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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“Man plans and God laughs!” 😊 

Due to COVID-19 crisis, the Greek Language and Culture International School in Santorini will only offer private courses together with all relevant cultural activities. Come with your friends and relatives and enjoy exclusive services! One to one Greek Language lessons will be offered throughout  2020 for as many hours as you wish. Create your own flexible programme for Language and Holidays! 


Click here for the start dates, levels and fees.


  • 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). 
  • 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 activity 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 of 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, the 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.


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 is the first Training Centre to offer Online Greek Language Courses at all levels of instruction. The Online Programme, which began in 2009, now offers:

  • Online Greek Language Courses at all language levels (Α0, Α1, Α2, Β1, Β2, C1, C2)
  • Preparatory courses for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek at all levels
  • Courses for practicing speaking and listening skills
  • A C2+ course on contemporary Greece (GREECE NOW @HCC – level C2+)
  • Book Clubs for reading and discussing Greek Literature books at levels B2, C1, and C2
  • Ancient Greek
  • Greek for children LET'S GO, KIDS! a:7-9 years old,  and b:10-12 years old
  • Ancient Greek Mythology for children
  • tailor-made Thematic Workshops on subjects relating 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 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, listening exercises and activities for all language skills, photos, library, Forum, links to dictionaries and to videos) as well as through synchronous Skype meetings, once or twice a week. During the synchronous meeting with the teacher, students practice speaking, the teacher explains, corrects, and organises their work. Throughout the week the students study on the platform: they can read and listen to texts, play educational language games, do grammar exercises, practice speaking by recording their voice through the platform, do their writings tasks, and send all to their teacher, who corrects within 48 hours at the latest. 

No special knowledge on technology is required, however, a 15-min introductory session is offered for free, if needed, in order for the students to familiarize themselves with the use of the Moodle or the Glossa platforms and the 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. You may also do the test orally, through Skype: the Director of the Centre will call you in order to define your language level and design your learning path, according to your learning objectives.

 Start dates of the 8-week cycles group courses for the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • 21 September 2020 - 15 November 2020 (8 weeks, 3-8 students, 8 or 16 hours)
  • 16 November 2020 – 24 January 2021 (8 weeks, 3-8 students, 8 or 16 hours, Christmas break: 21/12/2020- 3/1/2021)
  • 25 January 2021- 21 March 2021 (8 weeks, 3-8 students, 8 or 16 hours)
  • 22 March 2021 – 30 May (8 weeks, 3-8 students, 8 or 16 hours, Easter break:26/4/2021- 8/5/2021)
  • 31 May 2021- 25 July ( 8 weeks, 3-8 students, 8 or 16 hours) 
  • 26 July 2021-19 September 2021 ( 8 weeks, 3-8 students, 8 or 16 hours) 
  • 20 September 2021-14 November 2021 ( 8 weeks, 3-8 students, 8 or 16 hours) 

Online courses are offered throughout the year 7 days/ week, from 07.00 to 24.00 Greek time. Please contact us for any inquiries about private and semi-private courses.
Self-tuition asynchronous online facilities are not available. Enrolments are only accepted for taught classes meeting for at least one hour weekly. The use of the platform is free of charge as an asynchronous mode of learning. 

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



Α1, Α2, Β1, Β2

Levels C1, C2, C2+

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

GROUP PROGRAMME (3-8 students)


Every 8 weeks

Every 8 weeks

Every 8 weeks

Total hours




Synchronous meetings on Skype

1+ 1 hour per week

1 hour per week

1 hour per week


192€ (12€/hour)

120 € (15€/hour)

120 € (15€/hour)


 (2 students)

Fees for 2 students

17 €/ hour per student

17 €/ hour per student

17 €/ hour per student


(1 student)

All language levels,

Ancient Greek, Let's Go, Kids!


29 €/hour

29 €/hour

29 €/hour


Fees include:

  • Access to the educational platform during the period of the programme (there is no extra fee for subscription)
  • Ten days for further study, correction of extra assignments, and revisions in the platform after the end of the course cycle
  • All educational materials needed
  • Personal consultation outside the course hours (technical and pedagogical)
  • Certificate of Attendance issued for all students who will participate OR
  • 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, if needed, in order for the students to familiarize themselves with the use of the platform and Skype



  1. The teaching 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 courses 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. We strongly recommend paying in one rate though, due to extra bank charges (+3 euro for every payment)
  4. At least 5 hours have to be pre-paid in order for a private course to start
  5. For the levels Β1, C1 και C2 the books KALEIDOSKOPIO 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 our platforms.
  6. Ask for discount prices, which are offered on a Happy Lesson week throughout the year


Cancellation policy: 

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

  8. Full refunds will be given up until the last day to register for the programme (1 day before the beginning of the course). For late cancellations, there will be no refund. However, the student is entitled to re-register within one years’ time. In that case, the student only pays the extra cost, if any. When students are given refunds the bank charges are payable by them. In case the course is canceled by the HCC, a full refund will be given to the student at no extra charge.


Information and registration

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel. +306944105484, 

Skype name: Hellenic.culture.centre

Please 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.