Harvard Summer Program in Greece

Program’s identity and key information

Interested in participating at the Harvard Summer Program in Greece? Visit the Program’s webpage on the Harvard Summer School website.

About the program


This five-week-long summer course is one of the oldest and most successful Harvard study-abroad programs. Divided between the seaside town of Nafplio and the historical city of Thessaloniki, the program has in its scope the promotion of cross-cultural understanding by exploring some of the major cultural traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean–and, more broadly, the world we live in–, their points of overlap, mutual influence, and strategic divergence.

Since the summer of 2002, when it was launched, a total of over 320 students from the four corners of the world have come to Greece, for this intensive course on comparative cultural studies.

Seminars and structure

The Harvard Summer Program in Greece is fundamentally interdisciplinary, combining historical, literary, philosophical, and linguistic approaches to cultural exchange. The pedagogical model is interactive and research-driven, with faculty members and students exchanging ideas around the seminar table, making it a real laboratory for comparative and collaborative thinking. There are eight week-long seminars taught in English and each of them meets Monday through Thursday, for a total of four two-hour periods. Seminars run in pairs over the first four weeks of the course; the fifth week is devoted to the writing of the final ten-page paper. You may view the 2020 Syllabus of the program closer to the next call for applications.

Furthermore, an essential part of the program’s curriculum are the weekend excursions to renowned historical and archaeological sites, along with various other extracurricular activities.

Eligibility and scholarship opportunities

The program is addressed to Harvard college students, as well as undergrads from universities around the globe. There are no prerequisites, apart from being in good academic standing and proficiently skilled in English.

Like with every other Harvard Summer School program, Harvard applicants are eligible to funding opportunities from the Office of Career Services. Additionally, support from the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington enables the program to further enhance the diversity of its student body through competitive scholarships to three students from the Fudan University in China and the University of Patras in Greece.

CHS Greece and the Harvard Summer School program

Since 2008, the program has benefited further from the establishment of CHS Greece. Seminars and workshops take place at the Center’s facilities in Nafplio and CHS Greece supports administratively and logistically the program. Additional strong academic links, through the establishment of research fellowships, guest lectureships and an additional University of Patras student scholarship, have been forged owing to CHS Greece institutional stature.

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