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Greece Short Term Study Abroad

International Service Learning (SLS 2940)
1 credit hour

  •  July 15 - July 25, 2022
Program Fee:
$ 3,825.00
$ 103.06
Endowed Chair Award:
$ 880.00
SAGE Scholarship:
Estimated Cost:

More information regarding COVID-19 guidelines coming soon.  Information is subject to change.

Join us in Greece as we learn about Sea Turtles and ocean conservation efforts as we explore the Greek Isles. First, we will spend some time learning about Sea Turtle Preservation by visiting a facility located on Florida's East Coast. Then while in Greece, we will learn about environmental education and sea turtle rescue in Athens, Santorini, and Crete.

You will complete 5 hours of service learning in Florida and 21 hours of service learning in Greece. You will be actively engaged in sea turtle care, searching for sea turtle nests, and understanding the importance of a beach cleanup. While in Greece we will also explore historical sites and engage in cultural activities while enjoying the natural beauty of the Grecian landscape and beaches. Highlights include a tour of the Acropolis in Athens, a volcano hike, the breathtaking sunset from Santorini, touring the beautiful pink sands of Elafonisi Beach in Crete.

Course Description

This course gives the student the opportunity to grow academically, pre-professionally, personally and civically through participation in a service-learning experience. Students meet real needs in the community by applying knowledge from their courses. Students complete 20 hours of service per credit, complete written reflections, and meet regularly with assigned faculty member. Multiple credit course. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits, but grade forgiveness cannot be applied.

Applications Opening Soon How To Apply

Late Summer Application & Payment Deadlines

  •  TBD - Applications Open
  •  01/28/2022 - Applications Close
  •  02/04/2022 - Applications Payment Deadline
  •  02/25/2022 - Passport Deadline &Orientation
  •  02/25/2022- Deposit Payment Deadline
  •  04/01/2022 - Final Balance Payment Due

Contact us

  • Mon: Virtual appointments only
    Tues - Thurs: 8am - 4:30pm
    Fri: Virtual appointments only
Email and Phone
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Things to Consider Before You Apply

  •  This program is open to students in good standing only. Please see GPA requirements.
  •  Students must acquire passports. Passport fees, course tuition, and course materials are not included in the price.
  •  Students should expect to walk at least 10 miles per day, sometimes on uneven surfaces. Bring comfortable walking shoes and water shoes.
  •  Students will be outside in the sun, heat, and water. Bring light, loose clothing, swimwear, sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, hats, etc.
  •  Students will be required to stay hydrated during the course in Greece.
  •  Students can expect to share room accommodations with students of the same gender with en-suite bathrooms shared.
  •  Students are not allowed to drink alcohol per SAGE and Student Development rules.
  •  Students will be traveling in the country via airplane, ferries, or bus. Packing light will be critical since the group will be moving around to different cities during the program. Be prepared to transport your personal belongings during those transitions. If you are prone to motion sickness, be prepared to bring the necessary medicine.
  •  Daily breakfast and two dinners will be included in the price. All other meals, souvenirs/shopping, and structured free time activities will be the responsibility of the student.
  •  If a student has dietary restrictions, he/she should be prepared with extra money for meals and snacks. Dietary needs will be communicated beforehand but alternate meals may not be available due to travel arrangements, and students should plan accordingly.
  •  During free time, students must always be in a group of three or more for safety reasons.
  •  It is important to understand that students will be acting as cultural ambassadors from the U.S. and representing Valencia positively to our foreign hosts. Students will be expected to follow the Valencia Student Code of Conduct.

Program Eligibility

  • Be 18-years-old by time of travel.
  • Have an Institutional GPA of 2.5 at application deadline.
  • Meet course requirements, including prerequisites.
  • Have not exceeded the maximum amount of service hours/credits allowed.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College.
  • Completed one semester within last year.
  • Completed 12 college-level credits by the time of travel.
  • Have not received a SAGE scholarship in the current academic year.

Course Prerequisites

  • None

Funding Information

This program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office, the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office. These departments will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation. Funding is limited to a set number of students per program.

Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover part or all of the final payment and/or additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a My Education Plan or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise, your financial aid payment may be reduced.

Santorini, Greece

Program Fee Includes

  •  Roundtrip airfare
  •  9 Nights of Accommodations
  •  Daily Continental Breakfasts, Daily Lunches, and Three Dinners
  •  All Cultural, Historical and Service Learning Visits
  •  All Ground Transportation
  •  Onsite Director & Support
  •  Medical and Travel Insurance

Program Fee Does Not Include

  •  Course Tuition and Fees
  •  Snacks and Most Dinners
  •  Structured Free Time
  •  Airport Departure Fees and Taxes
  •  Luggage Transport/Storage Fees
  •  Passport Fees
  •  Visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  •  Spending money
  •  Tips

Travel Information


Pre-Departure Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •  02/25/2022 Orientation
     1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
     Zoom Meeting
  •  05/13/2022 Meeting #1
     12 P.M. - 3 P.M.
  •  06/03/2022 Meeting #2
     12 P.M. - 3 P.M.
  •  06/25/2022 Service Learning
     12 P.M. - 5 P.M.
  •  07/08/2022 Meeting #3
     12 P.M. - 3 P.M.
Re-Entry Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •  08/01/2022 Meeting #1
     12 P.M. - 3 P.M.

Please note that the program may be altered or cancelled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and, in many circumstances, airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice before the application deadline.