ASCSA policy on individual membership fees and benefits for members of Cooperating Institutions
The fees associated with ASCSA membership (Regular, Student Associate, Senior Associate) will be assessed according to the amount of time an individual spends at the School’s facilities. Membership during the academic year (September-May) does not extend into the summer months. If an individual requests a full year of membership (12 consecutive months), the total fee will be for 10 months. This discount is in recognition of the numerous Greek and American holidays and low periods of activity at the School during a full calendar year. In assessing fees for stays shorter than a full month, the School prorates its monthly fees on an incremental basis. Furthermore, the fee scale is related to status (senior vs. student) and institutional affiliation. Different rates apply to students, faculty, and graduates of Cooperating Institutions of the ASCSA than those from non-affiliated institutions. Faculty, students and former students of Cooperating Institutions pay only one-half the fees for use of the facilities of the School in Greece.
ASCSA Monthly Fee Scale: Individual Membership
Membership fees at the American School are $220 per month for Student Members and $330 for Senior Members.
Senior Associate Members are typically Ph.D. holders.
Student Associate and Regular Members are graduate students.
Fees for Senior and Student members not affiliated with a Cooperating Institution
- 1-17 days: Half monthly fee
- Senior: $165.00; Student: $110.00
- 18-30 or 31 days: Full monthly fee
- Senior: $330.00; Student: $220.
Discounted Fees for Senior and Student members affiliated with a Cooperating Institution
- 1-17 days: One-quarter monthly fee
- Senior: $82.50; Student: $55.00
- 18-30/31 days: Half monthly fee
- Senior: $165.00; Student: $110.00
Wiener Laboratory Bench Fees
Bench fees are required for all research projects undertaken at the Wiener Laboratory, excluding those undertaken by Wiener Laboratory fellows, Research Associates, or as otherwise provided. The bench fee is levied to cover the additional costs related to basic consumables, equipment and materials not included in the School Fees and Expenses. For rates and further details, please see the Bench Fees on the Wiener Laboratory Research Page.
Individual Members from Cooperating Institutions enjoy the following benefits:
- The School welcomes any scholar from a Cooperating Institution, regardless of department, whose research is relevant to the mission of the ASCSA. (NB: Every individual must submit an online application via the ASCSA website whenever they intend to use the facilities of the School.)
- Discount on individual School membership fees (see above).
- Assistance from the School in applying for or renewing a Greek residence permit. Members must pay all involved fees. (Assistance with residence permits is limited to those holding membership for a period of at least 90 days)
- Assistance from the School in requesting individual study permits from the Greek Ministry of Culture (minimum one month of membership).
- An entrance pass for archaeological sites and museums, issued by the Greek Ministry of Culture; the card is valid for three years. (Entrance cards are secured only for those with bona fide membership at the School, i.e. for a period of at least one month)
- 24/7 access to the Blegen Library and a personal workspace within it, as well as use of the School’s computer lab.
- A School key that grants access to the main grounds and gardens of the School, the main building holding the Blegen Library, and Loring Hall (deposit required).
- Residence in Loring Hall when space permits (subject to room fees).
- Loring Hall services (subject to fees when applicable): meals, tea, ouzo, use of the saloni, etc. (NB: The laundry facilities are limited to residents staying in Loring Hall.)
- Access to Agora and Corinth facilities and collections.
- Use of a member’s lounge, kitchen facility, and a locker (deposit required for the key) in the main School building.
- Use of school grounds (e.g., gardens, tennis court, outside grill).
Fees for Those Accompanying Members to Greece
Residence in Loring Hall is a privilege of membership in the School. If a spouse, partner, or other individual will be accompanying a member to Greece, and wishes to live in Loring Hall, they must either become an Associate Member or a "Residential Affiliate" of the School. Any such person who qualifies for membership and requests will be admitted by the Director and charged the standard fees for membership; if they do not request or qualify for membership, they will instead be admitted as a Residential Affiliate for a rate of $75/mo. In this case they will not receive the privilege of having a desk in the library or a locker in the downstairs in the Blegen Library, but for other purposes are considered a member of the School.
It will be the obligation of a member to see that those who desire to be appointed Residential Affiliate inform the Manager of Loring Hall and that those who desire Associate Membership apply online for membership in due time.
Room and Board (members only)
ASCSA members who wish to live in Loring Hall will incur in additional membership fees. Interested members should write to Niamh Michalopoulou, Loring Hall Manager, for information or to make a reservation. Reservation requests must be submitted no later than June 1 for the next academic year, and it is advisable to contact Niamh as early as possible (please note that there is a one-week minimum for stays in Loring Hall).
Additional fees for housing membership for the full academic year are as follows (as of 2021-2022):
For Student Members:
Single room: $5,500
Double room: $6,600
For Senior Members:
Single room: $7,200
Double room: $9,000
Apartment: $10,800 (for 2 persons$ 12,000)
Dining (members only)
Meals are served in Loring Hall’s dining room five days a week, Monday through Friday. Meals in Loring Hall are for ASCSA members only, who can purchase them for additional membership fees. Current fees are as follows:
Breakfast is free for residents of Loring Hall only.
Buffet lunch: 7.50 € for Senior Members, 5.00 € for Student Members;
Dinner: 11.50 € for Senior Members, 8.00 € for Student Members.
Members should make sure they have sufficient funds to cover expenses in Greece before arriving. Those attending all the required School trips should budget at least $3,000 for trip costs. Meals in Loring Hall can total as much as $4,668 for the year, depending on how many meals are eaten at the School. In addition, one should anticipate travel and housing expenses when away from Athens in the spring, whether on an excavation or individual research projects. Incidentals, such as laundry, cleaning, books, and entertainment, are also extra.
Estimated Cost for One Academic Year at the ASCSA
For a Student Member without fellowship, the costs of one Academic Year at the ASCSA can range between $24,000 and $30,000. For further information about the fees and possible costs of a year-long stay at the School, please contact the Assistant Director.