McGill Summer Studies in Greece

McGill Summer Studies in Greece (MSSG)

 

Taking place in the summer of 2018, from June 4th to 30th.

 

For a glimpse of the Summer 2015 experience in Greece, click here for 2016 click here

This June, McGill University, in collaboration with the International Hellenic University, is organizing the Summer Studies in Greece for a third year.

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

Thursday, November 30th, 16:30-18:00, Wilson Hall 110

Monday, January 15th, 16:30-18:00, PETH (Peterson Hall) 116

Wednesday, February 21st, 16:30-18:00, LEA 738

 

Contact us at summer.greece [at] mcgill.ca.

Venue Sponsor Venue Sponsor

Course Descriptions

In 2018, MSGG 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).

 

Excursions

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 icon Weekly Schedule.

Registration Process

Applications and payment of deposit are due by MARCH 30, 2018. 

Full payment of the MSSG costs is due by APRIL 23, 2018.

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

McGill Students:

  1. Read the PDF icon FAQ document.
  2. Print, complete, sign and submit the PDF icon Application Form and the PDF icon Acknowledgment Form in an envelope to the address indicated below, by March 30, 2018.
  3. Pay the $150 non-refundable deposit via Student Accounts by the due date of your e-bill or by March 30, 2018 - whichever date is earlier. 
  4. Register for HIST 262 on MINERVA, by April 15, 2018.
  5. Pay the full cost of the Summer Studies by APRIL 23, 2018.
  6. Attend the Pre-departure Orientation Session.   
  7. Complete and submit the Travel Registry form.

 Non-McGill students: 

  1. Read the PDF icon FAQdocument.
  2. Print, complete, sign, and submit the PDF icon Application Form and the PDF icon Acknowledgment Form in an envelope to the address indicated below, by March 30, 2018.
  3. Pay the $150 non-refundable deposit by CERTIFIED CHEQUE or MONEY ORDER ONLY, by March 30, 2018.
  4. For course registration please contact us at Summer.Greece [at] mcgill.ca . 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 Visting Students to McGill. For more information please read the FAQ and also here.
  5. Pay the full cost of the Summer Studies by APRIL 23, 2018.  If you have received your McGill ID by April 23, 2018, 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 23, 2018, 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:

ISAVELLA VOUZA
MCGILL SUMMER STUDIES IN GREECE
History and Classical Studies
McGill University
855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC H3A 2T7

[Drop off: Leacock Building, Room 712]

Cost

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 http://www.mcgill.ca/summer/future-students/registering/quebec-inter-university-students ]
  3. Non-McGill students who are registered as special or visiting students: http://www.mcgill.ca/students/international/incoming
    a. Who have Quebec fee residency will be charged the Quebec rate of tuition and fees
 [How to prove Quebec fee residency: http://www.mcgill.ca/legaldocuments/quebec]

    b. Who do not have Quebec fee residency will be charged the self-funded rate of tuition (518.44/credit).
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, clickhere.
 
Award value: $1,500 CAN
 
Eligibility Criteria
·         Must be accepted to the McGill Summer Studies in Greece (MSSG).
·         Must be a full-time undergraduate McGill student, B.A., B.A. & Sc.
·         Must be returning to McGill in fall 2018.
·         Must have a minimum CGPA of 3.0.
 
Application Requirements
·         Letter of intent highlighting how the international activity is related to your studies, what you will gain from this opportunity, and how the award will impact you (max. 350 words).
·         An updated curriculum vitae (1-2 pages).
·         Copy of unofficial McGill transcript.
 
Student must submit electronic applications by email to ion [at] mcgill.ca. Applications should consist of 1 PDF or Word document. Please use the following file-name format: firstname.lastname_ssgreece (ex.: james.mcgill_ssgreece.pdf). Only applications received from students’ official email account will be considered.
 
Application deadline: Monday, April 23, 2018, 12PM (noon) (EST) – Late applications will not be accepted

Accommodation

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

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:

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

Useful links:

Location

 

Why Greece?

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?

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] .

Why Joint Summer Studies with IHU?

 
  • 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 Studies program facilitates a unique international student interaction. 

 

 

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