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Monday, June 20, 2011

Local resident spends semester in Athens, Greece

SEARCY, Ark. — This spring, more than 30 Harding University students will spend the semester based in Athens, Greece, and travel to other countries across the Mediterranean region while taking classes that connect them to the various cultures they are being immersed in.

Alyssa Jones, a junior psychology major from Hatfield, is among the group of students who will be living in the Artemis, a former hotel transformed into an apartment-style resort for Harding’s Greece program. The location features a library, classrooms, dining room, fitness center, and a swimming pool.

The Artemis is located in Porto Rafti, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful harbors in Greece. Because of it’s location in the suburbs of Athens, students will have only a short commute to get to famous sites like the Acropolis, Parthenon, and Plaka, a historic shopping town center.

In addition to their experience in Athens, students will journey to other areas across the Mediterranean, including a cruise to the major Greek islands and trips to Corinth, Delphi, Sounion, Olympus, Israel, Turkey and Egypt. The classes they have been taking will come to life as they will have multiple opportunities to stand in places they read about in their Bible and archaeology books.

Special emphasis is placed on places of biblical interest, and students have the chance to take classes in archaeology and will learn to speak Greek. At the end of the semester, the group will have the option to travel across Europe as part of their free travel experience.


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