McGill Summer Studies in Greece

McGill Summer Studies in Greece (MSSG)

See a glimpse of the Summer 2023 experience

This May/June (May 18-June 15, 2024) McGill University, in collaboration with the Aristotle University, is organizing the Summer Studies in Greece for the sixth time!

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

Students can enroll in the following course:

  • HIST 262 European and Mediterranean interconnections

For more information on the course, please click on the “Courses” tab above.

Contact us at summer.greece [at]

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Course Descriptions

MSSG will be offering one 3-credit course:

  • HIST 262 European and Mediterranean interconnections

Lectures in Thessaloniki and a 8-day field trip.

  • (W1) A Day in the City: The Different Historical Layers of Salonica - Byzantine, Ottoman, Jewish, “Refugee”, Contemporary Salonica. Daily afternoon thematic tours of the city.
  • (W2) The Grand Tour: The Discovery of Ancient Greece (from Agamemnon to Alexander) and the Western Imaginary.
  • (W3) Field trip: The Grand Tour
  • (W4) Modern Odysseys: Refugees crossing the sea


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 8-day archeological field trip,

View a sample of the weekly used during the 2023 experience:File Weekly Schedule 2023

Registration Process

Applications and Student Acknowledgement Form were due February 5th, 2024. Registration has now closed.

Full payment of the MSSG costs is due by: April 1st, 2024.

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

McGill Students

  1. Pay the $400 non-refundable deposit via Student Accounts by the due date of your e-bill or by March 1, 2024 - whichever date is earlier.
  2. Register for HIST 262 on MINERVA, by April 1st, 2024.
  3. Pay the full cost of the Summer Studies by April 1st, 2024.
  4. Attend the Pre-departure Orientation Session.   
  5. Complete and submit the Travel Registry form.

 Non-McGill students

  1. Pay the $400 non-refundable deposit by certified cheque or money order only, by March 1, 2024.
  2. For course registration please contact us at Summer.Greece [at] . Students from Quebec universities may take the summer course through the Inter-University Transfer Agreement. Students from universities outside of Quebec will need to apply as Visiting Students to McGill.
  3. Pay the full cost of the Summer Studies by April 1st, 2024. If you have received your McGill ID by April 1st, 2024, the easiest way to pay is through online banking from a Canadian bank account. McGill is registered as a bill with all major Canadian banks. (see FAQ, #5). If you have not received your McGill ID by April 1st, 2024, the remaining MSSG cost can be paid by certified cheque or money order only.
  4. Attend the Pre-departure Orientation Session at your home institution.
  5. Complete and submit the Travel Registry form.

 No personal cheques or cash will be accepted! 

Submit your Application

Applications must be submitted in a sealed envelope in person or by mail to the following address:

McGill Summer Studier in Greece
History and Classical Studies
McGill University
855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC H3A 2T7

[Drop off: Leacock Building, Room 712 8:30am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm]


The cost of the McGill Summer Studies in Greece includes the following two components:

A. McGill Tuition and Fees

Regular tuition and ancillary fee charges associated with the number of credits, your specific program, and fee residency. The tuition rate depends on your status of registration.

  1. McGill students will be charged according to credits, program, and fee residency.
  2. Non-McGill students who are registered as Inter-University Transfer students will be charged tuition and fees at their home university.
  3. Non-McGill students who are registered as special students or visiting students:
    a. Who have Quebec fee residency will be charged the Quebec rate of tuition and fees
 [see how to prove Quebec fee residency.]

    b. Who do not have Quebec fee residency will be charged the self-funded rate of tuition.

B. MSSG Fee - $3,400/per student (2024 fee)

The fee covers accommodation in a 4-Star Hotel, most meals (7 breakfasts, 5 meals at a local tavern/per week), onsite visits, and travel within Greece when associated with onsite visits.

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


Information about the accommodations during the 8-day field trip will be available once registered.


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


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 MOMus, 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 tomb of Amphipolis; the ancient sites of Pella, and Dion ; 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] .



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