Basic Program of Liberal Education

Travel Study

Based in Athens, students visit places such as the temple of Athena on the Acropolis and Socrates's jail cell in Athens, Apollo's temple and the Oracle of Delphi, and the tomb of Agamemnon at Mycenae. There will be plenty of free time to explore on your own and discuss the sites in relation to the texts with your fellow students. Participants must be current Basic Program students or alumni of the program. Spouses and partners are welcome.

For further information or questions, please contact the Graham School at 773.702.1722 or email

Tuition includes double-occupancy hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and lunch, welcome and farewell dinners, transportation and archaeologist-led tours, entry to the ancient sites and museums, and support services provided by the Athens Centre.

Participants are responsible for their own air travel to Greece (and airport transfers) and meals other than those listed above.

Participants should be aware that the trip requires considerable walking in ancient archeological sites. Ability to climb one to two flights of stairs and ability to stand for up to forty-five minutes is required.


Accommodations are in double hotel rooms in the Koukaki neighborhood of Athens, an overnight in Delphi, and an overnight in Nafplio. Single travelers may book by paying the single supplement.

Basic Program students and alumni along with their spouses and partners are welcome to apply via the application form. Once your application is accepted, your registration will be processed. 

A $700 deposit is required upon registration. The balance of the fee is due no later than February 1, 2019. All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing and will be subject to a $200 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received between February 1, 2019 and February 15, 2019, will result in a forfeiture of 60% of the program cost per person. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after February 15, 2019. In the event of the cancellation of the program by the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, or the Athens Centre, a full refund will be given.

We strongly suggest that participants purchase travel insurance to protect against nonrefundable costs incurred when travel must be postponed on short notice. We are unable to make exceptions to our refund policies.

Participants may elect instead to waive this requirement understanding fully that the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies is under no obligation to provide a refund after cancellation dates have passed.

Participants should also confirm that their medical insurance covers expenses while in Greece or arrange for alternative medical insurance.

The University of Chicago, the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Athens Centre have no responsibility in whole or in part for any loss, death, damage, or injury to person or property or accident, mechanical defect, failure or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodation, transportation, or other services. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The right is retained to decline to accept or retain any person as a trip member should such person’s health, mental condition, physical infirmity, or attitude jeopardize the operation of the trip or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other participants.