Greek language lessons, island Ikaria

Are you planning to study Greek in Greece? The Ikarian Center has been organizing Greek courses on the island of Ikaria almost all year round, for more than 20 years! Each course includes 10 lessons (one lesson per day) of 3 hour tuition per  lesson (36 teaching hours in total) + 18h of activities, usually within a period of 11-12 days. This is the equivalent to a two-week course. Students may register for more than one courses.

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We suggest you on-campus accommodation for the courses taking place on-campus. If you want to participate in a course in Evdilos, we suggest you accommodation at hotel Atheras


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- The registration must be followed by the payment of a registration fee of 290€. The remainder must be paid after the beginning of the course.
- If you cancel your registration: We do no refund the registration fee if you cancel your participation, no matter when this cancellation will take place. For this reason, better register when you are sure that you want to participate. However, if you cancel, you reserve the right to re-register in a class during the same or the following year.


Most of our Greek language courses are taking place on-campus, in the mountainous Arethousa. Some courses within the year are taking place in the coastal village of Evdilos, 8 Km away.

The Centre’s campus is located on a remote spot on the mountains. The view of both the mountains and the sea is breathtaking and the environment is ideal for study. It’s an ideal place for someone who wants to stay away from the crowded beaches. If the view of the birds of prey flying above your head, a glass of wine under the milky way of a starry sky, the voices of the goats and the sounds of the bells of the sheep are at least equally important for you as a night in a bar with friends, then the campus is an ideal place to study Greek.


Check the course schedule and fees. Then, send us the  registration form. Don’t forget to check when and how we advice you to get to Ikaria

The courses / season:

From the crowd of August to the olive harvest period in late October – November and the carnival before Easter, the changes of the seasons have an important impact on the life of islanders. Our courses cannot avoid following these changes and students will live another experience depending on the season they will participate in the courses. Following, we try to highlight the changes in the program related with the changes of the seasons.

Greek language courses in Easter, Ikaria

Easter Greek language course, island Ikaria

April 15-25/2019
Start or improve your skills in Greek language in an intensive Greek language course with activities during Easter holiday, on the island of Ikaria. At the same time discover the traditions of the ... Read more
Greek language lessons in spring and autumn

Greek language lessons in spring and autumn

May 20-30, Sept.23-Oct.3, Oct.21-31/2019
The weather in May and September is generally warm and the beach is one of the options. Daily visits to the coastal Karavostamo and sometimes Evdilos for a swim and ... Read more
Summer Greek language courses at Ikarian Centre

Summer Greek language courses at Ikarian Centre

Jun.17-27, Jul.15-25, Aug.26-Sept.5/2019
The weather in summer is very warm and an afternoon visit to the beach is a must for most of the students. For this, the daily program includes visits to the seaside ... Read more
Greek language lessons & Traditional dance workshop

Greek language lessons & Traditional dance workshop

The middle of August is the peak of the tourist season in Ikaria, like everywhere else in the north hemisphere. The weather is hot and people from all over the world flood the island ... Read more
Summer Greek language courses in Evdilos, Island Ikaria

Summer Greek language courses in Evdilos, Island Ikaria

Jul.1-12 &
Evdilos is a small village with 600 inhabitants, although it is the main port of north Ikaria. The courses in Evdilos are intended for those who prefer a more urban environment rather ... Read more
Greek literature summer courses

Greek literature course

September 9-19/2019
The Greek Literature summer courses are intended for adults who are speakers of modern Greek as a second language, and who can understand a literary text in Greek, even with the assistance of a ... Read more
Greek language course & olive harvest

Greek language course & olive harvest

The lessons are intended for any adult who wishes to improve his or her skills in the Greek language, including beginners. Friends of yours may also come with you and participate in ... Read more
Greek language lessons for kids and teenagers - summer 2020

Greek language lessons for kids and teenagers – summer 2020

6- 17 of July 2020
Our innovative program combines lessons with activities which include local Ikarian children, transforming schoolwork into an interesting and enjoyable game.  The teachers guide all activities, thus insuring that their students ... Read more
To participate or not to participate? Some points you must notice first:
  • We are offering language courses for non-native speakers. We are NOT providing experiences for tourists. We are focusing on the learning procedure and you must be prepared to study and do homework. Although fun and new friends are two important elements of a successful lesson, if you mainly focus on having fun & sun and making new friends, or if you desperately want to reconfirm that Greece is a collage of images with cats and white churches with blue domes, better try to find something different!
  • It’s a full immersion program, at least we try hard to make it work like this. As most of the locals do not speak any other language apart from Greek, and the teachers keep speaking Greek even outside the classroom, you must be prepared to listen and speak a lot of Greek, even if you are a beginner.
  • We usually teach a group of 6-12 people, divided into two or more classes, depending on the level of the students and the way they learn.
  • Ikarian Centre’s “campus” in Ikaria hosts these small groups of 6-12 students and provides them with all modern comforts (from a washing machine to fast Internet). It also provides each student an environment for healthy socialization as well as for isolation. Each student usually takes a private room.
  • Although we don’t grow vegetables or animals; also people of all religions are welcome here, someone can easily describe what we call “campus” as “farm”, or even as “monastery”!
  • Therefore, the “campus” is not surrounded by museums, art galleries or by bars and “traditional Greek” restaurants; our good neighbors are some goats, living nearby. This quiet and peaceful environment is the best for relaxation and learning. After almost 20 years of living and giving courses here (the Greek language lessons on-campus started in summer 2001), we can say that life outside the urban environment takes another quality, one that definitely helps the learning procedure.

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