JULY 31 - AUGUST 14, 2022 


Living Greek in Greece is an intensive Ancient Greek language and literature experience set in the Peloponnese. In two seminar-style meetings every day, participants read and discuss Ancient Greek literature and philosophy. To the extent possible, the language of instruction in these seminars is Attic Greek.

In addition to the daily seminar sessions, the program includes a variety of optional programming designed to build students’ facility in speaking and understanding Greek, as well as lectures on topics relating to Greek philosophy, history and culture. The program also features a trip to an important site in Greece that is relevant to the year’s theme.

In 2022 the theme for Living Greek in Greece is “adventure and travel.” Participants will read selections from Lucian's True History and Homer's Odyssey and visit the Ionian islands of Kephalonia and Zakynthos.


Participants should know the basics of Greek grammar. This usually means the equivalent of one year of college Ancient Greek. No experience speaking Greek is required, but experienced Greek speakers are also encouraged to apply. Paideia alumni and Nexus members are particularly encouraged to apply.

Participants must be 18 years or older. Students under the age of 18 should consider Living Greek in Greece High School.


Classes at Living Greek in Greece are held at the Hellenikon Idyllion, a hotel and Hellenic cultural center located in the charming seaside village of Selianitika on the north coast of the Peloponnese. Classes take place outdoors in a lush garden, just a few meters from the beach.



The tuition for Living Greek in Greece is $2500. This includes instruction and transportation, group meals, and housing during the weekend trip to Kefalonia and Zakynthos. It does not include housing in Selianitika. The Institute will also operate a free shuttle to and from Athens on arrival and departure day. Participants should bring their own edition of the program’s main text.


Participants are free to arrange their own housing in Selianitika (housing during the weekend trip will be provided by the Institute). The Paideia Institute has negotiated discounted group rates with trusted housing providers in dorm, hotel, and apartment style accommodations. Approximate rates for each type of lodging for the duration of the program are listed below. Contact information for housing providers and group discount codes will be provided upon acceptance.

Dorm accommodation at the Hellenikon Idyllion: $450
Hotel room shared with another participant: $750
Single Hotel Room: $1000
Apartment at the Hellenikon Idyllion (limited availability): $950

Airfare, transportation to and from the airport, daily expenses for meals, and spending money are not included in the cost of tuition. The cost of life in Greece can vary greatly depending on one’s tastes, but at the very least we recommend that participants budget €20/day for food. Please consider the exchange rate when planning your budget.


The Paideia Institute is able to offer a number of full and partial scholarships to students with financial need. Please visit our scholarships page to learn more. 


If this program is canceled due to COVID-19, an online alternative will be offered for the price of the deposit.  If you feel more comfortable doing Living Greek from home in 2022, consider our online offerings through Telepaideia.