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UMD-Summer: Greece: The History and Archaeology of Ancient Corinth (CLAS)

Argos, Greece
Corinth, Greece
Epidaurus, Greece
Isthmia, Greece
Kenchrees, Greece
Nafplio, Greece
Nemea, Greece
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Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
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class in front of ruins


During the Roman Empire, Kenchreai, the port of the great city of Corinth on the Aegean Sea, was one of the busiest harbors in southeastern Europe. Frequent ships arrived from distant lands bringing travelers of diverse backgrounds and a bountiful cargo of wine, spices, marble, and exotic wares. Kenchreai flourished as a port where Greeks, Romans, and eastern immigrants lived together in prosperity. Their deities came from all over the ancient world. The community possessed not only one of the most famous mystery-cults of the Egyptian goddess Isis but also one of the oldest Christian congregations in Greece, nurtured by St. Paul. Roman Kenchreai was thus a place of vibrant pluralism: native and foreign, rich and poor, pagan and Christian.

This 25-day summer program will introduce you to the archaeology, history and culture of Greece through participation in a field school and accompanying seminars and excursions.The Kenchreai Excavations provide a unique opportunity to learn about the past first-hand at one of Greece s most spectacular seaside archaeological sites. In the field you will learn about data analysis, artifact processing, and conservation, in addition to on-site exploration, architectural survey and stratigraphic documentation, all important components in archaeological fieldwork. You will also attend a series of seminars by leading experts in several fields, from ancient religion to biological anthropology, and they will join excursions to major sites and museums in the region, such as Corinth, Perachora, Mycenae, Nemea, Epidauros, and Nafplion. The excavation team stays at a family-run boarding house in Archaia Korinthos, on the site of ancient Corinth, where we enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside and the easy rhythms of a traditional village community.


You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

Freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following four (4) credit UMD course:

  • CLAS380

The courses your complete during this program will count as resident credit.

CLAS380 has been approved for the Humanities (DSHU) and History/Social Sciences (DSHS) requirements of the General Education Program. 

Apart from regular participation in the excavations, visits, and seminars, students will complete both readings and oral and written assignments.

You will reside for the duration of the program at the Kalamaki Beach Hotel, an established, comfortable, tourist-class hotel. You will share double and triple rooms with bathrooms and are responsible for doing your own laundry by hand. Wireless internet is available in the common areas of the hotel.

The costs listed are for Summer 2017.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $40
Tuition $3,230
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $530
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $150
Visa $0
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,400
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $150
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Professor Jorge Bravo is an assistant professor of Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his A.B. in Classics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley. His research is focused on the archaeology of Greek cult and ancient athletics, and he is currently completing a study of the cult and myth of the hero Opheltes at Nemea. As a field archaeologist he has had extensive fieldwork experience in Greece and now serves as the co-director of the American Excavations at Kenchreai. In summer 2012 he also taught a study abroad course on the island of Santorini for the College Year in Athens program.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Participate in guest lectures by an interdisciplinary team of scholars. 
  • Visit important archaeological sites and museums in the region. 
  • Work hands-on with the archaeological record of ancient Greece. 
  • Experience modern Greek life in a small town. 
  • Swimming and hiking excursions. 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2017 03/15/2017 03/11/2017 05/23/2017 06/17/2017