About the 2017 Summer Study Opportunity in Athens:

Participating students will take two courses at the beautiful campus of DEREE, the American College of Greece: one course in Greek language or Greek history, and one course in ancient Greek art history.

Program Dates: June 26 to July 29, 2017

Students should plan to arrive in Athens on June 26 and the departure date is July 29, 2017. Orientation at the American College of Greece occurs on June 27. Final exams are given on July 28.

Costs and Scholarships

The cost for the academic program and accommodations is approximately $3000, not including excursion fees and airfare. The complete cost of the program (including travel to Greece, excursions, etc., but excluding food) is approximately $6,000.

To help defray costs, a scholarship fund has been established through the efforts of the Boston University Philhellenes, the Department of Classical Studies, the Hellenic Studies Fund, and the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship. This fund will provide scholarships, of not less than $1,000, to each student granted an award. Scholarship recipients are asked to take one course in Greek language upon their return to Boston.

How to Apply

Interested students should submit the following materials to the Department of Classical Studies (STH 414) or to the Core Curriculum office (CAS 119) no later than March 31st:

  1. Unofficial transcript, printed from the Student Link
  2. A brief statement (1-2 pages) explaining why you would like to study in Greece
  3. A writing sample (a paper submitted for one of your classes)

Early applications will receive priority. Scholarship applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Students, including scholarship recipients, will apply directly for admission to the American College of Greece with the guidance of Emily Whalen, BU’s Advisor for External Programs. It is essential that the paperwork needed for transfer of credits is on file at BU Study Abroad by the May 1st deadline for summer study.

A checklist for applicants to external programs is available at www.bu.edu/abroad/find-programs/for-bu-students-only/external-programs.


Students will live in modern apartment-style residences on DEREE campus in the Agia Paraskevi suburb of Athens, featuring fully equipped kitchens, marble bathrooms and floors, outdoor balconies, complimentary laundry facilities and fitness center, a quiet study area, and a large lobby with TV, DVDs and games for casual group gatherings. The program fee includes a double bedroom within a shared apartment; private studio apartments are available for an additional fee.

Courses and Activities

Courses in beginning Modern Greek and Greek history will be taught by BU faculty members Kelly Polychroniou and L. J. Samons; the Arts of Athens course will be taught by a faculty member of the American College of Greece. These courses will be approved for transfer to Boston University.

Beyond their coursework in Athens, students will make excursions to such sites as Delphi, Corinth, Mycenae, and Nauplion.

Additional Information

Questions about the program can be addressed to Prof. L. J. Samons at ljs@bu.edu or to the staff in the Department of Classical Studies at 617-353-2427. For information about the American College of Greece, visit www.acg.edu.

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
The VII Capital Group The Alpha Omega Council of Boston
The Boston University Hellenic Studies Fund The NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship
Ms. Joyce Deliyiannis (HELPIS)

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Boston University Philhellenes (BUPh) Project in support of the Summer Study Opportunity in Greece, please make your check out to “Boston University” and write “Classics, #9300000706″ in the memo line so that your donation will be directed to the appropriate fund. Send the check the Department of Classical Studies, attn: BUPh, Boston University, 745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA, 02215. All donations will be gratefully acknowledged.