Office of International Programs

Travel - Greece

Greece: Olympic History from Ancient to Modern Times


May 14-22, 2018


SPM 299, 3 undergrad credits




This course is designed to give students an understanding of the major themes of ancient and modern history of the Olympics Games, including its evolution and trials faced over the years.  It involves a nine day international experience in Greece, including visiting two sites of the ancient Panhellenic Games (Delphi and Olympia) as well as other historical sites and attractions around Greece.  This course is designed to include both education experiences and touring the country. Students will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the past and current Greek cultures.



Janet Whatley Blum, Sc.D., is a full Professor & Chair in the Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences Department at USM.  She has a background in exercise science and nutrition.  The rich history of the Olympic Games from the training of the athletes to their nutritional habits are routinely used as examples in her classes.  Dr. Blum has visited Greece previously and is excited to return to further explore the historical sites of the Olympic Games. 

Noel Neptune, M.Ed., ATC, is the Athletic Training Program Director and lecturer at USM.  She received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Wilmington College in Ohio, and her M.Ed. from Hardin-Simmons University in Texas.  In addition to teaching, Noel provided medical coverage as an athletic trainer for a variety of sports over the years and is excited to tie her knowledge of sports medicine and sports into a travel abroad course to study the Olympics Games. Noel has traveled Europe with several study abroad programs in the past. 



The application deadline is March 30, 2018  along with a $200 non-refundable deposit.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor (recommendation cannot come from the faculty member leading the program)
  • Official copy of USM academic transcript

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Tuition and Fees

The approximate program fee is $2,000-2,200 + international airfare. This fee includes accommodation, in-country travel, site visits, field trips, some meals, and iNext's comprehensive insurance plan. Tuition and fees are an additional cost.  All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

Please visit the Student Financial Services website for complete information on tuition and fees.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go toward the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due April TBD
Remaining balance due May TBD