22S Students in Athens

Classics FSP Greece

Sicily, ItalyVarious Locations (Athens), Greece

Program At a Glance

Terms Offered



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This program is offered once every two years




The Foreign Study Program in Greece provides students with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about ancient Greece by living, traveling, and studying in modern Greece. This FSP will help you become deeply familiar with not only with Greece's past, but also with its present, its people, and its landscape. We will spend a little more than half the semester in Athens, where we will live in apartments and take two classes, in English, at a local university: Topography and Monuments of Athens and Ancient Greek Mythology and Religion. We will spend the rest of the semester traveling to study, in person, some of the most famous ancient Greek sites; more specifically, we will take four trips, each one lasting about a week:

  • to the Peloponnese (Olympia, Mycenae, Epidauros, Sparta, etc.)
  • to central and northern Greece (Delphi, Meteora, Thessaloniki, Pella, Vergina, etc.)
  • to the islands (Crete, Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, etc.)
  • to Sicily (Syracuse, Agrigento, Selinunte, Palermo, etc.).

If you are interested in this program, please contact Professor Paul Christesen right away to talk about the details of the trip and the application process.



How many students participate in the program?
Enrollment is limited to 15 students

How long does the program run? 
We arrive in Athens in late March, and the program ends in the first week of June

How do the classes in Athens work?
Professor Paul Christesen, a member of Dartmouth's Department of Classics, will go to Greece with the FSP group and be there the entire quarter. You will take two courses, with instructors permanently based in Athens; the only students in those classes will be members of the FSP group. During the travel weeks, you will work directly with Professor Christesen, who will organize and lead the trips.

Do I need to know how to speak (modern) Greek?
No, all classes are conducted in English, and English is widely spoken in Greece. There will, however, be opportunities to learn modern Greek while we are in Athens; learning some modern Greek during the program is encouraged but not required.

Do I need to know how to read Latin or ancient Greek?
No knowledge of ancient Greek or Latin is required.

Do I need to major in Classics in order to participate in the program?
No, typically about half of each FSP group consists of students who are not Classics majors.

What is the (first) application deadline?
1 February 2024

All potential applicants are strongly advised to consult with Professor Christesen via email well in advance of the application deadline.




Faculty Director

No image available Paul Christesen William R. Kennan Professor of Ancient Greek History Chair, Department of Classics


In major cities, hotel accommodations are arranged for the group. While traveling, students typically stay in small hotels. Students are responsible for their own meals.

For more information, please see the department website.


Tuition and Fees

The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for each program by clicking on the appropriate term under "Financing Your Program". The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.


Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term.

All costs, including airfare and spending money, are considered when determining the cost of an off-campus program. Any costs more than a typical term in Hanover are met with additional Dartmouth Scholarship Funds.  If you have a work expectation for the term, this will be replaced by scholarship funding for programs that span the entire term. 

Students are responsible for purchasing their own plane tickets and, in many cases, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition. For help sorting out who pays what and how, contacting the Financial Aid office is often advisable.  

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