"Studying abroad is a privilege that I will treasure for the rest of my life, and I am thankful for the opportunity that this scholarship granted me, which allowed me to explore not only  Athens but much of Greece to gain a well-rounded understanding of the land, its people, and its history." 

"What I learned studying abroad in Greece was that being able to see and be in the environment where some of these amazing historic events or buildings once stood really solidifies the learning process and gives the information a whole new dimension and layer that you can relate to. As a theater major for example, it was a dream come true and one of my most cherished experiences to learn about ancient Greek theater and then see a Greek play in one of these ancient sites."

"After my experience studying abroad in Greece, I can confidently say that there is no better way to learn subject matter than being in the its place of origin or of great significance. I was literally in another world and it enhanced my learning experience because I was able to connect the content I was learning to reality."

"The short time that I spent in Greece was filled with so many experiences, so much awe and wonder, that it inspired me to really strive for these experiences not only when I am abroad but also when I am home."  -- Study Abroad Student Testimonials


Undergraduate Travel Scholarships 


Description: The Center for Hellenic Studies will offer up to five travel scholarships to support undergraduate students traveling to Greece or Cyprus to participate in a UCSD educational or research program.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students who are enrolled in a course taking place in Greece or Cyprus or who are conducting research in Greece or Cyprus through an approved UCSD program.  Minimum GPA: 3.0. Preference will be given to students with financial need, transfer students, and Classical Studies majors/minors but everyone is welcome to apply.

Award: Up to $2,000 

Deadline: February 1 for summer programs and rolling for all others

Process: After students have applied to an educational or research program, please submit an application with:

  1. Name
  2. Major/Minor
  3. Personal Statement (1-page maximum). This should include a description of enrolled courses or proposed research and a statement of how this will enhance your education.
  4. Statement of Need (1-page maximum)
  5. Estimated Grant Aid for Summer

Please submit your application to: Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, at

Award Process: If awarded, funds will be provided through the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. All scholarships will first be applied towards the balance due to the university, if any, and only the difference will be issued to the student in the form of a refund. If the student is not enrolled in direct deposit The Office of Student Financial Services will mail a paper check to the address they have on file.

All scholarships must be incorporated in the student’s overall financial aid package. Generally speaking, when a student secures a scholarship it will first help reduce student work / student loan options before it could affect their grant aid. Scholarships intended to be used specifically for summer expenses will not displace financial aid unless the student is enrolled in Summer Session and receiving summer financial aid. Students should discuss possible changes to their financial aid with a counselor at, (858) 534-4480.

Reporting: Awardees will submit a one-page report of how living and learning in Greece or Cyprus has contributed to their educational experience. In addition, they may be asked to briefly share information about their experience at a Center for Hellenic Studies event during the academic year.