For Toronto College Students, Greece Proved Life-Changer Trip

For 25 students at the University of Toronto, this summer took them very far afield, to Greece, for studies in Modern Greek Culture: People, Tradition, Languages & Cuisine – and it was an eye-opener.

Joe Zi Zhou, told the school’s paper that it was a “life changing experience,” because “I came to Greece knowing little about this land, but left with so many fond memories and a deeper understanding of its history, culture, language, and people.”

The courses were taught by Themistoklis Aravossitas, who teaches modern Greek language and culture at the Centre for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies in the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.

They got the full dose, learning about Greece’s unique contributions to world civilization, including philosophy, science, architecture, history, music, literature, and politics.

They went to Athens and saw coastal and mountain villages to learn about present day life. “This course allowed us to experience local culture, interact with local people, and of course, taste authentic, affordable local foods,” said Zhou.

They listened to lectures from local scholars, and presented work based on their own research and saw the real Greece up close.


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