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International Byzantine Greek Summer School (IBGSS)

Trinity College Dublin
14 July – 10 August, 2019


The Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin is delighted to welcome back the International Byzantine Greek Summer School (IBGSS) in 2018. This well-established course, directed by Dr Anthony Hirst, came to Dublin in 2016 after having run successfully for fourteen years at the University of Birmingham (2012-15) and Queen’s University Belfast (2002-11). The course teaches Byzantine Greek at Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level and allows early learners to engage with original Byzantine texts from the start.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Classical Association (UK) and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies for student bursaries for this course.


The International Byzantine Greek Summer School offers courses in medieval Greek language at three levels:


The Level 1 course is for absolute beginners in Byzantine Greek. It starts with the Greek alphabet and takes students through the basic grammar of Greek to the point where they can begin to translate simple Greek texts with the aid of a dictionary
Further information about the Level 1 course


The Level 2 course carries straight on from the Level 1 course, completing the coverage of basic Greek grammar and introducing students to a variety of Greek texts. Each year a number of people take both courses. 
If the number of participants allows it (as it did in most earlier years) the Intermediate course will be taught at two levels, Level 2 (Post-Beginners) and Level 2.5 (Higher Intermediate).
Further information about the Level 2 course


Level 3 is an Advanced Reading course for learners who successfully completed Level 2/2.5 in a previous year and have made further progress since, or those have acquired the necessary familiarity with Greek by other means.
Further information about the Level 3 course


Dr Anthony Hirst (Course Director)
Mr Seán McCrum (Course Administrator)
Dr Martine Cuypers (Trinity College Dublin Co-ordinator)
Dr Cosetta Cadau
Mr Patrick Sammon
Dr Michael Strain
and others
Further details about the teaching staff


The course fee for two weeks (Level 1 or Level 2 or Level 3) is €450. 
The course fee for all four weeks (Level 1 + Level 2) is €900.
Accommodation in Gateway Student Village, Dublin 9, at a cost of €400 per two weeks, can be booked on application to the course.

To apply and pay:

  1. Download the application form and Guide for Applicants and return the completed application form as an email attachment to Mr Seán McCrum,, by 12 April 2019. Late applications may be considered if places are still available.
  2. If your application is accepted, you will be asked to pay a deposit of €100 through Trinity College’s online booking page. This deposit is non-refundable.
  3. You will be invoiced for the balance of your fee. Please make an online payment of the balance before the start of the course.
  4. If you indicate on the application form that you want to avail of accommodation in Gateway Student Village, Ballymun Road, Dublin 9 (€400 for 2 weeks), Gateway Student Village will send you a PayPal invoice.
  5. If you require a bursary to attend this Summer School, please contact the Course Director, Dr Anthony Hirst, at Bursaries can provide partial assistance for fees and accommodation costs but not, in normal circumstances, the deposit or travel costs. If you wish to be considered for funding it is essential that you submit your application by the deadline of 12 April 2019.
  6. Early application is advised in the case of non-EU citizens, who may have to obtain a visa. If you need a visa to attend the Summer School, please follow the visa instructions on the course application form.

If you have any queries, please contact Seán McCrum at

Last updated 5 November 2018