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The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, within its instructive and broader educational scope, offers its students the possibility of acquiring, during their studies, the knowledge of one or more foreign languages.

This important task of foreign language learning is conducted at the Foreign Language Teaching Centre (‘Didaskaleio’) which is an independent and autonomous academic unit of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

At present, high-standard foreign language instruction is offered in 25 foreign languages on all levels of competence. They are as follows: English, Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Ethiopian, French, Finnish, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

In addition, special programs are offered to those wishing to receive more specialized foreign language skills: language laboratories, translation, law and medical terminology. More analytically:

  • Lab for Written and Spoken English;  Levels A2-B1
  • Lab for Written and Spoken English;  Levels B1-B2
  • Lab for Spoken English;  Levels C1-C2
  • English Lab for Academic Writing; B2 level and above 
  • Medical English Terminology and Communication Skills (Medical School Students -  Doctors – Dentists-Nursing Staff-Physiotherapists-Other Medical Personnel-Translators)
  • Medical English Preparation for the Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Business English
  • Maritime English
  • English for the World of Business and Finance
  • Legal English Terminology and Communication Skills
  • Translation in the English and Greek Languages; B2 level and above
  • Lab for Spoken French; Levels B1-B2
  • Lab for Spoken French; Levels C1-C2
  • French Lab for Academic Writing 
  • Legal Terminology in French
  • Sorbonne C2, Literature and Translation in French
  • Institutions, Terminology and Translation of European Union Documents in French
  • Introduction to French Civilization
  • Lab for Written and Spoken German; Levels A2-B1
  • Lab for Written and Spoken German; Levels C1-C2
  • Lab for Written and Spoken Spanish - Civilization; Level B2
  • Lab for Written and Spoken Italian; Levels B2-C1
  • Lab for Written and Spoken Italian; Level C2
  • Lab for Spoken Chinese; Level HSK III
  • Lab for Written and Spoken Russian; Levels B2-C1
  • Translation in the Russian and Greek Languages

Lessons are conducted either in the city centre, or at the University Campus in Zografou and can be attended not only by home students but also by students of other Greek Universities, as well as by anyone interested since tuition fees are particularly low.

Upon successful completion of attendance, the Foreign Language Teaching Centre provides students with the following certificates: a Certificate of Attendance and a Certificate of Studies.

Administrative Structure

The Didaskaleio was established by the 5147 Act of Parliament in 1931 and initially, it  was a part of the University Club. Since its establishment, the main aim of the Centre has been the teaching of foreign languages, which, for many years, was restricted to  certain widely spoken ones such as English, French, German and Italian and later on, to Spanish and Russian.

By virtue of the 3/3/94 Act of the University Senate, the Didaskaleio has become a fully independent and self-contained academic unit, governed by its own Administrative Board. The Board consists of the President - the Rector, who may be substituted by the Deputy Rector of Academic Affairs and International Relations when needed - and five elected permanent members of the Special Teaching Staff of Didaskaleio (from the English, German, French, Italian and Spanish language) with their deputy members. Finally, a student representative might participate on the Board, when student matters are discussed.


 Contact information:


Foreign Language Teaching Center, Ippokratous 7, 106 79, Athens

Telephone:  210–3688204, 210-3688232, 210-3688265, 210-3688266, 210-3688263

Fax: 210 – 3688285

e-mail:  secr[at]didaskaleio.uoa[dot]gr