Heritage Greece® Program

A 2-week journey to Greece to connect with your roots

Session I: June 4 – 21, 2020
Session II: July 9 – 26, 2020
Heritage Internship Program: June 22 – July 5, 2020

Early bird application deadline: January 24, 2020
Regular application deadline: March 18, 2020

The Heritage Greece® Program is an unforgettable educational and cultural immersion experience for North American students of Hellenic heritage, shared with students from the American College of Greece in Athens. Heritage Greece® connects Greek American and Greek Canadian College & University-age students to their Hellenic roots by allowing them to spend two intense weeks exploring Greece in all its facets.

Heritage Greece® was developed by the National Hellenic Society (NHS) as part of its mission to celebrate, preserve and disseminate Hellenic heritage in the United States. In 2019 the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) of Canada joined the effort and sponsored the first Greek Canadian student participants.

Heritage Greece® is a gift from the NHS to American students of Hellenic descent, comprising of tailor-made educational and cultural activities that make for an impactful immersion experience. The itinerary includes an insider’s perspective of some the world’s most important museums, as well as archeological and historical sites. The cultural component includes a broad array of activities from a Greek language class to dance and cooking classes with experiential learning activities throughout Athens. The experience is shared with a peer group of ACG students who participate actively in what Heritage Greece® alumni have described as a life-changing experience.

The Heritage Greece® experience continues beyond the visit to Greece, as the participants then matriculate in the Heritage Greece® Alumni Network. The NHS continues its commitment to play a role in helping Heritage Greece® participants advance and develop in their careers, and as ambassadors of Hellenic heritage and part of the NHS’ extended family.

The Heritage Greece® Program will take place in two sessions over the months of June & July. Applicants will be asked to indicate the session(s) they are applying for on the online application.

Session I Dates: June 4-21, 2020
Session II Dates: July 9-26, 2020
Heritage Internship Program Dates: June 22 – July 5, 2020

Session I participants from both the U.S. and Canada will meet in Washington, DC for orientation on June 4, 2020, and they will depart for Greece as a group and accompanied by an ACG staff member on June 5, 2020.

Session II participants from both the U.S. and Canada will meet in Washington, DC for orientation on July 9, 2020, and they will depart for Greece as a group and accompanied by an ACG staff member on July 10, 2020.

Participants bear a 1,000 USD portion of the airfare expense to Greece (the remaining cost is born by NHS), and they are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, DC. Tuition, accommodations, local transportation, meals, and other related costs are borne by the National Hellenic Society.

This once-in-a-lifetime educational program includes:

  • First-hand experience of Hellenic heritage, traditions, and culture
  • An experiential customized one-credit language and culture course
  • Field trips and on-site teaching
  • Recreational and educational excursions
  • Modern, spacious housing at ACG
  • Tuition, meals, and transportation in Greece
  • Classroom materials

Early-bird Application Deadline is January 24, 2020.
Application deadline is March 18, 2020.

Applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students
  • be Americans or Canadians of Greek descent*
  • be 18-26 years of age
  • never or seldom have been to Greece in the past
  • have GPA of 3.0 or above

* Greek descent is defined as having one or more parents, grandparents, or great grandparents born in Greece or Cyprus. Please note that siblings or first cousins of past and/or current participants, who meet the program’s eligibility criteria, may participate in Heritage Greece® 2020 on the condition that they reimburse NHS for all expenses related to their participation.

The Heritage Greece® Program is the National Hellenic Society’s and the Hellenic Heritage Foundation’s contribution to keeping Greek heritage and identity vibrant and relevant in North America.

Program Dates: June 22 – July 5, 2020

The Heritage Internship Program, launched for the first time in 2019, offers to selected Heritage Greece® participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in the professional environment of Greece. Selected interns will remain in Greece for up-to an additional two weeks and they will be placed for an internship in a Greek company), along with a selected ACG Peer. Organizations that have participated previously include the Benaki Museum, Kathimerini, the Hope Genesis Foundation, and The Athens Partnership. These participants receive a full scholarship for their accommodation for the duration of their internship in Greece.

Applicants who would like to be considered for the Internship Program must apply by the early-bird deadline (January 24, 2020) and be accepted to attend the first Session of the Heritage Greece® Program in order to be considered eligible to participate in the Heritage Internship Program.

Check out the student blog from Heritage Greece® from 2013 to 2019. Experience the program from the perspective of Heritage Greece® students.

Heritage Greece® 2019 Blog
Heritage Greece® 2018 Blog
Heritage Greece® 2017 Blog
Heritage Greece® 2016 Blog
Heritage Greece® 2015 Blog
Heritage Greece® 2014 Blog
Heritage Greece® 2013 Blog

To be considered for admission to the NHS Heritage Greece® Program for either session, you need to complete the online application form, provide a letter of recommendation, send a copy of your official or student issued transcript, and complete the Insurance Waiver Form. To complete your application file, you are required to submit further documents as specified in the checklist below.

You are kindly requested to scan and send items 3-7 to [email protected] in one e-mail by March 18, 2020. Please include your first and last name in the subject line.

Application Checklist

  1. Completed online application
  2. One letter of recommendation from a professor, clergy, or community leader, e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to the American College of Greece.
    Office of International Student Services, The American College of Greece
    c/o Elina Krithari, International Student Services
    6 Gravias Street
    15342 Aghia Paraskevi
    Athens, Greece
    : 210 600 9800 ext. 1028
    Fax: 210 601 6140
    E-mail: [email protected]
  3. Official University Transcript OR Student Issued Transcript, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  4. Completed and signed Insurance Waiver Form
  5. Completed and signed Medical History Form
  6. A) Copy of US/Canadian passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the trip dates
    OR
    B) Copies of US/Canadian passport application and government issued identification card (eg. driver’s license)
  7. Copy of insurance card indicating medical coverage to be used while in Greece

Additionally, you may potentially be contacted by our admissions committee for a Skype interview if deemed necessary.

For students who would also like to apply for the NHS Heritage Internship Program, there is a section in the online application to indicate your interest. You will be provided the link for the HiP upon completion of your online application for the HG Program. Applicants who would like to be considered for the Internship Program must apply by the early-bird deadline (January 24, 2020) and be accepted to attend Session I of the Heritage Greece® Program in order to be considered eligible.

For more information, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call us at 0030 210 600 9800 ext. 1028

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Regular Application Deadline is March 18, 2020.

Early-bird Application Deadline is January 24, 2020.