The Θ.Υ.Ε.Σ.Π.Α. (Summer Course in Modern Greek Studies) was established in 1988 in celebration of the 150 years of the founding of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, following a decision by the University's Senate. The programme's purpose is to familiarize foreign students (Hellenists) with Modern Greek Culture, the Modern Greek Language, Literature, History and Art. It is aimed at undergraduate or postgraduate students and members of teaching staff of departments at foreign universities which teach subjects related to Greek Studies.
This program is the largest organised in Greece, both with regard to the duration of studies and number of participants. It is supported by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports, the State Scholarships Foundation, the Greek Parliament, the Greek National Tourism Organisation and bodies of Local Authorities.
The duration of the course is six weeks from 6 June to 11 July 2018 and is directed towards undergraduate, postgraduate students and teaching staff members from departments in fields relative to Greek studies.
the THYESPA program takes place at the University of Athens in Greece.
Students will be staying in University of Athens dormitories, Erasmus Program dorms, or self arranged housing.
OIA Program Contact
Course and Credits
Students will receive 6 credit hours of Modern Greek 5797 (Study at a Foreign Institution).
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the letter of acceptance.
Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process
in full beforehand.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have at least a 3.0 in Modern Greek and have taken at least Modern Greek 1102. Participants must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
All language classes are free of charge but accommodation and any other living expenses are not paid by the University. Students must pay a GeoBlue International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. Both the OIA and THYESPA applications must be submitted by the Ohio State deadline. The THYESPA application can be found at http://en.thyespa.uoa.gr
All THYESPA application materials must be submitted directly to University of Athens.
In response to the increasing interest in Modern Greek Studies abroad, the University of Athens will be offering scholarships for this year of 400 euros. These scholarships will be awarded to the most qualified applicants, following the approval of the Selection Committee of the University of Athens.
For additional scholarship opportunities, please visit the OIA Grants and Scholarships
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Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.