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Exam Preparation for Greek Citizenship and Residence Permit

  •   Ensure you are fully conversant with everything you need to know about the Certificate

  • Discover all tips for the Greek Citizenship exams

  • Familiarize yourself with the culture, geography and history of Greece

  • Master the know-how for an ideal interview exam

  • Get full guidance on all the paperwork you will be needing

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This course aims:

  • To familiarise yourself with Greek Culture, History, and Geography
  • To prepare yourself for success
  • To get all useful tips and “secrets” for the exams
  • To address the needs of a successful interview
  • To advance Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing skills
  • To familiarise yourself with the   paperwork for the exams

Requirements

  • Good internet connection
  • A headset with microphone
  • A Skype account
  • Speakers are recommended
  • Willingness and patience to learn
  • Try to practise what you have learned

Course Details

Overview

The Hellenic Culture Centre undertakes the responsibility to preparate candidates for the Examinations for Greek Citizenship, which are organised by the General Secretariat of Citizenship of the Ministry of Interior. THE NEXT EXAMINATION DATE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR MAY 2022.

The lessons are held online ( platform with educational materials, and Skype ). 

The courses offered by the Centre lead to the exams of MAY 2022 and last 24 weeks: from 4/10/21 to 31/3/22 with a break of 20/12/21 – 2/1/22 . 

Classes with a teacher are done once / week for two hours (120 minutes) , every Monday or Thursday at 20.30-22.30.

Courses start from:

  • 04/10/2021 first cycle 
  • 29/11/2021 second cycle
  • 07/02/2022 third cycle 
  • 04/04/2022 – 15/05/2022 revision course

We start on 04/10/21 and every 8 weeks, and you can continue to study with us all the activities of the so called Exam Topics Bank. Attention: all topics can only be taught if you attend the entire programme (550+ topics)

 

What are the Examinations to obtain the Certificate and the process of certifying knowledge on the Greek language, history, and Greek culture for third country citizens? 

The Certification of the Greek language, history, and Greek culture is conducted  in order to acquire Greek Citizenship of third country nationals, i.e. citizens of countries outside the European Union.

The exams are written on the basis of an Exam Topics Bank, which contains standardised questions. After passing these exams, an oral interview takes place. “Through the  Law 4735/2020 the applicant, after obtaining the Certificate, will have,  in the final stage, a short interview by a three-member committee of members of the Citizenship Directorates in order to determine the candidate’s social and economic integration. The rules for conducting these interviews will follow a standardised handbook prepared by a joint team of Interior Ministry officials together with the National Transparency Authority. At the same time, every appropriate means will be taken to ensure the provisions of the Code for the benefit of the applicant “as stated by the Secretary General of Citizenship.

The examinations take place in examination centres defined by the General Secretariat of Citizenship, which belongs to the Ministry of Interior of Greece.

These examinations are necessary, if you have all other supporting documents, about which you must be informed in advance by a lawyer.

Intended for 
  1. third-country nationals who are at least 18 years old and legally residing in Greece, if they have the other supporting documents
  2. to recognized political refugees with 3 years of residence in Greece
  3. to Greek expatriates over 18 years of age
  4. holders of a long-term residence permit and a second-generation residence permit
  5. spouses of Greeks with a child and with 3 years of residence in Greece
  6. immigrants with 7 years of residence in Greece, if they have the other supporting documents *

 

*ATTENTION! Having already the certificate of Greek (even at a level higher than B1!) obtained after examinations by the Ministry of Education –  Centre for Greek Language, does not fall under the conditions of exclusion of any of the examinations. The exam for the Certificate needed for Greek Citizenship is one and includes the Topics: LANGUAGE, history, geography, Greek culture and political institutions.

 

How can I find out my level in Greek?

To make a free assessment of your level of Greek and the goals you need to set, contact us. You will take an oral and possibly a written test too, and we will help you plan your preparation.

Methodology 

Following your enrolment and payment (of 5 or 8 or 16 lessons depending on your programme) you will be given access to our online platform containing all preparatory materials. You study the materials, do the exercises and send them to your teacher who corrects and returns them within 48 hours.  

One-hour weekly meeting (or more) with your teacher online on Skype.  More hours of preparation can be arranged.  However, that should not be necessary if you do your homework according to the timetable agreed with your teacher.

One teaching hour is 60 minutes.

Where are the preparatory courses held?

Online courses are held on the Hellenic Culture Centre’s E-learning platform and include a one-hour session with your teacher on Skype.

Are there any private lessons?

Private/one-to-one lessons based on the personal programme created for each individual student are available.  

Content 

Topics  of the preparation programme are the following

  • Greek history
  • Greek culture
  • Political institutions
  • Geography of Greece
  • Typology of the exam exercises
  • Points that need your attention during the Language Exam
  • Development of the four language skills (writing, reading, speaking, listening) 
  • Psychological parameters of the examination process and the interview, which need to be investigated
  • Information on the institutional issues concerning the Examinations for the Greek Citizenship   
  • Detailed schedule for covering the exam material

 

What teaching materials are used?

Through a series of activities in all four language skills (writing, reading, speaking, listening) based on the exam topics, students are able to meet the requirements of the exam and develop Cultural Awareness . 

Specially designed teaching materials are used, which cover the topics of the exams, and the exercises of the Exam Topics Bank, on which the students practice further after the live lessons.

Fees 

Course Price/hour

Group

(4-8 students)

12 € 

Semi-private   

(2-3 students)

20 € (for all levels)

     Semi-private 

(Closed 2 students only)

30 € (for all levels)

Private 

39 € (for all levels)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION

  • All educational materials for this online course will be provided by the tutors online. Students do not need to buy the books.
  • Online group and semi-private courses are 8 weeks long (one learning cycle).
  • The platform will remain open for the students who would like to submit their assignments and complete all the activities for 10 (ten) days after the end of the Skype lessons, at no extra cost.
  • The programme of lessons agreed has to be completed within one year after the first registration.
  • Certificate of Attendance is issued for all students who will participate based on the hours they will have attended multiplied by 3, as the online learning takes more time for a student to study.

FORMING

  •  GROUP course: The school is entitled to add up to 8 students to a GROUP course
  • SEMI-PRIVATE course: In case a student drops out of a SEMI-PRIVATE course of 3 students, the other two students will continue their course at the same fee for the current learning cycle (20 euro/hour) and maybe a third student of the same level will be added later
  • SEMI-PRIVATE course: In case a student drops out of a SEMI-PRIVATE course of 2 students, the student who remains will continue their course at the PRIVATE fee (39 euro)
  • PRIVATE course: In case the school adds a second or/and a third student to a PRIVATE course (after consulting with the student), the fee will be 20 euro per person

CANCELLATION

  • GROUP lessons and SEMI-PRIVATE lessons cannot be cancelled (if the student does not attend a scheduled meeting, they pay 100% of the lesson fees if the lesson takes place)
  • A student can cancel a scheduled PRIVATE lesson more than 6 hours before and pay no fees
  • In case a student cancels a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 6 to 3 hours before, they pay 50% of the lesson fees
  • In case a student cancels a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 3 to 1 hour before the scheduled time, they pay 100% of the lesson fees
  • Full refunds will be given up until the last day to register for the programme (2 weeks before the beginning of the course)
  • For late cancellations of PRIVATE courses there will be no refund. However, the student is entitled to re-register within one year’s time. In that case the student pays the extra cost, if any
  • When students are given refunds the bank charges are payable by them. In case the course is cancelled by the Centre, full refund will be given to the student at no extra charge

PAYMENT

  • The SEMI-PRIVATE & GROUP course should be paid in advance for 8 weeks
  • The PRIVATE course should be paid in advance for at least 5 lessons
Tutors 

The seminars are taught by our experienced philologists and specialized partners. Responsible for the individualised curriculum and syllabus of each student is Mrs. Ifigenia Georgiadou, who has been teaching modern Greek since 1979. She has developed a methodology for preparing for exams, especially in the production of written language.

Our students have a success rate of over 90% each year in relevant State Greek exams.

Dates 

Start dates for the 8-week cycle GROUP courses for the 2021-2022

May Exams 2022

Cycles Dates
First cycle 04/10/2021 – 25/11/2021
Second cycle 29/11/2021 – 03/02/2022
Third cycle 07/02/2022 – 31/03/2022
Revision course 04/04/2022 – 15/05/2022

Online courses are offered throughout the year 7 days/ week, from 07.00 to 24.00 Greek time. Please contact us for information about private and semi-private courses.

We suggest 2 hours/week for levels A0- B2, and 1 hour/week for levels C1-C2+ and special courses. 

A teaching hour lasts 60 minutes.

The weekly schedule of the group and semi-private courses are arranged after consultation with the group.

Certification 

We issue  a certificate of attendance of the course that you will do to prepare for exams.

The Center for Greek Culture is officially recognized as a Center for Lifelong Learning and as a language school by the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religions (EOPPEP code 2101782/2018 and 2308668/2018).

We offer exam preparation courses and other certificates of Greek proficiency. The exams are organized by the Ministries of Education and Interior and are supervised by the Greek Language Center.

How do I enroll in the exam preparation programme?

For more information and an individual interview meeting to analyse your educational needs, contact the Head of Exam Preparation, Mrs. Ifigenia Georgiadou, tel. +306944105484, or email: ifigenia@hcc.edu.gr  and Skype name: hellenic.culture.centre.

Working language

Greek is the working language in this course. All candidates must have a level of Greek proficiency of at least B1.

Cancellation Policy
  • GROUP lessons and SEMI-PRIVATE lessons cannot be cancelled (if the student does not attend a scheduled meeting, they pay 100% of the lesson fees if the lesson takes place)
  • A student can cancel a scheduled PRIVATE lesson more than 6 hours before and pay no fees
  • In case a student cancels a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 6 to 3 hours before, they pay 50% of the lesson fees
  • In case a student cancels a scheduled PRIVATE lesson 3 to 1 hour before the scheduled time, they pay 100% of the lesson fees
  • Full refunds will be given up until the last day to register for the programme (2 weeks before the beginning of the course) 
  • For late cancellations of PRIVATE courses there will be no refund. However, the student is entitled to re-register within one year’s time. In that case the student pays the extra cost, if any 
  • When students are given refunds the bank charges are payable by them. In case the course is cancelled by the Centre, full refund will be given to the student at no extra charge