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Greek language courses on the island of Ikaria, Greece

  • 15 lessons in 17 days, 54 teaching hours +24h of activities (equivalent to a 3-week course).
  • 10 lessons in 11 days, 36 teaching hours +18h of activities (equivalent to a 2-week course).
  • Class size: 2-8 students at a similar level

Click for the schedule and fees
(-15%, -10% or -5% deduction in tuition for early bird registrations)

Two locations combine the mountains and the sea!

Classes and activities from May through September take place every other day at the Ikarian Centre’s campus, in the mountainous village of Arethousa.  On alternate days classes are held at the Hotel Atheras, in the coastal village of Evdilos.  Students may choose to stay in Evdilos or at the Centre’s guesthouse in Arethousa.   On days when classes are held at the Ikarian Centre, the Centre will provide transportation for students staying at Hotel Atheras and Hotel Kerame, or other places in Evdilos, to the campus in Arethousa.  Students who reside at the Centre’s guesthouse in Arethousa must rent a vehicle for transportation to Evdilos, as the distance is not walkable (8 km, 1,5 hours by foot).  However, the Easter and November olive harvest courses take place ONLY on-campus, in Arethousa. During these courses, a shuttle service to Evdilos is available for students every other day after class hours.

General description

Several classes are formed for each course, each consisting of 2-8 students at a similar skill level. The program of study is divided into 6 levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2), according to the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Courses are adapted to the individual needs and interests of each student, and are intended
for adult students of modern Greek at all levels (absolute beginner through intermediate and advanced), i.e.,
for adults of any age who wish to begin to study Greek, or who wish to improve their Greek.
for teachers of ancient or modern Greek,
for interpreters, and translators.

Our instructors are young but experienced as teachers of Greek as a foreign language. Grammar and vocabulary are taught via the use of texts and materials written by the Centre. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening and speaking skills. New material (both in grammar and vocabulary) is mastered by students with the use of word games and verbal exercises.

The small class size (2 – 8 individuals) ensures that every student will have the chance to speak and improve their language skills in the course of each hour of instruction. During the weeks of instruction students will also have the opportunity to discover some of the less well-known aspects of contemporary Greek life, through songs, music, conversation, presentations and assignments.

Accommodation

Students may choose between on-campus accommodation at the Centre’s guesthouse in Arethousa, the hotels Atheras or Kerame or other hotels and rooms for rent in the area. On-campus accommodation starts at 175€/session at the Centre’s guesthouse in Arethousa. However, the guesthouse is located in a remote spot and beginning in the summer of 2017 shuttle service will not be provided. For this reason students who wish to stay at the centre must arrange their own transport.  Scooters, ATVs and cars are all available from the car rentals of the island.

Daily schedule

Most days the lessons take place in the morning (9:00 – 12:00), or noon (12:10 to 15:10); After morning classes end, students have free time, to eat, study and rest. In the late afternoon – evening several activities are planned, such as singing lessons, conversation classes, lectures, dance courses and film screenings.

Registration form

Before the 10th of the month which is two months prior to the month of the course starting date, send us the registration form you will find at this link:
https://goo.gl/forms/6HVSGNbtC1lUGKNu2
The reservation must be followed by a deposit equal to 290€. You can pay via Pay Pal (+4,5% Pay Pal fee) or via bank transfer. More information will be sent after the submission of the registration form.

Cancellation policy

If you cancel your registration: We offer a full refund of payments if you cancel before the registration deadline (i.e. before the 10th of June if the course starts on the 16th of August). After this deadline there will be no refund of either tuition or the accommodation fee. However you reserve the right to re-register in a class in the same or the following year.

Early-bird registration

There is a discount equal to -15% to -5%, according the time of the registration. For more information please check the schedule and fees of the courses

Easter course

Rural traditions are still very much alive in Ikaria. Easter, a springtime celebration,  is celebrated by local communities with great festive spirit. Students will learn about Easter traditions while participating in them. Activities that are usually arranged within the framework of the courses and which are mentioned in the Centre’s main programme, like walking in the mountain and Greek cooking lessons, will also be organized. As always within the course framework, students will have the opportunity to meet with and talk to local residents… Read more

Greek language and olive harvest, in November

An opportunity to begin learning Greek, or to improve your skills in the Greek language while participating in the olive harvest—an experience both enjoyable and educational. You will learn about various steps in the production of olive oil and have a chance to get to know a Greek island in a way entirely different from the usual tourist places and season. This is a time when the island life has returned to its normal rhythm… Read more


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