Year-round, since 1995, the Ikarian Centre offers intensive Greek language courses for non-native speakers of all levels and special language courses for advanced students on the Greek island of Ikaria. The courses are intended for:
- People over 17 years old who wish to learn Greek or to improve their Greek while acquiring a deeper knowledge of Greece and its culture
- Teachers of ancient or modern Greek
- Interpreters and translators
In the courses students may improve all their skills (listening, writing, speaking and reading) in Greek language. Moreover, the Centre's aim is to transform each course to a cultural experience. Thus, through a variety of guided activities (interviews, projects, lectures, pair work, etc.) students come in touch with the local society and learn more about Greece and its people.
Each intensive course lasts for two weeks (20 lessons per week). The groups remain small (2 - 7 students) and homogeneous, relevant to the level of the students. We try to keep the programme flexible. This means that students may participate for one, two or more weeks, according to their personal schedule. In addition, students can suggest the dates for their course, if the dates we propose are not convenient for them.