|Über uns||Since 1969 the Athens Centre has been a focal point for academic and cultural activities in Greece. The Centre's Greek Language program, one of the most prestigious and comprehensive in the world, is offered on a year-round basis.|
The Centre plays a unique role in Athens as an educational institution. Its programs emphasize quality instruction in an environment conducive to learning. Individual attention is given to all participants. The Centre’s classes are an enjoyable experience, and provide an introduction to life and culture in Greece as well as to the subject being taught. Instructors all love teaching, and are very aware of each and every student’s needs. Being at the Centre one feels in touch with some of the best elements that Greece has to offer.
The Centre’s main facility in Mets is a neo-classical building, listed by the Greek Ministry of Culture as a protected historical building, and is surrounded by a courtyard of greenery, statues, clay pots and pieces of marble. Additional buildings include a computer centre, other classroom facilities, and a kitchen area, where complementary tea and coffee is served.
The Athens Centre is about inspiring people.
The combination of classes in Modern Greek, semester and shorter university programs in the classics, formal and informal cultural events blend together providing an atmosphere that combines aesthetic facilities, outstanding instruction and a feeling of personal involvement.
The classes in Modern Greek are enhanced with Greek dances during class breaks, culinary events, gallery walks through central Athens, impromptu musical breaks, and interaction with participants from other programs in the courtyard of the Centre. There is always free tea and coffee and a bronze baby rhino.
The language instructors have unique communication skills which stimulate learning through games, theatre techniques and class participation.People of all ages and nationalities attend these classes and contribute food, their cultural background and sometimes bring musical instruments to play in the courtyard.
The summer poetry and art workshop extend their presence through public readings, exhibits of their art work, and visits to sites in and around Athens.
The university programs, most of them in the classics and Greek studies, use the Centre as a base and travel to sites all over Greece. The Centre organizes every detail of these programs; classes, field trips, events, housing. It is not just the event or a class, it is the attention to the details, the personal interaction with the Athens Centre staff who travel with the participants and who take them on museum and gallery visits, and see them on a daily basis.
At the Centre there are weekly evening film showings, guest speakers, book presentations, musical events. These are shared by the public, as well as by the program participants.
The Centre also organizes summer public theatre presentations of classical Greek drama in afiliation with different theatre departments. Performances take place in Athens and on Spetses with professional and amateur groups. To date over forty plays have