Application Deadline & Fee

February 1, 2024; $75
Application fee is non-refundable.

Program Dates

Travel: May 18, 2024 - June 16, 2024                                                                                        Pre-travel class sessions: May 7-17

Program Details

We will have three primary locations.  In Sorrento, Italy we will stay with the Sant’Anna Institute.  We will be able to use the lodging and facilities for their school, as we will be there the week before their on-site summer program begins.  With Sorrento as a base, we will visit the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum, and ancient Elea on three separate day trips with a tour guide from the Sant’Anna Institute.  On a fourth day trip, we will also visit the Naples Archaeological Museum.  Sorrento also has classroom space for instruction.  In Athens, we will stay in the shadows of the Acropolis, near the ancient Agora.  We will visit the Acropolis, Agora, the location of Plato’s Academy, the archaeological site of Aristotle’s Lyceum, the Theater of Dionysius, and the Athens Archaeological Museum. We will use the ancient sites for the classroom space, discussing Aristotle at the site of his school and Sophocles at the theater where his plays were first produced.  Finally, we will spend two weeks in Sicily.  One week will be in the historic medieval town of Ortigia. Here, we will visit archaeological sites and museums around Syracuse, as well as have time and facilities for classroom instruction. We will stay in lodging provided by the Exedra Mediterranean Center.  This will also include day trips to the famous Roman Villa and the beautiful city of Taormina. For the second week, we tour the island, visiting the archaeological sites of Agrigento, Selinunte, and Segesta.  Tour guides and lodging will be provided by the Exedra Mediterranean Center.  Course objectives are to master selected Ancient Greek and Roman literature and Philosophy and to experience ancient cites in an engaged world classroom environment.  The deeper appreciation of Greek and Roman culture acquired by on-site experiential learning and the excellent programs and tour guides assisting us will enhance student ability to interpret and understand the ancient texts.



Anticipated Curriculum

*Students are expected to enroll in the following courses for this study abroad.



PHIL 400R - Plato and the Poets

CLST 290R - Homer and his Influence



Course pre-requisites may be waived for students admitted into the study abroad program by the faculty program director


Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

Physical Requirements: While everything is accessible, over-seas travel will be challenging.  We will be taking the train in Athens and Sorrento.  There will be a great deal of walking.  It could be hot.

Each international destination has its own Covid-19 rules and it is the traveler's responsibility to find out what is required. UVU will not be responsible for covering the cost of hotel quarantine or COVID testing in foreign destinations. Students may be required to test negative for COVID at their own expense by host countries as a condition for entry.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Education Abroad if you require such services. Students with significant physical or mental health needs should discuss their suitability for study abroad travel with their medical professional, UVU Student Health Services, UVU Accessibility Services, and/or family before making the decision to apply.

Estimated Program Fee*

Fee covers in-country housing and transportation, museum and site entrance fees, international insurance. The program fee does not include the listed Additional Estimated Costs. 


*This cost is tentative and based on program plans and the exchange rate at the time it was posted. This cost may or may not be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations, program revisions , and program date changes.

*Within 5 days of acceptance into a Study Abroad program, you will be required to pay a $500 non-refundable commitment deposit to confirm your spot. See the Refunds and Cancellation policy.

Additional Estimated Costs

The student is responsible for these additional costs:

  • UVU study abroad tuition* ($990 for 3 credits at $165 per credit hour)
  • International Flights: SLC to Naples AND Naples to Athens (one way) AND Athens to Catania (one way)Rome to Heraklion Crete (approx $1500-$2500+)
  • Meals (approx $1150)
  • Discretionary spending (approx $100 - $500 based on personal spending needs)
  • Passport ($165)
  • ETIAS European Travel Authorization (approx $8)

Students over the age of 73 at the time of travel may be required to purchase a supplemental international health and evacuation insurance plan through GeoBlue (approx $200-$500+)

Students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for travel disruptions including lost luggage, possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit, missed flights, etc.

All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee .


*UVU study abroad tuition is charged as an additional study abroad fee in your student account. It is separate from the study abroad program fee and regular UVU summer tuition. It is not factored into the "equal payment" calculation of the UVU Tuition Table. Study Abroad students are advised to only take study abroad courses during the block of their study abroad program.


There are some scholarship opportunities that are available from UVU and nationally. These scholarships are competitive and have varying application dates. Please click here for more information.

Financial Aid

Pell Grants and Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to the UVU Study Abroad Advisor (LA 111) and a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105).

UVU Faculty/Staff Dependent Tuition Waiver benefits may not be used to pay for study abroad tuition or fees.

Program Directors

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Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.