You have been accepted to participate in Living Greek in Greece. We are very much looking forward to helping you develop your knowledge of Attic Greek, and to spending some time getting to know you in the Garden of the Muses in Selianitika this summer. 



This year’s curriculum for Living Greek in Greece will consist of two daily, 60-minute, seminar-style reading and discussion sessions. These sessions are divided by experience level and are conducted in Attic Greek.  

In addition, weekly lectures in English on various aspects of Greek culture, optional reading groups, and other activities will be offered.

The course will also include an out-of-town weekend trip to Zakynthos and Kefalonia. 

More precise information on curriculum and schedule will be communicated to participants closer to the start of the program.


We ask that all participants bring a good grammar and dictionary, and procure access to the selected editions of the course texts. Note that wifi is unreliable in Selianitika; it is best to download or make sure that all book resources are available offline.

Suggested Grammars

  • Herbert Weir Smythe’s Greek Grammar  –The standard Greek grammar used in American universities today. It is thorough and exhaustive, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. A downloadable PDF is also available here.
  • James Morwood’s Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek – Slender, paperback, and very accessible. Admittedly missing some topics, but extremely useful for quick reference and review of most topics.

Suggested Dictionaries

  • Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon – There are three versions of this standard Greek dictionary, the “little Liddell,” the “middle Liddell,” and the “big Liddell” (a.k.a the “Great Scott.”) The bigger the Liddell, the more examples of usage of a given word by the Greek authors provided. Most of this information is now available for free via Logeion, which also exists as an app
  • James Morwood’s Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary – Valuable for its English- Greek section.
  • S.C. Woodhouse’s English-Greek Dictionary – The largest, most extensive English-Greek Dictionary. Available for free online through University of Chicago here. A downloadable PDF is also available here.


Paideia will provide handouts with selections from Homer's Odyssey. For the Lucian edition, please acquire a copy of: Stephen Nimis and Evan Hayes, 2011, Lucian's A True Story: An Intermediate Greek Reader: Greek Text with Running Vocabulary and Commentary. This edition is available in the following locations:


You will get more out of Living Greek in Greece if you arrive with a good foundation in Greek grammar and a broad, active vocabulary. Below are some great resources for gaining the skills you need to enjoy the literature we will be reading.

  • Participants who feel a need to review their grammar and forms should peruse the aforementioned Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek by James Morwood before the program starts. This is a concise and straightforward review of Greek grammar.
  • A broad vocabulary is essential for enjoying Greek literature. The Core Greek Vocabulary List, available through Dickinson College, is an excellent resource for learning the words that most frequently occur in Greek literature. Challenge yourself to know as many of these words as possible English --> Greek before the program starts. If you like flash cards, they are available as a Quizlet set here.



The atmosphere at the Hellenikon Idyllion is relaxed and informal, and Greece is hot in August. Cool summer clothing is essential. Laundry facilities are available, but limited. The Idyllion is located on a calm, rocky beach, and we will be traveling to the Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Zakynthos.  Bring a bathing suit and a beach towel, a hat, plenty of sunscreen, and sunglasses. Linens are provided, but please bring your own bath towel. Also be sure to bring a backpack or daypack, as there will be an overnight trip. 


Cell Phones: Since participants are together for the duration of the course, purchasing a Greek cell phone is usually unnecessary. Cell service, even with a Greek SIM card, can be unreliable in Selianitika.

Internet: The main building at the Hellenikon Idyllion has a Wi-Fi connection, but it can be unstable. Participants may also access wireless internet at several cafés along the beach. Generally, Wi-Fi in Selianitika is unreliable and slow; plan on disconnecting a bit! :)

If you're interested in reaching out to course participants before or during the program, please join our Facebook group.


Medical care in Greece is first-rate and, should the need arise, the Paideia Institute has a physician on call 24 hours a day for the duration of the course. All participants must have their own health insurance covering them internationally during the full duration of their time in Greece. 

If you are taking medication, be sure to bring enough for your entire stay. There is a pharmacy in Selianitika, but not all drugs are readily accessible without a prescription, and it is better to bring one’s own supplies.

If you have a medical condition that could affect your ability to participate, we strongly urge you to share that condition with us ahead of time. This way, in the event of a medical issue, we can more quickly and efficiently arrange for your care. All such information will be held in the strictest confidence.


Living Greek in Greece takes place at the Hellenikon Idyllion, a hotel and cultural center located in a verdant garden about 5 meters from a rocky beach. Classes are held outdoors in the garden.


Participants are free to arrange their own housing in Selianitika. For hotel accommodation, we recommend the Kanelli Beach Hotel in Selianitika. To book a room shared with another participant, make arrangements using the Facebook group.

There is also housing available at the Idyllion itself in shared dorm facilities and private apartments scattered throughout the garden. 

Dorm-Style Accommodation

The most economical solution for housing during Living Greek in Greece is to stay in shared, dorm-style apartments in the Idyllion Garden. All apartments have bathrooms and kitchens, or kitchen access and are shared between 3-6 participants, matched by age and gender. These accommodations are rustic: bungalows have limited access to wifi, cell phone service, and air conditioning, and are situated in a garden setting, which can be hot, and include ants and mosquitos. They are most suitable for students on a budget, and/or hardy travelers who don’t require luxury accommodations. The cost for dorm-style housing is $500 and is payable directly to the institute together with the balance payment.

Private Apartments

There are also several private apartments available in the Idyllion garden.  These apartments range in size from small studios to larger two bedroom apartments, and some can accommodate families. The cost of the accommodations ranges from 1000 - 2000 Euros for the duration of the stay. If you are interested in booking one of these apartments, please indicate this on your enrollment form, and we will help you make arrangements.

Weekend Trip

On the weekend of August 6-7th, the program will travel to Ionian islands Kefalonia and Zakynthos. Housing, food, and transportation for the weekend trip are included in the price of tuition. During the weekend trip, participants will be housed in shared double or triple hotel rooms.

If you have any specific housing needs, we will do our best to take care of you. Please write to [email protected] with any requests.


A welcome and farewell dinner are included in the price of tuition. Otherwise, participants are expected to shop and cook for themselves, or eat in local restaurants. Housing in the Idyllion has kitchen access, and there is a grocery store in town. 


Living Greek in Greece begins with a welcome dinner the evening of Sunday, July 31st. The final day of academic programming is Friday, August 12th, though the free shuttle back to Athens from Selianitika will not leave until the 13th. Students who plan to take this shuttle should schedule their departure any time the following day on the 14th. 
Participants in this program can either make their way to and from Selianitika independently, or they can make use of a free shuttle arranged by the Institute.

Free Institute Shuttle

On July 31st and August 13th, the Institute will operate a free shuttle service to and from the Attalos Hotel in Athens, which is accessible by metro from the airport. Participants may wish to book a room at the Attalos on the night before (July 30th) or after (August 13th) the program to take advantage of this shuttle.

By Bus and Taxi from Athens

To get to Selianitika from Athens International Airport, take a taxi or public transit to the Athens Central Kifissos Bus Station (~20 mins / ~40 Euros), then take a bus from Athens to Aigio (~2.5 hours / ~20 Euros) and then take a taxi from Aigio to Selianitka (~10mins / ~10 Euros).


U.S. Citizens do not need to apply for a visa to participate in this program. Students who are not U.S. citizens may need a visa. To determine your visa requirements, please refer to the nearest Greek Consulate's website.




Once paid, the $500 deposit is non-refundable.  If a student withdraws from the course after the balance has been paid, the balance is refundable only if that student's place is filled by another student. There is no refund for students who withdraw after the start of the program.

A Student Travel Protection Plan is available for this program through Travel Guard.  For coverage information and to purchase this insurance prior to final trip payment, please visit this link. Please contact Travel Guard at 866-385-4839 with any questions.


All program participants agree to abide by the Paideia Institute’s Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action, including removal from activities or, in serious cases, early dismissal from the program.


Please familiarize yourself with Paideia’s COVID-19 Policy for Travel Programs.  You will need to sign a waiver agreeing to comply with this policy during enrollment.



Please enroll in Living Greek in Greece by clicking the button below. Please fill out the enrollment form by April 1st. 



As soon as you have made your travel arrangements, please send us your arrival information using the button below.

Travel Form



Deposit ($500) and enrollment form: April 1st

Remaining Balance ($2000, or $2500 if opting for dorm-style housing at the Idyllion): May 1st


Please pay the deposit and balance below by the deadlines indicated above. Please note that payment by credit card includes a 3% convenience fee.