High School Summer Program in Greece

Program’s identity and key information

About the Program


Launched in 2012, the CHS Greece High School Summer Program (HSSP) is an innovative program for high school seniors. 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 a course offered by the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University, and designed by Harvard faculty and teaching fellows studying at Harvard.

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, relying heavily on student participation, class discussion, writing assignments, independent research, and final presentations. They regularly 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 three hours of seminars in the morning, during which the students engage in a mixture of thought-provoking activities such as lectures, debates, projects, field surveys, presentations, and simulation games. Afternoon sessions follow with three hours of work with original philosophical and other texts, activities, teleconferences, and study periods. Additionally, the program offers online sessions with other Harvard faculty, and a community service volunteer activity. The students develop research projects which they present during the program’s final day and closing event.

Participants attend extra sessions in which the American educational system is presented by experts like the Educational Advisor and American Program Coordinator of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece. These presentations provide students with information about educational opportunities and university application procedures in the US, offering them the opportunity to explore a wide range of options for continuing their studies in American institutions of higher education. Additionally, visiting professors offer a different perspective on the notions taught during the Program. A visiting professor 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 professor spends a week in Nafplio and is introduced to the program’s content and methodology, attending HSSP sessions and optionally giving a lecture to the students. 


HSSP is 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.

Eligible to apply in 2020 are senior high school students from:

  • the General Lyceums of the Argolis region,
  • the 1st and 2nd Arsakeia Senior High Schools of Ekali,
  • the Odyssey Charter School, Wilmington, Delaware in the United States
  • the 1st General Lyceum of Elefsina, Western Attica,
  • the 1st General Lyceum of Nea Peramos, Western Attica.


In 2020 the course will be capped at 24 students. Fourteen students from the Argolis region senior high schools, two students from the Arsakeia Schools, one student from the Odyssey Charter School, Wilmington, Delaware and four students from Western Attica will be selected to participate in the program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, CHS in Greece decided to offer the HSSP 2020 online during the scheduled dates (July 2–17, 2020), with the use of Harvard-offered web-based tools by program faculty, teaching fellows, and managers. 

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