- Language Requirement: None
- Academic Standing: Sophomore or Above
- GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above
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*You may complete all pre-decision materials by the priority deadline to receive a $75 credit toward your summer program fee or a $100 credit toward your academic year program fee.
Inside the Program
Experience the place that has continued to inspire English-language poets through the ages, from Lord Byron and Rupert Brooke to James Merrill and Seamus Heaney. Develop your writing skills in a vibrant, historic setting during this three-week session in Athens.
Credit Explanation / Academic Details
Students typically enroll in 1 course. All courses offered in Athens are recognized and approved for academic credit by various AHA partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
The summer Poetry Seminar sponsored by the Athens Centre is a three-week session focusing on the writing and appreciation of poetry in the land where western literature was born. The seminar has been led for the past ten years by poet Alicia Stallings (A.E. Stallings) with the participation of visiting guest poets. People of all ages and backgrounds, including those with little previous experience in writing poetry, university students, teachers of literature, writers and published poets are all typical participants in the program. This program emphasizes producing drafts of new work, with an eye to exploring myth and form, and in the context of reading and discussing poetry from or inspired by Greece, from ancient to modern times, Homer to Heaney, Cavafy to Merrill.
Classes meet 9:30am – 1:00pm, Monday-Friday. Each week, one or two evening poetry readings by guest poets are arranged at the Athens Centre. All poetry participants attend the readings, but other students and guests are also welcome. There is a reception after each reading, giving participants an opportunity to meet and converse with the poets. A public reading of new works by seminar participants takes place towards the end of the third week of the program. A few hours of instruction in basic Greek at the beginning of the program helps students to orient themselves to Athens.
While in Athens, students will live in a shared apartment with a small kitchenette within walking distance of the Athens Centre. Generally, there will be two to four students in each apartment, although some house up to six. Laundry services are available locally, but not within the apartment building. Meals are not covered in the program fees. There are a number of inexpensive cafés and restaurants near the Athens Centre and, on average, you can expect to spend somewhere around 15-25 Euros per day on meals if eating out, but less if you cook for yourself in your apartment.