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The educational program has been designed to develop the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, together and with equal weight. The use of textbooks in the classroom is accompanied by audiovisual aids which present to students realistic, everyday situations. At the same time, through practical oral and written simulation the students manage to become familiar with the material taught.

Self study photocopied material is provided for those wanting to extend their practice with extra assignments. These students are assisted by the staff and corrected assignments are returned.

The daily program begins at 9.00 and last until 13.00(1:00PM). During the fifteen minute breaks students can have a Greek coffee at the cafeteria. The educational program is not limited by the standard sense of the word "lesson". It is also combined with individual or team projects, visits to museums and walks in the city. Students have the opportunity to use the library, computers and language laboratories with the guidance of their teachers.

The local staff will contact the student after they arrive on the Sunday prior to the first day of class. The purpose of the call will be help familiarize the student with the city and to answer any immediate questions they may have upon arrival. New students are provided with a 'Welcome File' which contains books, charts and other important information about the city such as travel, eating out and cultural events.

On the first day of lessons the students become familiar with the NRCSA Center and the surrounding area. All students, except for the beginners, take a short placement test on the first day as well in order to determine their level of Greek.

There are eight course levels offered:
  •   Beginner
  •   Elementary
  •   Intermediate I
  •   Intermediate II
  •   Advanced I
  •   Advanced II
  •   Higher I
  •   Higher II

Each level is covered within 40 teaching hours.

On the last day of the program students take a final test that examines their progress and knowledge of the language. Students are given a certificate of studies which certifies the successful completion of the relevant language level, the duration of the course, and the student's performance in the final examination. The program ends with an exchange of presents and a traditional meal with Greek food and drinks.

First Two Days' Schedule


9.00-10.00 Orientation, Tour of the Building, Meeting School Personnel
10.00-11.00 Placement Test and Oral Examination
11.00-12.00 Presentation of Welcome File and Test Correction
12.00-13.00 Useful information about the city


9.00-10.00 Listening Exercises and Discussion of new vocabulary and grammar rules
10.00-11.00 Role Playing and use of new phrases
11.00-12.00 Grammar comprehension
12.00-13.00 Greek film viewing

*The everyday program contains optional Greek Dancing lessons, visits to the National Archeological Museum and the Museum of Folk Music as well as eating out with tutors and visits to their homes.

Group Program 20 hours per week. Program schedules are designed in two-week sessions and the maximum class size is 5 students. Lessons are held 9:00 to 13:00 with breaks included, Monday through Friday. Each lesson has a duration of 50 minutes.

Tutor Program 10 hours per week of private tutorial lessons, offered from 9:00 to 11:00, Monday through Friday. Each lesson has a duration of 50 minutes.

Ancient Greek This is a program specially designed for those who wish to learn or improve their skills in the language of Plato, Aristotle, Homer and Euripedes. The Ancient Greek lessons do not only provide the knowledge of an object of immeasurable historical value, but they also help in the better understanding of the structure of modern Greek.

Ancient Greek 20 hours per week= one and one classes. Program schedules are designed in two-week sessions. Lessons are held 9:00 to 13:00 with breaks included, Monday through Friday. Each lesson has a duration of 50 minutes. The program focus in studying the Grammar and comprehension of the old test books

Business Greek The main aim of this program is to improve the use of General Greek in combination with the specific vocabulary of the Business world. The educational material (newspapers, magazines, videos, cassettes and textbooks) gives the opportunity to students to communicate orally and in writing in standard business situations. Students are accepted after a placement test which confirms their intermediate level of General Greek.

Teacher Training The aims of this program are to enable teachers of ancient or modern Greek to improve their language skills and to study new methods for the Teaching of Greek Language. The participants have the opportunity to experience Greek reality which is necessary for the teaching of Greek in their own countries.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 17 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of Greek is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

For general information on academic credit, please click here.


Certificates & Exams

  •   A certificate of attendance and assessment is issued upon completion of each course level.
  •   Examinations of evaluation take place for students having reached levels of Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced and Higher, and certificates are issued accordingly.
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