Heritage Greece® Program


A Two-Week Journey to Greece to Connect with your Roots

Program Overview

The Heritage Greece® Program will take place in two sessions over the months of June & July. Applicants must indicate the respective session they are applying for on the Online Application.

Session A Dates: June 9-26, 2022
Session B Dates: June 30- July 17, 2022

Session A participants from both the US and Canada will meet in Washington, DC, for orientation on June 9, 2022, and they will depart for Greece as a group on June 10, 2022.

Session B participants from both the US and Canada will meet in Washington, DC, for orientation on June 30, 2022, and they will depart for Greece as a group on July 1, 2022.*

Participants bear a $1,250 (USD) portion of airfare expenses to/from Greece.  The NHS covers the residual airfare expense, tuition, accommodations, local transportation, meals, ticketing, and related expenses (not including out-of-pocket expenses).  You remain responsible for domestic (US) transportation expenses.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity, this Educational Program Includes:

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

Early bird application deadline: February 28, 2022
Regular application deadline: March 31, 2022

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* Evrytanian Association of America scholars must participate in Session B and will be required to attend the Evrytanian Association’s Annual Convention in Karpenisi, Greece, following the conclusion of the HG Program.

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 (ACG) in Athens. Heritage Greece® connects Greek American and Greek Canadian college-age students to their Hellenic roots by allowing them to spend two intensive weeks exploring Greece in all its facets.

Heritage Greece® is a proprietary program 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 sponsored the first complement of Greek Canadian student participants. 

Heritage Greece® is a gift from the NHS to American students of Hellenic descent, comprising tailor-made educational and cultural activities that make for an impactful, immersive experience. The itinerary includes an insider’s perspective of some of the classical world’s leading museums and archeological and historical sites. The cultural component includes a broad array of activities ranging from  Greek language class to dance, cooking and experiential learning in the field. The Heritage Greece® experience is shared with a peer group of ACG students. Together the students explore Hellenic heritage, culture and their roots while developing long-lasting bonds with one another. Alumni of the program have described Heritage Greece® as a life-changing experience.

The Heritage Greece® experience continues long after the return from Greece. Heritage Greece® participants become part of the Heritage Greece® Alumni Network. The NHS provides career advancement guidance, mentorship and the opportunity to stay engaged in NHS programs, events and be part of the NHS network.

The Heritage Greece® Program is designed to keep Hellenic heritage and Greek identity vibrant, relevant and inclusive. 

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student with a 3.0 GPA
  • US/Canadian citizen of Hellenic descent*
  • Between 18-26 years old 
  • Preferably first-time visit to Greece 
  • Fully-vaccinated against COVID-19**

Heritage Greece® applicants accepted for participation in the 2021 Heritage Greece® Program are eligible to participate in either of the 2022 Program's sessions. 

* Hellenic 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® 2022 on the condition that they reimburse NHS for expenses related to their participation.

** The Greek government, European Union and related authorities have instituted strict COVID-19 safety protocol regimes which are implemented by The American College of Greece. Heritage Greece® participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their participation in the Heritage Greece® Program. The European Union has not defined fully vaccinated to require an additional booster shot at this time, but the situation is likely to change prior to the start of the Heritage Greece® Program. Consequently, you may be required to vaccinate with a booster shot to be deemed compliant with the prospective revised definition of fully vaccinated.

To be considered for admission to the NHS Heritage Greece Program for Session A or B, complete the Online Application Form, provide a letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and complete the required forms. You are kindly requested to scan and send items 3-7 to [email protected] in one e-mail by March 31, 2022. Please include your first and last name in the subject line.

Application Checklist and Required Forms

  1. Completed Online
  2. Forward a recommendation letter from a professor, community leader, religious leader or another individual that knows you well to [email protected]
  3. Official University Transcript OR Student Issued Transcript
  4. Complete and Execute the Insurance Waiver Form, Heritage Greece Medical Form 2022, Waiver of Liability Relating to COVID-19 Form
  5. Provide/obtain a valid US/Canadian passport valid for 6 months following the Heritage Greece respective trip dates OR
    Provide a copy of your driver’s license or government-issued identification card
  6. Provide a copy of your Vaccination record which provides evidence of your vaccination status

ACG’s Admissions Committee reserves the right to contact you for an interview.

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

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