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.



Sofia Roilidou, teacher collaborating with the Hellenic Cultural Center since 2000, will present on 18 or 19 June in Madrid a lecture on "Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Languages" within the framework of the conference NLPexcellence2016. In this talk she will show in a practical way how Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques help in order to learn a foreign language in a better and easier way, on one hand, and on the other hand in order to motivate students. She will demonstrate the relationship between NLP and teaching foreign languages in theory and in practice. You can enjoy this speech either coming to Madrid or on-line with live streaming. Looking forward to seeing you!


Send your CV

If you want to work as a teacher in our Centre, please sent your CV This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. writing about your teaching experience and give us as more information about the books and the other materials that you use; with reference also to the profile of your students.


Where could you find a work position?

According to a circular by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religion, all language teachers of primary and secondary education are entitled to teach Greek as a Foreign/ Second Language. Those teachers, in case they are also specialized in teaching Greek as a foreign language, could work either in private language centres such as the Hellenic Culture Centre or in various Vocational Training Centres, in Second Chance Schools, in Adult Education Centres, in Universities' language classes, or in other language programmes organized by various organizations (Local Authorities, IDEKE, GSAE, OAED, etc).

Many NGOs have contributed in organizing language programmes mainly intended for immigrants and refugees , but a teacher could work there primarily as a volunteer.

For a list in Greek of NGOs offering Greek Language Courses, please click here


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 2018-2019 season:

  • 8 October 2018
  • 7 January 2019




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 €

240 €

240 €

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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