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.

Teacher training seminars

The teacher training courses, especially for teachers of Greek as a foreign / second language, are offered by the Hellenic Culture Centre since 2000. They aim at introducing to foreign languages didactic methodology and at preparing new teachers as well as exchanging ideas among experienced teachers.

The Teacher Training Programme EUROLTA may lead to the Certification of teachers of all Foreign Languages to Adults and of teachers of Greek as a Foreign / Second Language to Adults EUROLTA. Certificates are issued by the International Language Network ICC, http://www.icc-languages.eu/

These courses are attended by teachers from Greece and abroad, who mainly teach or want to teach Greek.

Teachers of Greek as L2 IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES may receive a grant to cover all expenses (fees, accommodation, full boarding, and travel). Please ask the HCC for more information.

The online courses are offered based on e-learning principles and are designed in order for every participant to be able to make her / his own personal paln of study. They are offered as:

  • INDEPENDENT LEARNING COURSES. These courses are mentoring teacher training personal courses. Learning materials can be sent to the trainee teacher in order to study on her / his own and assignments follow the trainee’s challenges in teaching.
  • COORDINATED LEARNING COURSES, based on studying learning materials and also meetings through Skype and Forum with the trainers and colleagues.
  • BLENDED LEARNING COURSES. One of the previous modes plus participation in face to face courses in a group of teachers who meet regularly in Athens, Santorini or other cities.   

Check here all teacher training courses through grants.

Check here all online teacher training courses.

Grading tests

The tests below will help us assess your level in Greek. Please cosult with us for downloading the suitable test for you.


The duration of the test must not exceed 2 hours. You can write it in stages, every night for half and hour. You can use your dictionary.

Attention!! It is unnecessary and unfeasible to do the entire test which becomes progressively more difficult. The purpose of the test is to help us to ascertain your level. These are not real tests, so you do not have to do a GOOD test. If you need any clarification do not hesitate to contact us (email: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., telephone: +30-210-5238149).

The test needs to be handwritten. After completing it please send a scanned copy via e-mail (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) or fax (+30 210 8836494).

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Οργάνωση: Κέντρο Ελληνικού Πολιτισμού, www.hcc.edu.gr.

Teaching the text

Teaching the text in all levels of Greek (30 hours, 110 euro)

15 January - 25 February 2018

The seminar includes five units:
Unit 1.1 What is a text?
Unit 1.2 The authentic text and their simplification (individual or in pair assignments)
Unit 1.3 How do you teach the text? (individual or in pair assignments)
Unit 1.4 A proposal for teaching the text
Unit 1.5 Reflection-evaluation

Apart from study hours according to a time-schedule, the trainees will attend six (6) hours online synchronous Skype sessions with the trainers (optional). The synchronous sessions are not obligatory, but the trainees could participate in order to ask questions and “meet” all participants.

Trainee teachers have to upload at least one post in every Unit of this seminar and to upload at least ten answers to other participants. They also should work on the Final Assignment as well as to fill in the evaluation form of the seminar. The final assignment is a production of a lesson plan on teaching a text in any level or on simplyfing a 3-5 pages authentic text based on the simplifing techniques proposed.

Click here for the registration form.

Main Teacher Trainer and coordinator of the seminars

Ifigenia Georgiadou.  Director of Studies at the Hellenic Culture Centre and at Cultural Development Society of Lesvos Island AEOLIS. Philologist (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Athens, ΜΑ in Education and Human Rights, University of Athens and University of London) with 25 years of experience in education. She has had further training in using drama techniques in language teaching and in adult training. Author of books, as well as articles and research papers on teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language. Teacher trainer and certified Master Trainer (trainer of teacher trainers) and  facilitator on Teaching Methodology, Intercultural Education and Peace Education seminars at the Hellenic Culture Centre, in various NGOs and other public and private Institutions. Coordinator of various research projects on education, on European and national level. Founding member of OSMOSIS- Centre for the Arts and Intercultural Education.  Evaluator – adult education expert in the National Organization for Certification of Adult Educators (EOPPEP) and of adult education seminars and projects for the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY), the National Agency for the Grundtvig Programme.

skypename: ifigenia.georgiadou (Athens)
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tel: 0030 6944105484

Other certified and experienced teacher trainers cooperate in special Units and sessions.

Information and registrations:
Ms Vassia Kossyva, coordinator of Educational Programmes
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