Tuition: $2700 (€2253)

Registration deadline: see "tuition & registration" page

CREDITS: 4 1/2 ECTS (3 US)



The courses of this program cater mainly to college students or those who are about to finish high school. They are designed to achieve academic rigor but also to allow students to enjoy the locale by permitting some of the grade-determining assignments to be completed within a few weeks after the program is over. However, adults can also register and, if they wish, they can skip grade-determining work such as written assignments or in-class exams.

Students will arrive at Lucy hotel in Kavala on Sunday, July 22nd. Classes will begin the next day and will run through Friday with lectures lasting for 4 to 4 1/2 hours a day (including a break). On the following weekend (the 28th and 29th) students will have the chance to spend one day on their own while the second one will involve a day trip to the island of Thassos where we will explore by sea some of the most beautiful and remote beaches of the island. Our students will have the chance to jump from the boat to crystal-clear waters and explore the main town of the island before returning to Kavala in the evening. The lecture routine will be repeated during the second week of the program. On Friday, August 3rd we will gather for a farewell dinner at a seafood tavern at the port of Kavala. Students will depart the next day. 





This course introduces students to modern Mediterranean history through the colonial expansion of Britain, France and Italy from the late 18th- through the middle of the 20th century when the end of the colonial era came about with the nationalist uprisings and movements which gave rise to the independent, post-colonial states in North Africa and the Middle East. We will compare different forms of rule and domination introduced by the colonial powers by highlighting and delving into major events in world history such as Napoleon's campaign in Egypt, the colonization of Mediterranean islands and North Africa, the First and Second World Wars, decolonization and the Suez Crisis, as well as  the emergence of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The analysis of these historical events will also allow us to have a better comprehension of recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East. Overall, students will acquire both a broad as well as a specialized knowledge of modern Mediterranean history and will be able to reflect on European history through the colonial past of some of the major European powers.


INSTRUCTOr: sakis Gekas, York university


Sakis Gekas is Associate Professor and the Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair of Modern Greek History at York University. He has taught European Economic History, History of Industrialization,  Economic History of Globalization, and Global and World History at the London School of Economics, European University Institute and University of Manchester. He joined York University in 2010 teaching courses in the History of Modern Greece, the History of Colonialism in the Mediterranean and the History of Greek Migration and Diaspora. He has published Xenocracy, State, Class and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864, articles and book chapters on the same subject, as well as on the history of merchants and ports in the Mediterranean.

Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

Europe has undergone two major crises over the past ten years: first, the financial crisis originating in over-borrowing through mortgages in the United States; and second, the fiscal crisis, originating in massive government debt in some Eurozone countries. Both have challenged macroeconomic analysis and the design of policies for macroeconomic adjustment. The primary purpose of this course is to give participants a sound understanding of key macroeconomic issues of today, blending theoretical tools with policy dilemmas following the financial and the fiscal crisis. Particular emphasis will be placed on how cyclical fluctuations are generated, what constitutes the major policy problems that fiscal and monetary authorities face today, how unemployment can be reduced, and what contributes to sustainable growth over the longer run.





Haliassos holds the Chair of Macroeconomics and Finance at Goethe University, Frankfurt. He is Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, UK), Founding Director of the CEPR Network on Household Finance, and International Research Fellow of NETSPAR (The Netherlands). He is also advisor to the European Central Bank on the Eurozone Survey of Household Finances and Consumption. Haliassos received a B.A. from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from Yale University under the supervision of Nobel Laureate James Tobin. Prior to joining the faculty of Goethe University Frankfurt in 2004, he was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, and then at the University of Cyprus, where he also served as Deputy Dean of the School of Economics and Business. He also held visiting appointments at the European University Institute. In addition to having received various teaching prizes, he has been actively engaged in curriculum development, including the design and launch of the Master's Program in Money and Finance (MMF) at Goethe University. Haliassos' research interests lie in Macroeconomics and Finance with emphasis on household finance, where he has been among the early contributors. His papers have appeared in leading international journals. He recently edited a volume on Financial Innovation: Too Much or Too Little?  (MIT Press, 2013). In 2015, he edited a 3-volume collection of Critical Writings in Household Finance (Edward Elgar), and co-edited a volume on Financial Regulation: A Transatlantic Perspective (Cambridge University Press). Haliassos has also been involved in policy analysis and advice, with articles and interviews published by major German, Greek, and international press establishments.

cultural ecology and environmental policy

Conflicting narratives on global climate change and sustainable development abound in the face of natural and human-made disasters. Local communities and ordinary citizens struggle to understand arguments framed in environmental and climate debates while in many cases suffering the consequences of misinformed planning or environmental transgressions.  Participants in this course will explore cultural models as they define the natural order and inform how people use natural resources in everyday life. Participants will learn how cultural anthropologists use mixed qualitative research methods to conduct ecological and environmental studies.  Participants will study and learn to critically evaluate the application of qualitative research to inform environmental policy, laws, ecological economics and planning. Case studies across subsistence systems and settlement patterns will be examined.  Case materials in this course direct attention to government agencies, environmental laws, “citizen” scientists, community-based organizations, green industry and consumerism in planning for sustainable development. The course has an applied and problem-solving focus that engages participants to think critically about global climate change and sustainable development.


instructor: frances kostarelos, governors state


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Dr. Kostarelos is Full Professor at Governors State University in the College of Arts and Sciences.  She teaches courses in the Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, and Environmental Biology programs. She was trained at the University of Chicago where she studied cultural anthropology and urban sociology. Her research includes the study of religious cosmology and institutions, social class stratification, urban and rural environmental transgressions and dislocations, and environmental justice movements. Her research and teaching is interdisciplinary and integrative. She served on the University Curriculum Committee, the Academic Master Planning Committee, and the Faculty Development Committee among other University and College wide committees and initiatives.  She co-chaired the development of an undergraduate environmental studies curriculum and degree.  



This is an introductory/intermediate art course that investigates critical, aesthetic thinking with “hands-on” training in the design and execution of a finished artwork. The course will explore critical thinking and visual execution with emphasis being placed on discovering the “artist within,” a personal guided journey into the complexity of every participant’s ability to evolve the creative self through the image making process. The course will explore the Portrait, the Self Portrait, the Figure in the Greek landscape, and the unusual as well as the challenge of capturing the sea in imagery. Students will be using digital cameras or high-end cell phones and a computer for technical work (through Photo Shop or other programs). The second part of the course will be an emphasis on the Drawing Book. Your drawing book will be a testament and diary of your Greek artistic experience, applying principles of traditional drawing, painting, collage, and iconoclastic revisions of conventional formats. In other words, you will be encouraged to reinvent the wheel of yourself. Daily critiques will be used to expand analysis, to amplify your creative vocabulary, to appreciate the subtlety of composition and perspective, and to prepare you for imagining yourself as a living, working artist. There will be regular seaside and nature field trips, as well as excursions to the old section of Kavala.



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Philip Tsiaras is a Greek-American artist with an international reputation who works and lives in New York City. Since 1974 he presented his work at more than 75 one-person exhibitions at major international museums and galleries. Among them, he has exhibited at the Venice Biennale three times and produced a ten foot bronze sculpture on the Grand Canal entitled “Social Climber.” Tsiaras works with a great range of media--painting, photography, glass, ceramic, and bronze. He has been the recipient of many national prizes: The American Academy Award for Poetry, The Thomas Watson Fellowship, the New York State C.A.P.S grant, and two National Endowment  for the Arts grants. He has been nominated for the Blickle Stiftung International Photography Prize, Germany, and the Generali Assicurazioni Gold Metal Award for “Civilita,” Venice. Philip Tsiaras’ works are widely collected in corporate, private and important museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Fifteen books and catalogues are attributed to his work, most notably monographs published  by Electa and Mondadori books, and a book of photographs entitled, “Family Album” published by Contrasto, Rome. A recent 30-year retrospective of photography entitled Philip Tsiaras-SUPEREAL was published by the Muesum of Photography, Thessaloniki.

A video presentation of Philip's work at the Blender gallery in Athens.



There is enormous wealth and income inequality around the world. GDP per capita ranges from $127,523 in Qatar to $26,783 in Greece to $699 in the Central African Republic. Why are some countries rich, and other countries poor? What do we mean by rich and poor? The people in Norway seem happier, and the people in Iceland seem wealthier. We will begin by looking around the world today to understand differences in the standards of living. We will look at the role of human capital, physical capital, natural resources, and technology. Then we will go back in time, and seek to understand the sources of disparities in economic development, and wealth distribution among the world’s nations and regions. How do we explain economic growth? How important is technological change? We will examine both the convergence and divergence of incomes over time. We will consider the role of geography, institutions, property rights, economic policies, politics, history, and culture in explaining different standards of living in different parts of the world. A few thousand years ago, the Fertile Crescent (Syria, Iraq) and China were the richest regions in the world. We will see how the picture changes when we look back 200 years, 2000 years, and 16,000 years.




Linus Yamane is Professor of Economics and Asian American Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. In the past he has taught at Doshisha University, Wellesley College, Harvard University and Yale University. He has worked at the AT&T Bell Laboratories, the World Bank, and the Japan Development Bank. Yamane holds a B.S. in Economics from M.I.T., and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. He has published articles on the economics of Brazil, Japan, and the United States. His research is currently focused on the labor market status of Asian Americans and on labor market discrimination. He has served as Associate Dean of the Faculty but prefers to be in the classroom with his students. He has taught a wide range of courses including microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, econometrics, labor economics, and economic development.