Living Greek in Greece Application and Guidelines

Living Greek in Greece: Lucian's True History

August 1 - 16, 2021


Thank you for expressing interest in Living Greek in Greece 2021.  We hope that you will join us in the “Garden of the Muses” as part of a group of enthusiastic students of the Greek language.

Please read these application guidelines thoroughly, then fill out the application linked at the bottom of this page.


Living Greek in Greece is a two-week immersive experience in Greek literature and language set in a beautiful garden in the Peloponnese. Under the guidance of expert instructors, program participants read a work of Greek literature and explore it using Attic Greek as an active, living language. 

Participants in the program are divided into sections based upon their experience with Greek. Seminars meet twice a day for one hour, five days a week. At the beginner level, participants read and discuss the chosen text in English translation while reviewing the basics of Greek grammar and exploring selections of Greek text in the original. At the intermediate level, more of the text is read in Greek, discussion takes place in both English and Greek, and more advanced Greek grammar is reviewed. At the advanced level, participants read and discuss the entire text in Greek, and delve into the finer points of Greek grammar and syntax.

All levels feature Paideia’s interactive Living Greek pedagogy, which invites participants to treat Ancient Greek as an active, living language. Research into second language acquisition shows that speaking Greek as a living language helps students learn the language more quickly and effectively than they do from the traditional grammar-translation method alone. Speaking Greek also helps the learner gain an intuitive feel for Greek and build fluency in the language. Many Greek speakers also find that discussing Greek literature in Greek opens up new interpretive pathways by dispensing with the need for translation.

Another purpose of the Living Greek in Greece program is to contextualize the programs’ reading by visiting relevant ancient sites in Greece. Over the middle weekend, the program visits a site in Greece related to the chosen text or author.

In 2021, the Living Greece in Greece program will read Lucian’s True History along with selections from Homer’s Odyssey focused on the theme “adventure and travel” and visit the Ionian Islands of Zakynthos and Cephalonia, the purported site of Homeric Ithaka.


All students 18 and above, regardless of experience with Greek, are welcome to apply. Absolute beginners will feel welcome and supported if Living Greek in Greece is their first experience with the Greek language. On the other hand, experienced classicists, including high school teachers, graduate students, and college professors will be challenged by our advanced levels. The ideal group will be varied and complementary, able to help one another learn by playing to each other’s talents and interests. All applications for admission must be received by March 1, 2021.


The tuition for Living Greek in Greece is $2500.  This payment covers program instruction, transportation and housing on the weekend trip, museum and site admissions, and occasional group meals. 


Participants are free to arrange their own housing in Selianitika. The Paideia Institute has negotiated discounted group rates with several 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.


A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required of all participants by April 1, 2021. Our acknowledgment of receipt of this deposit guarantees the participant a place in the program. The remaining $2000 is due by May 1, 2021.


Participants are encouraged to book their flights as soon as possible to take advantage of cheaper fares. Participants should plan to arrive in Athens by Sunday August 1st. 

The Institute will operate a free shuttle to and from Athens on arrival and departure day. Precise details will be provided after program acceptance.


Please direct all questions to [email protected]


The application deadline for Living Greek in Greece is March 1. Applications received after this deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space becomes available.

Application Form