Washington, DC – The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is accepting applications for its leading travel abroad program, the AHIF College Student Foreign Policy Study Trip to Greece and Cyprus, aimed to help Greek and Cypriot American college students better understand the core foreign policy issues important to the Greek American community. Barring any health concerns due to Covid-19, the trip is tentatively scheduled for June 14 – July 1, 2022.
During the two-week trip, the students will have the opportunity to experience first-hand foreign policy issues affecting Greece and Cyprus and the interests of the U.S. in the region. Prior to their departure, students will meet in Washington, DC, where they will attend meetings and briefings with officials at Greek and Cypriot embassies, the State Department, Congress, and think tanks.
While in Greece and Cyprus, the students will attend briefings with officials at the American embassies; various ministries, including Foreign Affairs; military; members of Parliament; religious leaders; think tanks, and members of academia and the private sector. As an example of some of the meetings and activities you will be participating in, please see the itinerary from the 2021 trip.
AHI President Nick Larigakis will lead the group to Greece and Cyprus. “Since its inception, AHIF has promoted a better understanding of Hellenic issues and strived to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and the United States and Cyprus,” he said. “Over the years, we have held conferences on the future of Hellenism in America, and seminars pertaining to our issues and for the purpose of educating and informing U.S. policymakers. Through the College Student Foreign Policy Study Trip to Greece and Cyprus, we are now able to offer a hands-on experience aimed to giving college students a better understanding and connection of the issues that affect our community and better prepare them to be responsible leaders of the Greek American community.”
Although the AHIF does not have the capacity to provide academic credit, students can enhance their degree by doing so independently through their universities. Past trip participants have met with their academic advisors to obtain course equivalency approvals for major, minor, general education, or other degree requirements, as well as scholarships or funding possibilities provided through the university. AHIF will be happy to assist you with this process.
The program is open to undergraduate students (rising sophomores) and graduate students with full-time enrollment status and a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA. Students with a keen interest in US Foreign Policy as it relates to Greece and Cyprus, and the eastern Mediterranean will benefit from this program. Program size is limited, and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program review committee. The program operates on a rolling admission basis beginning in January; Application reviews are on a rolling basis and begin in January; applications received after April 15 will be reviewed on a space-available basis. All applicants must submit the following items together in one email/package by April 15.
Cost and Accommodations
All participants need to make individual plans to arrive in Washington, DC, by noon on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. The students depart Washington, DC for Cyprus on June 17 and depart Cyprus for Greece on June 23. The program will conclude officially at midnight on June 30, and students can depart for the U.S. on Friday, July 1, 2022.
Hotel accommodations, as well as most meals in Washington, DC, Greece, and Cyprus and transportation to and from the hotels, airport, excursions, and meetings, will be covered by the AHIF. Upon acceptance to the program, students will be responsible for purchasing their airline tickets. The cost for all airline tickets, including flights from Washington, DC, to Cyprus, Greece, and a day trip to Souda Bay in Crete and return to the U.S. AHIF anticipates being approximately $2,500. All airline tickets must be purchased through a travel agency secured by AHIF. Those who wish to extend their stay in Greece should note that the cost for an extended trip may be higher. To avoid additional fees, AHIF recommends that you contact the travel agent as soon as possible with your return date to reserve your seats. Any changes after booking have the potential to incur airline change fees and any additional fare difference.
Application reviews are on a rolling basis and begin in January; applications received after April 15 will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Interviews are an integral component of the application process. AHIF will contact you to arrange for a zoom interview with members of the review board. All applicants must submit the following items together in one email/package by April 15:
- Completed application form. Application Form
- A $600 payment. A check payable to AHIF or credit card payment is due at the time of application. It will be processed after you have been accepted into the program and notified us of your acceptance to secure your place on the program. No refund will be made if you withdraw from the program after May 14. The $600 deposit includes:
- APPLICATION FEE: $100 application fee (nonrefundable).
- DEPOSIT: $500 refundable deposit. The deposit will be refunded in September after the evaluation form, and essay have been finalized. If you withdraw or are expelled from the program, the deposit will not be refunded, and you will be sent home at your own expense.
- Official college transcript;
- Two letters of recommendation;
- A recent high-resolution color headshot (300 DPI); and
- A photocopy of your health insurance card (front & back).
Students participating in the program are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have received the booster shot.
Submitting the application:
- E-mail: In a single e-mail, attach ALL documents MSWord (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files to Yola Pakhchanian at [firstname.lastname@example.org] with the subject line AHIF STUDENT TRIP APPLICANT: [Your Name]. The letters of recommendation and transcripts can be emailed directly with the same subject line.
- MAIL ALL papers that need your signature: Application & Extended Stay forms and check to:
AHIF Foreign Policy Study Trip
American Hellenic Institute Foundation
1220 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
For more information, contact Yola Pakhchanian at email@example.com.
To read about previous trips and the students’ experiences, please visit https://www.ahiworld.org/students/policy-trip.
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation, Inc., (AHIF), established in 1975, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt educational and research organization and is the first “think tank” devoted exclusively to the study of the issues confronting the Greek American community.