Greece - Maroneia in the Mediterranean Context

ARTH 397 | 3 Credits

Funded Program - Information Session April 5

Information Session - Wednesday April 5 at 1pm in Lasserre Room 210. 

In addition to receiving a $1000 Go Global Award, flights, accommodations and meals will be covered for selected students.

Students in any program at UBC are eligible to apply, but we strongly encourage students in Art History; Visual Art ; Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism; Near Eastern & Religious Studies (now AMNE); Anthropology, or History.

Apply by April 13

About the Program

This course is led by Georgios Makris, Faculty of Arts

  • Travel dates: 15 June – 4 July
  • Course credit: ARTH 397, 3 credits
  • Format: In person
  • Locations visited: Komotini and Maroneia, Greece
  • Program Fee: $415 Go Global Fee
  • Funding:In addition to receiving a $1000 Go Global Award, flights, accommodations and meals will be covered for selected students.
About the Course                                                                                                               

This course investigates the medieval port city of Maroneia in northern Greece in its wider Mediterranean context. The primary objective of the course is to train students in significant values and archaeological methods, including data analysis and management, the close study of excavated artifacts, and the digitization of excavation archives, such archaeological diaries, photographs and drawings. Students will also gain an understanding of the material culture and archaeological remains of medieval Greece as well as insights into how these are made accessible and available to the academic community, the classroom, and the wider public. These objectives will be achieved through hands-on experience of archaeological fieldwork and study as part of the Maroneia Archaeological Project (MAP). The project involves the processing and sorting of archaeological finds, including ceramics, that have been collected through excavation; their interpretation with the aim of understanding the connections a medieval harbor in northern Greece had with the outside world; and the examination of excavated medieval houses, tombs and churches. In addition to contributing to the study of archaeological materials, students will attend seminars on Classical and Byzantine archaeology in Greece and visit important museums and cultural heritage sites in northern Greece. In addition to introducing students to the landscape of modern Greece, this type of work in the field will foster a collaborative spirit among students and will promote the value of teamwork. Finally, students will be encouraged to use the data and finds they studied in the field to initiate their own individual course projects.

Experience in the Field

A typical week involves work on the project five full days (7:00-15:00), with breaks, lunch and late afternoon siesta, while weekend days will be spent on one-day field trips and visits to museums and local collections with the other day usually being a beach day. Each day, students will rotate between roles and tasks, from processing and sorting archaeological finds, to photographing, to digitizing archival materials, to documenting buildings and walls at the archaeological site. The majority of the work will take place in storage spaces and conversation labs, but at least two days a week will be spend at the archaeological site in hot and dry climate. It will be important to prepare for the physicality of the work.

Eligibility Requirements
General Global Seminar requirements

To participate in a Global Seminar, students must: 

  • Be in good-standing in their faculty (I.e. not be under academic or non-academic discipline) 
  • Have full-time status in the year leading up to the Global Seminar 
  • Have completed 1st year requirements before the start of the program (i.e. 2nd year standing or above) 
  • Have at least a 70% academic average in your last full-time academic session before applying 
  • Maintain a 70% academic average leading up to the program 
  • Meet any program specific requirements listed below including pre-requisites before participating 

Final selection will be done by the lead faculty program directors. Spots in the program may be limited. 

Students who wish to participate in the summer after graduating may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.

Program-specific requirements
  • Students in any program at UBC are eligible to apply, but we strongly encourage students in Art History; Visual Art ; Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism; Near Eastern & Religious Studies (now AMNE); Anthropology, or History.

Program Fees and Costs
Program fee: $415 Go Global Fee
  • Accommodation  
  • Program- related travel in-country; (e.g. buses)  
  • Flight costs
  • Meals
Not Included:  
  • UBC tuition for credits  
  • Visa/country entrance fees  
  • Health or travel insurance  
  • Personal spending money*  

*Some examples of incidentals are: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the Program Fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.  


Students will stay at a hotel in downtown Komotini, the nearest town to Maroneia (about a 10-minute drive from town to archaeological site and archaeological lab). Each student will have their own room with amenities and full bathroom. Breakfast will be included.

Application Deadline 

Thursday April 13, 2023 (11:59pm PST)

How to Apply 

Students apply through the Go Global Gateway. Applications will open in early October. Go to “search experiences” from the top menu, search “GSP,” then press “apply search.” Scroll down to the program you wish to apply to and select Apply for “Summer” to initiate an application.

There are several short-answer questions. Please make sure to be specific about what you hope to learn by engaging with the archaeology of Greece.

After the deadline, students’ applications will be reviewed by Go Global and the faculty program directors. You may be asked to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

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To withdraw from your program, you must contact Go Global by email to request a withdrawal.  You will not be charged until you officially accept your spot in the program.  Refunds cannot be issued after the program fee is charged to your SSC account. 

In the case of withdrawal, Go Global Award funding must be returned in full.

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Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.

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Global Seminars and COVID-19

Students and faculty are required to comply with the entry requirements of the host country, regulations of transportation carriers, and any local public health orders in the destination. These rules may require COVID-19 vaccination for entry or to participate in certain program activities, testing requirements, masking requirements, and/or isolation in case of infection. Alternatively, where isolation due to infection is not required by local health authorities and students are sharing accommodations isolation may be a challenge. We encourage you to review local requirements before applying and before departure. Check out the Global Affairs Canada Advisory ( under Entry Requirements for your Global Seminar destination to learn more.  Keep in mind that program conditions can vary and these rules can change before or during your trip.

Once it becomes closer to the departure date, the group will be informed of all updated local requirements and COVID-19 safety plans for the Global Seminar.


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