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Discover Greek Heritage: Free Summer School in Mystras

HOUSTON, TX – The Birthright Hellas Committee of the Hellenic Cultural Center of the Southwest (HCC-SW), in partnership with the Hellenic Open University, has announced 25 spots for a complimentary summer school on Greek Culture and Civilization from Ancient Times to the Modern Era. The program will run from July 25 to August 7 in the historic medieval settlement of Mystras in Laconia, Greece. It is open to Greek-Americans between 18-28 years old who are U.S. citizens and have a Greek ancestral background.

Classes will be conducted at the Institute of Byzantine Studies of the University of Peloponnese in Mystras, while participants will stay at the nearby Mystras Palace Hotel. The program includes daily lectures, discussions, guided tours, and excursions covering ancient, medieval/Byzantine, and modern/contemporary Greek culture and civilization.

Excursions will visit prominent sites such as Ancient Sparta, Ancient Messini, Diros Cave, Monemvasia, and more. Participants will receive free accommodation with double rooms, meals, and transportation for the duration of the program, excluding travel to and from Mystras.

The program consists of three-hour daily lectures and discussion meetings on the three periods of Greek culture and civilization (ancient, medieval/Byzantine, and modern/ contemporary). Furthermore, there will be corresponding activities on the topics covered by the meetings, mainly guided tours and excursions.

Among the sites to be visited are Αncient Sparta and the Archeological Museum, Ancient Messini (Ithomi), Diros Cave and Kastania Cave, Monemvasia, the Koumantareios Portrait Gallery (Sparta), Cape Tainaron and Oracle, and the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil (Sparta).

Applicants must submit a motivation letter explaining their interest in the summer school by May 2024. Selection criteria include Greek ancestral background, the evaluated motivation letter, and enrollment in undergraduate or postgraduate studies. For more information and to apply, click here.

About Birthright Hellas Committee

Supported by the Greek Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and prominent Greek-American organizations, including the Federation of Hellenic Medical Societies of North America and the National Hellenic Students Association, the HCC-SW Birthright Hellas program aims to preserve and promote Greek heritage and culture. It invites young Greek-Americans to explore their roots and experience Greece firsthand. Spread the word and share this unique opportunity with family and friends to enrich the next generation of Greek-Americans. Learn more here.


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