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.

Ευρωπαϊκά Projects

Listening to Cultures

Το Σχέδιο "Listening to Cultures" («Ακούγοντας τους Πολιτισμούς») υλοποιείται από εκπαιδευτική σύμπραξη στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος Δια Βίου Μάθησης - Grundvig για την περίοδο 2010-2012. Στόχος του είναι η διερεύνηση καινοτόμων προσεγγίσεων και καλών πρακτικών στο πεδίο της εκμάθησης της δεξιότητας κατανόησης προφορικού λόγου σε ό,τι αφορά τη διδασκαλία ξένων γλωσσών και την εκπαίδευση ενηλίκων. Την ίδια στιγμή, οι συμμετέχοντες στο Σχέδιο (καθηγητές γλωσσών και ενήλικοι εκπαιδευόμενοι) θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να αναπτύξουν μια ευρύτερη κατανόηση των διαφορετικών πολιτισμών αλλά και τρόπων σκέψης και μεθόδων εργασίας που επικρατούν στις χώρες που συμμετέχουν στην εταιρική αυτή σύμπραξη. Ο Πολιτισμός βρίσκεται στην καρδιά του Σχεδίου "Listening to Cultures". Τα υλικά ακουστικής κατανόησης που θα επιλεγούν και θα αναπτυχθούν θα αντικατοπτρίζουν τις πολιτισμικές διαστάσεις της κάθε γλώσσας-στόχο που διδάσκεται στους εννέα εκπαιδευτικούς οργανισμούς που συμμετέχουν στη σύμπραξη. Όλοι οι εταίροι είναι εκπαιδευτικά ιδρύματα εκμάθησης γλωσσών σε ενηλίκους, οι οποίοι θα εργαστούν με online οπτικοακουστικά υλικά σε πολλές γλώσσες - ελληνικά, αγγλικά, ιταλικά, ρουμανικά, δανέζικα, εσθονικά, τούρκικα - πέντε εκ των οποίων ανήκουν στις λιγότερο ομιλούμενες γλώσσες στην Ευρώπη.
Αποτέλεσμα του Σχεδίου θα είναι η ανταλλαγή καλών πρακτικών και μεθόδων για την εκμάθηση της δεξιότητας κατανόησης προφορικού λόγου μέσω διαδικτύου από ενηλίκους σπουδαστές γλωσσών, καθώς το διαδίκτυο παρέχει πρόσβαση σε μια ποικιλία επικαιροποιημένων πηγών σχετικά με τον πολιτισμό κάθε χώρας, και σε ακουστικά υλικά που μπορούν να συλλεχθούν και να συγκριθούν μεταξύ τους με αποτελεσματικό τρόπο. Την ίδια στιγμή, το Σχέδιο θα ενισχύσει τις δεξιότητες στις τεχνολογίας επικοινωνίας και πληροφορικής όλων των συμμετεχόντων, καθώς η επικοινωνία αλλά και η υλοποίηση θα γίνεται μέσω μιας πλατφόρμας Moodle, που θα συνδέεται με τις ιστοσελίδες όλων των εταίρων. Οι ίδιοι οι διδάσκοντες των γλωσσών (εκ των οποίων κάποιοι δεν είναι φυσικοί ομιλητές της γλώσσας που διδάσκουν) θα βελτιώσουν τις γλωσσικές τους δεξιότητες, καθώς θα ανταλλάξουν ιδέες και θα ασχοληθούν με την παραγωγή υλικών ακουστικής κατανόησης και τη δημιουργία ενός Οδηγού για τη Δεξιότητα Κατανόησης Προφορικού Λόγου. Για κάθε μία από τις γλώσσες-στόχο θα παραχθούν ακουστικά υλικά για κάθε ένα από τα γλωσσικά επίπεδα (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).

Οι εταίροι του Σχεδίου «Listening to Cultures»:

Κέντρο Ελληνικού Πολιτισμού (Ελλάδα, συντονιστής οργανισμός του Σχεδίου)

Wiltshire College (Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο)

Babel Education (Ρουμανία)

SLAGELSE language centre (Δανία)

Language Centre of University of "La Tuscia"- Viterbo (Ιταλία)

OÜ Adelante Koolitus (Εσθονία)

CEM Center of multimedia education (Ιταλία)

Eskişehir Valiliği (Τουρκία)

Istituto Tecnico Statale Commerciale e per Geometri "G. Ruffini" (Ιταλία)

Ευρωπαϊκά Projects


ORIENTATION: Διαπολιτισμικές Δεξιότητες στην Εκπαίδευση Ενηλίκων

Το σχέδιο ORIENTATION: Διαπολιτισμικές Δεξιότητες στην Εκπαίδευση Ενηλίκων υλοποιήθηκε την περίοδο 2004-2006 από σύμπραξη στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος Socrates - Grundtvig 1 (Transnational Cooperations) της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής.

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And what happens after submitting my application?

The National Agency will contact you within 45 days (some National Agencies may need more time) after submitting your application to inform you if your funding has been granted. As soon as your National Agency approves your application, please send us a notification e-mail so we can proceed to your final registration to the course.


What do I need in order to prepare a successful application?

• Send us an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the course subject and dates you wish to attend. We will guide you to a pre-registration form, which you will have to fill in and send us by email. We will then provide you with the invitation letter needed for your application. You need to submit this document together with your application.
• You also have to contact the organization that could sign and stamp your application.
We understand that many of you may not have had previous experience with funding applications so don't hesitate to contact us in order to get some help and ideas!!! Find some useful information below:
*   See here the quality criteria for the assessment of the applications, as presented by the UK National Agency.
*   See here part of the 2009 application form provided by the UK National Agency.
*   In order to fill in the Budget Section, you need to be detailed about all your expenses. Ask us about the course fee, the cost of accommodation and full boarding, and the transfer cost from Mytilene/ Athens airport to the course's location. Ask for air ticket prices at your local travel agency or on the web, and add some extra money to your budget, since you will have to book your ticket on a later date. Include the transfer cost from your home to the departure airport.



What are the deadlines for submitting my application?

Application deadlines for 2013 are:
16 January 2013 (for courses starting 1 May 2013 - 31 August 2013)
30 April 2013 (for courses starting 1 September 2013 - 31 December 2013)
17 September 2013 (for courses starting 1 January 2014 -30 April 2014)