Learning Abroad Center
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Capturing Greece: Color, Light, & Form

LAC Program

Immerse yourself in Greece’s unique cultural environment to expand your vision and creativity.

Program Details

Athens, Santorini, and Tinos, Greece
May Session
Credit Type
Resident Credit
Learning Abroad Center

Program Eligibility

Student Type
UofM Students
Non UofM Students
Student Year
Graduate Students
Language Prerequisite
No language prerequisite


Greece provides a unique cultural environment in which to explore color, light, and form. Immerse yourself in a climate of light and form by observing and experiencing water, stone, and structure in a fresh way. You will explore ancient architectural forms, uniquely evolved historic villages, and references to mythological and symbolic imagery.

Course Description

This experience is designed to build, expand, and deepen your vision and creativity as you examine Greek culture. Develop creative thinking and creative practice, immersing yourself in a climate of light and form, observing and experiencing water, stone, and structure in a fresh way. Examine color theory, and, more specifically, the history and effects of and interactions with blue while studying creative thought processes. Through this experience, you will expand your ability to see from different perspectives, building skills and visual acuity as well as trust in the process. You will also expand your ability to interpret, represent, capture, and understand abstract concepts with a daily practice of “making” as inspired by moments experienced in a unique cultural setting. You will investigate culture via various exercises in drawing and watercolor, producing a body of creative work as inspired by the color, light, and forms of Greece. 

Housing & Meals

You will live in shared housing with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals, and some other additional meals, are included in the program fee. Additional meals can be prepared in the housing or taken at local eateries.


Excursions may include:


  • South Slope/Peripatos
  • Acropolis and Parthenon
  • Benaki Greek Folk Art Museum


  • Akrotiri Archaeology Museum or Museum of Prehistoric Thira
  • Maritime Museum
  • Folk Museum


All program participants will take the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight; you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center about your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.

This program might allow for a return flight deviation. Connect with your program contact about any inquiries.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop independence by challenging yourself in a new environment
  • Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
  • Explore a specific topic through experiential and interdisciplinary approaches

Faculty & Staff

Monica Fogg is an artist and designer and has taught courses in watercolor, drawing, painting, color theory, design, visual presentation, and art history. Monica has previously taught multiple Freshman Seminars abroad in France and and multiple Global Seminars in Japan and Greece.

Program Structure

Program Level
3000-level coursework

One 3-credit course

Global Seminars are 3-week study abroad programs led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff that feature:

  • Intensive learning in a location that illuminates the topic
  • Small groups of 15–25 students
  • No prerequisites or language requirements
  • Included excursions and cultural activities
  • Instruction in English


You will be assessed on your creative projects, research, and overall participation throughout the program. The assessments will focus on whether a student has engaged in processes with clear intent. Created projects will be assessed for intent, effort, and evolution of content and craft. Research projects will be assessed for thoroughness, depth, organization, and writing skills.

You will receive credit for: DES 3133

Liberal Education fulfillment: Arts/Humanities

Dates Details

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

Term Program Dates Priority Application Deadline* Final Application Deadline
May Session 2022 May 14 – June 5, 2022 February 1, 2022 March 1, 2022

Program dates are subject to change.

If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 25 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.

Orientation Dates & Locations

Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

Term Abroad Date/Time Location
May Session 2022 TBD TBD

Priority Deadline

If you apply by the priority deadline and confirm within the allotted time you will receive the published program fee. Applying after the priority deadline and/or not confirming within the allotted time means you may be subject to an airfare increase.


May 2022 Cost of Participation Forthcoming

Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.


Be aware: Learning Abroad Center programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.


You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

  • Application Essay

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit an additional essay. It will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when it has been added.

Next Steps

After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

Program Contact

For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

Amy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537