HARVARD SUMMER PROGRAM IN GREECE
27 JUNE – 31 JULY 2016
If you are planning to pursue academic study abroad this summer, we invite you to consider the Harvard Summer Program in Greece.
The program, now in its fifteenth year, is one of the oldest and most successful Harvard study-abroad programs. The five-week course (27 June – 31 July 2016) is divided between the seaside town of Nafplion, and the historical city of Thessaloniki. Greece is an ideal place for summer study: traces of ancient history and culture are found everywhere, and the country has been an important meeting point between East and West across the centuries. The beautiful climate and landscape are additional sources of inspiration.
Eight interrelated week-long seminars offer a stimulating approach to cultural exchange, with an emphasis on the legacies of Hellenism, and on imperial encounters in the Mediterranean. The program’s richness is due to its interdisciplinary nature and the diversity of its faculty and students. The seminars combine linguistic, literary, and historical methodologies, while several faculty members (classicists, historians, literary and theater critics) attend each class, making it a real laboratory for collaborative thinking. Our discussions continue over dinner under the olive trees. In the past twelve years students have come from as far afield as the US, England, France, Bulgaria, Greece, Guatemala, Turkey, China, and the Philippines.
Weekend excursions take us to some of the country’s most important ancient, medieval, and contemporary sites, such as Athens, Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Vergina. A rich program of guest lectures, and dramatic performances at the ancient theater of Epidaurus, complete the curriculum. Weekly trips to the beautiful and relatively untouched beaches of the Peloponnese and Northern Greece enable us to enjoy the natural landscape and appreciate its fragility. Whether you are a student of the classics or modern literature, a historian or a scientist, this program will offer you unique insight into the history and representations of cultural interaction between East and West from antiquity to the present day.
The course carries 8 credits that in the past have included – but are not restricted to – classics, literature, and history. The course also counts towards Harvard General Education credit. In the past, participants have been recent high school graduates, undergraduates, graduate students, or independent scholars. Please note: Students must be at least 18 years old and in good academic standing to apply.
Applications are due January 28, 2016.
Students will be notified of admission decisions by mid February.
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We are looking forward to receiving your application!