Harvard Summer Program in Nafplio and Crete, Greece (Data Science)
An introduction to data science amidst the beauty of Greece
Greece has traditionally been a place for cultural and historical studies. This eight-week-long program "Introduction to Data Science with Applications" is a new Harvard study abroad program (based on CS109a) which combines science studies with immersion in Greek culture.
The program, which is supported by the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, begins with a week-long orientation in Nafplio—the first capital of the modern Greek state—and Athens, the current capital. During this week, you will receive an immersive introduction to your coursework and to the culture, history, and society of Greece through scheduled activities and visits to local institutions and points of interest. You will then travel to Rethymno, on the island of Crete, for seven weeks of coursework and projects. Rethymno is home to the University of Crete School of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as to the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, and has a vibrant academic community. Your coursework will be complemented by immersion in the local culture of Crete through activities and excursions to archeological, scientific, and other sites of interest, as well as exploration of the island's extraordinary natural beauty.
Led by Harvard Faculty Efthimios Kaxiras, Pavlos Protopapas, and Kevin Rader, the program allows students to delve into data science through lectures, hands-on labs in python, and innovative projects. Topics include mathematics for data science, data scraping, data management, data visualization, regression and classification methods, and deep neural networks. Projects will be drawn from the life and culture of the city, the island, and the country in general, and will include subjects such as archaeology, tourism, agriculture, and wildfire prevention.
Prerequisite: one year of prior programming coursework and an introductory-level course in statistics.
Where you live and study
During your orientation week at the start of the program, you will participate in activities at the state-of-the-art facilities in the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Nafplio, and will explore the renowned historical and cultural landmarks of Athens. During your seven weeks of study in Rethymno, Crete, you will attend classes at the hotel in which you will be staying.
In Nafplio, you will stay at the well-equipped, recently renovated Park Hotel in the heart of the old town center and just a few minutes’ walk from the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, where orientation activities will be held.
In Athens, you will stay in the Divani Acropolis Hotel in the heart of the city, affording convenient access to the city’s celebrated archeological sites, museums, and other points of interest.
In Rethymno, you will stay in the Theartemis Palace within walking distance of the heart of the historic district. The hotel provides 24/7 concierge service and spacious, well-equipped rooms. The classes will conveniently take place in a conference room inside the hotel.
Breakfast is included in all the hotels as well several dinners each week at local restaurants together with your teachers. For lunch and other dinners, you will have the opportunity to explore the local cuisine.
Early application is strongly encouraged. Each program has unique requirements included in the online application. Beginning your application early is the best way to ensure that you have sufficient time to review and complete the application requirements by the deadline.
A complete online application includes:
- Basic personal information
- A statement of interest
- Your most recent transcript
- Program-specific requirements (if applicable; may include letters of recommendation, audio or video submissions, etc.)
- A $75 application fee (per program)
Interviews may be requested at the discretion of the program.
Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on January 31, 2019. You may apply to up to two programs; each program requires a separate application and fee. Harvard College students applying for funding from the Office of Career Services (OCS): Please note that the OCS funding application is separate.
The online application will open in early December.
If you have questions about the application, please contact the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office by email at email@example.com, or by telephone at (617) 998-9602.
Cost & Expenses
The program fee includes:
- Scheduled program activities
- Some meals (the program will provide further details)
You will also need to budget for a number of expenses not covered by the program fee. The amounts listed below for these out-of-pocket expenses are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not noted here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including personal spending habits and currency exchange rates.
- International airfare ($1,300 - $1,600)
- Ground transportation ($150)
- Meals ($1,100)
- Personal expenditures, communications, course materials, and miscellaneous ($300)
If you have specific questions about personal budgeting, please contact the program directly. See Funding and Payment for information on how to submit payments and funding options.
Eleni Angelaki Kaxiras