About

The Program

“To immerse students into a meaningful study abroad program. To provide a rewarding learning experience celebrating Greek culture and history.” – Dr. James Dimitriou

The Journey to Greece Study Abroad Program is now in its 3rd year. The Journey is sponsored by the AHEPA Educational Foundation. The AHEPA is the oldest and largest Greek cultural organization in the world. The Educational Foundation as well as AHEPA Districts and Chapters offer scholarships for qualified students to attend the program.

The JTG Program is offered in conjunction with the University of Indianapolis. UINDY is a wholly owned campus in the heart of Athens in Syntagma. UINDY maintains a full-time campus with three buildings, including a Cultural Center overlooking the ancient Roman Agoura. All instructors and class support is provided by the full-time staff of UINDY. In addition, all courses are full accredited and transferable.  Student transcripts are sent by the parent campus in Indiana to the student’s respective universities.

Students can earn 3 units/1 course in Session #1: July 5 to July 18.  In Session #2, students can earn 6 units/2 courses from: July 20-August 12. In addition to the course work, students are provided numerous excursions, visits and receptions to highlight their stay.

This year, students will have the opportunity to attend the various activities planned by the UINDY, AHEPA and the local AHEPA Hellas Family!

A very special feature of this year’s JTG Program is the inclusion of a one week excursion to Northern Greece and on to Constantinople with a visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate!

Our students are housed in UINDY provided private apartments on walking streets near the campus, just below the historical Acropolis in the heart of Athens.  Each apartment has air conditioning, complete kitchen, TV, laundry facilities and microwave. Students are housed in suite like apartments.

Daily lunch is provided at a local taverna. All classes meet for 2 hours daily. Lunch is also the daily briefing period.

Special Delta Group flights have been provided from Los Angeles, Atlanta or New York by European Travel of Los Angeles. Students will be met at the airport with a private coach to bring them to the campus and get them settled in their apartments.

The Journey to Greece program is specially designed for Greek American youth to introduce them to their Hellenic Heritage, customs and traditions! Courses are provided in Greek language, Orthodoxy, history, philosophy and art and archeology.

The Journey is a wonderful experience that enables students to make friends from all over the US and Canada. It is a program that helps our students learn about life and customs in Greece and to understand their own cultural traditions.  Upon completing the Journey, we can look at our experience as Odysseus stated upon his long overdue arrival back to his native island of Ithaka, “To arrive where we started and to know the place for the first time.”        -Dr. James F. Dimitriou

The Next Generation Initiative

The Next Generation Initiative is an independent, non-profit educational foundation committed to helping today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders by helping the young men and women of the next generation gain the skills and experience their careers will demand — and the global perspective that future leadership will require — through internships which match young leaders in their fields of interest; world-class leadership forums like our Athens Fellowship and Master Class programs which bring next generation students together with world-class leaders; made possible by our Next Generation network of executive and innovators in industries and professions around the world, who are committed to opening up new opportunities for the next generation, through their support and participation in our programs.

Got Greek?

The Next Generation Initiative is also the sponsor of the “Got Greek?” Next Generation National Student Survey and the Next Generation National Research Study — the first nationwide, in-depth research study focused exclusively on college students of Greek heritage. Launched in September of 2008 with major support from the Zapis Foundation and others, the Next Generation National Research Study is using interviews, polls, surveys and student forums to help the next generation tell its own story.  [read more]

The Author

Joseph Skarzenski is an incoming college freshman. He will be a student at the University of California: Los Angeles this Fall. Joseph plans on majoring in political science and continuing his studies in law school. He currently serves as the president of the Greek Orthodox Youth of America (St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Redondo Beach), Sons of Pericles (South Bay Chapter), and National Honor Society (West High School). He is also heavily involved in other organizations in his school, community, and church. As this year’s Next Generation Student Correspondent, Joseph would like to thank Hellenext for the amazing opportunity to report back to all of those interested the Journey to Greece 2009 program.

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