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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English Only
Academic Focus: Communication Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Description:



Delphi, Greece


The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is extending its footprint of global cultural learning and giving communication students a chance to gain valuable international field practice and experience. The "Storytelling in Greece – Murrow Abroad" program offers a month-long faculty-led Summer Semester 2018 program in Greece with two core courses of digital media PR strategy and video for the web. Storytelling in Greece gives students an opportunity to seek, find, and feature the human-interest and historical stories that interest them and their own public audiences. It is customized to provide a mix of culture and real-life business scenarios for up to 10 communication students in May 2018. The program is open to all Murrow majors, and provides a practical hands-on approach within both Strategic Communication and Journalism and Media Production courses. Greece is at the crossroads of Western influence and Middle-eastern strife. For this country known for its hospitality, storytelling and brand promotion opportunities are everywhere. Digital video and strategic public relations campaigns can be aligned to help local businesses and community groups following a barrage of recent economic and social influences. Group excursions round out the experience, bridging must-see antiquities and landmarks with the beauty of Byzantine-period monasteries and modern-day life on the seashore. Coupled with one-on-one client engagement meetings and service projects, this immersive study program helps students to come to know the Greek way of life and how to conduct business communication on behalf of these enterprises far more than what the classroom can do alone. Support for classroom and living arrangements are arranged through local partnerships to help students get to and from class efficiently and take in the heart of life within modern Thessaloniki.
Program & Learning Outcomes:
- In-person international exposure, communications collaboration, and business storytelling.
- Collaborate directly with industry professionals for concentrated learning within foreign landscape and context.
- Facilitates broader and deeper learning opportunities for students: adds to the existing learning offerings of Murrow Expeditions and Backpack Journalism, places Strategic Communications interests within a unique locale context, and fosters work projects for real-life experience, connections, and portfolio-building.

WSU Sponsoring Unit:  Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

External Partner: Acanela
Program Dates: May 13- June 1, 2018
(Note: Coursework on Blackboard starts May 8. Participants may need to depart May 12 from the US to arrive in Greece on May 13. Please note the program starts and ends in Greece, accommodations are only available the dates of the program.)
Program Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
  • Be in good academic standing at WSU.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Program Specific Eligibility: Students who are not certified will receive follow up questions from the faculty director to ensure they are academically prepared to participate in the program. 
Please Note: a minimum number of participants is needed for this program.

This program has a pre-screening deadline!!!
Pre-Screening Deadline: Applications must be completed by midnight of January 19, 2018
Application Acceptance: Students will learn if they have been accepted into the program no later than January 30, 2018
Committment Deadline: Students must commit to the program by midnight of February 1, 2018



Cost Information

Total Program Cost Estimate: $10,263 (fixed expenses & estimated addt'l expenses)

Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses).  A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.

Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU

Participation Expense* $4,190
6 credits WSU Tuition $2,964
Global Learning Application Fee $125
International Insurance Fee ($2 per day) $44
Total Paid to WSU $7,323

 *Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, and program related in-country travel.

Estimated Additional Expenses*

Personal Expenses       $900
International Airfare $1,800
In-Country Transportation for Client Visits $100
Books and Supplies $0
U.S. Passport** $140
Visa** N/A for US Citizens  N/A
     Total Estimated Additional Expenses $2,940

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.

Billing Schedule:

This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU only and does not include Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.

Financially Responsible as of: Feb 1, 2018
Program Fee Date Billed Date Due
 Participation Expense 1st Payment  $500 Feb 19, 2018
Feb 23, 2018
 Application Fee  $125
 International Insurance  $44 ($2 per day)
 Participation Expense 2nd Payment  $3,690 March 16, 2018
 WSU Tuition (6 credits)  $2,964 
Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert: Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Program payment due dates may be before aid is released.  Participants must budget accordingly.




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WSU Courses (6 credits):  
  • COMSTRAT 475 (3 credits):  International Strategic Communication 
  • COM 475 (3 credits): International Visual Storytelling 
Non-WSU Courses:  N/A

Course Pre-requisites:
  • Certified in the WSU Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Non-certified students will be contacted by the faculty director to ensure they are academically prepared to participate in the program. 
Grades and GPA:

All courses will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA unless noted as a “Non-WSU Course”.

Non-WSU Courses:
  • Will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on zzusis/MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided.   Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



Faculty-led Orientations

All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure.  Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
  • Faculty-Led and Financial Planning: This is an online training that is a required application component that provides additional details on the application process, costs of the program, billing, financial aid, and other relevant information. This training is accessible once an application is started.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application.  Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.
  • Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.


Destination Details

Site Descriptions

Greece_Athens_AcropolisLocated in Southeastern Europe, Greece is often called the birthplace of Western civilization.  In addition to the mainland, Greece has thousands of islands dotted throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas.  Home to the Parthenon temple, Acropolis, and thousands of other historical landmarks, this is a top destination for many.
  • Language: Greek is primarily spoken
  • Currency: Euro (Compare to U.S. Dollars)
  • City Size:
    • Thessaloniki: ~315,000 (2011 UNdata)
    • Athens: ~664,000 (2011 UNdata)
  • Weather:  the average temperature in May is 59-75°F

  Accommodation Information
The program will provide accommodations in mainly a home-stay, however some time will be spent in a hotel.  Daily breakfast is provided.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • Greece does not require visas for US citizens spending less than 90 days in the Schengen territories. As of 8.2017
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.



How to Apply


Pre-Screening Deadline: Applications must be completed by midnight of January 19, 2018
Application Acceptance: Students will learn if they have been accepted into the program no later than January 30, 2018
Committment Deadline: Students must commit to the program by midnight of February 1, 2018

Before the Deadline:
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. You now have an application and are in "Application Phase." Complete application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (if applicable)
Please Note: Items which say “NOT Required by Deadline” can be submitted after the deadline but are due before you depart to go abroad.
  1. Once all materials have been completed, your application will be moved to either the “pending” or “accepted” phase. 
  • “Accepted” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline.
  • “Pending” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements, and your application is being reviewed before your participation is determined.  After review, if you are accepted your application will move to the “Accepted” phase.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “accepted” phase, you will see a box appear asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the program. 
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After you commit and are in "Committed phase", complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
  4. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  5. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  6. Create your budget
  7. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information
Faculty Director:
Ryan Risenmay

Faculty Co-Director:
Kanale Rhoden

Global Learning Department:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.