urban design and spaces, the city’s historic development, plans to pedestrianize the central city, historical sites and museums, 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 chain of Islands.
  • Part 3 includes a week of residency in the island of Ithaca capped off with an annual village festival with food, music, and dance until the wee hours. In addition to Ithaca island, we plan to visit Aegean Islands including Syros, Folengandros, Serifos, and Santorini. 

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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 Cost

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Program Ratings:
Academic Experience:
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Program Value:
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Housing Experience:
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Cultural Immersion:
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Program Administration:
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Overall Experience:
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This program is currently not accepting applications.