Summer Study Opportunity in Greece

American College of Greece

June 30 – July 29, 2014 (dates of the Deree/ACG Summer Session II)

The program will consist of two courses to be taught on the beautiful campus of DEREE—The American College of Greece, situated in the Agia Paraskevi suburb of Athens. Students will take one course in the Greek language as well as one course in Greek culture and history. The courses in beginning Greek will be taught by Boston University faculty members (ancient Greek: Steve Esposito; Modern Greek: Kelly Polychroniou) and the other course (Arts of Athens) will be taught by a faculty member of the American College of Greece. The courses taken will be approved for transfer to Boston University.

Students will live in the modern residence complex of Deree. Deree’s apartment-style residences feature fully equipped kitchens, marble bathrooms and floors, huge furnished outdoor balconies, complimentary on-site laundry facilities, complimentary fitness center in main building, a quiet study area, outdoor area in back for relaxing, and large lobby with TV, DVDs and games for casual group gatherings. The study abroad fee offered by Deree includes a double bedroom in Deree’s apartment-style residence shared with another student. Students can choose to upgrade to a private bedroom within a shared apartment or private studio apartment for an additional fee. In addition to study in Athens (including visits to Athens’ famous historical sites and museums), students will make excursions to other cultural or historical sites in Greece.

The cost for the academic program will be approximately $3000 (not including excursion fees and airfare). We estimate the complete cost of this package (including travel etc.) to be in the neighborhood of $5,000 to 5,500 (excluding food). However, the Boston University Philhellenes organization, the Department of Classical Studies, the Core Curriculum, the Hellenic Studies Fund, and the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship are raising funds for scholarships (of at least $1000 per scholarship winner) to help defray the costs of this program. (For the application process see below). We hope you’ll consider studying in Greece this summer!

Application Process

Special scholarships will be available this year for students who wish to study in the summer of 2014 at the American College of Greece in Athens. Interested students should submit the following materials to the Department of Classical Studies (STH 414) or to the Core Curriculum Office (CAS 119) beginning December 1, 2013. Early applications will receive priority. The application process will end March 1, 2014.

1. Unofficial transcript (you can print one from the Student Link)

2. A brief statement explaining why you would like to study in Greece

3. A writing sample (a paper submitted for one of your classes)

Scholarship applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and students will be notified by March 15 if their application has been successful. Students will apply directly for admission to the American College of Greece and will work with Emily Whalen, BU’s Advisor for External Programs, to ensure that paperwork needed for transfer of credits is on file at BU Study Abroad by the May 1, 2014 deadline for summer study. A checklist for applicants to external programs is posted at

Courses and Activities

Students who receive scholarships will take two courses: one course in Greek culture and history and one course in beginning ancient Greek language. Students may, if their schedule permits, substitute another course from the ACG course offerings for the course in Greek culture and history. Students will visit historical sites in and around Athens and make excursions to other historical and cultural sites in Greece. For more information about The American College of Greece, visit


A number of scholarships will be available to reduce the cost of the American College of Greece summer study significantly. Students who accept a scholarship will be asked to take at least one further course in Greek language upon returning to Boston University.

Summer Study Donors

The Boston University Department of Classical Studies and the Boston University Philhellenes gratefully recognize the support of the following generous donors who have made scholarships possible for our students:

Mr. George Danis

The John and Sonia Lingos Family Foundation

Contact Information

Questions about the program can be addressed to: Prof. L. J. Samons (Dept. of Classical Studies/Core): or the Department of Classical Studies: 617-353-2427, For information about The American College of Greece, visit

Support BUPh

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Boston University Philhellenes (BUPh) Project in order to support the summer program in Greece for our students, please make your check out to “Boston University” and write “Classics, #9300000706″ in the memo line. Send the check to BUPh, Department of Classical Studies, Boston University, 745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA, 02215. All donations will be gratefully acknowledged.