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McGill Summer School in Greece

McGill Summer School in Greece (MSSG)

June 2- June 28, 2014

This June, McGill University in collaboration with the International Hellenic University, is organizing for the first time a Summer School in Greece.

Students from McGill University and from accredited institutions around the world have the unique opportunity to take a 3-credit course in one of Greece’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, Thessalonilki!

The Application deadline is APRIL 4, 2014, or until spaces are filled.

***EXTENDED to APRIL 11, 2014***

 Information Sessions

March 17, 2014, 6-8 pm, Room LEA 26.

April 1, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, Room LEA 26

See our Pamphlet for an overview of the Summer School!

For more information, please email us at summer [dot] greece [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

HIST 462 - Course Description

The MSSG offers the following 3-credit course.

Students can choose one of the two suggested sections. Each section is comprised of four week-long seminars.

HIST 462 - Mediterranean and European Interconnections

Section 1

      Life in an Imperial City: Byzantine and Ottoman Salonica.

      The modern construction of antiquity: tourism, archeology, museums.

      Empires and nations in the modern Mediterranean, 18th-20th century

      European and Mediterranean Revolutions 19th-21st century

Section 2

      Salonica: Multiple legacies and the politics of memory and space

      Flux and migrations in the Mediterranean world, 16th-21st century

      Religion, state formation and democratization in SE Europe and the

        Middle East, 19th-20th century

      State formation, politics and violence in SE Europe and the Middle East


As part of their coursework, students will have the opportunity to visit inner city or regional historical/archeological locations. Overall, the course includes three 1-day educational excursions and one final 3-day archeological field trip to Thassos.

A sample of the weekly schedule can be accessed here 

Registration Process

Applications and payment of deposit are due by APRIL 4, 2014. ***EXTENDED to APRIL 11, 2014***

Full payment of the MSSG costs is due by APRIL 15, 2014.

Students wishing to participate in the McGill Summer School in Greece must follow the steps below:

McGill Students:

  1. Complete, sign and submit the Application form and the Student Acknowledgment form by April 4, 2014.
  2. Pay the $150 non-refundable deposit via Student Accounts by April 4, 2014
  3. Register for HIST 462 on MINERVA
  4. Pay the full cost of the Summer School by APRIL 15, 2014.
  5. Attend the Pre-departure Orientation Session, to be held on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 5:30pm in Leacock 132. Registration is required. Please register here
  6. Complete and submit the Travel Registry form

 Non-McGill students: 

  1. Complete, sign and submit the Application form and the Student Acknowledgment form by April 4, 2014.
  2. Pay the $150 non-refundable deposit by CERTIFIED CHEQUE or MONEY ORDER ONLY, by April 4, 2014
  3. For course registration please contact us at Summer [dot] Greece [at] mcgill [dot] ca . Students from Québec universities who wish to take the summer course through the Inter-University Transfer Agreement, please read here for more information.
  4. Pay the full cost of the Summer School by APRIL 15, 2014. CERTIFIED CHEQUE or MONEY ORDER ONLY.
  5. Attend the Pre-departure Orientation Session, to be held on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 5:30pm in Leacock 132. Registration is required. Please register here.

 No personal cheques or cash will be accepted! 

Applications must be submitted to the following address:

History and Classical Studies
McGill University
855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC H3A 2T7


The cost of the McGill Summer School in Greece includes the following:

  1. McGill Tuition – Regular tuition charges associated with the number of credits and your specific program.
  2. Summer School Fee- $2,900/per student. The fee covers the course pack, accommodation in a 4-Star Hotel or better, meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners/per week), onsite visits, travel within Greece when associated with onsite visits. 

Students are responsible for their own airfare and any other miscellaneous costs while in Greece.


Accommodation in Thessaloniki, will be at a 4-Star hotel or better, located at the center of the city, overlooking the sea view of Thermaikos Bay.

Accommodation includes:

  • Shared double-occupancy
  • 7 Breakfasts at the hotel
  • 6 lunches at the university site and during excursions
  • 5 dinners at the hotel (M-T-W-TR + 1 dinner on either days F-SA-SU)
  • Free wireless Internet connection in every room and a swimming pool.

Information about the accommodation during the 3-day field trip will be available shortly.


Travel to and from Thessaloniki, to and from airports is to be arranged individually by students.

Useful links:


Why Greece?

  • Rich historical and cultural heritage
  • Pivotal role in the development of Ancient as well as Modern European culture and history
  • At the geopolitical crossroads between 3 continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa    
  • Popular destination for University Summer Programs 

Why Thessaloniki?

  • The city of Thessaloniki, embodying both classical and modern elements, is the second largest city of the country and the economic and cultural capital of the northern part of Greece.
  • Throughout time, Thessaloniki has been a crossroads for six different cultures: the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Jewish, and Greek. As a result, one can find within the city’s preserved Byzantine-Ottoman fortifications one of the most impressive concentrations of Hellenic temples, roman fora, byzantine citadel and churches, ottoman mosques and baths as well as a wide array of museums: The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Museum of Byzantine Culture, but also more unexpected ones, like the Lazarist Museum, which has the largest collection in the world of soviet avant-garde art.
    The surrounding regions propose a variety of prominent archaeological and heritage sites—many of which are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites— covering in continuity more than 2300 years of history. Among these one may mention the ancient sites of Pella, Dion, Olynthos; the Macedonian tombs of Vergina; the unique monastic community of Mount Athos; the monasteries of the Meteora.
  • Famous for its vibrant contemporary cultural scene, Thessaloniki is the host of many international events, such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which attract people from all around the world.  The city also has a very strong academic community, home of the country’s largest academic institution, The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Recently, Thessaloniki was awarded the prestigious title of “European Youth Capital 2014,” after presenting its candidature program entitled “Time-Chronos,” which aims to project the city’s history and role in South Eastern Europe.
  • Experience Thessaloniki from above [HD video] .

Why a Joint Summer School?

  • The International Hellenic University (IHU) is an accredited, research-focused public university offering graduate degrees in English to students from all around the world.
  • Collaboration with IHU offers students the opportunity to obtain either North American OR European academic credits (ECTS)
  • The joint Summer School facilitates a unique international student interaction.