Background Info

Since the summer of 2002, the Olympia Summer Academy (the Academy) has been offering annually a wide range of specialized courses in Politics and International Studies. From 2002 until 2014, the Academy took place at the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia in Western Peloponnese. In 2015, the Academy moved to Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece.

Due to the COVID-pandemic, the OSA was held in Athens.

In 2024 we moved to Delphi, one of the most iconic landmarks of ancient Greece.Nonetheless, we remain strongly committed, and indeed thankful, to Olympia both for its warm hospitality during the first thirteen years of OSA and its guiding flame and spirit that will always remain with us.

The Academy: Character | Benefits

During the course of these years, the Academy has acquired a stellar reputation not only for its high academic standards but also for its distinct identity that blends effectively the scholarly exchange with the friendly atmosphere, thus providing participants with the opportunity of a multicultural and holistic academic experience. So, join us and benefit from:

• a faculty at the cutting edge of academic research;
• a worldwide scholarly network that each year brings together a highly diverse and talented group of about 100 graduate students and professors from more than 30 countries;
• a program with a tremendous social dynamic and friendly atmosphere, where the intellectual bonds and relationships formed during its course continue long after its conclusion;
• an iconic and picturesque venue where the ancient meets the modern.

The Academy is co-organized by the Navarino Network, a public policy initiative based in Thessaloniki, Greece, the European International Studies Association (EISA), and the Institute of International Relations at Panteion University of Athens, with the support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Hanns Seidel Stiftung, and, in the past, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, the National Bank of Greece, the Paul & Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation and the Kokkalis Foundation.

Program Structure

The Academy is comprised of 4 working days of intensive, high-level teaching where carefully defined Political Science and International Studies areas are treated in depth and by faculty of international standing. The teaching cycles/programs that comprise the Academy in 2023 are:

  • Geopolitical Risk Analysis (4 working days)
  • Terrorism and CounterTerrorism (4 working days)
  • The Rise of China: Domestic and Global Perspectives (4 working days)


• to survey the above fields and disseminate new research advances;
• to create a forum for high quality academic work;
• to provide opportunities for the creation and consolidation of scholarly networks of cooperation.

Olympia Summer Academy

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