Olympia Summer Academy in Politics and International Studies, July 9-19 2017, Greece

Publish Date: Dec 29, 2016

Deadline: May 03, 2017

Since the summer of 2002, the Olympia Summer Academy has been offering annually a wide range of specialized courses in Political Science and International Studies.

From 2002 until 2014, the Academy took place at the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia in Western Peloponnese. In 2015, the Academy is moving to Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, and a picturesque seaport town in Eastern Peloponnese where the medieval meets the modern. Nonetheless, we remain strongly committed, and indeed thankful, to Olympia both for its warm hospitality during the first thirteen years of OSA and its guiding flame and spirit that will always remain with us.

The Academy: Character | Benefits

During the course of these years, the Academy has acquired a stellar reputation not only for its high academic standards but also for its distinct identity that blends effectively the scholarly exchange with the friendly atmosphere, thus providing participants with the opportunity of a multicultural and holistic academic experience. So, join us and benefit from:

• a faculty at the cutting edge of academic research;
• a worldwide scholarly network that each year brings together a highly diverse and talented group of about 100 graduate students and professors from more than 30 countries;
• a program with a tremendous social dynamic and friendly atmosphere, where the intellectual bonds and relationships formed during its course continue long after its conclusion;
• a picturesque venue where the medieval meets the modern.

The Team

The Academy is co-organized by the Navarino Network, a public policy initiative based in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the European International Studies Association (EISA), with the support of numerous universities and foundations, including Yale University, the University of St Andrews, and the Institute of International Relations at Panteion University of Athens. The Academy has been generously sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation, the Paul & Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Alpha Bank and, in the past, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, the National Bank of Greece and the Kokkalis Foundation.

Program Structure

The Academy is comprised of 8 working days of intensive, high-level teaching where six carefully defined Political Science and International Studies areas are treated in depth and by faculty of international standing. The teaching cycles/programs that comprise the Academy in 2016 are:

Conflict & Political Violence (8 working days)
• The History, Philosophy & Sociology of IR (4 working days)
• Europe’s Shifting Political Order (4 working days)
• Religion & International Politics (4 working days)
• Terrorism & Counterterrorism (4 working days)

• Political Risk Analysis (4 working days)
• Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (4 working days)


• to survey the above fields and disseminate new research advances;
• to create a forum for high quality academic work;
• to provide opportunities for the creation and consolidation of scholarly networks of cooperation.

How to Apply

Applicants should be (post-) graduate students working towards Masters or Ph.D. degrees, but we usually admit some advanced undergraduates, as well as researchers and practitioners. All applicants should be fluent in English.

The application should include the following material:

1) a completed application form;
2) a copy of your CV; and,
3) a letter of recommendation.

Please download the application form (see here) and submit it electronically. Places are limited and will be awarded on merit.

The deadline is May 3, 2017 and decisions will be mailed out by May 10, 2017. Early applications, especially for those seeking financial aid, are strongly encouraged. Please also note that early applications submitted by March 3, 2017, will receive a 50€ discount on the registration fee.

Admitted foreign students will be provided with all necessary documentation in support of a visa application, if this is needed.

For further inquiries please contact Ms. Aspa Kyriaki:
E: olympia@navarinonetwork.org | T: +30 2310 260 322 | F: +30 2310 260 332.

The Venue

The OSA is hosted by the Alpha Bank Cultural Center, located at the heart of the old town of Nafplio. Accommodation is provided at Hotel Elena.

Nafplio is the first capital of modern Greece and a picturesque seaport city where the medieval meets the modern. The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War alike. The town declined during the Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.

Fees and Scholarships

There is a 150€ non-refundable registration fee to be paid in advance of the Academy to secure a place, in accordance with the instructions provided in the letter of admission. Those wishing to attend two cycles (one from Group I and one from Group II) do not have to pay the registration fee twice.

Early applications submitted by March 3, 2017, will receive a 50€ discount on the registration fee.

These tuition and board charges are IN ADDITION to the registration fee and cover:

  • shared accommodation in a double occupancy room with breakfast,
  • electronic access to all the reading material,
  • excursions, cultural, social and extra curricular activities, and
  • transportation from “Athens International Airport” to Nafplio and back.

A limited number of single rooms is available and can be provided at an additional charge of 50€ per night. 

OSA Scholarships

For qualified applicants who can only attend one short cycle (half the program of the Academy) some financial aid of 150€ might be also provided on a merit and need basis.

Moreover, the Olympia Summer Academy offers a number of scholarships of 500€ each. These scholarships are open to all applicants and will be awarded on a merit and need basis.


•  Eligible to apply for an OSA scholarship are those who stay for the whole duration of the summer program, i.e. either students who attend Cycle A or those who attend two of the shorter Cycles (one from Group I and one of Group II).

•  The OSA will automatically award its scholarship to all PhD candidates, who stay for the whole duration of the summer program and are members of the European International Studies Association.

We encourage all students to search also for outside funding to cover their fees and/or travel expenses, by exploring funding opportunities available through their home universities and local non-governmental organizations.

All participants are expected to pay for their own travel to and from Athens.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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