Rhetoric in Greece and Travelogue Filmmaking

Join Professors Sylvia and McCarthy on their summer program to Greece!

Summer 2026

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Estimated Price (subject to change): $5,800*
Students will apply to the Summer Global Ambassador Scholarship on Academic Works in January 2025.

First Payment February 1, 2025
Second Payment March 1, 2025
Third Payment April 1, 2025 

Pending financial aid does not cover study abroad payments. Please call Student Accounts for more details at 978.665.4126.


*Program price does not include personal expenses, SGOCE undergraduate summer course expenses
3 credits = $981 for One Course
6 credits = $1,962 for Both Courses (Rhetoric in Greece and Through the Lens: Athens) 

Students can take either one or both courses offered. Please note that in order to use financial aid in the summer, students need to take a total of 6 credits.

These are summer courses offered through the SGOCE, be sure to check the SGOCE for the most up to date prices for summer courses. Students taking both the Rhetoric in Greece AND Athens through the Lens will be able to use their financial aid. Please contact financial aid and inthelp@fitchburgstate.edu for more information.

See Tuition and Fees for more information on the costs of taking a summer class here at Fitchburg State. Payment due at time of summer registration.

View this presentation to learn more about the program

Rhetoric in Greece

3 credits

Professor Sylvia will be teaching this course. This class will explore the relationship between the art of persuasion (rhetoric), truth, and democracy in Ancient Greece. After delving into these questions on-location in Greece, we'll consider how these ancient debates might help us better understand our contemporary ethical struggles around issues like post-truth and fake news.

Through the Lens: Athens

3 credits

Professor McCarthy (film/video production) will be teaching this course on travelogue - filmmaking. Travelogues are documents of culture, place, and adventure – distilled through the lens of one’s own experiences and point of view. Travelogues, as an art form, help us see the world anew, while also providing a lens through which we gain a deeper insight into how the world sees us and where we fit into it. Prior to travel, we will explore the travelogue as a staple of literature, photography and non-fiction film, conceptualize and plan the making of our own, and practice simple filmmaking techniques to prepare both the novice and experienced creator. The heart of the course will be our program to Athens, where we will capture footage and sound recordings of our own experiences, encounters, reflections, and observations as innocents abroad. During the program, we will have periodic screenings and discussions of our works-in-progress. Upon return from Greece, students will work together to distill their experiences into their own travelogue film. Students must provide their own camera equipment and sound recording device (smartphones are acceptable).

Itinerary for 2024 (subject to change)

June 7 Students will meet at 2 p.m. at Boston Logan Airport. Scandinavian Airlines Flight 926  6:05 p.m. to Copenhagen, Denmark Scandinavian Airlines Flight 777  8:35 a.m. to Athens, Greece
June 8 Arrive in Athens at 12:55 pm, ISA WorldStrides airport pickup. Welcome to Athens. Check-in to Acropolis Hill Hotel and freshen up Orientation City Tour with ISA WorldStrides. Free evening.
June 9 Explore Athens / Free time. Group Welcoming Dinner in the evening. After dinner, return to the hotel and enjoy a free evening.
June 10 Travel to Acropolis in the morning, Parthenon. Free afternoon and evening. Lunch and dinner on own.
June 11 Travel to Aristotle's Lyceum Tour in the morning. Enjoy lunch on your own during tour. Free evening with dinner on own.
June 12 Rhodes Island Overnight Excursion. Intra-Air Flight to Rhodes (ATH RHO A3 202 0800 – 0900 am). Guided Tour of Cities - Rhodes and Lindos. Lydia Hotel Rhodes.
June 13 Rhodes | Full Day Tour and Return to Athens
Full day tour includes visits to: Butterly valley, Kameiros, Kritinia Castle. Enjoy lunch on own during tour. Intra-Air Flight returns to Athens RHO ATH A3 205 1700 – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a free evening, including dinner on own.
June 14 Ancient Agora Tour. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening with lunch and dinner on own.
June 15 Day trip to Delphi. Enjoy lunch on own during tour. After tour, return to the hotel and freshen up before dinner. Farewell Dinner.
June 16 ISA Airport pickup at 7 a.m. to Athens Airport. Turkish Airlines Flight 1844  10:30 a.m. to Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish Airlines Flight 81  4:15 p.m. to Boston.

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