Program overview

Note: 2018 program details will be updated by mid-December.

Program Dates: Wednesday, May 17 to Saturday, June 17, 2017 (5 weeks)

This will be the second year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Greece. Students will earn a full-year Political Science credit in five weeks while living and learning in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. This course will benefit students interested in immersing themselves in Greek history and culture.


The University of Toronto will offer one course in Greece, worth one full-year credit. The course has limited space and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Classes will take place Monday through Thursday mornings. Mandatory field trips may take place outside of regular class time. The course aims to provide students with a deep understanding of historic and contemporary Greece along with the wider Balkan region and Turkey.

POL300Y0 Modern Greece, the Balkans and the European Union

This course aims to analyze and explore the intricacies of the contemporary Greek nation-state by focusing on some of its political institutions and structures as well as its socio-political practices. The thematic areas chosen for examination are: the modern Greek state structure and institutions, the development of ethnicity, public administration and the political parties, the Greek Orthodox identity, minorities, Greece’s international policies and foreign affairs choices. Throughout the course the emphasis is on the historical development of the modern Greek nation-state, political parties, the role of the military, civil society, public administration, clientelism, populism, the post-war economy, institutions (the Church, family, community and values), the changing status of women and Greece as plural society (immigration, minority issues). It will also investigate into Greek images of Europe, issues of national identity vs. the Europeanisation process and economic concerns (Greeks and the euro). It will include a study of the relations between Greece and its Balkan neighbors (Turkey, the role of Greece in Southeast Europe, new challenges and emerging opportunities).

Prerequisites: 1.0 POL credit or relevant academic preparation.
This is a Social Science course; BR=3
POL300Y0 – Preliminary Course Outline

Field Trips: Field trips, which are designed to complement the focus on events since the 1820s, include a four-day to Athens/Delphi/Nafplio, an overnight excursions to Verina/Ioannina/Meteora and day trips to Philippi/Kavala, Gerovassilou Winery and Dion. The cost of these trips is CAD$1,700, paid to U of T for accommodations, onsite transportation, entrances and guides.

Instructor: Maria Kyriakidou is Associate professor and Chair at the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) where she teaches courses on Greek history, politics and gender since 1997. After her B.A. and M.A. degrees in History and Archaeology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, she received a Fulbright scholarship and completed another M.A. in Anthropology at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She gained her Ph.D. in Modern Greek Studies from King’s College, University of London.

Dr. Kyriakidou, in addition to her teaching experience, has archaeological excavation experience in various sites in Greece and has published articles on history and politics in Greek and international scientific journals (European History Quarterly, Paradigm, Interface, Women in Society). She is the author of a monograph on gendered approaches to local democracy published in Greece and co-edited a volume on women in art published in the UK while she participated in a great number of international conferences and organized many workshops and presentations on topics related to her areas of expertise.

Information session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Greece will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from one of the instructors and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Monday, January 23, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, in Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor Street West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)


See information session listings for all UofT programs and campuses.





Program details

Wednesday, May 17 to Saturday, June 17, 2017 (5 weeks)

This will be the second year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Greece. Students will earn a full-year Political Science credit in five weeks while living and learning in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. This course will benefit students interested in immersing themselves in Greek history and culture.

The program will be organized and hosted by the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), an institution with a long and prestigious history that dates back to 1886. Students will be housed close to the campus with easy access to the classroom and will have full use of the stunning ACT campus’ facilities and services.

    • Live in Thessaloniki! – Located near the sea (at the back of the Thermaïkos Gulf), Thessaloniki is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its rich history and its cosmopolitan character, which give it a special beauty and charm.
    • Thessaloniki, the largest city in Northern Greece and once a vital sea port, is today a university town, very safe, with a beautiful waterfront promenade looking out towards the Aegean Sea and across to Mount Olympus. Easily accessible, a crossroad between east and west on the ancient via Egnatia, the town has a long history that dates back to the days of Alexander the Great.
  • A modern city of 1 million inhabitants, it features Roman aqueducts and palaces, Byzantine chapels and walls, Venetian towers, modern universities, museums, shops, cafes, restaurants and reliable transportation services. What makes it most attractive is its authenticity, the warmth of its people, its unbeatable and affordable cuisine and its great night life.
  • Thessaloniki is a popular tourist destination in Greece. For 2013, National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014 Financial Times FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments) declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle.

Program Activities

  • Welcome dinner
  • Orientation of Thessaloniki
  • ACT Campus Orientation
  • Faculty led visits to select local historical sites
  • Farewell Dinner

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be staying in hotel style accommodation, located about 2 blocks off of the Thessaloniki waterfront and near many shops, restaurants and points of interest. The hotel provides buffet breakfast daily, room cleaning daily and linens and towels will be changed twice a week. There is a laundry facility that offers wash, dry and fold services just a few blocks from the hotel. The cost for accommodations for the duration of the program (May 17 to June 17) is CAD$1,980.

Thessaloniki is well known for the gastronomy, there is no lack of places to eat! On campus, there is a cafe that offers options for lunch, with a selection of fruit, pastries, sandwiches, salads, snacks, coffee, teas, juices etc. Students are suggested to budget approximately CAD$500 for other meals.

Group flight

No group flight is available for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Please note that if you choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the available dates for the accommodation option you have selected, you will be responsible for arranging your own arrangements.

The Summer Abroad office will send recommended flight details to admitted students. ACT will offer airport transfers to students who choose to take this flight.

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.

Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Greece PDO, which will take place on April 17, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that they have the necessary travel documents to enter the countries listed below as visitors.

As of the time of publication (December 2016), Canadian citizens only require a passport valid for at least three months beyond their return date to enter Greece as a visitor. Citizens of other countries may require visas.

Information on entry requirements is available from the Consulate General in Toronto.

Note: All countries in this program are parties to the Schengen Agreement, and so students who do need a visa to enter them should only need to obtain one Schengen visa (not individual visas for each country). For further information please contact any of the embassies/consulates above.



The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 13, 2017
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due two weeks after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due April 3, 2017

Cost of Studying in Greece

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $2,430 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $3,585 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $170 Estimate based on 2016 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $1,700 Includes transportation, accommodation and entrance fees
Accommodation $1,980 Based on shared accommodation in off-campus residence
Airfare $975 Estimate – will depend on departure location and purchase date
Meals $500 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $7,955 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $9,110 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

• Summer Abroad Bursary (two awards at $3,000 each)