NAU in Greece: The Refugee Crisis in the European Union
Athens, Serres, and Lesvos, Greece
May 31 - June 28, 2019
Program Director: Robert Neustadt and Erika Hess
About the Program
Global migration is one of the most pressing and complicated topics of our time. In this course, we will focus on the causes and consequences of mass migration to Europe, specifically in the context of Greece. This six-credit program will include one week of on-line work, readings, and discussions about migration to Europe, followed by a four-week study tour in Greece.
Students will visit refugee camps and work with NGOs in Greece, learning the particularities of migration flows into Europe. The course will include visits to refugee camps in Athens, Serres, and on the island of Lesvos, where students will hear the stories of refugees and asylum-seekers directly. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer in these camps performing “service learning.” The class will also meet with immigration authorities, such as FRONTEX (the Euro
pean Union “Border Patrol”), as well as NGOs, such a Doctors without Borders (MSF), UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees), Helping Hands International, and Movement on the Ground. During the week prior to departure, student will work online, conduct readings, discussions, and response papers. While in Greece, students will write a daily journal or blog, and will complete a final project after the conclusion of the study tour. Students should be aware that this course will present challenging emotional and physical conditions.
Participants may earn credit for the following courses:
•Honors 394, Advanced Honors Seminar (6 credits) [Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds] **Requires successful completion of Honors Exploration3 Milestone, Honors Student Group and (HON 291 or HON 292 or HON 293 or HON 294)
•FRE 323, Intermediate Study Abroad and/or FRE 423, Advanced Study Abroad (3-6 credits each) **Requires successful completion of FRE 202 prior to departure
•SPA 323, Intermediate Study Abroad and/or SPA 423, Advanced Study Abroad (3-6 credits each) **Requires succsessful completion of SPA 304W prior to departure.
•SA301: Cultural Understanding (Liberal Studies credit) AND SA302: Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (Liberal Studies credit)
The program is led by the following NAU faculty:
Activities Designed for Cross-Cultural Experiences
While this program focuses on studying the refugee crisis, we will see difference parts of the country, learn everyday vocabulary in Greek, and will learn about Greek culture and customs:
- 3.0 GPA
- minimum age: 19
- strong commitment to service work, and willingness to endure challenging conditions
- statement of purpose (submit in application or email to Michelle.Harvancik@nau.edu)
•Pre-departure meetings and orientation: three days (April-Mid-May, 2019)
•On-line readings, discussions, and response papers: one week: May 23-30. (BbL access will open on Sunday, May 19)
Friday, May 31: Travel to Athens
Saturday, June 1: Arrive in Athens; Stay in Welcommon Hostel (http://welcommon.gr/en/)
Sunday, June 2: Athens: Tour Welcommon Hostel and Athens
Monday, June 3: (Athens) Visit/meet with representative from United Nations High Council on Refugees (UNHCR) + volunteer training at Hotel City Plaza
Tuesday, June 4: (Athens) Visit Refugee Camp
Wednesday, June 5: (Athens) Visit Acropolis + Parthenon
Thursday, June 6: Travel: Athens to Thessaloniki to Serres (Possible visit to Mount Olympus)
Arrive Thursday, June 6.
Thursday, June 6 - Friday, June 14: Serres: Stay in Galaxy Hotel (http://www.hotelgalaxyserres.gr/)
Refugee Camp service work with Lifting Hands, International (https://www.liftinghandsinternational.org/), including warehouse clothing distribution, community garden, activities with children, yoga classes, English conversation classes
Friday, June 14: Travel: Serres to Thessaloniki to Lesvos
Friday, June 14: Lesvos: Stay in Hotel Votsala (https://www.votsalahotel.com/). Orientation to the island and Mytilini.
Saturday, June 15: free day
Sunday, June 16-Friday, June 28: Lesvos: Visits/tours of island;
Service work in refugee camps: Volunteer with Movement on the Ground (https://movementontheground.com/);
Meetings with local community groups and NGOs
Friday, June 28: Depart: return to U.S. (or students free to travel on their own)
•Final project due date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Itinerary is subject to change.
Athens: Welcommen Hostel: http://welcommon.gr/en/
Lesvos: Votsala Hotel: https://www.votsalahotel.com/
How to Apply
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once you submit an application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100, so be sure at the time of application that you intend to go! Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application.
Martin-Springer Institute Scholarships
for NAU in Greece: The Refugee Crisis in Europe:
Given the mission of the Martin-Springer Institute, which addresses current situations of grave harm and injustice while raising awareness of the history and the legacy of the Holocaust, the Institute wishes to support the study abroad tour, "The Refugee Crisis in the European Union," led by faculty members Professors Hess and Neustadt. We will offer financial support of up to $1,000 for two students
who successfully participate in this study tour.
In a written essay, students wishing to apply need to speak about their motivation for taking this study trip and explain their financial needs. Preference will be given to students from underrepresented communities on NAU's campus.
The successful applicants will receive half of the granted support before the program, the other half after returning from the program (assuming they participated in fully).
The essay of about 500 words must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Feb 15, 2019
. It must include the following information: name of applicant, email address, phone number, GPA, and major(s) and minor(s).
Besides the Martin-Springer Institute Scholarships, CIE offers many other scholarships! Please visit our scholarship webpage
for more information.