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About the ASCSA

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers graduate students an unparalleled immersion into the sites and monuments of Greek civilization. The School also affords many facilities, resources, activities, and other programs for scholars, teachers, and undergraduate students. The core academic programs of the School are:

Regular Member Program
The Regular Member program runs the full academic year, from early September to early June. It is an integrated participatory program offering advanced graduate students, from a variety of fields, an intensive survey of the art, archaeology, history, and topography of Greece, from antiquity to the present. Regular Members are expected to be in residence in Athens throughout the nine-month academic year. Students receive comprehensive training through visits to the principal archaeological sites and museums of Greece as well as in seminars led by resident and visiting scholars. They also take part in the training program at the Corinth excavations. The School accepts 15 to 20 students each year into the program.

Summer Session
The Summer Session program runs for six weeks during the summer and is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, as well as to high school and college instructors of classics and related fields. The Session condenses its academic year program into an intensive introduction to the sites, museums, and monuments of Greece. The Summer Session is open to 20 participants each year.

Summer Seminars
The Summer Seminars are two 18-day sessions designed for those who wish to study specific topics in Greece and visit major monuments with exceptional scholars as study leaders, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, history, literature, and culture. Each seminar is limited to 20 participants.

For testimonials about last year's program, the inaugural year of this new program, please link to:

Agora Excavation Summer Volunteer Program
The Agora Excavation Summer Volunteer Program allows students to excavate in the Athenian Agora, in the heart of modern Athens. The excavations are planned for eight weeks each summer beginning early June and continuing until early August.  Fieldwork is in progress five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a 30-minute break at midmorning. Volunteers are expected to be on the site during these hours and to work at the excavations for a minimum of six weeks. Additional information about the Athenian Agora Excavations.

Archaeological Conservation Summer Internships 
The Agora Excavations Conservation Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers 2-3 Archaeological Conservation Internships for the summer excavation season. The Conservation Laboratory functions as an integral part of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens' Agora Excavations. Its aim is to support the excavations by providing services that contribute to the study and understanding of the site. For more information about the internships, see: Conservation Summer Internships 

Gennadius Library Medieval Greek Summer Session
The Gennadius Library Medieval Greek Summer Session is a month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Graduate students and professors in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine, or medieval studies from any university worldwide may apply. The program accepts up to 12 participants and runs every other year. The program will run during the summer of 2019. Call for applications will begin in fall 2018.

Wiener Laboratory Field School in Ancient Corinth
The field school is a week-long field school on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology at Ancient Corinth. Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Karkanas, director of the Wiener Laboratory and Paul Goldberg, Professor emeritus of Boston University, will supervise the intensive field school. Registered students will participate in the Corinth excavation and will be involved in interdisciplinary research primarily in the field, focused on archaeological context, geoarchaeology, and material sciences. Through field observations, on-site laboratory analysis, and lectures the students will receive instruction in the study and analysis of archaeological sediments and deposits, as well as gain experience in the recording of stratigraphy, and the understanding site formation processes. A maximum of 10 students will be accepted for the course.