The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
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Summer session students on Crete. Photo: Emil Penarubia

Summer Sessions




The Summer Sessions of the American School of Classical Studies are an intensive introduction to Greece from antiquity through the modern period. The individuals selected for this program are normally graduate and advanced undergraduate students and high school and college teachers with clear evidence of interest in the Classical world as well as academic preparation in this area. Enrollment is open to North American graduate and advanced undergraduate students and to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects and is limited to twenty participants per session.

The program emphasizes the topography and monuments of Greece in their historical context, the interpretation of literature and historical writings, and how ancient sources may be used to interpret archaeological discoveries.  Each of the two sessions has twenty members, and each session lasts approximately six weeks. Three weeks are spent in and around Athens, and three visiting the major sites in other areas of Greece.
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For 2015, Session I will be directed by Professor Michael Lippman of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and will extend from June 8 to July 22. Session II will be directed by Professor Timothy F. Winters of Austin Peay State University, and will extend from June 15 to July 29.

For additional questions or information, contact Professor Christina A. Salowey, Hollins University, Chair of the Committee on the Summer Sessions at

Applications to the summer program can be found here. Application fee is $25. Deadline extended to January 30, 2015. Letters of recommendation are due by January 30 and are submitted online at

A typical day starts at 7:00 AM and ends at 7:00 PM. The program is intense and operates seven days a week, so there is rarely free time. There is much walking; many sites require a climb and the Mediterranean sun can be brutal in the summer, so members should be in good physical shape. There is a great deal of travel, the majority of which is done by bus. Lunch tends to be picnic style, and stops for swimming are scheduled whenever possible. Each member is expected to give two oral reports of about twenty minutes each during the summer. Topics are assigned by the director. Sample 6-day itinerary.

There are three extended trips outside of Athens. These vary from session to session, but traditionally include six days on Crete, 10 days in the Peloponnese and a week in Northern Greece. Of the ca. 60 sites and museums visited during these trips, the following are normally included: Knossos, Phaistos, Corinth, Isthmia, Nemea, Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidauros, Sparta, Mystra, Pylos, Bassai, Olympia, Thebes, Delphi, Thermopylae, Dimini and Sesklo, Vergina, Pella, and Olynthus.

While in Athens, members study many of the important monuments and sites in the city itself, such as the Acropolis, Agora, and Kerameikos, as well as those in the vicinity of Athens. Several day-trips are made to sites in Attica, which often include Sounion, Rhamnous, Thorikos, Aegina, Marathon, Brauron, and Eleusis.

An attempt is made to ensure that each session includes undergraduate students, graduate students, high school teachers, and college professors, though there is no quota for any category. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability.

The American School is not a degree-granting institution. No grades are given for its programs, nor are transcripts provided. An optional final exam at the end of each Summer Session is given, and the director of a session will, upon request, write a letter to the member’s home institution recommending that credit be granted, provided that the member has satisfactorily participated in the program and passed the final exam.

The fee of $5,000 covers the entire six weeks in Greece.  This includes tuition, meals in Loring Hall, lodging for the entire period, travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare to and from Greece, most meals (Saturday dinner and Sunday meals in Athens, and all meals outside of Athens), and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships through the School. They are awarded on the basis of academic merit.  (Rates and fees are subject to change without notice.)

There are scholarships sponsored by the ASCSA and other organizations available; however, they are limited in number. We urge you to seek aid from other sources including your own institution.

Any U.S. or Canadian citizen who plans to spend more than 90 days in Greece and/or any other member of the Schengen block of countries (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) within a six-month period must obtain a special visa BEFORE entry into the Schengen zone. This visa must be issued by a Greek consulate/embassy in a country where the applicant is a resident, and the application process can take two or more months. The summer sessions themselves account for 45 of these days and any participant who plans to combine, for example, a spring or fall study abroad program with the ASCSA Summer Sessions may exceed the 90-day limit.  For further information, click here.