Living Greek in Greece | High School Application and Guidelines

Thank you for expressing interest in Living Greek in Greece (High School) 2019, a program run by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. We hope that you will join us as part of a group of students enthusiastic about the ancient Greek language. 

Course Description

Living Greek in Greece High School offers an intensive introduction to the Ancient Greek language in the rich cultural setting of modern Greece. It is specifically designed for high school students. The program accommodates a range of levels of preparation: we welcome beginner participants who have not even learned the Greek alphabet, but we also offer specialized instruction 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 also help us understand and connect with other modern cultures, especially with Greeks today. For that reason, this program is committed to balancing time spent reading and in class with exploring that common ground through learning about and enjoying modern Greek food, music, and dance.

Our itinerary will include many places and sites of ancient and modern significance: Athens, Corinth, Nafplio, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, and the island of Zakynthos.

Admission

This course is designed for high school students of all grades, including graduating seniors, and of diverse backgrounds and interests. No prior knowledge of Ancient Greek is necessary or expected. An enthusiasm and dedication to learning a new language and exploring Greek culture are prerequisite. All applicants for admission and letters of recommendation must be received by March 1, 2019 to be guaranteed full consideration. We will notify all applicants of the results 3 weeks after this date. Applications received after this deadline can only be be considered on a rolling basis as space is available.

Accommodation and Food

Students will be housed in double rooms or triple rooms in hotels in each location the program travels to. They will be supervised at all times by the Paideia Institute's instructors, who live with the students in each location. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided daily. 

Tuition and Costs

The cost of the course is $3850. It must be paid in full by May 1, 2019. This cost includes tuition, housing, meals, the costs of all trips, museum and site admissions, and transportation to and from the airport.

Airfare, snacks, and spending money are not included in the cost of tuition. 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 3, 2019. Our acknowledgement of receipt of this deposit guarantees the student a post in the course. The remaining $3350 is due by May 1, 2019.

Travel

All participants will be met by Paideia Institute staff at the airport in Athens and driven to their accommodations. The Paideia Institute will book one staff member on a direct flight from New York's JFK Airport. Students may book their own ticket on the chaperoned flight. 

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.

Questions

Please direct all questions to info@paideia-institute.org or call (609) 429-0734.

Application

To apply, three components are required. First, please fill out the application, available below. Second, please send in your latest transcript to info@paideia-institute.org, or to our Brooklyn office address, see below. Third, we require one letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your ability to participate in this intensive study abroad program and enthusiasm for learning. The teacher can send the letter of recommendation as a PDF document directly to info@paideia-institute.org.

Attn: LGiGHS Application
The Paideia Institute
540 President Street, 3rd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215

For priority consideration, please get the application form, teacher recommendation, and transcript in by March 1 at 5pm EST. We will notify all applicants of the results 3 weeks after this date. 

Application Form