study abroad

SUMMER PROGRAMS IN GREECE

A STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IN THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF EUROPE

The American University of Athens, has been organizing study abroad programs in Athens since 1982.

The program has the structure, diversity, range and facilities promoted by an Accelerated American University program. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to meet with Greek or other students, and to participate in a wide variety of extra-mural, cultural or recreational activities. By having a carefully selected faculty, AUA offers quality education in a wide range of courses.

A STUDY YEAR ABROAD PROGRAM IN GREEK CIVILIZATION

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A SUMMER PROGRAM with a variety of courses for students interested in:

  • ART HISTORY.
  • PRE-MEDICAL or any General Educational Science requirement.

The program mainly focuses on Greece and Southeastern Europe and on all aspects of Ancient, Byzantine and Modern Greek civilization. The program includes courses covering material spanning Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Byzantine periods, as well as the history of the National Revolution and Greece
today. An integral part of this curriculum involves field trips. Modern Greek is taught intensively during the first semester, however, previous knowledge is not a prerequisite given that instruction in all courses at AUA in English.

There are three contact hours per week for each course with the exception of some language courses, which meet more often. Five courses a semester are the equivalent of full-time study. The semester’s length is a fifteen weeks including the period of examination.

Studying abroad is cumulative experience, offering an unparalleled opportunity of living in a modern country with a unique history, focusing on both ancient and modern Greek culture.

“So potent has been the appeal of Greece, so passionate the devotion which it arouses, that there is almost no sphere of spiritual or intellectual activity which has not been touched by its living flame."

Sir Maurice Bowra, The Greek Experience.

LIBRARY FACILITIES

The students, have access to the Library which contains a wide variety of reference books and slides. Electronic data retrieval is also available, allowing access to the main European or American libraries and data banks.

In addition to the AUA Library there are several useful libraries in the area available for use by our students. These include, the British Council Library, the American Library and the Library of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

STUDENT BODY

Students participating in either the Summer program or the Study year abroad can major in the areas of Liberal Arts , Science, including premedical studies. AUA cooperates with various study abroad associations and student exchange programs.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

AUA considers the following students eligible for admission to its academic programs:

  • College freshmen
  • College sophomores
  • College juniors
  • Students wishing to enroll in a 3-year program after which they may transfer to institutions in the U.S., U.K. or Canada to complete their degree studies.
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Summer sessions are offered to students wishing to accelerate their programs towards completion of requirements of their degrees and for admitted freshmen,wishing to start their academic program earlier.

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

AUA offers a wide range of housing options to suit the student’s needs.

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips form an integral part of the study program. Trips are planned to the following archaeological sites: Vravron, Thorikos, Sounion, Lavrion, Mycenae, Epidauros, Delphi, Corinth, Olympia, Daphne, Eleusis, Marathon, Macedonia, Crete and Santorini.

SPECIAL PROGRAM CERTIFICATE IN GREEK STUDIES

Upon completion of six courses in Greek civilization, a Certificate in Greek Studies is obtained. A large number of the courses include visits to historical and archaeological sites, museums, and theaters.

BENEFITS FROM STUDYING AT AUA

  • Classes are small and customized to the needs of the students.
  • Exposure to the Greek culture , organizing frequent trips to museums, art galleries, archaeological sites, and theaters.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The summer program consists of courses and activities designed to meet the special needs and interests of students from various countries, who wish to pursue a college education parallel to that of the U.S. system. Upon completion students are able to transfer the credits earned at AUA to their home institutions.

Students may attend the events of the internationally renowned Athens Festival organized at the Herodios Atticus Theater.

The summer program includes excursions to cultural attractions in and around Athens, such as the Acropolis, Plaka, National Gardens, Sounion and Delphi. These excursions are coordinated and supplemented by class lectures and discussions. Students are accompanied by University officials and instructors on all outings.

During the weekends, students may explore the Greek countryside and the beautiful beaches of the Saronic Gulf or visit the nearby islands of the Aegean Sea. They can also visit the numerous museums, archaeological sites, cafes and theaters.

STUDENT LIFE

AUA encourages students to coordinate their academic goals and personal experiences in order to develop their potential to the fullest extent. Student life therefore focuses on enhancing study skills, social and leadership abilities.

LOCATION OF AUA

Athens, the capital of Greece and cradle of European civilization, constitutes an intellectual and artistic center, one of the largest in the eastern Mediterranean. The Greek capital has also grown to be one of the most important trade centers in the southeastern area of Europe.

Athens, belongs to a privileged class of historic cities of antiquity and continues to maintain the glory of its name, offers students a fascinating selection of cultural events.

MISSION

To respond to the evolving needs of society by offering motivated students a quality education necessary for professional development, intellectual growth and preparation for graduate studies.

To achieve this mission, AUA provides a highly qualified faculty and a well equipped learning environment.

The small size classes, the English language in instruction, the meticulous selection of faculty curricula and teaching methodologies reflect the structure and educational philosophy of ΑUA, one of the most competitive universities in Southeastern Europe, welcoming  visiting students from abroad who wish to spend a year, a semester, or a summer in Athens.

AUA seeks to provide the student with an essential core of knowledge and a greater capacity for independent thought and judgment. It allows flexibility to enable students to survey areas of interest, or concentrate on a particular major.

In addition seeks to develop socially conscious and socially involved students who can and will act responsibly in relation to themselves and to others, taking on leadership roles in social and community affairs.

THE FACULTY

AUA’s faculty – a good mix with divergent views – are creative, dedicated professionals focusing on the welfare of the students, with Ph.D. degrees with at least three years teaching experience in American, British or Greek universities.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Application and supporting documents as well as all correspondence concerning admission and accreditation should be sent to:

info@aua.edu

The following credentials are required in support of the application:

  1. An official transcript of the applicant’s academic record.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from college officers concerning the candidate’s personal and academic readiness for this particular program of study.
  3. A statement of authorized leave of absence for study at the American University of Athens.

The Office of Admissions of AUA has no deadline for application, however, most applications are received between January and April.

The processing of the application will take a week from the date of receipt of the completed application.

Information regarding travel to Greece, clothing, luggage; mail and banking in Athens is sent to students upon their acceptance.

DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY

ART HISTORY COURSES

AH 1031, 1032 SURVEY OF WESTERN ART I, II

A foundation for further study in the history of art. AH 1031: prehistoric to Gothic art. AH 1032: proto – Renaissance to modern art.

AH 2106 RENAISSANCE ART IN THE NORTH

Northern painting from Van Eyck through Bosch, Durer, and Brueghel.

AH 3108 LATE ANTIQUE AND EARLY CHRISTIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE

An examination of art and architecture from Late Antiquity to Iconoclasm.

AH 3109 18TH-CENTURY ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN EUROPE

Examination of Rococo, Neoclassicism, and English painting in the context of Western European historical and cultural developments. Emphasis on France, England, and Germany and the representative styles of Watteau, David and others.

AH 3115 CHRISTIAN ICONOGRAPHY

Origins and development of Christian symbols and themes from the early Christian era to the Council of Trent.

AH 3118 WESTERN MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE

A course designed to familiarize students with Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture.

AH 4166 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL PERCEPTION

Introduction to theories of visual perception. Emphasis is placed on the function of visual thinking. Students become familiar with the character of the visual language and its basic elements.

AH 4200 SPECIAL STUDIES IN ART HISTORY

The course will introduce the student to special topics in several fields of art history.

AH 2116 NON WESTERN ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Survey of the arts of the non western areas presented in their historical and cultural context.

AH 3104 RENAISSANCE ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN ITALY I

Early developments from the 13th to the 15th century in art and architecture, the developments and dispersion of the Renaissance throughout Europe.

AH 3105 RENAISSANCE ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN ITALY II

Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy.

AH 3110 19TH-CENTURY ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN EUROPE II

Examination of Realism, Romanticism, Impressionism, and Post-impressionism in the context of Western European political and social environments with emphasis on the representative styles of Delacroix, Ingres, Courbet, Manet and Barbizon; also Seurat, Van Gogh and Gauguin.

AH 3117 BYZANTINE ART AND ARCHITECTURE

A consideration of early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture from Iconoclasm to 1453.

AH 3129 20TH-CENTURY ART ARCHITECTURE IN EUROPE

Survey of 20th-century European painting, sculpture, and architecture, from their origins in the late 19th-century through the 20th-century. Emphasis on major modernist movements and artists, including Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Mondrian.

BYZANTINE STUDIES

AH 1031, 1032 SURVEY OF WESTERN ART I, II

A foundation for further study in the history of art. AH 1031: prehistoric to Gothic art. AH 1032: proto – Renaissance to modern art.

AH 3115 CHRISTIAN ICONOGRAPHY

Origins and development of Christian symbols and themes from the early Christian era to the Council of Trent.

AH 3118 WESTERN MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE

A course designed to familiarize students with Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture.

ARC 2102 ROMAN ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY

Investigation of the architecture, sculpture, wall paintings, and mosaics from the 2nd century B.C. to A.D. 300. Consideration both of the city of Rome and of the monuments and society in the provinces.

CLA 2139 MAJOR GREEK AUTHORS

Selections from a wide variety of Greek prose, drama, and poetry.

AH 3108 LATE ANTIQUE AND EARLY CHRISTIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE

An examination of art and architecture from Late Antiquity to Iconoclasm.

AH 3117 BYZANTINE ART AND ARCHITECTURE

A consideration of early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture from Iconoclasm to 1453.

ARC 2101 GREEK ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY

A study of the major achievements in architecture, sculpture, painting, and mosaics from 1000 B.C. to mid 4th century. Special focus on the Parthenon and fifth-century Athens. Attention to recent discoveries and current excavations.

ART 1001 PRINCIPLES OF ART

An introduction to various art media, basic elements of art and thematic interpretations, European and non Western traditions.

CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC 1100 INTRODUCTION TO AND HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY

Theory, methods and aims of archaeology. Dating methods. Absolute and relative chronology in the Aegean. Important discoveries and excavations of the last 150 years. J.J. Winckelmann, Lord Elgin, H. Schliemann, J. Evans; the work of the Greek Archaeological Service and the foreign schools.

ARC 2102 ROMAN ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY

Investigation of the architecture, sculpture, wall paintings, and mosaics from the 2nd century B.C. to 300 A.D. Consideration both of the city of Rome and of the monuments and society in the provinces.

ARC 2102 ROMAN ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY

Investigation of the architecture, sculpture, wall paintings, and mosaics from the 2nd century B.C. to 300 A.D. Consideration both of the city of Rome and of the monuments and society in the provinces.

ARC 3104A: GREEK EPIGRAPHY

ARC 3121 ARCHAEOLOGY OF CLASSICAL GREECE I

An introduction to classical antiquity through the material remains of the period with special reference to Pausanias.

ARC 2101 GREEK ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY

A study of the major achievements in architecture, sculpture, painting, and mosaics from 1000 B.C. to mid 4th century. Special focus on the Parthenon and fifth-century Athens. Attention to recent discoveries and current excavations.

ARC 2126 THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF GREECE

Investigation of the architecture, sculpture, wall paintings, and mosaics from the 2nd century B.C. to 300 A.D. Consideration both of the city of Rome and of the monuments and society in the provinces.

ARC 2126 THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF GREECE

Investigation of the architecture, sculpture, wall paintings, and mosaics from the 2nd century B.C. to 300 A.D. Consideration both of the city of Rome and of the monuments and society in the provinces.

ARC 3104B: GREEK NUMISMATICS

A comprehensive study of the history of epigraphy/numismatics, with special reference to their economical, political and historical importance.

PHILOSOPHY COURSES

PHI 2111 HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY

History of Western philosophy from early Greece to the early Middle Ages.

PHI 3121 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

A critical study of conflicting philosophies of education viewed from philosophical perspectives and compared with current practices. Aims to create understanding of several points of view, their philosophical development, and their applications for contemporary education.

PHI 3135 ETHICS IN BUSINESS AND THE PROFESSIONS

Basic concepts and theories of ethics for analysis of moral issues arising in business and professional practice.

PHI 3151 MYTH, SCIENCE, AND THE MODERN MIND

An overview of the growth of scientific rationalism from its origin in mythopoetic thought to the present, with emphasis on conceptual and methodological developments and the nature of scientific revolutions. Comparison of the cosmological frameworks of Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, and Bohr.

PHI 3161 PHILOSOPHY OF IMAGINATION

The objective of this course is to investigate the formative concepts of imagination as they first emerged in the Greek and Biblical traditions, and later through the Medieval, Romantic, Existentialist and Postmodern periods of Western cultural history. The course draws on the disciplines of intellectual history, sociology, art criticism, literature and psychology though its primary focus is philosophical. Special emphasis on difference between Aristotelian and Kantian Epistemologies of Imagination.

PHI 3193 PHENOMENOLOGY AND EXISTENTIALISM

Kierkegaard’s existentialist reaction to Hegel; subjectivity and intentionality in 19th-century thought, leading to Husserl’s phenomenology; the philosophy of existence in Heidegger and Sartre; the relation between existentialism and Marxism in the later work of Sartre.

PHI 4132 SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY

Social Philosophies from Locke to the Frankfurt School, Habermas, and Western Marxism.

PHI 2112 HISTORY OF MODERN PHILOSOPHY

History of Western philosophy of the 17th and 18th centuries (Descartes to Kant).

PHI 3131 ETHICS: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS

Main types of ethical theory: egoistic, utilitarian, self-realization, conscience, existentialism. Applications to contemporary problems.

PHI 3136 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

A critical study of conflicting philosophies of education viewed from philosophical perspectives and compared with current practices. Aims to create understanding of several points of view, their philosophical development, and their applications for contemporary education.

PHI 3152 KNOWLEDGE, TRUTH, AND REALITY

Inquiry into the basis and structure of knowledge, the problem of perception and independent reality, the role of language in knowledge, and the meaning and criteria of truth.

PHI 3162 AESTHETICS

The problem of artistic representation and the nature of aesthetic experience as related to the creation, appreciation, and criticism of art.

PHI 4127 THEORIES OF HISTORY

Major philosophies of history; Judeo-Christian, linear progressive, historicist, Hegelian – Marxian dialectical, cyclical (Vico, Spengler, Toynbee), and social-scientific (Comte, Weber). Contemporary problems of historical knowledge. Same as HIS 4127.

PHI 4192 ANALYTICAL PHILOSOPHY

The dominant movements of recent Anglo-American philosophy. Logical positivism, British ordinary language philosophy, and neopragmatism – represented by Russell, G.E. Moore, Wittgenstein, Ryle, Ayer, Goodman, Quine, etc.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND NATURAL SCIENCES

BIOLOGY COURSES

BIO 1101 Introductory Biology for Science Majors I (4)

No prerequisite. An overview of the significant amount of information encompassing life. The course is focused mainly on describing the structure of and the main biochemical and physiological pathways within the cell. 3 lecture hours, 2 lab.

BIO 2206 Biostatistics (3)

Prerequisites: MA 1123, BIO 2102. An introduction to the theoretical basis and the applications of statistics in connection to the Life Sciences with an emphasis on parametric methods.

BIO 3306 Genetics (3)

Prerequisite: BIO 2102. A study of classical organismal heredity and its molecular basis. Topics will include Mendelian principles, gene structure and function, and changes in the genetic material.

BIO 1102 Introductory Biology for Science Majors II (4)

Prerequisite: BIO 1101. General survey of micro organisms, plants and animals including morphology, physiology, embryology, ecology and evolutionary relationships among phyla. Designed to furnish a base for advanced studies in Life Sciences. 3 lecture hours, 2 lab.

BIO 3303 Microbiology (3)

Prerequisite: BIO 2102. A comprehensive examination of the fundamental aspects of Microbiology, including structure, metabolism, genetics, and taxonomy of a broad range of micro organisms. Special topics will cover aspects of environmental microbiology, food and medical microbiology.

BIO 3310 Cell Biology (3)

Prerequisites: BIO 2102, CH 2209. The study of cellular structure and function. Special emphasis will be given to the molecular architecture of cells and to bio-energetics. A broad spectrum of both plant and animal cells will be explored.

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

BPH 2901 Biomedical Sciences I (4)

This course is designed to provide the molecular and biochemical foundations necessary for understanding the basis of pharmaco therapeutics. The course involves the study of bio molecular interactions, macromolecular structure and functions, cellular catabolic and anabolic pathways, DNA metabolism, gene expression and biochemical bases of diseases. After completing this course, students will be able to apply biochemical principles that are requisite to the understanding of higher-level courses in medical microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and medicinal chemistry.

BPH 3902 Biomedical Sciences II – Medical Microbiology / Immunology (4)

This course provides an in-depth study of the microbial world with emphasis on the nature and behavior of micro-organisms, the interrelationships that operate between microbes and the human host in health and disease, and the principles of prevention and control of infectious disease. Pathological and immunological changes induced by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, helminths, chlamydiae, rickettsiae, mycoplasma, L-forms, and prions and the way these organisms are affected by antimicrobials will be discussed. Basic and advanced mechanisms involved in infection and immunity encompassing natural and induced modes of host defence will be emphasized. Topics in immunology will also include vaccination strategies, immune-related diseases and transplantation immunology. Biotechnology and the use of micro-organisms in the production of biopharmaceuticals will be discussed. After completing this course students will be able to identify micro-organisms and characterize the infectious disease process.

CHEMISTRY - BIOCHEMISTRY

CH 1101 General Chemistry I (4)

No prerequisite. For students in science concentrations. Atomic structure and properties, periodic table, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, redox and acid-base reactions, ideal gas law, thermo chemistry. Introduction to quantum theory and atomic structure, properties of the elements. Lewis structures and VSEPR methods. 2 labs.

CH 1901 Food Science I (4)

The course surveys the complex of basic sciences that are fundamental to food processing and preservation, the application of these sciences to the technology of providing the consumer with food products that are at once appealing to the eye, pleasing to the palate, and nutritious to the human organism.

CH 2209 Organic Chemistry I (3)

Prerequisite: CH 1102. A course in the basic principles of organic chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the bonding and structure of organic molecules. Reactions and chemical properties are correlated with important reaction mechanisms. Fundamental principles of stereochemistry. 3 lecture hours.

CH 3314 Biochemistry (3)

Prerequisite: CH 2210; corequisite: CH 3324. An introduction to the chemistry of living systems with emphasis on human biochemistry. The biosynthesis, metabolism, and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids will be discussed.

CH 1102 General Chemistry II (4)

Prerequisite: CH 1101. Continuation of CH 1101. MO theory, solids and liquids, colligate properties of solutions, entropy, free energy and chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, acid-base and redox equilibrium. Electrochemistry. Rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Main group and transition elements. 2 lab.

CH 1902 Food Science II (4)

The course explores the basic chemical nature of all important foods, and examines the various chemical, biochemical and nutritional changes that occur in food when it is stored, processed, preserved, cooked, eaten and digested

CH 2210 Organic Chemistry II (3)

Prerequisites: CH 2209, CH 2219. A continuation of CH 2209 in which additional examples of organic structure and reaction mechanisms.

CH 3317 Physical Chemistry I (3)

Prerequisites: PY 2212, MA 2225, CH 1102. The fundamental laws governing the behavior of substances are explored. Among the topics discussed are the properties of gases, the basic laws of thermodynamics, changes of state, the principles of electrochemistry, and the laws of chemical kinetics.

CH 3318 Physical Chemistry II (3)

Prerequisites: PY 2253, MA 2226, CH 3317 or consent of instructor. An introduction to quantum mechanics and its application to atomic and molecular spectroscopy. An introduction to statistical thermodynamics.

PHYSICS

PY 1211 General Physics I (3)

Prerequisite: none; corequisite: MA 1123. First semester of a three-semester introductory physics course; kinematics, Newton’s laws, energy and work, linear and angular momentum, rigid bodies, gravitation.

PY 2253 Vibrations and Waves (3)

Prerequisite: PY 2212; corequisite: MA 2225. Third semester of a three-semester introductory physics course: free, damped, and forced vibrations, normal modes, standing and travelling waves, dispersion, electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction.

PY 2222 General Physics Lab II (1)

Introductory physics lab, mainly in electricity and magnetism. It accompanies the PY 2212 course. 2 labs.

PY 3254 Elementary Modern Physics (3)

Prerequisites: PY 2253, MA 2225; corequisite: MA 2226. An introduction to the physics of relativity and quantum mechanics and their consequences in the understanding of atoms, solids and nuclei.

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