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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Non-TnCIS applicants only
  • Applications open on October 1st.
Program Description:
TnCIS Greece Student
Program Location | Program Dates | Course InformationProgram Description | Accommodations | Program Fee

Chattanooga State Honors Global Leadership is a Partnership Program.  
Only students from Chattanooga State Community College are eligible to participate.
Partnership Programs are not eligible for the $100 early discount.

Program Location

We are witnessing the highest levels of displacement the world has ever seen.  The UN Refugee Agency estimates that worldwide there are more than 65 million people who have fled their homelands as a result of persecution or war.  With borders along the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Ionian Seas, the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis is unfolding on Greece’s shores with over 1 million refugees arriving there within the past few years.  These are men, women, and children who have deemed the water safer than their homelands. 

While Greece is known for its very warm and welcoming culture, when refugees arrive in Greece they find a country that is overwhelmed.  Struggling with its own economic crisis and coupled with the influx of refugees, Greece has heavily relied upon hundreds of NGOs and thousands of volunteers from around the world to help provide shelter, food, clothing, education, and medical services for these migrants.  We will be working with NGOs and community organizations in Athens to provide humanitarian relief for those in need.
Program Requirements:
  • Must meet minimum TnCIS requirements 
  • Must be currently enrolled at Chattanooga State Community College
  • Must be currently accepted in the Global Scholars Honors Program
  • Must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and be in “good standing” – this includes academic and disciplinary matters
  • Must have completed a minimum of 12 college level credit hours (by the start of the program)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to complete course assignments in advance of the travel dates
  • Must be able to walk 5 miles and carry luggage up and down stairs
  • Must apply to the program by Friday, January 19, 2018 by completing the online TnCIS application and registering for the honors BUSN 290 course at Chattanooga State during the spring 2018 semester

Program Dates

Tentative dates May 7 - 16, 2018

Course Information

Honors BUSN 290 - Global Leadership (will count as elective credit toward an AA or AS degree and honors requirement for the Global Scholars distinction)

Course Details 

Program Description

A fundamental component of leadership is service.  The honors Global Leadership course is designed to allow students to go beyond a theoretical understanding of leadership styles and principles.  Students will have the opportunity to put that knowledge into life-changing action through service learning.  Students will empirically learn the meaning of "philoxenia" and "empathy", two words that come from the Greek language and are very necessary during this challenging time. This enormous global humanitarian crisis requires action and leadership from not only government officials but also ordinary people.

Program participants will travel to Greece in May for approximately 10 days. For the majority of the program we are in the city of Athens working with directly with refugees and NGOs that serve the refugee community. 

Excursions May Include
Each day students will design and lead service projects at various NGOs located throughout Athens to assist with the humanitarian crisis. In the past these activities have included: serving as a volunteer at a community center; leading educational workshops at a local women’s center; playing games and creating crafts with children; sorting and distributing donations; providing meals to those who are displaced; planting a garden for women and children; and other activities.  The program guide will determine many of the activities based upon the strengths, interests, and talents of program participants as well as the specific needs of the local community during the time of travel. 

The program will also include excursions to a variety of historic and cultural landmarks in and around Athens.  This may include visits to the Acropolis, the National Archeological Museum, Mars Hill, Cape Sounion, and other locations. 

Class Information
The course will take place during the spring semester (January 16, 2018 – April 27, 2018) at Chattanooga State’s main campus.  The international experience will take place after the commencement ceremony in May.


Budget accommodations in a hotel in Athens will include two meals a day (breakfast and dinner). Note that room assignments will often include at least three students per room.

Program Fee


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

Applications open on October 1st.