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NYU Summer in Athens strives to provide students with a means of understanding Greek culture within the context of lived experience. Special emphasis is placed on visiting and exploring significant cultural and historical sites, not only in Athens but also in other parts of Greece. Field trips, cultural activities, and guest lecturers constitute an integral component of the program; students are expected to attend and actively participate in all of them.


NYU Summer in Athens combines classroom study of the language, history, literature, politics, art, and culture of Greece with cultural activities and field trips to introduce students to all aspects of Greek life. Local artists, scholars, and politicians often give presentations and lectures in class. Approaching modern Hellenic society and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, the program provides students with an appreciation of the history of modern Greek language and literature and an understanding of how the Greeks have borne their classical, Byzantine, and Ottoman historical and political experiences, even as they translate them into the modern era.

Classes are held at the Al Andar Center, a three-story Bauhaus building conveniently located in the historical center of Athens. The center has several classrooms, study areas, a library, gallery space, screening rooms, patio, and recreation areas. The surrounding neighborhood is active, with many cafes, restaurants, cinemas, stores, and opportunities to enjoy one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

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All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students stay in double rooms at the five-star St. George Hotel, a modern, air-conditioned hotel situated in the fashionable Kolonaki district. The hotel’s location, in a lively section of Athens, offers students the opportunity to enjoy a neighborhood rich in cultural diversions and leisure activities. Breakfast, linens, and a daily room cleaning service are provided. Hotel amenities include a roof garden with pool.


The program's trips and excursions are under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture and are meant to encourage students to discover and experience modern Greece through the various lenses of its rich history. Activities may include walking tours of Athens, visits to monuments and museums, evening outings to dramatic and musical performances, and a half-day trip to Attica's beautiful coastline and Poseidon's temple at Cape Sounion. Weekend trips may include the royal tombs of Mycenae, the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, the oracle of Apollo at Delphi, Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and the volcanic Cycladic island of Santorini. This year's program may also include a visit to the island of Crete, known not only for its historical and archaeological importance but also for its geophysical uniqueness and breathtaking beauty.

Excursions may also include the impressive medieval settlement of Mystras, the capital of Byzantine Greece, and the imposing Byzantine-Venetian fortified towns in mountainous Arcadia in the Peloponnese. There are also organized visits to significant sites of modern Greek history, including Nafplion, the capital of the Greek state after the 1821 War of Independence and a city known for its beautiful examples of 19th-century neoclassical architecture, as well as the Polytechnic School of Athens, site of the 1973 student uprising against the dictatorship. All these sites offer the unique opportunity for long walks, hiking, and exploration.

Undergraduate Courses

All undergraduate students must register for 8 points.

No previous language experience required for HEL-UA 9103.
Prerequisite for HEL-UA 9104: HEL-UA 103 or placement test.
As an introduction to modern Greek, this course provides students with the fundamentals of grammar, syntax, oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, and composition. Students develop the skills and vocabulary necessary to read simple texts and hold basic conversations. Students are introduced to modern Greek culture, history, and society, since the ultimate goal of the course is to enrich their understanding of multiple, living Greek realities through the language. Teaching materials include current newspaper articles, graded literary passages, songs, and various linguistic games. A sample syllabus is available upon request by e-mailing

Prerequisite: HEL-UA 104 or placement test.
Designed for students who already have a familiarity with modern Greek. Students are expected to be acquainted with the most significant structures of grammar and syntax and to have acquired the foundations for basic conversation in Greek. The course introduces students to more complex linguistic and grammatical analysis, advanced composition, and graded reading. It also provides further practice in speaking, and works to enrich the student's vocabulary. Readings and discussions of selected works of prose, poetry, and theatre serve as an introduction to aspects of modern Greek civilization and as an occasion for comprehensive discussions of contemporary Greek society. A sample syllabus is available upon request by e-mailing

Conducted in English.
This course focuses primarily on selected plays of the three leading Athenian dramatists: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Plays are analyzed critically in relation to their cultural, historical, and theatrical importance. Situating the plays within the history of Greek drama, the course also assesses their continuing influence on 20th-century notions of performance. Students have the unique opportunity of attending performances of the plays by renowned theatre troupes in the ancient theatre of Herod Atticus in Athens and in that of Epidaurus. A sample syllabus is available upon request by e-mailing 

Conducted in English.
Assuming that Athens serves as a window into Greek history and culture, this course provides students with an opportunity to encounter Greece through the architecture, monuments, art, and music of Athens. From its early beginnings as a center for art and literature, for commerce and industry, to its emergence as the capital of the new Greek state, Athens has always been a city in transition, a museum of Greek history as well as an active, living entity. It retains the traces of the political, economic, religious, and cultural history of Greece—in its streets, its buildings, its glorious artifacts and ruins—even as it struggles to move forward. Students are introduced to the beauty and history of a city whose identity is inextricably bound to mythology and to the history of a country that many regard as the birthplace of Western civilization. Visits to archaeological centers, museums, music bars, and several of the city's most important cultural and historical sites are included. A sample syllabus is available upon request by e-mailing

Conducted in English.
In the world's literary and intellectual imagination, Greece is a land of ruins and monuments. Conceptualizing and idealizing Greece's ancient past, archaeology has played a crucial role in the discursive and ideological formation of modern Greece and Neohellenism. In this course, students are introduced to several of Greece's most significant archaeological sites - sites that bear the traces of Greece's prehistoric era, its classical past, the Roman conquest, the Byzantine period, and beyond. The course seeks to assess the various ways in which contemporary Greece has borne the burden of its antiquity and how its "past glories" are inscribed in its present cultural life as a modern Mediterranean, Balkan, and European country located on the crossroads of the East and West. For this to be achieved, we will read stories of Greek travel from a host of writers. The course considers materials drawn not only from archaeology but also from anthropology, travel accounts, literature, and cultural geography. Field trips to archaeological sites and visits to museums are included. Through individual projects and written assignments, students are expected to develop their skills of observation and analysis, as well as pursue an in-depth "reading" not only of Greece's past, but also of present day Greece in all its complexity and richness. A sample syllabus is available upon request by e-mailing

Graduate Course

Conducted in English.

For description, see HEL-UA 9143 above. Graduate students will need to complete additional assignments in coordination with the instructor and faculty director. A sample syllabus is available upon request by e-mailing


Helen L. Theodoratou
Ph.D., Pittsburgh. Director of NYU Summer in Athens; Clinical Professor and Director of Program in Hellenic Studies at NYU.
Olga Taxidou
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh; Professor of Drama; Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh; Associate Dean, Scottish Universities International Summer School
Anna E. Venetsanos
M.A., New York University; Language Lecturer, Program in Hellenic Studies at NYU


  • "This study abroad program is unlike any other ... This trip was a once in a lifetime experience, and words cannot describe how grateful I am for that."
  • "What a wonderful time I've had here in Greece. This program is unlike any other I have experienced from the fantastic professors to the fun trips and excursions, and not to mention Liana's incredible enthusiasm."
  • "This trip has been such an amazing experience for me. Not only have I learned so much about Greece and had the chance to see some of the art and architecture that I have studied about for so long but I have also made so many great friends since I've been here. I cannot tell you what these last six weeks have meant to me. I've enjoyed every second of my trip."
  • "Most amazing summer of my life. The faculty and staff put so much effort into making this program so incredible. I'm recommending to all my friends."
  • "Every instructor in this program is spectacular - they make the material we are working with come alive. "
  • "I developed a passion for Greece and Hellenic Studies because of the passion the professors exude...The faculty on this trip love their country so much, and it rubbed off on my fellow students and me. Without them, Athens would be Athens. But because of them and their instruction and guidance, Athens became the most incredible place on Earth this summer."
  • "This program is so packed with fresh insight into Greece that one can't help but feel awed by everything around them...There are magical moments that spring out of the love the faculty in the program have for what they are doing, and for their students...This is a program for the students, for the experiences they want to have and are open to, and everything else is icing on the cake."
  • "Amazing experience surrounded by amazing and passionate professors that inspire love of learning."
  • "A program unlike any other, fully integrated into the city's heartbeat, by combining the tangible museums and sites with the intangible mythological and real, historical narrative of the people."
  • “I have had the most amazing summer of my life in Greece! The country is beautiful and the experience is absolutely amazing. The land is ... rich with history, and the staff are angels. This should be a semester long program.”
  • “I learned about the city of Athens, the history of Greece, its culture, and its language, in ways I could never have done without the program. I had such an amazing experience and I recommend it to everyone.”
  • “Simply amazing! The ancient Agora, the Kerameikos, the Acropolis, the site of Delphi, Crete, dozens of museums…All in six weeks! Yes, it is intense, but I loved it. I learned so much in such a short time, as well as enjoying every minute of it.” 


Athens, Greece

2016 Dates

June 18 - July 30


Greek Language, Literature & Culture



NYU School

College of Arts and Science

“It is by far the best academic study abroad program I have ever been on. The faculty and staff are truly so invested and care so much about Athens and the materials we studied that it is truly inspiring.”


NYU Global Programs
25 W. 4th Street,
First Floor
New York, NY 10012
t: 212-998-4433
f: 212-995-4103


Helen L. Theodoratou, Clinical Professor and Director of Program in Hellenic Studies, NYU

2016 COSTS

8 points are required for undergraduate students to participate in this program.  
Undergraduate Tuition: $7,792
Graduate Tuition: $5,186 for 4 points       
Program & Activities Fee: $950
Required International Health Insurance: $74.16 for 6 weeks of coverage during the program.
Housing: $2,950; includes breakfast.
PLEASE NOTE: All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are billed a standard housing rate in the spring. Housing charges will be adjusted at the end of the program based on actual housing assignments, which may result in an additional charge or credit issued in the late summer.
There is an additional registration and services fee of $404.


The following additional expenses should also be considered when budgeting for the Summer in Athens program. Please note that these are only general estimates. Interested students are encouraged to conduct their own research.

Round-Trip Flight from New York: $1,300 - $1,800

Local Transportation
Short Taxi Ride: $4.00 - $7.00
Public Transport: $2.00 per ride

Inexpensive Lunch: $5.00 – $11.00
Inexpensive Dinner: $10.00 - $17.00

Cell Phone
Prepaid Cell Phone: $15.00 - $30.00
Sim Card: $5.00 - $10.00

External Accommodations
Hostel room, per night: $10.00 - $25.00
Hotel room, per night: $35.00 - $125.00

Tourist Attractions: $10.00-$15.00 entrance fee


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