Testimonials

“This summer, I had the pleasure of participating in an intensive study program in Nafplio, Greece. The program, hosted by Olympia Summer Academy, held a number of diverse classes: Political Risk Analysis and Democratic versus Authoritarian Capitalism.

These courses were taught by highly successful and intelligent professors from Temple University, Panteion University of Athens, and Montpellier Business School. Each class was engaging and informative in terms of content and viewpoints—consisting of a student body from all around the world. Each student had a passion for learning, which allowed us to develop a very close and tight-knit group of friends and colleagues.

Besides the stunning scenery and delicious local food, the character and culture of Nafplio and its people created an unforgettable experience. I do not believe I could have had such a unique experience elsewhere and look forward to the day, I can apply my course knowledge to my career, reunite with those in the beautiful friendships I made, and see the magnificent town of Nafplio again”.

Rebekah Mann, MA Candidate, Rutgers University.

 

“Being part of the courses of Olympia Summer Academy this summer, I had the opportunity to meet the micro-cosmos of political sciences and analyze human behavior through time and space. As medical doctor, humanistic care is regarded important by patients and professional accrediting agencies, but little is known about how political attitudes and nation behaviors during the history time, can affect the clinical practice.

Regarding to political risk analysis session, i had the chance to acquire some knowledge on complications businesses may face, as a result of political decisions, adjusting this knowledge to health investments. Thank all of you once again for your excellent cooperation. Hope to see you again”.

Alexandra Ntemka, Ph.D. Candidate Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

 

“I would like to thank you for the opportunity to apply for the Olympia Summer Academy 2018. OSA is one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. A unique and interactive environment, with the most skilled professors and specialists concerning international relations and in the same time with the precious support, from several and prestigious foundations and institutions.

Those characteristics transform the OSA in one of the most unique experiences, which could help and provide you with extremely important and useful knowledge and material, capable of helping you choose even another career path. After this previous experience, I have a totally changed my view, concerning international relations and the globe in general. Thank you and of course Navarino Network for the chance being a member of this “once in a lifetime” experience”.

Angelos Orfanidis, Science Po Strasburg, MA Candidate.

 

“My experience of the 2018 Olympia Summer Academy provided me with new lines of inquiry and equipped me with the necessary skills to carry forward my academic endeavor. In addition to be able to engage with eminent academics in the field of political violence and diverse participants from different countries, with diverse academic interests, was enriching.

What I appreciated the most about OSA was their concerted effort to introduce us to the plurality of Greece, from its cuisine to scenic beaches, to its theatrical culture and historical heritage”.

Fayaz Kacho, Ph.D. Candidate, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.

 

“The OSA experience has been one of the highlights of my career. The OSA staff were extraordinary! From my first interaction with them, all the way to after the academy had ended. Not only were they very well organised, friendly and approachable but always willing to go out of there was way to make sure everyone happy. I have to admit that the staff had truly gone the extra mile for one of my requests.

The Academy included highly esteemed faculty and extraordinary individuals from all over the world. I believe this is the very reason that the OSA was such a life-changing experience. I highly recommend the OSA to anyone interested in a truly, life changing experience both from a personal and academic perspective”

Terry Stratis, Professional, The Independent.

 

“The Olympia Academy was a fantastic opportunity to learn from incredible Academics, get an insight into Greek culture and meet students from around the world. I had some fantastic conversations and created a network, that I’m sure will last for years. It was an incredible experience!”

James S., MA Candidate, University of London.

 

“First of all, I would like to congratulate you for the excellent organization, support and communication, before as well as during the days the Academy took place. On the one hand, a multi-faceted process of studying and socializing with scholars and young academics from all around the world, with various backgrounds that enabled fruitful and essential debates and conversations.

On the other hand, apart from the academic dimension, the social events, like the field trip to the Peloponnese, that included sight-seeing at the Mycenae archaeological site, winetasting at Nemea and of course the amazing performance at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, gave us the opportunity to learn about the historical context and cultural elements of the first capital city of Greece.

Last but not least, you get to build friendships that enrich your personality, which in my opinion was the most important thing during this Academy. I could only be grateful for having the opportunity to live the Olympia Summer Academy experience”.

Aristeidis Dimitratos, MA Candidate, Panteion University of Athens.

 

“Apart from internationally renowned speakers, a key characteristic of this year’s Olympia Summer Academy has been the diversity of the participants. As a PhD candidate in political science, I greatly appreciated the contact with students from other fields as well as professionals from all over the world and with different occupational backgrounds. The resulting dialogue between science and practice was truly inspiring!”

Felix Olsowski, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Mannheim.

 

“I would like to thank you for this amazing experience. It was a pleasure to participate in this fantastic and well organized Summer Academy. I would like to thank you personally each one of you for your help and your support. It is truly important for me that i had the chance to make new and real friendships. I hope to re-unite with you next year. Thank you and take care”.

Athina Sofokleous, Professional, Law Office.

 

“Olympia Summer Academy 2018 was one of the best experiences I had in my whole life. I had the chance to attend courses by world-class professors expanding my knowledge about terrorism and getting extremely useful feedback about my own academic research. Last but not least, I made several wonderful new friends that made everything even better for me and I believe that we will be in touch for many years in the future”.

Petros Katopodis, MA Candidate, Panteion University of Athens.

 

“The Academy is a wonderful experience for students and faculty, learning so much from each other on exciting subjects such as terrorism and political violence, while also enjoying the delights of Greece, including the wonderful sights and the terrific weather! It was an amazing experience that I will never forget!

Many thanks again, and it was such a great honor to be invited!”

Christian Kaunert
Professor of Policing and Security, University of South Wales.

 

“Teaching at OSA on the making and unmaking of the Ottoman Empire was an incredible experience for me.

I enjoyed sharing my research on security and emergency in Israel/Palestine and Cyprus in a regional transnational framework. The students were interested and engaged and I learned a lot from the other faculty in the workshop atmosphere as they were truly top of the line in their field. Informal conversations at the beach and breakfast enabled me to share about my own experiences in politics, academia and media and learn about what the students and faculty were interested in. Nafplio is a magical place, perfect for studying the sociology of empires.

I can’t think of a better way of regional intellectual engagement that challenges the mind and opens the spirit to new ways of thinking seeing and hopefully making the changes we want to see.

Thank you and I hope to come back soon”.

Yael Berda, Assistant Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
Gerard Weinstock Visiting Lecturer on Sociology, Harvard University (winter session 2018).

 

“OSA is the ideal programme for aspiring academics, graduate students, and those who want to immerse themselves in their studies. I’ve been so impressed by the calibre of students and the discussions we had. New research ideas emerged, career plans solidified and friendships have formed that will last a life time. The balance of study and leisure time in the Greek sunshine was perfect -an incredible experience!”

Kieran McConaghy
Lecturer at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV),
University of St Andrews.

 

“The Olympia Summer School Academy is a truly unique opportunity for highly motivated scholars to come together and be exposed to state-of-the-art advances in their field, while enjoying a combination of great weather, cultural immersion, and fun. The interactions between students and teaching staff are completely informal and continue outside the teaching rooms, around a coffee, or by the beach, and this contributes to creating strong and lasting ties”.

Petros Sekeris, Associate Professor of Economics,
Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France.

 

“The Olympia Summer Academy is an exceptional opportunity for students, professionals and academics to engage intensively on questions that matter: What are the sources and processes of armed conflict? How do forms of political violence intersect? How can we study the challenging and sensitive issues of repression, displacement, terrorism, and war? Participation in the Academy will benefit anyone interested in the complexities of the contemporary security environment”.

Anastasia Shesterinina
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics/International Politics, Department of Politics,
University of Sheffield.

 

“This is the perfect summer school, I wish I was a graduate student again to attend it. Constant intellectual engagement through the day in a breathtaking location.
I learnt a lot and had an amazing time with sharp students and top scholars”.

Andrea Ruggeri, Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in International Relations,
University of Oxford.

 

“Ten days in the Peloponnese was a reminder of what is important in life: the pursuit of knowledge; fine dining, in particular old goat; morning swims from the Albanian beach; and the company of intellectually curious and fun-loving people. Teaching alongside Stathis Kalyvas was a tremendous privilege”.

Emma Sky
Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs & Director, Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program, Yale University.

 

“Having been involved with the Olympia Summer Seminars from the outset, I can say that it is a magical and transformative life experience for everyone who takes part.  Talented faculty and a diverse student body combine to bring the highest level of academic rigor to classroom. And the time set aside for informal conversations and group activities creates intellectual friendships for life. The seminar is now firmly established as the “go-to” summer experience for students wanting to deepen their knowledge of conflict studies, identity politics and political risk. It is a great honor to be part of the Olympia family and help carry the tradition forward”.

Dr. Kristin Fabbe, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School,
Business, Government and International Economy Unit.

 

“The Olympia Summer Academy appealed to me as it covers particular subject areas of that I haven’t found on other programs, such as Terrorism and Counterterrorism as well as Religion and International Politics. I have found those courses particularly useful as they have helped me look at challenges in a different way and have armed me with new skills and knowledge in how to understand better the current developments on international level. I enjoyed the different perspectives and new angle that the Professors brought in order to tackle traditional subjects. Last but not least, the networking was a significant asset and the student-based approach of the Professors helped the development of a super friendly atmosphere. To sum up, it was a wonderful and unforgettable experience that I will always cherish and recall with a feeling of joy and appreciation!”

Foteini Karakatsani, Deputy Head, Head of the Consular Department – ‎Greek Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia.

 

“The Olympic Summer Academy provides the perfect combination of an inspiring environment with intellectual conversations and sunny summer weather in a lovely country. It’s a great spot to meet a large variety of interesting people both in lecture halls and at the beach. That’s why I highly recommend everyone to apply for this unique summer school!”

Cosima Meyer, PhD candidate, University of Mannheim.

 

“I completed my PhD last year and have since taken up an academic position at the University of Nottingham Ningbo in China. I do indeed really value the Olympia experience, it was an incredible opportunity. I in particular feel the opportunity it gave me to first present my early research, and the positive and constructive feedback I received, was an essential moment in my development, and greatly helped me in my academic career”.

Ruairidh Brown, International Studies tutor, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

 

“OSA was a unique and amazing experience. Organization team was very friendly, helpful and excellent. The cycles have been a great source of information and inspiration. The professors were all very helpful and the lectures were on the highest level. Attending the 2017 Cycle A was amazing experience and gave me an excellent opportunity to learn something new and meet wonderful people from all over the world. It was perfect balance between learning and having so much fun in historical town of Nafplio. If someone is considering the OSA, this is the right place for her/him to spend the one part of the summer. Such a great time!”

Tatjana Rakovic, MA candidate, University of Banja Luca, BiH

 

“OSA is the most appreciated educational and networking experience i have had so far. It is delightful that such an organisation is based in Greece and takes full advantage of the pros and beauties of our country combining them with a top quality educational and leisure programme.”

Alexandros Marantelos, MSc candidate, University of Copenhagen

 

“OSA is brightly crafted. The experience is utterly rewarding as it unites enthusiastic academics and youth from all over the world. In a very easy-going but professional environment, OSA offered excellent lectures on current international matters allowing me to further expand my knowledge and critical sense.”

Joana Araujo Lopes, MA candidate, NOVA University of Lisbon

 

“The mentality of the course was unprecedented both in academic and social terms. The interesting topics were taught by inspiring Teachers to committed students. I was feeling member of a dynamic team; the journey of knowledge and full-filling potential were highly valued. The 2017 OSA was an exceptional educational course!”

Isidora Tachmatzidi, LLM, King’s College London

 

“My experience at the Olympia Summer Academy was everything I was hoping for.  I was impressed with the content of seminars, qualified academicians, multicultural atmosphere and social activities provided for us. I’d like to thank again and again the entire OSA Team for their support, helpfulness and sincerity. Being an Olympian is a privilege.”

Feyza Kalav-Idrisoglu, PhD candidate, Middle East Technical University

 

“This is my second time with Cycle B: History, Philosophy, and Sociology of International Relations. Both times, it’s been just thrilling. Three engaged scholars giving it their all, sometimes going after each other, but never leaving the students out”.

Nicholas Onuf, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Florida International University; Professor Associado, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.

 

“Teaching at the Olympia Summer Academy is as much fun as being a student. There is a wonderful collegiate atmosphere, and I learnt huge amounts about comparative politics and Greek history and culture during a relaxing week in the beautiful town of Nafplio…”.

Andrew Wilson, Professor in Ukrainian Studies at University College London; Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

 

“Although my presence has been marginal, I dare say that OSA is a remarkable endeavour that brings together high-quality intellectual exchange, and loads of creativity and positive energy! I had the chance to witness the commitment of the participants to OSA goals, further amplified by the inviting setting of Nafplio. And, not least of all, I can feel that OSA acts as a catalyst for the creation of an invisible, yet far-flung and durable, web of global contacts cemented by the strength of genuine friendship! Congratulations for this unique initiative which has withstood the test of time and is now confidently marching into the future as an example of what meaningful globalisation stands for!”.

Plamen Tonchev, Expert in Program Assessment and Design; Managing Director, Plamengo Ltd; Associate Senior Fellow, Institute for International Economic Relations, Athens.

 

“The Olympia Summer Academy combines access to high-end scholarship in international relations, political violence and political risk assessment with cultural and recreational activities in Nafplion and the surrounding areas. It achieves an exquisite balance between the activities within and outside the seminar halls”.

Harry Papasotiriou, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University of Athens; IIR Director.

 

“Olympia Summer Academy doesn’t just bring together students and professors from diverse backgrounds for intensive scholarly seminars and discussions. It creates an idyllic setting that facilitates interaction and learning outside as well as inside the classroom. The result was a truly memorable educational experience, for both professors and students.”

Jason Wittenberg, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

 

“Nafplio OSA offers the perfect mix for an amazing experience: a world-class faculty, smart and engaged students, a top-notch team of organizers and a beautiful location. What else could someone ask from a summer seminar?”

Antonio Barroso, Senior Vice President and Deputy Director of Research, Teneo Intelligence.

 

“Olympia Academy provides a unique opportunity for graduate students and faculty to engage in debate on international politics across various subdisciplnes in the field. Attended by PhD/Master’s candidates from top-ranked institutions in the U.S. and Europe, the course I convened on Europe’s Shifting Order helped us jointly explore the multiple crises bedevilling the EU of today, from Brexit and the eurozone’s troubles to the rise of revisionist Russia and the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa. It was a week of intense and mutually enriching discussion, helping us learn from each other. I can truly say that my time in Nafplio was an inspiration for my work as researcher and educator.”

Dimitar Bechev, Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard; Director, European Policy Institute, Sofia

 

“The OSA is an extraordinary experience on all levels. It is incredibly intense and stimulating, and offers a unique environment where a researcher’s pedagogical and intellectual qualities are both enhanced and challenged in all the right ways. The History, Philosophy & Sociology of IR seminars provide a refreshing alternative to the routinised format of everyday university teaching. The seminars are co-taught and bring teachers and students into a unique and unexpected conversation. This mix of good-old solid preparation and of creative, collective improvisation is at the heart of the OSA experience, and provides a great antidote to authoritative monologues in the classroom. The students are brilliant, genuinely interested, and remarkably engaged, and the diversity of their cultural and academic backgrounds sets valuable parameters for a discussion of the discipline’s past, present, and future. All in all, the OSA is a truly rewarding endeavour, organised by a group of friendly and efficient administrators, in a most welcoming and gorgeous Mediterranean setting. The extra-curricular conversations and activities are an integral part of this experience that make it truly unique and memorable.”

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, Reader in International Politics, Aberystwyth University

 

“The Olympia Summer Academy is definitely one of a kind. The combination of top-notch academic staff, thought-provoking curricula and the beautiful town of Nafplio was more than enough to make this a highly inspiring and fun experience. Resting between ancient ruins and modernity, Nafplio was the ideal place for contemplating our ever-changing world.”

Elli Palaiologou, MPhil candidate, University of Oxford

 

“The Olympia Summer Academy has been a wonderful learning and living experience for which I am utterly grateful. For two weeks, we had the opportunity to engage in vivid debates, network with well-established academics and practitioners, and meet talented peers from all over the world, while fully experiencing the Greek culture and lifestyle. I truly enjoyed every moment of it: all our classes and informal discussions, our lunches and dinners together, the breathtaking beauty of the natural landscapes in Nafplio, our exciting trips, our lazy afternoons at the beach, and many more! At the end of this eye-opening journey, I feel wiser, more knowledgeable about the world, others and myself, surrounded by a global circle of friends, full of joy and memories for a lifetime, and definitely eager to come back to the next OSA edition and to Greece! This wonderful experience would not have been possible without a dedicated organizing team and a well-thought schedule! So, thank you once again for your constant support!”

Ruxandra Bosilca, PhD candidate, The University of Oslo

 

“One could not imagine to find a place in the world where goofy dancing and intellectual rigor go as well together as in Nafplio’s OSA. The OSA brings together students of all levels and backgrounds to discuss the aspects of social science they are most passionate about. The result is simply astonishing: a feast for the brain and memories to cherish.”

Tim Stork, PhD candidate, Leiden University.

 

“Religion & International Politics were undoubtedly given a novelapproach while Political Risk Analysis was outstanding beyond measure! Professor’s and lecturers were unquestionable top notch. OSA staff very friendly and attentive. As for fellow attendees, the most benevolent and cultivated people one could have the privilege to meet and converse with. Thank you so very much for the fine opportunity!”

Christine Yannou, Associate to Ambassador, Taipei Representative Office in Greece

 

“2016 OSA academy was a great opportunity both to get new knowledge and friendship. Big variety of courses, simplicity for understanding of material given, interpretation of the same topic from different views/sides and various approaches in presentation of material are those cornerstones that make OSA academy unique. 2016 OSA was a great experience that gave a new breath to young researchers for discovering new horizons in their researches.”

Kateryna Paiuk, PhD candidate, Odessa I.I.Mechnikov National University

 

“The Olympia Summer Academy is a unique opportunity to combine both academic and cultural experiences. This allows researchers from all around the world to stay in touch in the same friendly environment. On the one hand, the Cycles provide the proper literature and lectures, whereas, on the other hand, the final paper is a great stimulus for the students to produce knowledge by themselves. Definitely it worths the experience!”

Marcos Vinícius Mesquita Antunes de Figueiredo, Professor, Brazilian Institute of Capital Market (IBMEC-Rio)

 

“The Olympia Summer Academy was a success. Firstly, the content of the courses was excellent and the lecturers were highly professional. The teaching methods were interactive which allowed for different views of various parts of the world to meet in a fruitful way. Secondly, the overall organisation of the Academy was exceptional. From the beginning of the journey until arrival back home, I was very well informed of the different schedules. Furthermore, there were many cultural and other activities through which it was possible to get to know the other participants. I will recommend the Academy to my colleagues and friends in Finland.”

Anne Nykännen, PhD candidate, University of Tampere

 

“The Olympia Summer Academy is a unique, once in a lifetime experience. We had the great opportunity to enjoy Greece at its finest, meeting at historic crossroads in Nafplio while learning about conflict(s) from its roots while problematizing about political violence. It was a great blend of, knowledge building, development of critical thinking, networking and the generation of important ideas. The teaching quality was excellent and it gave us the chance to enjoy international know-how in one classroom. The summer academy was situational, topical and international at the same time. It really gives assists post-graduate students with acquiring a sense of belonging and stamina to progress with their studies. I highly recommend this summer academy, for its teaching quality, staff, the beauties of Greece in the summer and the creation of international friendships. I am happy to be a graduate of this academy.”

Melissa Mavris, PhD candidate, University of Aberystwyth

 

“Attending the Olympia Summer Academy in 2016 was the highlight of my year. Our lectures were engaging and intellectually challenging, and we benefitted from learning from some of the most inspiring experts within the field. After classes, the debates continued over local food or while swimming in the ocean, with amazing new friends from around the world. It was the perfect balance of being great fun but also a true learning experience. I really could not have picked a better way to spend the summer!”

Caitlyn Dykes, MSc candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

 

“Take a group of well qualified students from across the world. Combine with political scientists and historians who are leaders in their various fields. Add intensive classes, cultural visits and enjoyable leisure. Set it all within the beautiful and historic Nafplio, first capital of modern Greece. Result: a remarkable educational experience known as the Olympia Summer Academy”.

John Breuilly, Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity, London School of Economics.

 

“The OSA is a unique educational and academic experience. Excellent students, from a wide range of countries, engaging with faculty whose expertise and backgrounds are richly varied. The beautiful setting, the stimulating programmes, and the intellectual and social exchanges are all memorable and truly valuable”.

Richard English, Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.

 

“I would start by saying that, as everyone, I naturally had expectations and a vague idea of what it would be like to spend ten days at the Olympia Summer Academy, thanks to a friend’s testimony from last year’s OSA. However, I was surprised in a positive way. Any modest expectations I had before arriving to one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to, were greatly exceeded in all respects. This amazing human team that represents the soul and core of the organization, managed to find the perfect balance that every student dreams of: lectures with high academic level and fun social extracurricular activities. Somehow and for some reason, the organizers were able to gather an incredible and diverse group of students from different parts of the world, backgrounds, ages, but with the same interests and positive energy. As a result, I avail myself to affirm that this has been one of the most enriching experiences, not only academically speaking but also personally.”

Fabian Ybarra, M.A. cand., King’s College London

 

“OSA was a truly worthwhile experience. What a fantastic networking and knowledge sharing opportunity in a beautiful setting! The lecturers are very passionate about their fields of expertise and the OSA team did a great job at taking care of us (and were loads of fun too). I would definitely recommend attending the OSA to International Relations enthusiasts.”

Viki Ferreira, Practising Attorney, Notary & Conveyancer, South Africa

 

“Wonderfully organised and with perfectly tailored academic cycles, the 2015 Olympia Summer Academy provided great insights that challenged established conceptions. It also served as a wonderful platform for exchange of ideas between participants and faculty in a friendly atmosphere and at the picturesque setting of Nafplio!”

Olesia Kompaniiets, Ph.D. cand., Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

 

“The OSA 2015 has been an amazing academic, intellectual and cultural experience. The academic standards are of the highest level, the quality of the lectures is simply superb, and the faculty is outstanding. The exchange of ideas and the academic debate were original, unique and invaluable, whereas the extracurricular activities were exceptional and included a visit to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus in order to watch Ajax by Sophocles, which was a breathtaking experience. The truly multicultural character, the diverse backgrounds of the participants, and the friendships that are established, are just some of the numerous ”weapons” of OSA. The picturesque and historical town of Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, constitutes an ideal venue, while the overall organization was just perfect. The OSA is definitely a huge ”winner”, and overall has been a stunning experience I will never forget!!!”

Efstathios Tsirmpas, M.Sc. cand., Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

 

The 2012 summer program on the “History & Philosophy of IR” was an immersive experience that topped, for faculty and students alike, just about anything we might have experienced in our scholarly pursuits. For four days, we dug into challenging material with an energy and intensity rarely matched in other settings for more than brief intervals. Superb organization, an idyllic location, students with diverse backgrounds, and plenty of off-duty face-time made the experience even more memorable.

Nicholas Onuf, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Florida International University, and Professor Associado de Relações Internationais, Pontifica Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.

 

If you are considering a summer school on political violence or IR theory for 2015 and beyond, I know of no better place than the Olympia Summer Academy, at which I just had a wonderful experience, both academically and personally, learning much and making many new friends. A big thanks to my gracious hosts Andreas Gofas, Stathis Kalyvas, Dimitris Keridis and the rest of the Olympia team for ten memorable days in Thucydides’ land!

Nuno Monteiro, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Yale University.

 

I taught at the 2012 summer program on the “History & Philosophy of IR” and it was a wonderful experience. Dr. Gofas and his colleagues designed an excellent program, and they put it into practice extremely well. The young scholars who participated in the school were bright and engaged, and I thoroughly enjoyed my interactions. This is what all teaching should be like! And set on a magical historical site—what more could one want?

Christian Reus-Smit, Professor of International Relations, European University Institute.

 

The summer school on the “History and Philosophy of International Relations” is a wonderful learning experience for students who want to know more about how the world works. The organizers do a terrific job organizing the various sessions and making sure that the lectures and discussion are interesting and informative. Olympia also provides an ideal environment for talking about international politics in a relaxed atmosphere. This program is a winner.

John Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago.

 

Attending the 2011 program on the “History & Philosophy of IR” was a most rewarding experience and gave me an excellent opportunity to teach highly skilled and motivated students. Striking the right balance between ’summer’ and ’school’, the Olympia experience is intensive. Coffee breaks and excursions were great opportunities to continue exchanging opinions on the issues presented during the morning sessions. The Olympia summer school has a very well structured program and is characterized by a stimulating and friendly atmosphere.

Knud Erik Jørgensen, Professor of International Relations, Aarhus University, Denmark

 

The professors were all very helpful and approachable and made an effort to point out to individual students how the course discussions related back to their research topics.

Kai Thaler, Researcher, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town

 

Olympia was an invaluable intellectual and cultural experience. The seminars have been a great source of inspiration as well as an opportunity to meet wonderful persons both academically and personally. The fact that we were able to attend and be active during class the mornings after speaks lots about how interesting the lectures and workshops were and how brilliant were the presenters. I continue to look back at the materials and remember the discussions from time to time in my conflict prevention work at the OSCE.

Chema Arraiza, Senior Legal Adviser at the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, The Hague, The Netherlands

 

Olympia summer seminars is a truly special experience. The academic quality of the seminars is outstanding but the value of people coming there is even greater. All of this, combined with the harmony of the ancient Olympia site make you think of coming back again and again.

Victor Cebotari, Post-doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Maastricht University

 

It was an exciting experience. All in all, the summer school created an opportunity for learning and making friends with lots of fun!

Sindu Workneh Kebede, Doctoral Student, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Department of International Economics

 

The Olympia Summer School 2010 has been an intense and wonderful opportunity to make progress in my research.

Sara Pavan, graduate student, University of Amsterdam, Researcher and Teaching Assistant at the Institute of Social Studies

 

“I would start by saying that, as everyone, I naturally had expectations and a vague idea of what it would be like to spend ten days at the Olympia Summer Academy, thanks to a friend’s testimony from last year’s OSA. However, I was surprised in a positive way. Any modest expectations I had before arriving to one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to, were greatly exceeded in all respects. This amazing human team that represents the soul and core of the organization, managed to find the perfect balance that every student dreams of: lectures with high academic level and fun social extracurricular activities. Somehow and for some reason, the organizers were able to gather an incredible and diverse group of students from different parts of the world, backgrounds, ages, but with the same interests and positive energy. As a result, I avail myself to affirm that this has been one of the most enriching experiences, not only academically speaking but also personally.”

Fabian Ybarra, M.A. cand., King’s College London

 

“OSA was a truly worthwhile experience. What a fantastic networking and knowledge sharing opportunity in a beautiful setting! The lecturers are very passionate about their fields of expertise and the OSA team did a great job at taking care of us (and were loads of fun too). I would definitely recommend attending the OSA to International Relations enthusiasts.”Viki Ferreira, Practising Attorney, Notary & Conveyancer, South Africa

 

“Wonderfully organised and with perfectly tailored academic cycles, the 2015 Olympia Summer Academy provided great insights that challenged established conceptions. It also served as a wonderful platform for exchange of ideas between participants and faculty in a friendly atmosphere and at the picturesque setting of Nafplio!”Olesia Kompaniiets, Ph.D. cand., Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

 

“The OSA 2015 has been an amazing academic, intellectual and cultural experience. The academic standards are of the highest level, the quality of the lectures is simply superb, and the faculty is outstanding. The exchange of ideas and the academic debate were original, unique and invaluable, whereas the extracurricular activities were exceptional and included a visit to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus in order to watch Ajax by Sophocles, which was a breathtaking experience. The truly multicultural character, the diverse backgrounds of the participants, and the friendships that are established, are just some of the numerous ”weapons” of OSA. The picturesque and historical town of Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, constitutes an ideal venue, while the overall organization was just perfect. The OSA is definitely a huge ”winner”, and overall has been a stunning experience I will never forget!!!”Efstathios Tsirmpas, M.Sc. cand., Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh