Byzantine Greek Summer School

Byzantine Studies Research Center

Bogazici University, Istanbul

June 28- July 21, 2017

The Byzantine Studies Research Center is pleased to announce the organization of its first Byzantine Greek Summer School program to be held at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, from June 28 to July 21, 2017. Students will have the chance to participate in an intensive program in Medieval Greek with Prof. Niels Gaul, while enjoying various attractions of the Bogazici University campus on the Bosphorus and the Byzantine sites of Istanbul.


The course is designed for students who have completed at least two semesters of college-level Classical Greek or its equivalent. Students are expected to have knowledge of basic Greek grammar and to be able to read simple texts from ancient Greek or Byzantine literature. The morning sessions, devoted to the reading of Byzantine texts from various genres, will be supplemented by private tutorials in the afternoon. Each student will have one hour of tutorial per week. The language of instruction is English. The program will offer tours in the weekends to the important Byzantine sites and museums in Istanbul. Students will receive a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the program.


Niels Gaul is the A. G. Leventis Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Thomas Magistros und die spätbyzantinische Byzantinistik (2011) and the co-editor, with S. Steckel and M. Grünbart, of Networks of Learning: Perspectives on Scholars in Byzantine East and Latin West, c. 1000–1200 (2014) and, with Av. Cameron, of Dialogues and Debates from Late Antiquity to Late Byzantium (2017). From August 2017 he will be the Principal Investigator of an ERC-funded project, “Classicising learning in medieval imperial systems: cross-cultural approaches to Byzantine paideia and Tang/Song Xue’.”


The classes will be held at the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University.  Bogazici University, established as Robert College in 1863, is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Turkey. Its Byzantine Studies Research Center, founded in 2015, is the first Turkish institution attached to a state university that is dedicated to academic research on Byzantine civilization. The Center fosters the development of education in Byzantine studies by offering scholarships at the M.A., Ph.D., and post-doc levels, “tools of the trade” seminars, and language programs.

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Graduate students and advanced undergraduates, as well as individuals with an academic interest in or a career relevant to Byzantine studies can apply granted that they meet the requirements mentioned above. Priority will be given to graduate students in the field of Byzantine studies. A diagnostic test may be administered to the candidates before the final decision.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, all the successful candidates who are accepted to the program will attend the courses free of charge. Additionally, we offer:

  1. 3 scholarships to foreigners from outside Turkey that will cover accommodation in a shared apartment, airfare to/from Istanbul, and a meal plan for the duration of the program.
  2. 3 scholarships to Turkish citizens from outside Istanbul that will cover transportation expenses to/from Istanbul and a meal plan for the duration of the program.
  3. 5 scholarships to Turkish students resident in Istanbul that will cover a meal plan for the duration of the program.

Please indicate in your application which scholarship you would like to apply.

To Apply:

Candidates should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University before May 31, 2017. The application file should be in English and include a statement of purpose and a detailed CV. The applicant should indicate in the statement of purpose his/her background in Classical Greek and the relevance of the summer program for his/her future studies or career development. Applicants currently enrolled as students in a higher education institution should also submit a transcript and one reference letter.

Applications should be sent to:

Byzantine Studies Research Center,
South Campus, Bogazici University
0212 359 6787


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