Since the time of the Romans, there has never been a lack of witty or refined quotes describing (in a few words) the importance of Greek civilization. For Cicero, this was the place where “civilization, learning, religion, agriculture, justice, and laws were born and spread thence into every country.” The emperor Marcus Aurelius felt such an ardent passion for Greek education that people ended up calling him Graeculus (Little Greek). But it is perhaps a little known Old Comedy poet who best captured the significance of the culture that grew on the fertile plains, arid islands and rugged mountains of Greece. According to Lysippus, “If you have not seen Athens, you’re an idiot. If you have seen her and not been captivated, you’re a donkey. If you enjoy her charms and then run off, you’re a jackass.”

Notwithstanding our love for these adorable beasts of burden, Study Abroad in Greece (SAiG) believes that Lysippus’ words apply to the whole of Greece and aims to captivate and shackle you to our rich ancient, medieval and contemporary heritage by laying open the transcendent beauty of this land.

Study Abroad in Greece (SAiG) is powered by CHORUS; a non-profit organization founded in Eleusis in 2016 to build a bridge between arts, education and society. SAiG offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to enable international students and inquisitive individuals to discover the history, culture, contemporary art scene and scientific achievements of Greece. Our sweeping range of educational programs was created by established academics, scientists and artists that combine pleasure and scholarly excellence to educate and entertain in equal measure. Study Abroad in Greece (SAiG) provides participants with the opportunity to discover the sublime beauty and everlasting relevance of Greek civilization and human endeavor outside their classroom.

Panos Gkiokas

Co-founder & President

Panos was born in 1984, and raised in Eleusis. He graduated from the Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2007, and went on to do a postgraduate course in Marketing at the University of Leicester, and Heritage Management at the Hellenic Open University. In 2017 he received a scholarship from the Hellenic Initiative to participate in the StartMIT program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2008, he has worked in various B2B companies in the private sector as a Sales and Marketing Director. Currently, he is active in the organization and management of NGOs, with the goal of protecting and promoting the rich cultural heritage of Greece abroad.

Yannis Pappas

Co-founder & Treasurer

Yannis studied Italian Language & Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a Master's degree in Conference Interpreting & Translation (EN/FR>GR) from the University of Strasbourg. In 2016, he co-founded the non-profit CHORUS; the determined non-profit organization founded to build a bridge between arts, education and society, which is behind SAiG. He specializes, inter alia, in Digital Marketing. As he himself acknowledges, he is a wanderlust-filled, introvert typo-crusader, allergic to animal abuse/racism/bullying/stereotypes, from Chios island, Greece.

Kostas Vrouvas

Chief Web Officer

Kostas was born and raised in Eleusis. He is a web developer with almost a decade of experience in WordPress development, and a space enthusiast. After co-founding his own web development company, and working as a freelancer for others, he ended up being the architect behind SAiG’s web operations. He is actively involved in the WordPress community by organizing WordPress Meetups and WordCamp Athens but also as a WordPress Core Contributor.

Leonidas Argyros

Lecturer/Academic Content Editor

Leonidas is a Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University of Newfoundland and holds a PhD in Maritime History from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. He has a Master’s Degree from the University of Greenwich in Maritime History and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Archaeology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His areas of interest and expertise include maritime history, urban history, nationalism and the development of the modern state.

Virginia Vassilakou

Project Manager

With a multi faceted experience in several industries such as tourism, fashion and retail, banking and business development, and electronic music production, Virginia has built on having a diverse background and considers herself to be an entrepreneurial persona. She holds a BSc in Physics, a degree in Interior Design and a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Lund University. She recently joined the team as a Project Manager, coordinating the projects and the talented minds that constitute SAiG.