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Reporting In Greece

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Cathy Shafran

International Reporting in Greece

Study abroad in Athens Greece as an international journalist reporting on Greece’s economic and refugee crises. The Summer 2018 program is being organized. Check back for dates and details.

Where You
Will Be
Students will study and live on the campus of the American College of Greece in suburban Athens Greece. Students will live in dormitories on the campus that were once designed to host Olympic athletes in the 2004 summer Olympics.

What you
will do
and learn
What you will do
Students will receive historical, political and news briefings from guest lecturers and multi-format journalism education in the areas of podcasting, web and social media video news, as well as TV reporting and news website design from OU staff. You will apply these skills during planned trips to interview lawmakers at the Hellenic Parliament, interviews with Greek residents, discussions with community members at refugee camps and more. Weekends are free for personal travel to Greece’s mainland, Greek islands or limited parts of southern Europe.


What you will learn
International Reporting in Greece (JRN 480 ST) is a four-week, 4-credit course designed to foster an understanding of political and economic issues in foreign countries. The course offers the opportunity for journalism students to learn multiple-platform news reporting while understanding how to apply those skills in a foreign region. The course may also be an effective elective for communication and political science students interested in hands-on experience with international political and communication policies.
What to
Clothing: A detailed clothing list will be provided.  In general, students should bring clothing for very warm weather. Casual wear is fine for the classroom, beach wear is fine for weekends, and some professional clothing will be required on excursions.

Equipment: Specifics of equipment will be provided at a later date, but students will be asked to bring personal electronics such as a laptop, smartphone, lightweight tripod and a pocket-sized audio recorder.

JRN 200 or equivalent introductory journalism is recommended with a grade of 3.0 or higher.

Without this prerequisite, preference will be given to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in courses related to journalism, communication, political science, human rights or international relations. Students with a lower GPA will be considered with a letter of recommendation from an instructor.

A valid passport is required that expires no earlier than six months after the program ends.
International Reporting in Greece
July 3 - July 31, 2017
Number of Credits4
Program Cost$3,300 (Plus tuition)
Application deposit$350 refundable, due by February 15, 2017
Meals not includedNot included, students cook in apartments
Books and suppliesN/A
Extra costsPassport, personal incidentals