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HIST 3357 - Greece: A Modern History

Disclaimer: Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and travel restrictions, this course could be cancelled at any time leading up to the departure date. If this occurs, students will be refunded the full program fee minus the non-refundable deposit that was paid to York International. Students are strongly advised to purchase flight cancellation protection and travel insurance in case of trip cancellation.

This course focuses on the history of Modern Greece (1800 to the present) and starts with two weeks intensive reading and discussion of key historical events before moving to Athens for a month. In Greece, the course combines in-class sessions with mostly on-site teaching to provide in-depth understanding of major developments in social, cultural, economic and political history of Greece since 1800.

The course starts by exploring the history of Ottoman and Venetian areas that formed the Greek State and includes themes such as: the Revolution of 1821, economic and social change in the nineteenth century; Greece in the Balkans; WWI and the interwar period; war and occupation in the 1940s; emigration and the Greek Diaspora; the 1967-1974 dictatorship and the post-1980s period of European integration, to the present and recent crises and challenges.

Teaching is based primarily on experiential learning through visits to museums that provide a unique insight to modern and contemporary history and present-day Greece, as well as visits to historical archives and research centres to understand how historians do research. In the second week of the course, students may have the opportunity to visit the island of Syros for a three-day summer school in Greek and Mediterranean history offered in association with the National Research Institute, as well as a two-day trip to the island of Hydra.

Location: Athens, Greece

Course Director: Prof. Sakis Gekas, Associate Professor, Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History, Department of History (

Course Dates: May 9 to 19, 2022 in Toronto and May 30 to June 26, 2022 in Athens.

Pre-requisites: None. This course is open to all undergraduate students in good academic standing, but preference is given to History majors.

Applications: Applications for this course have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!

Course Information

Approx. $3,100 CAD. Program fee includes accommodations, transportation in country, trip/excursions/site visits, and some meals.

York tuition, flights, food expenses (meals and/or groceries), and spending money is not included.

Program fee: Approx. $3,100 

Tuition: Approx. $1,400 

Flights (return Toronto-Athens): Approx. $900 

Personal expenses (food, spending money): Approx. $800 

Travel Covid-19 PCR Test: Approx. $250

Travel Insurance: Approx. $75

Total: $6,525

To secure a spot in this course, you'll need to submit a non-refundable deposit of $100 to York International (200 York Lanes, open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)


  • Deposit ($100): February 28, 2022
  • Outstanding program fee: May 8, 2022

PLEASE NOTE: We only accept Visa, Mastercard and debit. No cash or cheques.

All students participating in LA&PS study abroad courses must attend a pre-departure training session hosted in conjunction with York International.

Information covered includes:

  • Travel preparations (information about destination, flight, accommodation arrangements)
  • COVID-19 safety
  • Risk management (waiver, emergency contact card, registration of Canadians abroad)
  •® Insurance
  • Funding and finances
  • Inter-cultural awareness

Information about pre-departure session dates and times will be communicated with students accepted into the course.

Interested students can apply for funding to offset a portion of the costs for these global experiences. Partial funding of up to $500 is available for approved York International programs such as exchanges, internships, and summer abroad courses. LA&PS offers funding of up to $1,000 through the LA&PS Mobility award, and up to $1,500 through the LA&PS International Study Abroad Award.

  • Students participating in this program are also eligible for the CIMS-CIG Student Travel Bursary. Please see the link for all application and funding details. The application deadline for this bursary is March 1, 2022. 
  • Students may also be eligible for undergraduate scholarships through the Hellenic Heritage Foundation. Please see the link for additional details.

All students participating in York University study abroad programs MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a York University policy, and students will not be able to travel or access any services in Greece without showing proof of full vaccination.

  • At a later stage in the pre-departure process, the LA&PS Study Abroad Coordinator will be reaching out with more details on vaccination requirements and next steps.

Students in this course will be receiving Museum Passes, which grant access to all archaeological sites and museums in Greece, from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture via the Canadian Institute in Greece. They will also be receiving transportation passes that give access to all public transit in country. To obtain these passes, students are required to submit 2 physical passport-sized photos with their name clearly printed on the back of each photo for submission to the appropriate Greek ministries.

  • Please submit these photos to the Study Abroad Coordinator no later than February 25, 2022 to allow plenty of time to mail the photos to Athens.
    • Photos can be dropped off to Katie Gribbons at the LA&PS Office of the Dean, York University (Keele Campus), S900 Ross Building

If you are not currently in the Toronto area and cannot physically come to campus, you may be able to submit your photos via e-mail. If this is the case, please email Katie to ask (

  • Overnight trips to Nafplio, Hydra, and Syros
  • Guest lectures from specialists in Modern Greek History
  • Cultural activities and visits to important sites such as the Hellenic Parliament and museums

To be confirmed. Stay tuned to this page for updates!

For more information, students can connect with Katie Gribbons, LA&PS Study Abroad Coordinator (

Hear from past students!

"This study abroad course offers students an interactive learning experience by exploring museums, archives, and historical places. Everyone will have a chance to explore new types of Greek food in Athens and in different islands such as Hydra, Syros and others!! One month can seem like a long time for inexperienced travellers, but Prof. Gekas helps navigate students along the journey."

— Sarah Ghrawi

"This course made me fall in love with all that Greece has to offer. From exploring Athens, to visiting several islands in the Aegean, and immersing myself in the deliciousness of Greek cuisine, I have fond lifelong memories. This trip was a defining experience of my time in post-secondary. I hope to visit Greece again!"

— Andrew Rossit