Κεντρο Ελληνικου Πολιτισμου | Hellenic Culture Centre


International Greek Language and Culture School in Santorini





After 21 years of teaching Greek as a foreign language, in Ikaria Island, Lesvos Island and Athens, we are now in a new place. Since 2014 the Hellenic Culture Centre has been organizing the International Greek Language and Culture School in Santorini, this beautiful island with its emotive and evocative atmosphere. Our school is based in Megalochori, a traditional village with bright Cycladic colours. 

A vivid group of people coming from all over the world speak and express themselves in Greek, they sing, they dance and they participate in the cultural life of the island urged by a deep motive for knowledge, respect and love for the Greek language and culture. The spirit of Greek tradition and the restlessness of modern Greece will come to life with sounds and words expressing universal and timeless values as conceived by the Greek feeling.


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  • Intensive 1-week Modern Greek Language Programmes* for non-native speakers (20+7 hours). The 1-week programme runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:30 or 11:30 to 16:30. The training fee incudes one 7-hour interactive outdoor workshop which takes place every Saturday. In Greek (All teachers speak at least two foreign languages, if needed). Click here for the start dates, levels and fees.
  • 2-hour Greek Language Crash Course. For visitors of Santorini who wish to have a first contact with the magic of Greek.
  • Private, tailor-made Greek Language Courses. In Greek (All teachers speak at least two foreign languages, if needed). Click here for the fees for private lessons.
  • Activities Menu. A tailor-made programme of cultural activities which offers an introduction to the rich local history and traditions of the Aegean. In Greek and English. Students of the Intensive Modern Greek Language Programmes can choose any activitiy at a reduced rate. Scheduled activities take place according to the number of persons interested. Click here for more information.

*The intensive Greek Language programmes can be extended upon request


Santorini doesn’t need any special references. It has been ranked as one the ten most beautiful islands in the world, and its volcanic landscape takes your breath away.

Megalochori is located 7 km away from Fira, the capital of the island. It has kept its traditional colours and it is one of the few villages that have been declared “traditional settlements”. It is surrounded by vineyards and has many churches famous for their ornate bell towers, white Cycladic houses and narrow streets.

Megalochori is very closed to Pyrgos and Emporeio. All three villages are not very popular touristic sites, they are quiet and peaceful even in August and they offer many options for accommodation and food at lower prices.

You’ll find our school in the second entrance of Megalochori, right across the street from Geromanolis tavern. 

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Students and guests stay in hotels and pensions in Megalochori at special reduced rates. Contact us for accommodation list and special prices for our students.


The Hellenic Culture Centre is a private organization specialized in teaching Greek as a Second and as a Foreign Language. The promotion of the Greek Language and the Greek Culture worldwide as well as the development of the linguistic and intercultural skills in every citizen in the framework of the multicultural environment are its aims.

It started working in 1995 on Ikaria island, Aegean Sea, where it organized with great success during ten years one of the first summer schools for Greek in Greece, with Greek courses, cultural activities and teacher training for teachers of Greek as a foreign language. It continued its actions in Athens, where it is now based, and in selected places in Greece and abroad (Lesvos Island, Aegean Sea- Brussels).

Teacher training in didactic Methodology is complemented by seminars in Intercultural Education, in Adult Education and Education for Peace.

The Centre's staff is experienced and specialized teachers (philologists, linguists, translators) as well as special associates (lawyers, economists, social anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists) who work in teaching and research fields. It cooperates with relevant organizations in Greece and abroad and participates in national, European and international projects.


Internship – Stage

Πρόγραμμα Ενεργού Ακρόασης/ Πρακτικής Εξάσκησης στο Κέντρο Ελληνικού Πολιτισμού 

Το Κέντρο Ελληνικού Πολιτισμού παρέχει στους εκπαιδευόμενους καθηγητές της ελληνικής ως ξένης/ δεύτερης γλώσσας σε ενηλίκους τη δυνατότητα ενεργού ακρόασης/ πρακτικής εξάσκησης. Το πρόγραμμα  αυτό μπορεί να υλοποιηθεί μόνο  ΜΕΤΑ την παρακολούθηση ενός τουλάχιστον από τα πρόσωπο-με-πρόσωπο σεμινάρια εξειδίκευσης ή δύο τουλάχιστον από τα online σεμινάρια. 

Ο εκπαιδευόμενος καθηγητής / η εκπαιδευόμενη καθηγήτρια παρακολουθεί ως ακροατής /-τρια μία σειρά μαθημάτων σε ενηλίκους σπουδαστές και συζητάει με τον έμπειρο καθηγητή τους την υλοποίηση του Σχεδίου Μαθήματος. Μετά το μάθημα σχεδιάζουν μαζί το επόμενο μάθημα. Ο εκπαιδευόμενος καθηγητής / η εκπαιδευόμενη καθηγήτρια μπορεί,να δημιουργήσει διδακτικά υλικά με την καθοδήγηση του πιο έμπειρου συναδέλφου ή και,  αν επιθυμεί, στο τέλος της σειράς μαθημάτων, να διδάξει ο ίδιος/ η ίδια για 10-15 λεπτά. Κατά τα άλλα η παρακολούθηση γίνεται με όλους τους κανόνες του ακροατή: συμμετέχει στο μάθημα μόνο εάν ο καθηγητής του αναθέσει ένα ρόλο (π.χ. να κάνει ανάγνωση του κειμένου ή να διορθώσει μία εργασία ). Δεν πρόκειται για συνδιδασκαλία. 

Ο εκπαιδευόμενος καθηγητής / η εκπαιδευόμενη καθηγήτρια  χρειάζεται να παρακολουθήσει τη σειρά μαθημάτων από την αρχή και να προσέρχεται στην ώρα του/ της στο μάθημα, χωρίς απουσίες. Το μικρότερο πρόγραμμα που μπορεί να παρακολουθήσει είναι αυτό των 10 ωρών. 

Το κόστος ανέρχεται σε 10 ευρώ/ ώρα. Περιλαμβάνει την παρακολούθηση του μαθήματος  (1 ώρα=60 λεπτά), τη συνεργασία μετά από κάθε μάθημα με τον μέντορά του/ έμπειρο καθηγητή,  μέρος των διδακτικών υλικών που χρησιμοποιούνται στο μάθημα καθώς και τα όλα τα Σχέδια μαθήματος. 

Για να ενημερωθείτε πότε μπορείτε να παρακολουθήσετε μάθημα στο επίπεδο που σας ενδιαφέρει, παρακαλώ επικοινωνήστε με τη Γραμματεία τηλ 210-5238149, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , κ. Βάσια Κόσσυβα, 10.00-17.00 τις εργάσιμες μέρες.


Online Greek Language Courses by the HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE

The Hellenic Culture Centre offers since 2009 online Greek Language Courses in all language levels (Α0, Α1, Α2, Β1, Β2, C1, C2) as well as special preparation courses for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek in all levels. The Centre offers also special courses for practicing speaking and listening skills, and for keeping in touch with contemporary Greece (programme GREECE NOW @HCC – level C2+). Finally, tailor made thematic workshops on subjects related to Greek culture are offered (e.g. Greek cuisine, music, dance, cinema, politics, et. al. – for the levels B2 and above).

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All the language teachers at the Hellenic Culture Centre are certified and experienced in teaching Greek as a second and as a foreign language to adults and adolescents. They also have experience in online teaching and they are native speakers of Greek.

Courses are held through the online educational platform Moodle and the educational platform GLOSSA, where all relevant learning materials are uploaded (texts, exercises and activities for all language skills, library) as well as through synchronous Skype meetings, once or twice a week.

No special knowledge on technology is required, however a 15-min introductory session is offered for free, in order for the students to familiarize themselves with the use of the platform and Skype. Students are required to have a good internet connection and a headset with a microphone.

Before registering students have to do a grading test, in order for the tutors to check students’ language level and educational needs. Ask us to guide you to the test suitable for you.

Start dates of the group courses for the 2017-2018 season:

  • 9 October 2017 (the lessons take place in the weeks from 9 October to 22 December 2017 and from 8 January to 11 March 2018)
  • 8 January 2018 (the lessons take place in the weeks from 8 January to 31 March 2018 and from 16 April to 27 May 2018)




Α1, Α2, Β1, Β2

Levels C1, C2, C2+

Preparation for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek (all levels)

GROUP PROGRAMME (3-8 students)


20 weeks

20 weeks

20 weeks

Total hours




Synchronous meetings on Skype

2 per week

1 per week

1 per week


480 €

340 €

340 €

PRIVATE LESSONS (1 or 2 students)

Fees for 1 student

23 €/hour

23 €/ hour

23 €/ hour

Fees for 2 students

17 €/ hour per student

17 €/ hour per student

17 €/ hour per student


Fees include:

  • Access to the educational platform during the period of the programme (the is no extra fee for subscription)
  • Ten days for further study, correction of extra assignements, and revisions in the platform
  • All relevant educational materials
  • Personal consultation outside the course hours (technical and pedagogical)
  • A Certificate of Attendance issued for all students who will participate or
  • A Certificate of Successful Participation issued for students who will have completed at least 50% of the online activities OR have participated in 50% of the lessons on Skype
  • One 15-min introductory session for free, in order for the students to familiarize themselves with the use of the platform and Skype



  1. The educational hour is 60 minutes.
  2. The weekly schedule of the group lessons is arranged after consultation amongst the group.
  3. The training fee for the group programmes can be paid in two equal rates. The first rate has to be paid 10 days before the start date and the second rate halfway into the course.
  4. At least 10 hours have to be pre-paid in order for a private course to start.
  5. For the levels Β1, C1 και C2 the books KALEIDOSKOPE B1/C1/C2 by Ifigenia Georgiadou, ed. HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE, are used. Students can purchase the books on discount by the Hellenic Culture Centre (20 euro instead of 23 euro) or in various bookstores in Greece. The books are NOT necessary for the course, since much of their content is uploaded on the platform.


Cancellation policy: A student can cancel a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 6 hours before and pay no fees. In case a student cancels the lesson 6 to 3 hours before, s/he has to pay 50% of the lesson fees, while in case s/he cancels 3 to 1 hour before the scheduled time s/he should pay 100% of the lesson fees. GROUP and SEMI-PRIVATE lessons cannot be cancelled (if the student does not attend a scheduled meeting, s/he pays 100% of the lesson fees if the meeting takes place). If one student drops out of a semi-private course, the second student will have to continue with PRIVATE lessons. The programme of lessons agreed has to be completed within one year after the first registration.


Information and registrations HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE www.hcc.edu.gr, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel 0030 210 5238149 (Office working hours: Mo-Fri, 10:00-13:00 October-April).

Find the registration form here.

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Courses Offered


Tailor-made, flexible courses which address the educational needs of all individual students are offered throughout the year.

Ιn Athens intensive one-to-one language courses are offered at students’ place and in-company/ in-service training course at your offices. We can provide you and your organization with a language course that meets your needs.
Tailor-made courses are not prescheduled and they are private. In-company/in-service courses may be in groups. Choose the dates and type of course according to your time schedule and special needs, and contact us to suggest a specially designed programme.

The fees for the tailor-made courses are as follows:

A0, A1, A2 - B1, B2, B3 - C1, C2
private lessons (1 student): 30 euro/hour

small group (2-4 students): 23 euro/hour per student
large group (5-12 students): 17,5 euro/hour per student

private lessons (1 student): 40 euro/hour

small group (2-4 students): 30 euro/hour per student
large group (5-12 students): 22 euro/hour per student

In Santorini intensive private or group courses are offered in Summer and extensive private or group courses are offered in Winter (8 weeks – 32 hours) at the HCC’s premises in Megalochori (opposite Geromanolis tavern).

Find information on the winter courses here.

For the fees and dates of the summer intensive courses see here


ONLINE COURSES are also offered for all levels and special programmes. Click here for more information.

The course can be offered in a blended learning mode (both face to face and online) according to your needs.


How to pay

After being informed by the HCC's Secretariat on the cost of the programme chosen by you (you will find it in the Confirmation letter, through which you reserve a place in our programmes)

You can pay through


Pay through the internationally acknowledged Paypal payment system.

Fill in the amount and click "payment"

Enter Amount:

Please send the money to the HCC account number that has been sent to you by the Secretariat. Do not forget to write your name. Bank charges are paid by the students.

3 PAYMENT AT HCC's offices BEFORE the deadline for registration.

  • Payment includes all the fees cost at least one month before the beginning of each course or programme.
  • Details for our account will be received along with the confirmation letter.
  • We apologize that personal cheques and traveler's cheques are not accepted.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be given up until the last day to register for the programme (bank charges are paid by the student). For late cancellations there will be no refund. However, the student is entitled to re-register in the same or another programme within two years, paying only the difference due to the increase of the fees.


Study Levels

The curriculum is divided into seven classes covering all levels (A0, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). The curriculum is based on the curriculum of the Centre for Greek Language of the Greek Ministry of Education.
For a detailed syllabus for each level click on the relevant title
A0: Introduction to modern Greek. Basic vocabulary, simple dialogues, reading skills, writing, basic grammar. Textbook: "Ellinika Tora (Greek Now) 1+1"
A1: Building vocabulary, more communicative situations and dialogues, more grammar (nouns, adjectives, plural, simple past, future and subjunctive of basic verbs). Textbook: "Ellinika Tora (Greek Now) 1+1"
A2: Required knowledge: Basic vocabulary and grammar (simple past, future, subjunctive). Ability to create and understand short sentences used in everyday life. Syllabus goals: to enrich vocabulary, improve the ability to express oneself in more complex situations (descriptions, narratives, comparatives, plans for the future etc.). Verbs: active voice (more tenses) and introduction to imperative and passive voice. Textbook: "Ellinika Tora (Greek Now) 1+1"
B1: Required knowledge: Syllabus of A2, basic vocabulary of everyday language. Syllabus goals: teaching the passive voice, pronouns, imperatives, use of subjunctive, narratives, enriching vocabulary (family, work, free time). Normal discussions, debates. Centre's textbook
B2: Required knowledge: formation of verb tenses in active and passive voice, declension of nouns and adjectives in all cases. Syllabus goals: coverage of basic grammar (use of tenses, irregular adjectives and nouns, use of prepositions and conjunctions, compound verbs, participles, conditional clauses), enrichment of vocabulary (language spoken in big cities, idiomatic expressions). Short texts from newspapers. Exercises in the oral language to communicate information, personal views and feelings. Centre's textbook
C1: Required knowledge: Reading comprehension of short newspaper articles. Syllabus goals: to enrich vocabulary (formal letters, essays, expressions, proverbs, special vocabulary). Students work on specific projects and make presentations. Texts from the press and literature. Centre's textbook: KALEIDOSKOPIO C1 (published by the HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE).
C2: Required knowledge: acquaintance with the language of the press, consolidation of the main morphological structures. Syllabus goals: to enrich specific vocabulary. Elements of "katharevoussa", ancient Greek and some dialects are included. Participation in discussions, the aim being for students to express themselves logically and clearly, and to understand Greek spoken at normal speed. Centre's textbook: KALEIDOSKOPIO C2 (published by the HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE).
Special courses
Literature: Intended for students with fairly rich vocabulary and a good knowledge of grammar. Teaching material is taken from representative works (prose and poetry) of Greek authors. Syllabus goal: Development of language skills, introduction to Greek literature and acquaintance with different writing styles. Centre's textbook. Every course is designed either on the basis of studying a Greek author or poet or on a special subject, i.e. the Sea in Greek Literature.Students may attend this course for several times, studying different authors and themes
Greek language course for interpreters and translators: for professionals who have completed the basic training and are already very competent in the language, or for those who wish to refresh their knowledge. Goal: enriching vocabulary, getting acquainted with aspects of modern Greece. Studying specific topics, using difficult texts, tapes, CDs and videos. Interpretation and translation techniques are not being taught, the course is a Greek language course at a higher level Students may attend this course for several times, studying different themes. Centre's textbook
Legal terminology course: Intended for translators or interpreters who already use Greek in their work. Goal: learning to differentiate between and to use difficult legal terms plus expressions in "katharevoussa"; Familiarization with the Greek legal and judicial system. Lectures by specialist lawyers. Students will observe a trial. They will also research well-known legal cases, the Greek constitution and Greek laws. They will attend discussions on legal issues. Centre's textbook. Only a part of this course has been integrated into the course Katharevousa and into the Three Month Perfection Programme.
Three month language perfection programme: (12 weeks, 120 hours of lessons including 48 hours of interpreting / translating into student' mother tongue with a Greek teacher or a translator experienced in the student's mother tongue) for professionals who will be working with the language in the near future or for those who wish to refresh their knowledge. Students will attend lectures and public discussions (+60 extra hours). Private and group lessons. Students will also attend advanced courses according to their needs. Centre's textbook
Katharevousa: Intended for professionals who have reached the Proficiency level in Greek/ have already completed our Advanced 2 level and wish to learn past forms of Greek Language. Centre's textbook
Preparation for the exams for the Official Certificate of Attainment in Greek
The Hellenic Culture Centre prepares students for the exams for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek, offered by the Ministry of Education and the Centre for Greek Language. All levels. For further information on the Certificate please visit the website of the Centre for Greek Language http://www.greeklanguage.gr/