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Greece Spring Recess

The Southern Connecticut State University
Department of mathematics and Education Presents:
The 2017 International Field Study in Greece





This Field study in Greece will provide students international experiences in the area of mathematics, mathematics education, and STEM related activities in Patras, Samos, and Athens. In those cities, SCSU students will visit university classes, elementary and high school classes to observe the culture of such classes, attend lectures. The students will participate in STEM activities at the Patras' Science Center – an interactive STEM center. Furthermore, the students will visit the island of Samos, birthplace of Pythagoras, where they will attend lecture on Pythagoras and his discoveries, such as the Pythagorean theorem. One last experience will be the visit to Cape Sounion in Athens, the most southern point of the main land.

At each place of visits, the students will be guided on the culture and history of Greece, highlighting the impact to philosophy, art and architecture, sciences, and mathematics through the years.

Course contribution: This special topics course and international experience will expose mathematics majors and education majors to the culture of teaching and learning at the University of Patras in Greece; STEM activities of the Science Center in Patras; and visit to the island of Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras and the University of the Aegean where it houses the School of Sciences - consisting of the Departments of: Mathematics, Information and Communication Systems Engineering and the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. During the visit to the cities, the students will be exposed to the history of Greece, thus a glimpse to mathematics integrated with history, philosophy, and architecture.

MAT 398- Special Topics in Mathematics (3 credits)
EDU 298/599 – Special Topics in Education (3 credits)
MAT 398 will allow students to (a) experience and international culture of teaching of mathematics; (b) provide a hands-on STEM laboratory activity; (c) visit Pythagora's birthplace and attend lectures at the universities; (d) visit elementary and high school classes.

Requirements and prerequisites are listed in the undergraduate and graduate catalogues. Instructor permission is required for each course. A health report, release of liability, and insurance coverage must be provided by each participant. Students should have student records free of disciplinary problems.

Program Fee Includes:
• All transportation
• Airfare
• Lodging and one meal per day
• Admission to Acropolis

Program Fee Does Not Include:

SCSU registration fee for the credit, personal expenses, books, snacks, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements.

It is strongly recommended that students bring an additional $500 for on-site expenses.The Program accepts no responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if so desired; in particular, students are urged not to bring valuable jewelry or expensive electronic equipment with them. The Program reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.

Students who qualify for the Guaranteed Student Loan Program should consult with their financial aid officer and request additional aid for study abroad. Students must apply and be accepted to the Program; preference will be given to full-time students enrolled in degree programs. Students from other colleges and universities are welcome to apply.

A deposit of $1,000.00 is due when the application is submitted to the OIE. The deposit is non-refundable once the student is notified by the faculty trip leader of their acceptance into the program. This guarantees participation in the program and reserves lodging. A last payment of $1,100.00 is due on February 15, 2017.
Fees are based upon historical program costs and current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs may result in additional fees being charged. The university reserves the right to change the itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip. In the event that additional fees exceed the present costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and will receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on December 1, 2016, and there will be no refunds after that date.

Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.
Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Director of the Office of International Education.The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.

For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at
(203) 392-5222, or
*Deposits will be refunded in full if this application is rejected by the program Directors.

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Maria Diamantis, Ed.D.
Mathematics Department
Office: EN D 133
Phone: (203) 392-6143