Co-op in Crete

Through the Vidalakis Family Cretan Scholars Program, the University has created a thriving co-op program on the Greek island of Crete. The program carries Drexel’s outstanding academic tradition and commitment to experience-based learning, providing students with the unique opportunity to gain professional work experience abroad. Previous students have worked in fields including, but not limited to, interior design, biology, tourism and hospitality, and film/video production. The Vidalakis Scholars program is open to all majors and provides scholarship money and support. Through the challenges and opportunities of living and working abroad, students learn and grow as individuals and find themselves strongly positioned to succeed in the global workplace.

How to Apply

Students of all majors are eligible to apply for the Vidalakis Family Cretan Scholars Program. Interested applicants must submit a personal essay explaining their interest in Crete and provide two letters of recommendation, professional and/or academic. All applications will be reviewed and considered for an interview with the staff at the Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC). Candidates who are accepted into the program will be given a detailed orientation session by the SCDC staffing prior to leaving for Crete. Job placement assistance for the co-op in Crete is offered through Drexel University in partnership with the Technological Education Institute (TEI) of Crete.

Vidalakis Cretan Scholars can register at TEI to take classes and receive assistance with work placement and living arrangements. A staff person at TEI also provides in-country assistance and support. Students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and visas. To receive an application for the program, please contact us at


Applicants must be in good academic standing and demonstrate scholarship, responsibility, maturity and a willingness to learn a new culture. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred, but all are encouraged to apply.
  • Successful completion of one previous co-op. Exemplary candidates with no prior co-op experiences will be considered, as well as students in a 4-year, 1-co-op program.


Each Vidalakis Scholar will receive a $6,000 stipend to assist with airfare, rent, food and incidentals.

About Crete

Crete is an island of spectacular natural beauty, the site of Europe's oldest civilization, and a unique cultural environment that blends elements of contemporary Europe with an ancient village culture. The largest of the Greek isles, Crete is the southernmost point in Europe. For centuries, the island has served as a crucial stopping off point for travelers, merchants and empires moving between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. To this day, even the most casual visitor will notice the rich layering of history and will be struck by architecture that ranges from classical to Venetian to contemporary. As a student and a worker, Vidalakis Scholars will develop a matchless perspective on this remarkable locality and will create their own place within Crete's special environs.

About the Vidalakis Family

Nicholas and Nancy Vidalakis founded the Vidalakis Family Cretan Scholars program 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. The program is centered on creating opportunities for Drexel students to learn more about Crete's rich culture and history and to develop new relationships and exchange business practices with Cretan companies and institutions.

The Vidalakis family has a long tradition of supporting Cretan causes, encouraging values such as education, integrity and hard work. Dr. Vidalakis is the founder, chairman of the board and CEO of the Vidalakis Family Partnerships, a group of private companies that develop and operate large commercial shopping centers, invest in the U.S. and international securities, and provide funding for private equities and venture capital. He has founded or co-founded more than twenty-five companies. He and his wife Nancy are of Cretan descent.