McGill Summer Studies in Greece

McGill Summer Studies in Greece (MSSG)


Due to the measures taken with regards to the coronavirus pandemic, MSSG 2022 is cancelled.

We do hope that we will be able to see you in the summer of 2023 and in the meantime stay healthy.


For a glimpse of the Summer 2018 experience in Greece, click here for 2016 click here

This June, McGill University, in collaboration with the Aristotle University, is organizing the Summer Studies in Greece for the fourth 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.

Information Sessions

Wednesday, December 4th, 12:30-14:00, Leacock 617

Tuesday, January 7th, 17:00-18:30, Leacock 808

Monday, February 17th, 16:30-18:00, Leacock 808


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 

The teaching faculty from McGill comes from a variety of disciplines. The course is divided into two 2-week modules.

Lectures in Thessaloniki and a 4-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 & 4) The EU and New Challenges in its Borders (SE Europe, Middle East, Mediterranean).



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 4-day archeological field trip.

A sample of the weekly schedule can be accessed here: PDF iconWeekly Schedule.

Registration Process

Applications and payment of deposit are due by: March 2nd for Summer 2020

Full payment of the MSSG costs is due by: April 15th

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

McGill Students:

  1. Read the  PDF iconFAQdocument.
  2. Print, complete, sign and submit the PDF iconApplication Form and the PDF iconAcknowledgment Form in an envelope to the address indicated below, by March 2, 2020.
  3. Pay the $150 non-refundable deposit via Student Accounts by the due date of your e-bill or by March 2, 2020 - whichever date is earlier. 
  4. Register for HIST 262 on MINERVA, by April 15, 2020.
  5. Pay the full cost of the Summer Studies by April 15, 2020.
  6. Attend the Pre-departure Orientation Session.   
  7. Complete and submit the Travel Registry form.

 Non-McGill students: 

  1. Read the PDF iconFAQdocument.
  2. Print, complete, sign, and submit the PDF iconApplication Form and the PDF iconAcknowledgment Form in an envelope to the address indicated below, by March 2, 2020.
  3. Pay the $150 non-refundable deposit by CERTIFIED CHEQUE or MONEY ORDER ONLY, by March 2, 2020.
  4. For course registration please contact us at Summer.Greece [at] . Students from Quebec universities who wish to take the summer course through the Inter-University Transfer Agreement, please read here for more information. Students from universities outside of Quebec will need to apply as Visiting Students to McGill. For more information please read the   and also here.
  5. Pay the full cost of the Summer Studies by APRIL 15, 2020.  If you have received your McGill ID by April 15, 2020, 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 15, 2020, the remaining MSSG cost can be paid by CERTIFIED CHEQUE or MONEY ORDER ONLY.
  6. Attend the Pre-departure Orientation Session at your home institution.
  7. Complete and submit the Travel Registry form.

 No personal cheques or cash will be accepted! 

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

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

[Drop off: Leacock Building, Room 712]


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 [Quebec IUT ]
  3. Non-McGill students who are registered as special or visiting students: and
    a. Who have Quebec fee residency will be charged the Quebec rate of tuition and fees
 [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 - approx. $3,095/per student. The fee covers accommodation in a 4-Star Hotel , most meals (7 breakfasts, 4 dinners, and a meal 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.

C. Funding Opportunity.
The Schull Yang International Experience Award
The Schull Yang International Experience Award, supported by Joseph Schull (BA ‘82, MA ’85) and Anna Yang (BCL, LLB ’88), helps students gain first hand international experience related to their fields of study. The award is meant to provide partial funding to assist students with travel and other expenses related to their international experience. The Schull Yang International Experience Award is part of the McGill International Experience Awards initiative. For more information, click here.
Award value: $1,000 - $4,500 CAN

Application deadline: March 30, 2020.

To apply for the Schull Yang International Experience Award, click here.


Accommodation in Thessaloniki, will be at 4-Star hotel, located at the center of the city.

Accommodation includes:

  • Shared double-occupancy
  • 7 Breakfasts at the hotel
  • 4 dinners at the hotel (M-T-W-TR )
  • Free wireless Internet connection in every room 

Information about the accommodation during the 4-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 tomb of Amphipolis; 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] .




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