Summer in Athens
2022 Program Dates
Student Arrival: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Student Departure: Saturday, July 23, 2022
*Please note that housing is provided for the exact dates of the program. If a student wishes to arrive earlier or depart later, the student will need to find their own accommodations.
Summer in Athens combines classroom study of the language, history, literature, politics, art, and culture of Greece with activities and field trips to introduce students to all aspects of Greek life. Special emphasis is placed on visiting and exploring significant monuments and historical sites, not only in Athens but also in other regions of Greece. Field trips, cultural activities, and guest lectures constitute an integral component of the program, and students are expected to attend and actively participate in all of them.
"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."
Undergraduate Tuition - 8 credits
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 credits
Graduate Tuition - 4 credits
Graduate Registration Fees - 4 credits
Academic Flat Fee
Program & Activities Fee
GeoBlue International Health Insurance
for 6 week program
Double Room (includes daily breakfast)
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.
Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available on the Additional Costs and Financial Assistance pages.
Approaching modern Hellenic society and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, Summer in Athens 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. Local artists, scholars, and politicians often give presentations and lectures in class, enriching the academic and cultural experience.
Classes are held at the NYU academic facility in Athens, conveniently located in the Kolonaki neighborhood and within close walking distance to student housing. The surrounding area is active, with many cafes, restaurants, cinemas, stores, and opportunities to enjoy one of the most vibrant cities in the world.
HEL-UA 9103 Elementary Modern Greek I - Venetsanos - 4 credits
No previous language experience required for HEL-UA 9103.
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 email@example.com
HEL-UA 9105 Intermediate Modern Greek I - Venetsanos - 4 credits
Prerequisite: HEL-UA 104 Elementarty Modern Greek II or language placement exam required.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
HEL-UA 9130 The City of Athens - Theodoratou - 4 credits
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 email@example.com
HEL-UA 9140 Athens: A World Mecca of Street Art and Graffiti - Staff - 4 credits
In the shadow of the Acropolis and the monuments of antiquity, we will focus on what makes Athens one of the most vibrant cities right now: its Athenian walls. This course will explore Greek street art from its early beginnings in the 1990s to its explosion after the onset of the financial crisis in 2010, the refugee “crisis” in 2015, and now the Covid-19 pandemic. We will map street art in Athens in the context of gentrification, activism, resistance, and the urban experience in general. To deepen understanding of this topic, course co-curricular events may include tours in the neighborhoods of Greece’s capital to discover walls covered by colorful free hand pieces, stencils and elaborate graffiti work, viewing documentaries about the Greek street art scene, and interviews with Greek and Athens-based street artists, graffiti crews, and street art conservators. A sample syllabus is available upon request by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
HEL-UA 9143 Greek Drama - Staff - 4 credits
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 email@example.com
CLASS-UA 9352 The Archaeology of Greece - Staff - 4 credits
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASS-GA 9201 Greek Drama - Staff - 4 points
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 email@example.com
All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students stay in double room occupancy at a modern, air-conditioned hotel situated in the central and fashionable Kolonaki district. Breakfast, linens, and a daily room cleaning service are provided. Students will not have access to a kitchen, but do have access to refrigerators in their rooms. Other hotel amenities include a roof garden with pool.
The program's included trips and excursions are designed 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 may also be 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. All these sites offer the unique opportunity for long walks, hiking, and exploration.
Students are encouraged to consult internal and external resources to prepare for their summer program. The following links may be used for general destination information, immigration needs and travel medicine planning:
- U.S. State Department Travel Information for Greece
- All admitted and confirmed students should consult The NYU Office of Global Services for immigration support.
- CDC Health Information for Travelers to Greece
- NYU Student Health Center for Travel Medicine information and appointments
Helen L. Theodoratou
Clinical Professor and Director of Program in Hellenic Studies
Director of CAS Summer in Athens
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
Professor of Drama
Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh
Associate Dean, Scottish Universities International Summer School
M.F.A., Columbia University
Filmmaker, Visiting Assistant Professor
Program in Hellenic Studies at NYU
Anna E. Venetsanos
M.A., New York University
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.”