Living Greek in Greece High School offers an introduction to the ancient Greek language specifically designed for high school students in the rich cultural setting of modern Greece. The program accommodates a range of language backgrounds: we welcome beginner participants who have never studied Greek, but we also offer linguistic enrichment for students who have had the equivalent of a year or more of college Greek. Students will encounter ancient Greek texts from a wide range of times, places, and intellectual traditions, including the works of Homer, Plato, the New Testament, and the Byzantines.
Learning ancient Greek can help us understand and connect with other modern cultures, especially with Greeks today. For that reason, this program is committed to balancing time spent engaging with ancient Greek language and exploring its continuing role in modern Greek culture including through food, music, language, literature, and dance.
The program lasts for two weeks in July. It includes traditional classroom sessions, informal conversational Greek sessions, and interactive visits to many places and sites of ancient and modern significance, such as Athens, Corinth, Nafplio, Epidaurus, and Delphi.
Students of all high school grade levels, including graduating seniors, are encouraged to apply. No prior knowledge of Ancient Greek is necessary, but students who have had some Greek will also find the program challenging.
Classrooms and Housing
For the duration of the program, students and teachers live together in one facility. The first week of the program takes place in Athens, the second in Nafplio, Greece’s original capital located in the Peloponnese. Classes take place in modern classrooms in or near the housing facility, as well as in situ at archaeological sites, and other monuments and locations of cultural significance. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided daily either at our housing facility or at local restaurants.
The institute will provide a chaperone on a direct flight to Athens from New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport and back. Students may book a ticket on this flight, or travel directly to Athens, where they will be met at the airport by Paideia staff.
Chaperoned transportation to Living Greek in Greece High School will also be arranged for students attending Living Latin in Rome High School prior to the program's start.
Tuition and Fees
The cost of Living Greek in Greece High School is $5500. This amount includes tuition, housing, meals, site visits, course materials, and transportation to and from Athens International airport. Airfare is not included, and must be booked by students individually.
Online Option for 2024
The Paideia Institute will also be running an online intensive summer Greek program for high school students called Living Greek Online High School. This is a separate program from the in-person program in Rome and follows a different curriculum. Details of the online summer program will be announced in January 2024.
The Paideia Institute is able to offer a number of full and partial scholarships to participants with demonstrated financial need. Please visit our scholarships page to learn more. Scholarship applications received by the priority application deadline for the program (March 1, 2024) will receive fullest consideration.
Request an Application
For the highest chance of admission, please submit your completed application by the priority deadline of March 1, 2024, which includes a submitted teacher recommendation form. Applications received after March 1 will be considered on a rolling basis while space is available.
What People Are Saying
“This program is one of the best experiences someone interested in Ancient Greek can partake in! From the history to the language to the people, this experience was incredible and I would recommend it to everyone, not just those who already know Greek. - Anna Maria Panagopoulos ‘23
LGiGHS was one of the best things I could have chosen to do over the summer. After already having an interest in classics and linguistics, I immediately wanted to apply as soon as I learned of the program’s existence. Each day was filled with both fun and educational activities, like site visits and traditional restaurants. Each part of the trip seemed to be carefully coordinated so that each student would get something out of it, without it feeling exhausting or overwhelming. Every member of the staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. This trip leaves you with a different perspective of the world, in its both ancient and modern history, as you explore ancient sites, experience modern culture, speak both ancient and modern Greek, and appreciate much of the wonderful aspects of the country. I would recommend this program to anyone with an interest in classical studies, linguistics, ancient history, and/or art history. - Zac Schmidt ‘23
"Over the last two weeks, we visited the Acropolis, Mycenae, Olympia and a lot of other surreal ancient sites and museums. We read ancient poems, sang them in dactylic hexameter, had great local dishes, smashed and danced on broken plates like a Greek. You will meet amazing people here. Truly a once in a lifetime experience."- Minggang (Martin) Li '22
"Paideia is an absolutely necessary experience for students interested in the past. It is at once supremely educational while also remaining personal and relaxing. To say it was a valuable use of my time to come to the program would be a gross understatement." - Colin Olson '19
"I’ve been to Yale and Stanford summer camps as well as school trips to various places in Europe, but this trip has definitely been the best program I’ve ever experienced in my life!" - Louie '19