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January 2018


2018 Olympia Summer Academy

The Olympia Summer Academy, an intensive summer school in comparative and international politics for graduate students, young professionals and senior undergraduates, proudly presents its 2018 program. The 17th Olympia Summer Academy will take place from July 8 until July 18, 2018, in Nafplion in southeastern Greece.

The 2018 Academy consists of six cycles. As was the case in the past, a cycle is devoted to the study of political violence, terrorism and political risk. There are three cycles covering new subjects this year.

There is a new cycle on economic governance and the relationship of capitalism with democracy, a very timely subject as the rise of China has revived interest in authoritarian developmentalism.

There is a second new cycle on the multiple crises festering the Middle East under the rubric of the remaking of the international order that was established a hundred years ago with the end of World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

Finally, a third new cycle, related to some extent to the previous one, is devoted to the refugee crisis that has dominated the headlines in recent years. This cycle aims to offer students a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved. While theory and practice have often been at odds when it comes to managing forced displacement, the cycle tries to reconcile both perspectives with a multi-disciplinary approach.

Please find here the call for applications for the 2018 Olympia Summer Academy. Please note that there are many opportunities for financial aid. Please read the information carefully and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Apply now and join a select group of more than 1,000 proud “Olympians” from 70 different nations who excel in academia, business and politics worldwide today. Thanks to a combination of the in-class teaching and out-of-class activities and the high quality of both the faculty and the students, this can be a transformative experience that will help you achieve your career goals.




  January 2018

Lysimachos Antonios Mavridis (OSA ’17) accepted with full scholarship for undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago. “I am delighted to be attending the University of Chicago starting this coming fall! I would like to thank Olympia Summer Academy and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for giving me the unique chance to acquaint myself with graduate-level coursework among university students and distinguished professors!
This experience cemented my interest for political science, which I am sure will be a great part of my studies in the University of Chicago. Lastly, I want to personally thank my Professor Stathis Kalyvas who, as a UChicago alumnus, sparked my interest in the University through his inspiring teaching in and out of class.
Can’t wait to join the “life of the mind” in the Windy City!”



June 2017

Schedules and Syllabi 2017

- Cycle A’: Conflict & Political Violence
- Cycle B’: Terrorism & Counterterrorism
- Cycle C’: Turkey in the 21st century: Politics, Society and Economy
- Cycle D’: The History, Philosophy & Sociology of IR
- Cycle E’: Identity Politics and Ethno-Religious Conflicts in the 21st Century
- Cycle F’: Political Risk Analysis

Please note that the reading material from each cycle can be found here - 2017 Info Letter


May 2017

Extension of deadline: NEW application deadline May 25, 2017 due to popular demand.


March 2017

Η Θερινή Ακαδημία της Ολυμπίας έχει εξασφαλίσει ένα ποσό για μερικές πλήρεις υποτροφίες ύψους 1.000 ευρώ η κάθε μια για Έλληνες πολίτες. Προϋπόθεση είναι η παρακολούθηση του πλήρους προγράμματος μαθημάτων, δηλαδή είτε του κύκλου Α’ είτε δυο από τους συντομότερους κύκλους (B’-F’). Η επιλογή των δικαιούχων θα γίνει μετά τη λήξη της προθεσμίας υποβολής των αιτήσεων στις 3 Μαΐου 2017, μαζί με τη γενικότερη αξιολόγηση όλων των αιτήσεων τόσο από την Ελλάδα όσο και από το εξωτερικό.


March 2017

KAS scholarships for Greek citizens at OSA 2017

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Greece supports the Olympia Summer Academy 2017 by offering scholarships to Greek students.

You can find the call for applications with all details here. The application deadline is May 3, 2017.


January 2017


Best university teaching award to one of our own, professor Paschalis Kitromilides, honored by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.


November 2016


The 2017 Olympia Summer Academy call is out!

Join us and become part of a worldwide scholarly network!




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