In the last several years, due to the generosity of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the Institute for Balkan Studies, the Program has been able to grant one Columbia student a scholarship to attend the one-month course of summer study at the Institute for Balkan Studies, in Thessaloniki. The scholarship covers tuition, accommodation, and excursion costs. It does not cover the airfare to and from the United States. Ordinarily, the scholarship decision is taken by the Program faculty in March each year.
Adam Herrada is the 2013 fellowship grantee.
Adam's testimonial from the International Summer School for Greek Language, History & Culture:
"There is so much good to say about the summer program at the Institute for Balkan Studies. First of all, thank you to the wonderful people in the Hellenic Studies department, especially Professor Karen Van Dyck, for making this wonderful and extraordinary experience possible. How I wish the program go on… Yes, my Modern Greek improved tremendously and I learned about the history and culture of the Balkans, but I gained much, much more than that. The Institute for Balkan Studies (IMXA) in Thessaloniki taught me valuable lessons beyond language and cultural studies. It was dynamic, culturally rich in itself, and it added to my personal development and identity to a great extent. It also gave me a space to thrive intellectually while challenging me every step of the way. There were 103 students from 34 countries! Language classes and cultural lectures were six days a week, morning and afternoons, and sometimes in the evenings. Instruction and learning didn’t stop there, however. It happened everywhere—outside the classroom in the hotel lobby, on bus trips, weekend excursions, or in daily conversations with classmates and instructors, friends and peers. All of this made it all the richer! Of course,there was time to explore Thessaloniki on my own, but what made this experience unique and incredible was that there were so many people from all over the world who came together to live, learn, and contribute their knowledge, their questions and their curiosity! One of the grandest experiences, I must say, came when Kyrie Dimadis, the program director, announced a special opportunity to go on a pilgrimage to the Monasteries of Mount Athos in Halkidiki. I will always remember this once-in-a-lifetime trip, and my summer at IMXA."