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23 July - 20 August 2023
Thessaloniki - Greece

Programme Details

       ● Daily programme

       ● Lectures in Greek history and culture

       ● Programme details

       ● Parallel activities

Daily programme

Participants in the 50th International Summer School for Greek Language, History and Culture will follow an intensive language teaching programme for four hours daily, six days a week.

Language classes are obligatory; they are offered at many levels and in small groups, so that beginners and advanced students may practise both the written and spoken word more effectively. There is also a special literature class in which students study contemporary Greek prose and poetry.

The Greek language courses take place daily from 8.00 to 11.30 at the Grand Hotel Palace.

Lectures on Greek history and culture

As well as language classes, the International Summer School offers participants three series of lectures in Greek history and culture:


Ancient Greece

  • Ancient Greek Culture
  • Classical Archaeology


Byzantine Greece

  • Byzantine History and Art
    Students will visit the most important Byzantine churches in Thessaloniki, where classes will be held.


Modern Greece

  • Contemporary Literature
  • History of the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Relations between Greece and other Balkan States
  • Folklore, Folk Art

Courses in Greek history and culture take place daily from 12.00 to 13.30 at the Grand Hotel Palace.

Note: Students may attend one of the above lecture series each week.

Weekly schedule of lectures

First week

25 - 29 July 2023

Art and Culture in ancient Macedonia

(In English; Room B)

Dr Despoina Tsiafaki

The Thessaloniki Literary School and its European dimension

(In Greek; Room A)

Dr Panagiotis Xouplidis

Second week

31 July - 4 August 2023

Aspects of Greek culture: Daily life, customs and rituals

 (In English; Room Β)

Dr Georgia Sarikoudi

Greek Society and Greek Prose-Writing, from the Asia Minor Disaster to the Second World War (1922-1944)

(In Greek; Room A)

Professor K. A. Dimadis

Third week

7 - 11 August 2023 

Greece and the Balkans: Divergences versus Convergences (19th-20th centuries)

(In English; Room Β)

Professor Iakovos Michailidis

Modern Greek history 1821-1945

(In Greek; Room A)

Dr Athanasios Loupas 

Fourth week

14, 16, 17 August 2023 

Byzantine Art: The Monuments of Thessaloniki

(In Greek)

Mrs Dimitra Giovou


Programme details

  • Prospective participants need to submit their applications and supporting documents (application form and two letters of reference) by April 30, 2023.

  • Language classes are taught by teachers who specialise in teaching Greek as a foreign language; lectures on history and culture are given by experienced university professors and specialists.

  • Students who are accepted for the 2023 programme should report at the Grand Hotel Palace, Thessaloniki, on Sunday, July 23th.

  • On Monday, July 24th at 8:00 a.m., students will take a language test. Participants will be placed in groups according to their knowledge of Greek. Group lists will be posted in the evening of the same day.

  • The opening ceremony will take place  on Monday, July 24th at 7.30 p.m.

  • The main part of the programme, i.e. language classes, cultural lectures and other activities, will begin the following day, Tuesday, July 25th.

  • The programme will finish on Sunday, August 20th.

  • At the end of the Programme a certificate will be issued to those who participate satisfactorily in the language classes and who perform satisfactorily in the final written examination.

  • Students who require a certificate relating to the cultural courses which they have followed, will receive this after an appropriate written examination.

Parallel activities

Pella scene
Pella Royal hunt, mosaic floor, 4th cent. BC
The programme includes visits to Amphipolis, Philippi & Kavala, Western Macedonia (Siatista, Kastoria, Prespes), and Pella, Aigai (Vergina) & Dion. Details of other cultural and recreational activities (lectures, discussions, folk-dancing classes, museum visits, guided tours, shadow theatre, etc.) are included in the printed programme which students will receive on arrival.
Vergina scene
Vergina Wall-painting on the attic of the tomb of Philip II