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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Lausanne, Switzerland; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Follow the students' adventures on the program blog:

Olympic Odyssey Blog 2015

Olympic Odyssey Blog 2014

What You Need to Know

Trace the history and culture of the Olympic movement through some of its most significant sites.  Your odyssey begins in London, where you'll examine the impact of the 2012 Summer Games.  From there you'll visit Paris, the birthplace of the modern Olympic movement, and Lausanne, the present-day "Olympic Capital" that has been home to the International Olympic Committee since 1945.  You'll end in the ancient city of Athens, host of the first modern Olympics and the 2004 Summer Games.  Along the way you'll meet with Olympic development committees to understand international sports from a strategic sport management perspective.

A student's perspective on the program:

"As I reflect on the most amazing trip that I have ever been on I begin to think about Olympia, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Monalisa, Big Ben and the London eye. To be able to travel to four countries in a span of 2 weeks is not something that many people my age can say. I think about the people I have met along the way and the friendships that were created on this trip and I know that this experience will never be duplicated. I definitely feel that I have become an even more cultured man with an even greater respect for those who live in much more poverty then I do. I can truly say that this will be a journey I will never forget and on that note this is my Olympic Odyssey and I would like to thank everyone who helped make this quest much more then a class trip." Greg F.; Syracuse University.

Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate students are eligible to apply to this program.

Travel and Living

A group flight is arranged for this program and included in the program fee (program fee TBD) . All transportation within Europe is also included in the program fee.

Students are housed in shared rooms in a hotel in London, Paris, Lausanne, and Athens. Breakfast is included throughout the program. At least one dinner in each city is also included. Students are responsible for the rest of their lunches and dinners.  Internet is available in all locations.

Space in this program is limited. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


Olympic Odyssey
SPM 357/600, 3 Credits, Undergraduate

Olympic Odyssey (3 credits) will explore the history of the ancient and modern Olympic Games and their influence on modern sport through first hand exploration of Olympics sites. The business as well as the competitive athletic aspects of the Olympic movement will be studied and the influence the IOC plays on sport in modern times. The organizational aspects of the IOC will be studied in depth as well as the process used to select an Olympic City. The student will visit four major venues of past and present Olympic activities. They include; London, the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Paris the city of the original congress forming the modern Olympic movement. Lausanne, Switzerland, home to the IOC, the Olympic Museum, and the Olympic Studies Centre, and Greece with stops in Athens the site of the 2004 Olympics and Olympia the ancient home of the Greek Olympics. Students will document the trip through an account in diary form, a reflection paper based on a selected topic, and a review of an assigned book.

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.



Patrick T. Ryan
teaches in the Department of Sport at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University.  He has held senior sales positions in the software, communications, and information technology industries.  Ryan's areas of focus include sales, management, and technology.


 Program begins  May 15, 2017 
 Program ends  June 2, 2017
 Application Deadline   February 10*

* Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,468 (2016 rate)
 Program Fee   $4,850 (estimated) 
 Total  $8,318 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change. New rates will be posted in March.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Books & Supplies: $50
Personal: $200
Meals: $500

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.