Program’s identity and key information
- Organizer: CHS Greece, in cooperation with Harvard’s Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, supported by Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
- Dates: July 1–16, 2021 (two and a half weeks)
- Location: Online
- Open to: Senior high school students (up to 24 positions per year)
- Program Faculty: Nicolas Prevelakis (Harvard/CHS), Don Tontiplaphol (Harvard), Tracey Rosen (Harvard)
- Program Director: Nicolas Prevelakis
- Program Coordination: Matina Goga (CHS Greece, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Program Teaching Fellows: Five undergraduate Harvard students
- Held: Annually
- Application deadlines: Opens on February 2nd, closes on March 31st 2021
- Collaborating institutions: Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning, Odyssey Charter School, Wilmington, Delaware, USA, Fulbright Foundation in Greece, Offices of the Secondary Education in Argolis and in Western Attica
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.
Due to the pandemic, the program will take place via Harvard zoom with the use of additional Harvard-offered web-based tools. If conditions allow it, a follow-up in-person final session of the program may be organized at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, during the academic year 2021–2022.
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.
Participants attend an extra session in which the American educational system is presented by experts like the Educational Advisor and American Program Coordinator of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece. This session provides students with information about educational opportunities and university application procedures in the US, allowing them to explore a wide range of options for continuing their studies in American institutions of higher education.
A visiting instructor from the Arsakeia Schools of the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning participates in the program every year as a result of the ongoing collaboration between the two institutions. The visiting instructor is introduced to the program’s content and methodology, attending some of the HSSP seminars and optionally giving a lecture to the students.
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 2021 the course will be capped at 24 students.
Eligible to apply in 2021 are senior high school students from:
- the Senior High Schools of the Argolis region (17 positions),
- the Classical Arsakeio Senior High School in Psychiko, Attica (2 positions),
- the Odyssey Charter School, Wilmington, Delaware in the United States (1 position),
- the Senior High School of Zefiri, Western Attica (1 position),
- the 1st Senior High School of Megara, Western Attica (1 position),
- the Senior High School of Erythres, Western Attica (1 position),
- the 2nd Senior High School of Ano Liosia, Western Attica (1 position).