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.

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 2023 the course will be capped at 20 students.

Eligible to apply in 2023 are senior high school students from:

  • Senior High Schools of the Argolis region,
  • Senior High Schools of Western Attica,
  • Odyssey Charter School in Delaware, USA, and
  • the winner of the international leg of the annual Panhellenic Philosophical Essay Competition for High School Students.

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