The heritage language learning sector is increasingly aware of the need for highly trained educators. Graduates of this new program have the appropriate training to teach Modern Greek both to Greek heritage speakers in diaspora communities all over the world and to individuals who are interested in learning Modern or Ancient Greek. Our graduates will be in a position to find employment in cultural heritage organisations, in education, in the media and publishing, in translation, in tourism, in Greek embassies and private commercial companies.
There are certainly many Hellenic studies programmes on offer outside Greece, but ours is the only one in the field that caters for the needs of international students and takes place in Greece itself, which is rightly regarded as the birth place of western civilization. This means that students learn through direct, hands-on experience and become familiar with Greek culture and language in its context. The degree is taught in English, which gives students who do not know any Greek yet access to Greek culture.
The BA in Hellenic Studies of the Democritus University of Thrace is a unique and groundbreaking interdisciplinary degree around the world which provides a real-life language experience of Greek and encourages a lifelong connection to the ideas, history and culture of Hellenism. Our students receive a unique blend of theoretical and practical skills which make them experts in Greek (heritage or not) language teaching and translation from/to Greek. Taking place in Greece, it gives students which are Greek heritage speakers the opportunity to improve their knowledge of Greek, learn to value their bilingual heritage and so become educators through experiential learning.
Our students build comprehensive language skills through immersion in the classroom. They become highly competent Greek speakers, which puts them in an excellent position to pursue careers that require an excellent knowledge of Greek or Ancient Greek. Lastly, our students will participate in activities, such as excursions to archeological sites, drama representations, local festivals and Greek city visits, and social gatherings of the local community, all of which will help them acquire a strong cultural awareness of Greek civilization and will also put them in a good position to apply for careers in cultural management, if this is among their aims.