CISABROAD BLOG · January 26, 2016 · 2 Min Read
Experiential Learning in Study Abroad: Why is it Important?

Here at CISabroad we try very hard to make sure our students learn both in and out of the classroom during their study abroad experience. Students learn better when they are actively involved in the subject matter, and retain more information when they learn by doing, not just by listening.

On our Semester in Greece Program, we take the concept of experiential learning to another level. When students land in Athens, they will immediately be immersed in Greece’s unparalleled history and architectural monuments. This 3 Credit Course, called A Walk Across Greece, will introduce students to their new home in a way that no standard classroom ever could.

The Acropolis, which can be seen from the Hellenic American University in Athens.

The Acropolis, which can be seen from the Hellenic American University in Athens.

This experiential learning course takes students on a journey across the country for a series of interactive excursions exploring the history of Greece through day hikes walking tours and guided visits to regional museums, historical sites, and famous monuments. Travelling from the Homeric epics of the Bronze Age to the 19th century War of Independence, students follow the vicissitudes of 5,000 years of history, covering over 1,000 kilometers of geography with peripatetic lectures and group discussions.

One of many picturesque harbors near Athens.

One of many picturesque harbors near Athens.

Students will follow up this 7-day journey of learning with another 3 credit experiential course, Greece in Europe of the 21st Century.  This thematic and partly experiential course, aims to familiarize students with events that have significantly contributed to the shaping of Europe and the position of Greece in Europe since 1945 from a political, social, and economic perspective.The course includes visits to sites of importance, such as the Greek Parliament, Stock Exchange, and European Commission delegation offices.

Students will go into their other classes with a deeper understanding and firsthand appreciation of Greece’s past and present importance in the world.

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