• Shoreline view on Crete

    Capstone on Global Skills in Greece

  • Athens at night

    Capstone on Global Skills in Greece

  • Olive grove

    Capstone on Global Skills in Greece

  • Students overlooking Athens

    Capstone on Global Skills in Greece


Greece is a major force in the world economy and international relations. By direct understanding of Greek culture and how to relate to Greece's citizens in a range of situations, this educational travel course provides the UNI student with an advantage in seeking career opportunities.

Program participants will visit start-up companies and established industries, explore ancient archeological sites, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Greek islands. These experiences will provide the student participant the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and capacity for working in globalized communities and learn vital skills for successful interactions in international locations and/or with international associates. 


Course Leaders

Shahina Amin, Professor

Department: Economics
Phone: 319-273-2637
Email: shahina.amin@uni.edu
Campus Address: CBB 210

Professor Amin is the Lawrence Jepson Professor of International Economics. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research includes child labor, women’s employment, and immigration. She is the faculty advisor to international students in the College of Business. She loves to travel and experience different cultures and share those experiences with her students. She has traveled to China. She has traveled with students groups to Russia as well as Brazil. She is excited to explore Greece with students in May, 2019. She believes that learning about other cultures is extremely important in this global world. 


CAP 3154: Global Skills (3 credits)

This course is designed to enhance the students' knowledge and capacity for working in a variety of global environments, with emphasis on Greece. The course builds upon the concepts and skills learned in courses and practicum and calls upon the student's working knowledge. Both the practical and academic experiences in Greek culture and society provide insight for adapting to a variety of cultures, while the experiential component involves the students exploring cross-cultural values with Greek student partners and professional experts. By providing practical and academic experience in Greek economy, culture, and society, this course enhances the student's knowledge and capacity of working in globalized communities. Anticipated outcomes include: 

  • Learning needed global organizational skills for successful interaction in international locations and/or with international associates.
  • Learning how international organizations and companies from various backgrounds and cultures work together in the same geographic location.
  • Experiencing life in a global transitional society.
  • Gaining skills in communicating thoughts, feelings, and observations in an environment different from one's home.

To view the course syllabus, click HERE. Several orientation sessions will be held during the spring semester of 2019. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on the academic requirements.


  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study. 
  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken the program's capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.


Tentative Program Dates: Monday, May 13 to Monday, May 27, 2019

Sample itinerary is subject to change. Additional visits with local companies and organizations related to the course will be added. 

Day 1: Arrive in Athens, welcome dinner

Days 2-3: Meetings with local companies and cultural tours

Day 4: Guided visit of the Acropolis Museum and archeological site; free afternoon in Athens

Day 5: Depart for Nafplion with stops at the Corinth Canal and Palamidi fortress along the way

Day 6: Guided visit to Mycenae and Epidaurus theater 

Day 7: Travel to ancient Olympia

Day 8: Guided visit of Olympia and stop at coastal village

Day 9: Guided visit of Delphi archeological site 

Day 10: Flight to the island of Crete; guided visit of Knossos Palace upon arrival

Day 11: Rethymnon city tour and tour of local business

Day 12: Chania city tour and tour of local business

Day 13: Free day to enjoy the beach

Day 14: Return to Athens, dinner show in evening 

Day 15: Depart for home

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in hotel or hostel-style rooms arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure.  Only a few meals abroad are included in the program cost.  Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

Capstone on Global Skills in Greece

Estimated Program Cost:


* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

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Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

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Room & Board:




Personal Expenses:






Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Friday, December 14, 2018
Program Dates: 
Sunday, May 12, 2019 to Monday, May 27, 2019

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is between 2.40 to 2.49, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (28 Gilchrist):
      • A letter of reference from your academic advisor supporting your pursuit of study abroad
      • An essay, which should explain why your cumulative GPA is below a 2.50, include how your cumulative GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or course, and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.