Greece and Italy: Ancient Civilizations, Urbanization and Environmental Issues

Ancient and modern perspectives on the Mediterranean

This program has been cancelled for physical travel. Please explore the new virtual program on the following webpage.

This field school will provide students the opportunity to explore ancient and modern urban environments in a variety of locations in Italy and Greece. This interdisciplinary program will also explore the challenges for creating more sustainable tourism.

Over the span of 33 days, students will compare urban environments of modern and ancient Greek and Roman civilizations through the lenses of archaeology and geography. They will develop understanding of how environmental processes have impacted, and are impacted by, ancient and modern life in the region and how tourism influences the preservation and management of cultural and natural resources today. Experiences in the region will be enhanced by instruction, direct observation, fieldwork, and discussion.

Key information







Summer 2021

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status

Admission paused

Application deadline


Additional requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Info sessions

Session #1: September 16 at 4 PM on Zoom:

Session #2: October 22 at 4 PM on Zoom:

Student Experience

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Have questions?

For program information, please contact Dr. Aaron Williams at, Darren Sjogren at, or Andrea Freeman at,

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at

Other useful links:

Greece and Italy: Ancient Civilizations, Urbanization and Environmental Issues Info Session

Greece and Italy: Ancient Civilizations, Urbanization and Environmental Issues Info Session

Course Trailer

Take a quick look at the course trailer for the 2021 Greece and Italy: Ancient Civilizations and Environmental Issues Group Program. 


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Program Itinerary

This is an overview of the locations that you will be visiting on this program. Combined with the written itinerary, you will be able to envision yourself fully immersed in these ancient civilizations. 

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Foodie Paradise

Here you will explore the amazing food options that you get to enjoy as you travel across the Mediterranean.  


Dr. Andrea Freeman

Program details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    Students on this program are required to enroll in four courses. Students may choose any four from the courses listed below:

    ARKY 327.07: Tourism and Heritage Management (3 credits)

    ARKY 490.XX: Comparing Ancient Civilizations (3 credits)

    EASC 301: Topics in Human-Environment Interactions (3 credits)

    GEOG 390: International Field Studies (3 credits)

    GEOG 436: Field Studies in Physical and Environmental Geography (3 credits)

    UBST 394: Overseas Field School in Sustainable Urbanism Part I (3 credits)

    UBST 395: Overseas Field School in Sustainable Urbanism Part II  (3 credits)

    ARKY 597: Independent Reading Course (3 credits)

    GEOG 596: Directed Independent Study (3 credits)

    UBST 596: Directed Independent Study  (3 credits)

    Click here for all course descriptions

  2. Prerequisites


    GEOG 436: One 300-level course in GEOG and consent of the department


    All other courses offered: Consent of the department

  1. Pre-departure

    April TBD, Calgary: Mandatory pre-departure orientation with your GSP advisor

    July 2 -  6, Calgary: On-campus international field studies preparation course

  2. In-field

    July 7  - Depart Calgary for Greece

    July 8 - Flight and charter bus to Santorini

    July 9 - 11 - Santorini

    July 12 - 13 - Nafplio

    July 14 - 15 - Delphi

    July 17 - 21 - Athens

    July 22 - 24 - Pompeii

    July 25 - 30 - Rome

    July 31 - Grosseto (via Civitavecchia)

    Aug 1 - 4 - La Spezia (day trips to  LaCinque Terre)

    Aug 5 - 9 - Florence (via Pisa)

    Aug 10 - Depart Florence for Calgary or independent travel

    Click here for a detailed itinerary


  3. Post-field

    All assignments are due upon program completion unless alternative arrangements are made with instructors for GEOG 596.

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the 2021 Greece and Italy: Ancient Civilizations and Environmental Issues Group Study Program is $9809. This includes tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. 

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Application not currently open. Details to come. 

    IDEAS Funding: Students in the Faculty of Science are encouraged to apply for IDEAS funding. For more information, please click here.

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider. 

    Click here for more info on funding opportunities!

All students will stay at student appropriate, safe and clean accommodations.

This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.

Applications will be considered after your application and unofficial transcript have been received by Study Abroad.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Extra documents

    1) Unofficial transcripts must be submitted with your application.

    Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.

    2) You must also submit a supplementary questionnaire with your application.

    Click here to download the supplementary questionnaire.

    3) You must also submit a program agreement with your application.

    Click here to download the program agreement.

  3. Interview with an Instructor

    After your complete application has been received and reviewed by the instructors, you will be contacted by Dr. Andrea Freeman to schedule an interview. Please watch your UCalgary email account and expect to be contacted within several business days of submitting all your documents to the Group Study Team.

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

I had just taken a course on Roman Art and Architecture before going on the Italy/Greece 2019 study abroad program, and had taken Art History courses focusing on the European Renaissance. Getting to visit places like Pompeii, Rome, [and] Florence allowed me to apply not only the material I was learning during the study abroad program, but also material I had learned in my previous courses! We had free time at every destination, where I could roam ancient streets, climb cathedral bell towers, or go and visit museums to see artworks/artifacts I had learned about in lectures. I got to spend eleven hours time-travelling as I wandered the archaeological site of Pompeii!! At the end of the program, I was exhausted – but SO READY for more . . .

2019 Past Participant

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.