Health, security, safety and the well being of every student and faculty member are of paramount importance and absolute priority. Emergency protocols outline the main procedures that must and will be followed in response to extraordinary circumstances, various emergencies, and cases of crisis.
All students must carry international student medical insurance.
A local network of collaborating medical doctors and specialists (general medical practice doctors, pathologist, surgeon, gynecologist, dentist, urologist, radiologist, pneumologist, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist), pharmacies, general hospital and local clinic facilities at Nafplion and Argos has been set in place to handle medical emergencies and meet the medical needs of the students. The Center's medical network is coordinated by Dr. Ioannis Skliris (general pathologist) who is responsible for initial diagnosis and further referrals for medical treatment. Evacuation of a student may be implemented in cases that the medical treatment, physical safety and well being of the student is better served.
Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Greece has NOT been affected by the Coronavirus (so far, only 8 light cases have been reported in a population of 11 million people; there are no reported deaths). The Greek State is taking all necessary precautions and measures to control and contain the coronavirus. We will be primarily working outdoors in relatively high temperatures (non-conducive environment for the contagious virus) or in a classroom with minimal contact with crowded areas.
The State Department Travel Advisory lists Greece under normal Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions):
USC policy on coronavirus, here.
Safety & Security
The security and safety of all members of the center is our highest priority. Following our emergency protocols and procedures ensures a safe, educational, and culturally immersive experience. Below are brief outlines of our safety services and emergency procedures.
The center begins preparing students and faculty before their arrival on-site. This includes the following:
- Preparing cellphone SIM cards with all necessary contact information for the center
- Preparing barcoded photo-ID cards
- Registering students with their country’s embassy in Athens
- Pre-departure off-campus orientation, including distribution of brochures and lists of useful information, maps, information on public transport, local laws and customs, information on emergency protocol, medical information
By the time students and faculty arrive at the Center in Greece they will be well prepared for a fun, educational, and safe experience.
Student Arrival and Orientation:
On arrival at the Athens’ airport, students will be met by the Student Services Coordinator. Once all the students are gathered, the Coordinator and the center’s drivers will transport everyone to Nafplio. This eliminates the need for public transit and allows us to ensure a safe arrival for everyone. Upon arrival, students will receive their initial orientation (including a guided tour at Mycenae, Argos, and Nafplion) where important information, numbers, and other documents will be provided. In addition to this initial orientation, there will be weekly follow-up orientation sessions on a variety of topics.
Students will travel extensively through Center-sponsored faculty-led field trips and educational excursions. Students may also take trips planned on their own during holidays, breaks, or free weekends. However, there are requirements that students will be required to follow:
- Students must travel in groups of at least two
- Students must contact the Student Services Coordinator daily
- Students must submit all travel plans before leaving the Center
- Any deviation from this itinerary must be reported
- Students are prohibited from renting automobiles or motorbikes while participating in the program.
Additional information will be provided to students during their orientation sessions.
The information on this page is only a summary of the resources and information provided to students and faculty of the American Center of Archaeology at Mycenae. If you would like to inquire about specific information please email [email protected]