WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is accepting applications for its premier foreign travel program, the AHIF University Student Foreign Policy Study Tour to Greece and Cyprus, aimed to help Greek and Cypriot-American students better understand fundamental foreign policy issues. important to the Greek-American community. Unless there is a health problem due to COVID-19, the trip is tentatively scheduled from June 14 to July 1, 2022.
During the two-week trip, students will have the opportunity to learn about foreign policy issues affecting Greece and Cyprus, as well as US interests in the region. Prior to departure, students will gather in Washington, D.C., where they will attend meetings and briefings with officials from the Greek and Cypriot embassies, the State Department, Congress, and think tanks.
While in Greece and Cyprus, students will attend briefings with US embassy officials; 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 attend, please see the attached 2021 trip itinerary.
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 worked to strengthen the relationship 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 focusing on our issues and with the goal of educating and informing American policy makers. Through the University Student Foreign Policy Study Tour to Greece and Cyprus, we are now able to provide hands-on experience aimed at giving students a better understanding and connection to the issues that affect our community and to better prepare them to be responsible leaders of the Greek-American community.
Although AHIF does not have the ability to provide academic credit, students can upgrade 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, or other degree requirements, as well as scholarships or funding opportunities provided by the university. The AHIF will be happy to help you in this process.
The program is open to undergraduate students (second year rising) and graduate students with full-time enrollment status and a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA. Students with a keen interest in U.S. foreign policy as it relates to Greece, Cyprus, and the Eastern Mediterranean will benefit from this program. The size of the program is limited and participation depends on acceptance by the program review committee. The program operates on a rolling admissions basis beginning in January; Review of applications is on a rolling basis and begins in January; Applications received after April 15 will be considered based on available places. All application elements must be submitted together in a single email/package by April 15.
The application is available online: https://bit.ly/3tt39ho.
Details are available online: https://www.ahiworld.org/students/policy-trip.
Interviews are an integral part of the application process. AHIF will contact applicants to arrange a Zoom interview with members of the review board. All applicants must submit the following in a single email/packet by April 15:
Completed application form.
A payment of $600. A check payable to AHIF or payment by credit card is due at time of application. It will be processed once you have been accepted into the program and you notify us of your acceptance to secure your place in the program. No refunds will be made if you withdraw from the program after May 14. The $600 deposit includes:
REGISTRATION FEE: $100 registration fee (non-refundable).
DEPOSIT: $500 refundable deposit. The deposit will be refunded in September after the finalization of the evaluation form and the essay. 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 photo (300 DPI); and
A photocopy of your health insurance card (front and back).
Students participating in the program must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have received the booster.
Submission of the application:
Email: In a single email, attach ALL MSWord (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) documents to Yola Pakhchanian at [[email protected]]with the subject CANDIDATE TRAVEL STUDENT AHIF: [Your Name]. Letters or recommendation and transcripts can be emailed directly with the same subject line.
MAIL ALL documents that require your signature: application and extended stay forms, and verify to:
AHIF Foreign Policy Study Tour
American Hellenic Institute Foundation
1220 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
For more information, contact Yola Pakhchanian at [email protected]