Sport and Culture in Ancient Greece

Walk (and run) in the footsteps of the Ancient Greeks.

Explore the culture that formed the foundation for Western civilization! From Athens and Delphi to Olympia and Sparta, our odyssey focuses on Greece’s most important and iconic ancient historical sites. We will follow the paths of legendary athletes, heroes, generals, poets and philosophers from the earliest beginnings of Greece to the Golden Age of Athens.


The sites you will visit represent the most important examples of the visible culture of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the Classical period. Course content will give a broad overview of the topography, archaeology and history of ancient Greece, focusing particularly on the great historical sites of mainland Greece. Every major site – and many minor ones – will be visited, paying attention to their physical setting, architectural and historical significance, and their position in the political, religious and social lives of ancient Greeks.

Key information






Spring 2020

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status


Application deadline

This program is full for 2020.

Applications are now closed.

Eligibility requirements

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

Info sessions

October 2, 4 – 5pm, SS527 

October 7, 1  2pm, SS527

Student Experience

image of professor and students having a site lecture on a Greek hillside
image of students lined up to race in Athens

Have Questions?

For program information, please contact Professor Reyes Bertolin Cebrian at or Professor Scott Norris at

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

Other useful links:

Programme 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 two courses:

    GRST 311: Sport in Ancient Greece and Rome (3 units)

    GRST 337: Early Greece (3 units)

  2. Prerequisites

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

    Final permissions to register in both courses will be given by the program instructor.

  1. Predeparture

    May 4-6, Calgary: Two hour-long academic preparation sessions

  2. In-Field

    May 8, Calgary/Athens: Depart Calgary for Athens.

    May 9th, Athens: City orientation. explore Plaka / Central Athens

    May 10-12, Athens: Lectures and daily site visits. Destinations to include Kerameikos Cemetery, Ancient Agora of Athens, Hill of the Pnyx, Areopagus, Roman Agora, Syntagma Square, National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Theatre of Dionysus, Acropolis Museum, and the Acropolis.

    May 14-15, Delphi: Bus to Delphi via Marathon and Thermopylae. Visit Delphi Archaeological sites and Museum. Time for assignments and an optional hike to the Ancient Footpaths of Mt. Parnassos

    May 16, Delphi/Ioannina: Bus (3 hr) to Ancient Monasteries of Meteora, Bus (1 hr) to Ioannina

    May 17-18, Delphi/Ioannina: Dodona Archaeological Site. Time for assignments and Optional day excursions to the Fethiye Mosque, Castle of Ioannina, Archaeological Museum, or a hike around Lake Pamvotida)

    May 19-20, Olympia: Lectures, walking tours. Exploration of the Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site, Archaeological Museum, and Museum of the Olympic Games

    May 21-25, Tolo: Bus to Tolo via Messene. Lectures and day trips to sites including Argos, Mycenae, Nemea, and the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus. Prep day for exams and final assignments.

    May 26, Corinth/Athens: Travel to Athens via Corinth. Midterm and final exam.  

    May 27, Athens/Calgary: Depart Athens for Calgary or further independent travel

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the Greek and Roman Studies - Greece Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations, and meals. The program cost is $5,597.

    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.


    2020/21 Tuition Fees:

    The following proposed rate increases are being shared in advance of their approval to help students plan their finances for the upcoming school year.

    The Government of Alberta recently lifted the tuition freeze that has been in place since 2014-15. As a result, tuition rates for Canadian (domestic) students will be permitted to increase by 7% annually in each the next three years . Tuition rates for international students will no longer be regulated. In response to this change, the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors will be reviewing proposals to increase tuition rates in January 2020. If approved, the following rate increases will apply for the 2020-21 academic year:

    • New domestic students: 7% increase to all tuition fees, except for undergraduate programs in engineering course-based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 10% increase is being proposed.
    • New International students: 10% increase to tuition fees with the exception of course based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 15% increase is being proposed.
    • Graduate thesis students: A new tuition structure that will even out program costs over the length of the program versus having higher costs in years one (Masters) or pre-candidacy (PhD)
    • All continuing students:  5% increase to tuition fees

    If approved, these rate increases will be in effect for the Spring 2020 term.

  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.

    New! 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! Deadline to apply is March 31st.  Any queries about these scholarships should be directed to Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Gavin Cameron: 

    Schulich Student Activity Fund: All Schulich students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Schulich Student Activity Fund (SSAF). 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.

All accommodations will be safe, clean and appropriate for student groups.

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. Unoffical Transcript

    Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre and submit it by email to

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

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

Travelling through Greece while learning about its rich history allowed me to truly immerse myself in its fascinating culture. The immersive quality of the courses enabled me to gain a deep understanding of ancient history that could never be replicated in a regular classroom.


Past Greece Program 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 Study Abroad 101 for general information.

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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.

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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.