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Chaps Abroad Athens 2013

CHAPS ABROAD: Athens 2013



May 27-June 30

Rutgers’ Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (, in collaboration with CYA Athens/DIKEMES, offers the opportunity to pursue a unique 5 week 6-credit summer program that combines a 3-credit seminar with a 3-credit internship or field work experience that will provide invaluable hands-on experience on a global level.

Our goal is to explore the rich cultural heritage of Athens and beyond as a way to understand  the challenges and rewards of conservation and preservation within the urban framework of a modern global city and within iconic cultural landscapes that make Greece one of the most popular cultural destinations in the world.

The seminar “Preserving the Past for the Future” is taught on site at some of civilization’s greatest surviving monuments, ranging from the Parthenon in Athens to the great ruins of Mycenae and Tiryns, the early Christian and Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki, and the Venetian and Ottoman remains of the romantic seaside resort of Nafplio. Led by Professor Ann Brysbaert, a Principle Investigator of the 5-yearproject: ‘Cross-Craft Interaction at Tiryns, Greece’(part of ‘Tracing Networks in the Mediterranean and Beyond’ interdisciplinary project, funded by a Leverhulme Programme award), the seminar will be joined by resident experts on particular aspects of conservation and history throughout the course.

New Acropolis Museum

CHAPS Internship/Fieldwork module provides invaluable hands-on experience at one of Athens’ major cultural institutions, such as the Goulandris and Stoa (Agora) museums, the Benaki Historical Archives, and the British School, or the opportunity to undertake archaeological fieldwork under the direction of the Greek Archaeological service at the important site of Aixonides Halai, an ancient municipality associated with the modern town of Voula, a coastal suburb some 20 kilometers from the center of Athens. Known for its splendid sea-views and low pine hills, the site is a block from the sea and close to the recently discovered Agora. The ongoing excavation has yielded rich remains from the Classical, Roman, and Byzantine periods.

Students will be based in Athens in CYA apartments in a quiet neighborhood near their academic base at the Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies, and a 10-15 minute walk from the Acropolis. (to access the CYA webcam and the view from the third floor balcony of the its Academic Center overlooking the Marble Stadium Plaza, the Philopappou Hill, and the Parthenon on the Acropolis go to Rutgers Study Abroad has worked in collaboration with College Year Athens/Dikemes for over 20 years. Known for its state of the art facilities and friendly and experienced administrative staff, it is committed to making this experience a highlight of the student’s academic life. CYA administrators have an "open door" policy,  in  addition to your professor, the Director of Student Affairs is always on hand to deal with any problems and to give encouragement and help. 

Program Highlights

The program is a partnership between Rutgers University's Art History Dept. & Study Abroad Program, and The International Center for Hellenic & Mediterranean Studies (DIKEMES), Athens.

 (1) Athens & Beyond: Core course: Preserving the Past for the Future (3 credits)

All students will pursue a common curriculum of modules on core content themes (e.g., “Excavating the Athens Subway & Historic Preservation: Integrating Emergency Excavation within the Public Sphere,” “The Parthenon Marbles & the New Acropolis Museum,” “Ottoman and Modern (neo-classical Athens) Urban Landscapes and Site Integration,” “Coping with Earthquake Damage on Byzantine Monuments in Thessaloniki and “Byzantine Ottoman and Jewish fabric of the city,” “The Tourist Economy in a Global City.), etc.

Top local experts and professionals will provide instruction and workshops connected with the modules. Most classes are held on site rather than in a classroom.

(2) Athens and Beyond Internship/Field Study (3 credits)

The opportunity to intern within a major cultural institution, such as a museum, or to participate in fieldwork is a unique feature of CHAPS Abroad. Students will be paired with institutions after consultation with the Director of CHAPS concerning their interests. Cultural institutions include the Benaki Museum, the Cycladic Museum, the Foundation of the Hellenic World, The British School at Athens Museum and Archives, the Voula excavation, and the Agora Museum. Students who are involved in an approved ongoing research project such as an Honors or Masters thesis relevant to Athens, Greece or cultural heritage preservation may substitute a research project for the internship/field work component with permission from the Director of CHAPS.

Dates: May 27 - June 30, 2013

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2013 Application is through Rutgers Study Abroad.

Click here to learn more about CHAPS Abroad requirements and how to apply.

 For information please contact:

Study Abroad Office, Rutgers University
102 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tel: 848-932-7787
Fax: 732-932-8659
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CHAPS Abroad in Partnership with College Year in Athens/DIKEMES-the International Center for

Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies, Athens

Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  Phone 848.932.7041
Fax 732.932.1261