THE AMERICAN SCHOOL OF
ASCSA SUMMER SESSION
The Summer Session program of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is a six-week session designed for those who wish to become acquainted with Greece and its major monuments, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, history, literature, and culture from antiquity to the present.
The Director for the 2017 Summer Session ( ) is Professor Ann M. Nicgorski, Willamette University.
Eligibility: Enrollment is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students and to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects and is limited to twenty participants. The language of instruction is English. Applicants who are not enrolled or teaching at English-speaking colleges, universities, or schools, are required to supply acceptable evidence of proficiency in English.
Format: The ASCSA summer session has provided the most extensive exposure to Greece, ancient and modern, for generations of students of Classics and related fields. It has a strong academic component with participants researching and presenting topics on site and offers unique opportunities to interact with archaeologists in the field. Roughly half of the session is spent in travel throughout Greece. Three trips of varying duration give the participant an introduction to the major archaeological sites and museum collections in North and Central Greece, the Peloponnese, and Crete. The remainder of the session is devoted to study of the museums and monuments of Athens and the surrounding area with day trips to such sites as Marathon, Sounion, and Eleusis. The summer session's commitment to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece's rich history leads to long days and extensive walking in the hot Mediterranean climate, and participants should be prepared for a rigorous program of study.