“It’s all Greek to me”. Really?
Cultural and Educational Foundations offering Greek courses will help you out.
Greek is considered a rather difficult language. That explains the expression “it’s all Greek to me!”. Yet, once you take a closer look, dear English speaking friends, you will see that you already speak Greek – but you just don’t know it! You are certainly familiar with words like “theatre”, “democracy”, “music”, “logic”, “energy”, “diagnosis”, “gastronomy”, “philosophy”, “strategy”, “ecology”, “symbol”, “tragedy”, “psyche” or even...”crisis” (!).
The French Academic Jacqueline de Romilly has stated that “[…] everyone has to learn Greek, because it is through Greek that one can understand one’s own language”. So, if you wish to get a deeper insight into a language that has been uninterruptedly spoken for over 4,000 years and consists a fundamental part of the European cultural heritage, a variety of cultural and educational foundations all over Greece offering seminars on Greek language and culture (with a duration of one month to one year) will make your wish come true!
Don’t give it a second thought. Combine your stay here with a Greek language seminar. Here comes a short list of cultural institutions offering Greek language and culture courses:
• The Institute for Balkan Studies (known by its Greek acronym: IMXA) was founded in March 1953 and since 1974 it is an independent legal entity under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. The International Summer School for Greek Language, History, and Culture gives foreign students the chance to learn Greek and peer into Greek history and culture alike.
Tel: +30 2310 832143
The biggest and most renowned universities all over Greece hold Greek language and culture seminars lasting from one month to one year. Apart from teaching Greek, the courses emphasize greatly on Greek culture, tradition, customs and lifestyle:
• The School of Modern Greek Language of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki offers courses on Modern Greek language and culture. The School also provides special courses for language professionals (such as translation) and seminars for teachers of Greek. If you add the various cultural activities on offer, the multicultural environment and the vibrant nightlife of Thessaloniki, the experience is expected to be unique! Thessaloniki (520 km. north of Athens) is the second biggest town in Greece. Beautifully surrounded by Thermaikós Gulf, Thessaloniki is a modern metropolis with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan flair.
Tel: +30 2310.99.7576, 2310.99.7572, 2310.99.7571
Fax: +30 2310.99.7573
• Modern Greek Language Teaching Centre- National Capodistrian University of Athens
Every year from October to May, the University of Athens offers courses on Greek as a Foreign Language. Grasp the opportunity to spend some time in Athens, Europe’s first cultural capital; a city that presents its visitors with a unique experience – a trip back through 6,000 years of history. The brilliant light of the sky over Attica illuminates the charming landscape of the surrounding region with its winding coastline, beaches and mountains. And, within the bustling city, visitors can enjoy the modern infrastructure and unique verve of the Athenians.
Tel: +30 210 7277672, 0030 210 7277971
Fax: +30 210 7277673, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
• School of Foreign Languages and Greek as a Foreign Language, Ionian University, Corfu
The Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting on the beautiful island of Corfu holds intensive courses on Greek language and culture every summer. The island’s rich multi-cultural heritage, its historic Venetian monuments, its stunning natural landscape and its crystal clear seas will weave a powerful spell on you.
• University of Patras: Cross- Cultural Centre (KE.D.EK), Greek Language School
Since 1992 the Greek Language School has been offering modern Greek language and culture seminars to students from all over the world. The seminars take place in the beautiful city of Patras, a bustling student city particularly famous for its Carnival celebrations; a place where entertainment, history and culture mingle together to create a destination filled with wonderful discoveries.
Tel: +30 2610 969715
Fax: +30 2610 996252
• University of Ioannina
International Center of Hellenic Education -
Culture & Vocational Training
"Stavros Niarxos", HeLaS Summer Program
The HeLaS annual intensive summer course invites you to peer into Greek culture and lifestyle! Note that students must submit an application to the HeLaS Secretary, at least 20 days before the start of the program. The course takes place in July and covers all levels of competency (beginners, intermediate and advanced). Built on the northwest side of lake Pamvotida, Ioannina is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, particularly famous for its Ottoman sites, like “Kástro” (the city’s fortress) and Its-Kale Acropolis, where the Fetihé Mosque (built by Ali Pashá) stands.
Tel: +302651009135, +302651009150
• Democritus University of Thrace
Each year, the University runs one-month language courses in the city of Komotini in Thrace, one of the country’s lesser known treasures… A plethora of Ottoman monuments infuses an original oriental flair to the city; join this cozy student city bustled with life, warm oriental smells and vibrant colours…
Tel: +30 2531027016
• University of Crete, Rethymno
On a yearly basis, the Language Department conducts Greek language seminars for foreign students in the city of Rethymno. Explore one of the best preserved medieval cities in Greece, a blend of Venetian fortification, orthodox and catholic churches, mosques, majestic mansions of Venetian architecture, arches and cobbled paths.
Tel.: +30 2831024070-1
Note that each year the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) grants 60 scholarships to foreigners wishing to attend a five-month Modern Greek Language and Culture seminar. Applications are accepted until November.
More information available at: www.iky.gr