Crete is the largest and southernmost island in Greece. The island has a remarkable history, visible at the ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos, the Venetian fortresses of Rethymno and the Venetian port of Chania. Cretan people are very proud of their culture, particularly their musical traditions. In Crete, you will find beautiful beaches and busy cities but also traditional and remote villages in the mountains.
The program was established by Nicholas and Nancy Vidalakis, who are of Cretan decent, to create a dynamic partnership between Crete, Greece and the United States, and to allow Hellenic ideals- the foundation of Western Civilization and particularly American society- to further flourish. To meet some of the program requirements, Drexel has partnered with the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (TEI), which is located in the city of Heraklion. Through this collaboration students receive job placement assistance as well as in-country support. Students also have the opportunity to partake in a variety of cultural excursions and meet other exchange students from around Europe, such as from the Erasmus program. Over 50 students have participated in the program from various majors including, but not limited to, business, communication, hospitality, international area studies, and psychology.