Living Greek in Greece Application and Guidelines

August 1 - 16, 2020

Application and Guidelines

Thank you for expressing interest in Living Greek in Greece, a program run by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. We hope that you will join us in Greece this summer as part of a group of enthusiastic students of Classical Greek. 

Please read the application guidelines below, then fill out the application below. 

Course Description

The goal of learning classical Greek has always been to read the texts of the great Hellenic writers. Somewhat understandably, traditional Greek pedagogy has focused on reading texts, even though human language faculties are primarily oral. A pedagogical focus on passive reading has led many students to acquire the unfortunate habit of treating Greek as a mathematical problem to be solved rather than as a language. In oral communication, however, we do not treat language like math. We understand and produce language organically, incorporating grammar, syntax, and idiomatic vocabulary effortlessly in real time. The ability to produce a language in this way is the mark of true mastery. The exercise of active oral production of Attic Greek allows students to learn the vocabulary, syntax, and idiom of the language more quickly than reading alone. Subtle linguistic features like particles and accents can be assimilated without tedium. When students turn back to written texts, they approach them with a new feel for the language that not only allows them to read with increased speed and comfort, but also provides the benefit of hearing the ancient Greek writers speak to them from the page.

Living Greek in Greece is an intensive introduction to spoken Attic Greek. In two seminar-style meetings every day, participants read and discuss ancient Greek literature and philosophy in Attic Greek. Each year, readings are organized around a set theme.  This year's theme is the meaning of death. 

In addition to the daily seminar sessions, Living Greek in Greece includes a variety of optional fun activities designed to build one’s facility in speaking and understanding Greek, as well as lectures both in English and (ancient) Greek on topics relating to classical as well as modern Greek culture.  Every year the program also features a trip to important site in Greece that is relevant to the year’s theme. 


This course will draw students of diverse backgrounds and interests. The minimum for participation is a thorough knowledge of Greek grammar and at least one year of university-level Greek. Graduate students in Classics and Hellenic Studies and related fields, high school teachers of Greek, advanced undergraduate students of Greek, and university-level Greek instructors are invited to apply. 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 and letters of recommendation (for undergraduate applicants) must be received by March 1. Letters of recommendation should be sent by your recommender to


The Hellenikon Idyllion provides modest, shared apartments in an idyllic garden setting a few meters from the beach. The accommodation is rustic and classes are held outdoors in a garden setting which can be hot. Internet and cell phone service are extremely limited. Apartments are air-conditioned and have shared bathrooms. Most apartments have kitchens and there is a communal kitchen available in the main building. Groceries may be purchased in the village. Communal meals save money and are encouraged. For those who would prefer hotel-quality accommodation, rooms are available in a neighboring hotel for an increased price.

Tuition and Costs

The cost of the course is $2750. This amount includes tuition, housing, transportation, any site entrance fees, and a welcome and farewell barbecue dinner.

Airfare, 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.

Deposit and Payment Schedule

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required of all participants by April 1, 2020. Our acknowledgment of receipt of this deposit guarantees the student a post in the course. The remaining balance is due by May 1, 2020.


Immediately upon notification of admission, students should purchase their airline tickets to Athens. 

If you do not have a valid passport, get one immediately. This process can be time-consuming and should not be left to the last minute.


Please direct all questions to or call (609) 429-0734.


To apply, please complete the following application form by March 1. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space is available.

Application Form