Rutgers’ Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (, in collaboration with CYA Athens/DIKEMES, offers the opportunity to pursue a unique 5 week 6-credit summer program that combines a 3-credit seminar with a 3-credit internship or field work experience that will provide invaluable hands-on experience on a global level.

Our goal is to explore the rich cultural heritage of Athens and beyond as a way to understand  the challenges and rewards of conservation and preservation within the urban framework of a modern global city and within iconic cultural landscapes that make Greece one of the most popular cultural destinations in the world.

The Seminar “Preserving the Past for the Future” is taught on site at some of civilization’s greatest surviving monuments, ranging from the Parthenon in Athens to the great ruins of Mycenae and Tiryns, the early Christian and Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki, and the Venetian and Ottoman remains of the romantic seaside resort of Nafplio. Led by Professor Ann Brysbaert, a Principle Investigator of the 5-yearproject: ‘Cross-Craft Interaction at Tiryns, Greece’(part of ‘Tracing Networks in the Mediterranean and Beyond’ interdisciplinary project, funded by a Leverhulme Programme award), the seminar will be joined by resident experts on particular aspects of conservation and history throughout the course.

CHAPS Internship/Fieldwork module provides invaluable hands-on experience at one of Athens’ major cultural institutions, such as the Goulandris and Stoa (Agora) museums, the Benaki Historical Archives, and the British School, or the opportunity to undertake archaeological fieldwork under the direction of the Greek Archaeological service at the important site of Aixonides Halai, an ancient municipality associated with the modern town of Voula, a coastal suburb some 20 kilometers from the center of Athens. Known for its splendid sea-views and low pine hills, the site is a block from the sea and close to the recently discovered Agora. The ongoing excavation has yielded rich remains from the Classical, Roman, and Byzantine periods.

Students will be based in Athens in CYA apartments in a quiet neighborhood near their academic base at the Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies, and a 10-15 minute walk from the Acropolis. (to access the CYA webcam and the view from the third floor balcony of the its Academic Center overlooking the Marble Stadium Plaza, the Philopappou Hill, and the Parthenon on the Acropolis go to Rutgers Study Abroad has worked in collaboration with College Year Athens/Dikemes for over 20 years. Known for its state of the art facilities and friendly and experienced administrative staff, it is committed to making this experience a highlight of the student’s academic life. CYA administrators have an “open door” policy,  in  addition to your professor, the Director of Student Affairs is always on hand to deal with any problems and to give encouragement and help.


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