Athens, Greece

The Athens Greek Seminar will provide an exciting experience for students of ancient Greek.  This program will integrate Greek history, literature, and language with the students' classroom studies.
This opportunity will make the Classics alive for any student studying Greek. Students will spend a week in Athens and several sites outside the city, exploring monuments and ruins such as the Athenian Agora, the Acropolis, and the archaeological site of Delphi. In addition, students will visit the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, which houses the original notebooks of Heinrich Schliemann, one of the pioneers of archaeology. They will also travel to the island of Aegina. Students will be assigned nightly readings on Greek architecture and archaeology. At each site, students will hear lectures describing the cultural impact of archaeology on both ancient and modern Greece.

Students will have opportunities to declaim Homer in a Greek theater, see where the apostle Paul delivered a sermon and walk through the ancient ruins of the Parthenon. Students will receive academic credit for this seminar.

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  • Eligibility

    Students are eligible to travel during their sophomore, junior or senior year. This program is specifically designed for students enrolled in Greek. Interested students not currently enrolled in Greek will need to contact the Hyde Center about participation. 
  • Academic Credit

    This program will offer .25 credit that will be officially listed on the student’s transcript and will be used when factoring a student’s cumulative GPA. Please note that the credit offered does not replace any required classes at BC High.
  • Housing & Program Leadership

    Students will stay in housing arranged by the Paideia Institute. Students and Adult leaders will stay in religious housing rather than hotels; however, the accommodations will be similar in comfort to those provided by a basic hotel. This program will be led by a full-time staff member of the Paideia Institute and two full-time BC High faculty members.
  • Program Costs

    Estimated at $3,850. Costs include airfare, tuition, board, breakfast, dinner, travel within Athens and entrance fees. Expenses that are not included: airport meals, program lunches, personal items, and services such as passport fees, phone calls and personal spending money. (Final cost is determined by participation.) Because this program is in partnership with an outside organization, there is limited financial aid available to applicants.
  • Program Dates

    TBD – February vacation 2020
    This trip will take place during February vacation week and is offered every two years. In the years the Greece trip is not available, a trip to Rome, Italy will be offered. 

Have a Question?

Please contact Jenny Ehalt, Associate Director, Hyde Center at or 617-474-5017 to learn more about the program or to set up a time to meet.

At a Glance

Program: Athens Greek Seminar, The Paideia Institute
Location: Athens, Greece
Year Program Established: 2020 (Inaugural trip); will be offered every two years
Program Theme: Academic
Length of Stay: Approximately one week
Group Size: 12-18 students
Language Requirements: Enrolled in Greek