UCLA Travel Study

History: Ancient Greece

  • Dates

    June 28 – July 20, 2023

  • Location


  • Participation Advisory

    COVID-19 vaccine required for access to most indoor venues in Greece 

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $6,700

    UC Grad Students: $7,300

    Visiting Students: $7,300

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents: View full fee disclaimer

*2024 Program Information Coming Soon!*

Studying ancient history, philosophy, culture, and the origins of Western Civilization in Greece, this traveling program visits numerous archaeological sites, museums, and other destinations in Greece, potentially including Athens, Aegina, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Sparta, Thermopylae, and Marathon!  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 in Athens, Olympia, and Nauplion.


Program Courses

All students will enroll in two required courses while attending the program.

  • HIST 112BD (4 units) – Diversity Credit
  • HIST 112D (4 units)

Course Descriptions

HIST 112BD: History of Ancient Mediterranean: Greece (4 units)

HIST 112D: History and Monuments of Ancient Greece (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

These courses will provide students with the opportunity to examine in depth the origins of Western civilization and the ancient Greek world from c. 2,000 to c. 300 B.C. and its legacy in modern times. Students will study Greek history, art, literature, and architecture while visiting many architectural monuments and enjoying the land, islands, people, and culture of Greece. Coursework will tie into the experience of studying in modern Greece and facilitate reflection on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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.

Students can enroll in optional courses by submitting the Optional Course Registration Form, as well as proof of instructor consent, to info@ieo.ucla.edu. You can enroll up until the Friday of the second week of your program.


There will be a 2-hour class in either mornings or afternoons and you will attend 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
15% Attendance, participation, and contributions to the course
20% Short Quizzes
20% Mid-term Examination (essay and short identification)
10% Short Paper (3 pages) on Homer’s Iliad – due August 16 after program’s completion.
15% Final Paper (5 pages in lieu of a final examination) – due August 16 after program’s completion.
15% Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Reflections of 500-600 words (Three in total)

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


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 $6700 $7300 $7300
Textbooks (estimate)  $150  $150  $150
Airfare (estimate)  $2000  $2000  $2000
Meals (estimate)  $1200  $1200  $1200
Spending Money (estimate)  $800  $800  $800

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

Textbooks, airfare, meals, spending money, optional excursions, and any COVID-19 testing required for travel 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. View full fee disclaimer.

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

Please do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Travel Study Program Coordinator.

Optional Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee $279 per unit $349 per unit TBA per unit

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. View full fee disclaimer.

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.

UCLA 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.

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 for Summer 2023 will be available at a later date. Below are some highlights for your reference:

  • Athens: The Acropolis, The Parthenon, National Archeological Museum
  • Sparta
  • Olympia
  • Day trip to Marathon
  • Day trip to Thermopylae
  • Day trip by hydrofoil to island of Aegina
  • Mycenae

Student Stories


Program Correspondent

Third-year student at UCLA

Classical Civilization Major