Not your ordinary summer school

SFU’s Hellenic Studies Program and Douglas College have teamed up once again to send a group of students on a field school to Greece, during the 2020 summer semester.

What will I do?*

Location: Simon Fraser University
Dates:  May 11 - 29, 2020

You will spend three weeks at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University, in seminars and orientations getting to know the faculty and each other as they prepare for your intellectual adventure.

Location: Athens, Greece
Dates: May 30 - June 2, 2020
Places: Acropolis; Parthenon; Agora; Archaeological Museum; Delphi Museum; Hosios Loukas Monastery; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

You will spend three days in the Greek capital of Athens, home of democracy, philosophy, and theatre. Athens is home to some of the world's richest museums (the Archaeological Museum) and is the site of the Acropolis, Parthenon, and Acropolis Museum, where ideas of democratic sovereignty, imperialism, classicism and cultural appropriation can be fruitfully explored.

Location: Island of Lesvos, Greece
Dates: June 2 - 25, 2020
Places: Skala Sykamnias; Vareltzidaina Mansion; Leimonos Monastery; Mytilene; Molyvos; Valley of the Waterfalls; Mt. Lepetimnos

You will then travel to the Aegean island of Lesvos, where you will stay for three and a half weeks. The island of Lesvos is the third largest in Greece and has played host to important developments in Greek history and culture since antiquity. Home to Archaic era poets Alcaeus, Arion and Sappho and the historian Theophrastos, the island was known in antiquity as a place of refinement. Lesvos experienced Roman, Byzantine, Genoese, and Ottoman rule, and was host to the legendary pirate admiral Hayreddin Barbarossa.

Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Dates: June 25 - 28, 2020
Places: White Tower; Arch of Galerius and Rotunda; Aristotelous Square; Hagios Demetrios

Finally, you will journey to Greece’s fascinating northern capital, Thessaloniki, for the final few days of the field school. For millennia, Thessaloniki has been the crossroads of the southern Balkans. It is the city in which St. Paul proclaimed he would spread the message of Christianity to Europe; the home of the impressive 8th century Church of St. Sophia; the site of the medieval struggle between the Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans; and a place that bears the scars of the 20th century’s most painful history, from the Macedonian Struggle, to the First World War, to the Nazi occupation and the Holocaust.

All in all you will have the opportunity to live and learn in a space filled with history and beauty. You will interact with its landscapes, people, and monuments and enrich your understanding of our world at the edge of Europe, where East and West merge to create the heady mix of Greek culture.

* All destinations are tentative and subject to change due to weather, availability or other unforseen factors

What will I study?

Field School students take three courses, worth 10 SFU credits, taught by the field school director and SFU Hellenic Studies professor James Horncastle and Julian Brooks, faculty in the Department of History at Douglas College. All courses are transferable to Douglas College.


  • HS 216-3: War and Society: An examination of some of the key themes in the history of war and society

  • HS 277-3: History of Greek Civilization (B-HUM): An online survey of Greek civilization, Mycenaean Greece to the twentieth century

  • HS 307-4: ST: The Liberating Sea? Mass Migration in the Ancient Mediterranean: An advanced survey of population movements in the ancient world


James Horncastle, Field School Director

James Horncastle was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. He studied at St. Thomas University, the University of New Brunswick, and finally at Simon Fraser University, where he examined the Macedonian Question in the Greek Civil War. After serving as a limited-term lecturer at Simon Fraser University for three years, he joined the Hellenic Studies Program as the inaugural holder of the Edward and Emily McWhinney Professorship in International Relations.

James is hoping to share with students his passion for Greece and the important role Hellenism continues to play in world history.

Julian Brooks, Faculty

Julian Brooks holds a PhD in History and has almost twenty years of teaching experience at the secondary and post-secondary level. As an undergraduate, he worked as a peer tutor and as a counsellor in summer camps in Canada and the United Kingdom. Dr. Brooks began his teaching career with a three-year stint as an English teacher in the Republic of Macedonia, during which he immersed himself in the South Balkan region and Greece.

Julian’s enduring interest in Greece, the Balkans, and the Middle East led him to pursue graduate studies in history at Simon Fraser University. Julian is now an instructor in the Department of History at Douglas College, where he teaches World and Middle Eastern History.

How much does it cost?

Program Fees

$2,465.72 – $3,549.58*

Tuition Fees


Financial Aid

For more information on funding your trip, please visit the SFU Study Abroad's Financial Aid page.

What's included

  • Shared accommodation in Athens, Lesvos, and Thessaloniki
  • Field trips
  • Entrance fees
  • In-country transportation
  • Some group meals

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Books
  • Vaccinations
  • Some food
  • Communication costs
  • Mandatory health insurance
  • Entertainment and additional personal travel
* Based on 8 – 20 students. Final program costs are based on the total number of students and are subject to change
** Based on ten credits. Does not include student fees. International students pay differential tuition

Sign up

Deadline to apply is January 31, 2020

Greece Field School applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure

  • Have completed a minimum of 30 units of university courses

  • Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA

  • Recommended that students should have completed at least one course that meets the "W" requirement and one FASS course

  • 1 academic reference who has taught you in the past, such as a professor/instructor or graduate-level TA, SFU lab instructor, or professor from another university or college (for transfer students only)


  • 1 personal reference, such as an employer, mentor, coach etc (no family members permitted)

Applications are now open

Douglas College students must also apply to SFU as a visiting student. Contact to receive the SFU Visiting Field School Student application. Do not apply to SFU through the regular visiting student application process.

Info sessions

Interested in studying abroad? Join us for an info session: meet the field school director, speak to the instructors, and ask questions about the application process from a representative for SFU Study Abroad.

SFU info sessions

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019
    Room AQ5037 (SFU Burnaby)
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019
    Room TBD (SFU Burnaby)
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    Room SRYC 5320 (SFU Surrey)
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 
    Room TBD (SFU Burnaby)

Douglas College info sessions

  • Thursday, October 3, 2019
    Concourse (New West campus)
  • Friday, October 4, 2019
    Room N4213 (New West campus)
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
    Room B2340 (Coquitlam campus)
  • Friday, November 15, 2019
    Room N4213 (New West campus)
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    Room B2340 (Coquitlam campus)
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020
    Room TBA (New West campus)
  • Friday, January 17, 2020
    Room B2010 (Coquitlam)


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