The BSA organises a range of taught courses throughout the year to complement and support university provision, to enable postgraduate students to acquire necessary research skills in archaeology and history, and to give UK school teachers tours and lectures relating to the teaching of GCSE and A-level Ancient History and Classical Civilisation.
The annual Summer School for undergraduates will celebrate its 52nd anniversary in 2024, having brought over a thousand students to Greece to explore the breadth of the history and cultures of Hellenic lands, inspiring many in their future university life, and starting an impressive number on the path to an academic career.
A rotating series of postgraduate courses supplements university teaching by offering skills-based learning in areas not easily accessible outside Greece. The Fitch Laboratory for Science-based Archaeology runs an annual course on the applications of ceramic petrology to a variety of archaeological questions, utilizing its own important collection of thin-sections, widely experienced staff, and world-class facilities. An introduction to Prehistoric, Greek and Roman Pottery is also offered at our Knossos facility with its Stratigraphical Museum housing pottery from over a century of excavations in the region. Please see the individual tabs for further information about our courses.
The programme for courses in the academic year 2023–2024:
14-20 January 2024 – Communicating Archaeology: knowledge exchange, impact and public engagement
12-15 March 2024 – Virtual short course for teachers, ‘Myth and Religion’
19-22 March 2024 – Virtual short course for Greek teachers, ‘Η Αρχαία Πόλις: δημόσιοι χώροι και δημόσιες τελετές‘
27 March – 5 April 2023 – Greek Epigraphy course
16-22 June – The Ancient City of Athens UG course
30 June – 12 July – Linear B & Mycenaean Greek course
25 July – 2 August – Byzantine Archaeology and History course
19 August – 7 September – ‘The Archaeology and Topography of Greece’, Undergraduate course