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College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts

Greek In-Country language program

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Greece.

The Greek In-Country language program is an excellent opportunity for students to experience Greek culture first hand.

Offered in July each year, the program is available for everyone over 18 years of age. We offer three streams: beginners, intermediate and advanced. It combines coursework taught by lecturers from CDU, the University of the Aegean as well as other Greek Educational Institutions. This intensive three-week program is equivalent to a full unit of Greek language study. 

The program may include Kalymnos and other islands, Athens, and a study trip in the northern mainland region of Macedonia.

The teaching approach is varied and includes traditional classroom learning and educational visits to museums and archaeological sites. However, the experience of fully immersing yourself in Greek contemporary life and culture will give you the most benefit from the program.

CDU offers a number of options if you wish to study Greek language. You can select Greek through a Diploma of Languages, the Bachelor of Arts, or as an elective or independent studies unit as part of another Higher Education course. 

Find out more about language courses at CDU.

Contact

Associate Professor George Frazis
Coordinator of Hellenic & Greek Studies
Coordinator In-Country language program
Charles Darwin University
T: 08 8946 6486
M: 0423 248 900
E: george.frazis@cdu.edu.au

Essential information

Application and enrolment

The course is open to current CDU students and students of other Australian universities who offer cross-institutional enrolment.

Steps to enrol

  1. Contact Associate Professor George Frazis to discuss your eligibility for the program.
  2. Once approved, enrol LAN211 or LAN311 using the Special Enrolment form, or through the relevant cross-institutional enrolment forms at your university. Current students should finalise this process and allow sufficient time for the organising Committee to arrange for your accommodation in Greece.
  3. Complete the online supplementary details form. This provides a checklist of the various details you must attend to before leaving and also gives us necessary information about your travel arrangements and next of kin in case of an emergency. We will send this to you after you've been accepted to the program.
  4. Submit a Movement Request for Official Travel (PDF, 356 KB) prior to travel.
  5. Sign an agreement to respect the authority of the Australian and Greek lecturers and to not engage in unacceptable behaviour which may put the welfare or learning of other students at risk. We will send this form to you after you've been accepted to the program.
Results

You will receive an official CDU grade on successful completion of HEL101, HEL201, HEL301, LAN211 or LAN311 and will be notified in the normal way at the end of Study Period 2.

This in an intensive course for which you are awarded university credit. You're required to put in the same effort as you would if taking a language unit in Australia.

Consular and embassy information

We encourage you to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You can register online or in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.

The information you provide to us before you leave will help us to contact you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family issue.

In a consular emergency, if you are unable to contact the Embassy you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

Whilst in Greece, you can obtain consular assistance from:

Australian Embassy
Thon Building, Level 6, Cnr. Kifisias and Alexandras Ave
Ambelokipi, Athens 115 23 Greece
T: +30 210 870 4000
F: +30 210 870 4055
W: www.greece.embassy.gov.au

Australian Honorary Consul
28 Archeologikou Mouseiou Street
Thessaloniki 546 41, Greece
T: +30 2310 827 494
F: +30 2310 827 494

Passport

You must have a valid passport with at least three months of validity remaining from your end date of travel to Greece.

If you need to apply for or renew your passport, go to the Australian Passport Office website. It takes time to organise your passport so please do this as soon as possible.

Insurance and health

Travel insurance in compulsory to undertake an In-Country language program. You will need to provide evidence that you are covered for accidental injuries, hospitalisation and medical evacuation for the duration of the program. 

It is also important that you read the detailed Health and Insurance advice on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Smartraveller website.

Come to Greece prepared with ample supplies of any medicines and prescriptions you take regularly. It is also your responsibility to inform us of any allergies or medical conditions that may affect your participation in the study program.

Expenses

Unit costs

HEL101, HEL201, HEL301, LAN211 or LAN311 are accredited HECS-HELP liable units and as such you can select to pay for it upfront, or defer your fees as per any other unit of study at CDU.

Travel costs

You're responsible for the cost of your return airfare to Greece, transport costs while in Greece and spending money.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation and meals are paid for by the NT Government, the Hellenic Macedonian Association of NT, Greek Community of Darwin and Friends of Modern Greek Language and Culture of Darwin.