High School Summer Program in Greece

Key information

About the program


Launched in 2012, the CHS Greece High School Summer Program (HSSP) is an innovative program for high school seniors conducted in English. HSSP offers scholarships to the participating students, from all disciplines, with the mission to enrich and broaden their educational horizons and cultivate their way of thinking, their knowledge, and their skills.

Students attend an intensive daily seminar on the topic of “Introduction to the Study of Humanity,” based on courses offered by the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University, and designed by Harvard faculty and teaching fellows studying at Harvard.

Since the global situation regarding the pandemic remains in flux and this internship is planned far in advance, we cannot guarantee that it will be possible to be held in situ. If not, the internship will take place via Zoom, and if conditions allow it, a follow-up in-person session with the students may be organized in Greece, during the academic year 2022-2023.

Seminars and structure

HSSP introduces students to the foundations of the social sciences and covers such topics as the different types of human societies, the factors that lead to social change, the relationship between morality and politics, and the role of economics, gender, and religion in today’s world. The participants experience an American college-level seminar course, relying heavily on student participation, discussion, writing assignments, independent research, and final presentations. They split into groups, in order to assure close interaction among the students and the teaching team. They also work closely with the teaching fellows from Harvard who, under the guidance of the program’s faculty, coordinate its sessions and provide the students substantial help and guidance throughout the course.

Each day consists of a seminar, during which the students engage in a mixture of thought-provoking activities such as lectures, debates, projects, presentations, and simulation games. Another session follows during which the participants collaborate closely with the teaching fellows, work with original philosophical and other texts, and participate in activities. The students develop research projects which they present during the closing event on the program’s final day.

The Educational Advisor and American Program Coordinator of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece is invited for an extra session in which the American educational system is presented, and students are informed about educational opportunities and university application procedures in the US. The scope is to broaden their horizons regarding educational and other opportunities for their future.


HSSP has been offered free of charge to all participants by CHS in cooperation with Harvard's Committee on Degrees in Social Studies since 2017, and with the support of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, since 2019.

In 2022 the course will be capped at 16 students.

Eligible to apply in 2022 are senior high school students from:

  • Senior High Schools of the Argolis region (12 positions),
  • the Arsakeio Senior High School in Thessaloniki (1 position),
  • the 2nd Senior High School of Elefsina, Western Attica (1 position),
  • the 2nd Senior High School of Megara, Western Attica (1 position), and
  • the winner of the international leg of the annual Panhellenic Philosophical Essay Competition for High School Students.

Read the High School Summer Program in Greece 2021 description in Greek.

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