Summer Travel Study

History: Ancient Greece

  • Dates

    June 21 – July 13, 2018

  • Location


  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $6100

    UC Grad Students: $6600

    Visiting Students: $6600

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Studying ancient history, philosophy, culture, and the origins of Western Civilization in Greece, this traveling program visits over 20 archaeological sites, museums, and other destinations in Greece (including Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Sparta, Thermopylae, Marathon, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Santorini, Samos, Rhodes, Crete, and more)!  Students explore ancient Greece through a combination of classical archaeological site visits, lectures, and the works of Homer, Plato, Sophocles, and Aristophanes.  Studies are primarily based within the Greek mainland while also featuring a cruise to some of the most important and beautiful Greek Islands.


Required Courses

All students will enroll in two required courses.

  • HIST 112B: History of Ancient Mediterranean World (4 units)
  • HIST 112D: History and Monuments of Ancient Greece (4 units)

Course Descriptions

Prerequisites:  None

These courses will provide students the opportunity to examine in depth the origins of Western civilization. Students will study Greek history, art, literature, and architecture while visiting many architectural monuments.

Optional Course

HIST 199: Directed Research (4 units)

If desired, students may choose to enroll in one HIST 199 course in addition to the two required courses.

Students will write an academically rigorous 12-15 page paper on a topic approved by the instructor. The paper is due in September.  Please note that these dates apply even if you plan to travel after the program ends. There is an additional fee for this independent study course.


TBA.  There will be a 2-hour class in either mornings or afternoons and you will attend daily field trips to sites and museums.  Syllabus and schedule are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


Travel Study courses must be taken for a letter grade.  Tentative grade structure:

5% Map quiz on Greece and the Aegean
10% Attendance, participation, and contributions to the course
15% Short Quizzes
30% Mid-term Examination (essay and short identification)
15% Short Paper (3 pages) on Homer’s Iliad – due August 16 after program’s completion.
25% Final Paper (5 pages in lieu of a final examination) – due August 16 after program’s completion.

Grading criteria is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


TBA.  You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks.  We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you depart. Textbook information will be available at a later date.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Student
Program Fee  $6100 $6600 $6600
Textbooks  $100  $100  $100
Airfare  $2000  $2000  $2000
Meals  $900  $900  $900
Spending Money  $500  $500  $500

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, some meals, and program excursions.

Textbooks, airfare, meals, spending money, and optional excursions are additional; estimates are provided, though students may spend less/more on these items based on their individual choices.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Optional Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee $281 per unit $351 per unit  $351 per unit

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Teo Ruiz Undergraduate Travel Study Scholarship

The UCLA History Department is pleased to announce that they will award a $1,500 fellowship to a UCLA History major participating in one of this summer’s History Travel Study programs. Eligible students must be UCLA History majors going on their first summer Travel Study program with a 3.5GPA or better in History and a 3.0 GPA overall. Students must also be UCLA financial aid recipients who have applied for aid for their Travel Study program. See Scholarships page.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this Web site.

On Location


Participants will reside in double occupancy hotel rooms and will take part on a cruise for the final few days of the program.

UCLA Summer Travel Study reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


Breakfast is included at all hotels.  All meals are also covered during the cruise.

Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions.  We will advise you accordingly.


This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum. A complete schedule of excursions will be available at a later date.

Limited free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.

Student Stories


Program Correspondent

Third-year student at UCLA

Classical Civilization Major