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Study Abroad
Alternative Tourism

If you ask a Greek where to travel in Greece, they will list the beach, the mountains, the villages, the cities. They will say that everywhere is worth visiting, and they are not incorrect. Because of this, Greece’s main industry is tourism. In 2016, travel and tourism supported 423,000 jobs – 11.5% of total employment.

Most people who visit Greece hop from island to island and miss the sunrise at the top of Olympus or the quiet walk down a village street or the gastronomy of Thessaloniki. However, people are becoming more open to new experiences, allowing Alternative Tourism to thrive. Alternative Tourism is when a traveler experiences a location from a point of view different from those offered through mass tourism options. Alternative travel is becoming more popular in Greece, a place that offers far more than the view from one island.

Students who take courses in the Alternative Tourism program will use case studies to better understand the tourism industry, and they will gain a broader view of alternative tourism opportunities. Also, students will have the chance to experience alternative tourism themselves through water sports, mountain sports, and even the simple act of living in the city of Thessaloniki.


Course Selection

The Alternative Tourism Program offers four 3-credit courses (12 credits in total). Students may take additional courses if they wish to do so with extra charge.

For Fall & Spring Terms:

To ensure a well-rounded education during your stay in Greece, international students are required to include these cultural offerings in their selected courses:

  1. Greek Cultural Experience Course
  2. Service Learning Course

The remaining courses are selected from a course list provided to the applicant upon request.

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