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Registration Deadline: Intensive Summer Course on Migration and Refugee Studies in Greece

November 5th, 2022 - February 15th, 2023

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Application deadline: February 15, 2023

Course dates: July 7, 2023 – July 30, 2023

Open to: 30 participants from universities across the world.

About the Course

The François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, in collaboration with the Refugee and Migration Studies Hub at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece, and with the support of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece and the U.S., is offering a three-week intensive, interdisciplinary course on migration and refugee studies. The course is designed to offer participants both conceptual and practical engagement with key issues related to contemporary forced migration.

The course will include lectures, seminars, interactive class sessions and fieldwork. It will be held in four sites – Athens, Ancient Olympia, Nafplio and Lesvos. Enrollment will be limited to 30 students (15 Harvard graduate students and 15 students from other Universities across the world). Expert lecturers will include leading scholars, politicians, leaders of international organizations, civil society organizations and migrant/refugee groups. The course will be taught in English and organized around a multidisciplinary, rights-based curriculum that draws on legal, medical, environmental and broader social science approaches to migration policy and practice.

Who is Eligible to Apply for Enrollment?

Enrollment will be limited to 30 students (15 Harvard and 15 non-Harvard students).

The program will also include as students two refugees or asylum seekers currently residing in Greece and interested in enrolling in the course.

Harvard Applicants: Harvard students enrolled in any graduate or doctoral program, and senior undergraduates are eligible to apply. Harvard students who will graduate in May 2023 are also eligible to apply. Harvard applicants should apply here.

Harvard graduate students have the option of selecting this course as an Independent Study for course credit in the Fall 2023 semester. We will work with Harvard graduate students and their respective Schools to facilitate this process (the costs of an independent study are included in Harvard tuition and therefore will not add to the Summer School costs). Students who decide to receive academic credits will work with Professor Bhabha during the fall semester and produce a paper as part of the Independent Study requirements.

Non-Harvard Applicants: Senior undergraduate students, graduate students and PhD students from NKUA and other universities across the world are eligible to apply. Please note that non-Harvard University applicants should apply through our partner, the NKUA here.

You can view the Program Agenda from the 2022 course here.


Start: November 5th
End: February 15th, 2023
Calendars: School-wide Events, University-wide Events
Event types: Trainings and Workshops


Applications are submitted online. The course itself will take place in four locations in Greece: Athens, Nafplio, Ancient Olympia, and Lesvos.
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