HPU Student Learns About Ancient Greece While Studying Abroad


HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 2, 2010 – Sarah Cayan, a rising junior at High Point University, is busy studying the annals of ancient history this summer. Thanks to her participation in the Study Abroad Program, she spent part of her summer in Greece.

Cayan, who is studying biology and secondary education at HPU, toured various archaeological sites throughout the country over four weeks.

“We also had the opportunity to ride donkeys in Santorini, climb the volcano of Santorini and watch the sunset from the picturesque white village of Oia,” Cayan says. “We also climbed Mt. Olympus and spent the night at a cottage on top of the mountain, as well as visited the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. We spent a week, sailing on the Aegean Sea, too.”

The trips were all part of studying “The Birth of Reason in Ancient Greece,” Cayan explains.

“The thing that was so unique about this program was that it enabled students who are unable to study abroad during the school year the opportunity to experience a new culture,” Cayan says. “This experience was the opportunity of a lifetime, as well as a significant honor to be accepted into such a prestigious university program.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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