Since its founding by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE, and for a period of over 600 years, Alexandria was the cultural capital of the world, especially during the Ptolemaic period. The Hellenistic period—specifically in Alexandria but also throughout the Mediterranean—witnessed many achievements and contributions in all fields of knowledge that have greatly added to human thought and the progress of civilization.

The Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies was established as a joint collaboration between the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Onassis Foundation, the Vardinoyannis Foundation, and the Alexandria University. Graduates of classics or archaeology departments may apply directly for a master’s degree. Non-specialized students must take a one year diploma, which qualifies candidates to apply for a master’s degree. The Center is open to scholars from around the world who are keen to obtain diplomas, master’s degrees, and PhDs in Hellenistic studies in history; literature; art, archaeology, and architecture; and philosophy and science.