Ελληνικά Erasmus at ATEITH









Culture and Civilization

Following EU recommendations, ATEITH has established a standard procedure for enhancing the cultural dialogue among Erasmus students and provides them with certain opportunities to touch and feel Greek culture and civilization that has been the foundation stone of modern Europe. In this context, ATEITH Centre of Foreign Languages together with ESN ATEI Thessaloniki organise a dozen of events and happenings aiming to integrate different cultures and reflexes through the routes of Socrates, Aristoteles and Plato.

To ensure students’ fastest familiarization with the Greek culture and everyday life, ATEITH offers Greek language intensive courses for the incoming students. These courses take place 4 times per week for 2 hours each time, and include lessons in small groups, interactive role play lessons, and group discussion sessions.

In addition, incoming students can participate in ‘Cultural visits’, where they can visit various archaeological sites, monuments and museums, and attend lectures in the course ‘Greek culture & civilization’. Through these courses, international students could be able to understand and appreciate the values of hospitality and friendship, to develop critical thinking over human values such as respect and tolerance against differences and discrimination and to establish emotional bridges with Greek culture thus the students will become our "ambassadors" all around the world.

‘Cultural visits’ give exchange students the chance to visit:

  • Archaeological and Byzantine museum of Thessaloniki.
  • Roman times monuments of Thessaloniki; Rotonda, "Kamara", palace of Galerious, ancient agora and it's museum.




  • Older churches of Thessaloniki; Saint Dimitrios, Panagia Chalkeon, Agia Sophia, Acheropeitos.


  • "Upper city" of Thessaloniki and it's monuments; walking trip to the citadel and to the old city, to the monasteries of Vlatades, Osios David, and Nicolas the Orphan.




  • Ethnological and Folk museum of Thessaloniki.
  • Vergina, the monastery of Prodromos, Veria, Naousa, the school of Aristoteles, the park of Saint Nicolas and a local winery.
  • Pella (archeological site and museum) and Edessa (the old town with the open air museum of water).
  • Mount Olympus (Dion - the holly city of the ancient Macedonia, walking to the gorge a Enipeas river, a visit to the monastery of Saint Dionisios).


  • Chalkidiki (the park of Aristoteles, the traditional town Arnea, cruise to Holly Mount Athos).


‘Greek culture & civilization’ course includes the following major units:

  • Greek identity throughout the ages; from the dawn of the Greek history; Greek mythology, epic poetry.
  • Prehistoric times: Cycladic, Minoan, Trojan and Mycenaean civilization.
  • Classical period; art, tragic poetry, philosophy, democracy.
  • Hellenistic period; Alexander the Great, Hellenistic kingdoms, art, philosophy.
  • Roman and first Christian period.Establishment of Byzantine empire.
  • Byzantine times: main periods, history, art, ideology.
  • Practice on traditional greek dances.

See also: ‘Greek Culture and Civilization’ web page