Modern Greek Language and Literature

"Greek the language they gave me; poor the house on Homer's shores."

Degree programme specification

The study of Modern Greek Language and Literature opens a way for its students for comprehensive knowledge of modern Greek culture from its beginnings in the 19th century up to the present. It leads to a thorough acquisition of Modern Greek, which enables the students to apply it practically in the form of cultivated way of speaking and writing, reading of Greek works in their original language or, translation from and into Modern Greek. Reading literary works, students will get acquainted with the works of world-famous Modern Greek authors (e.g. Kazantzakis, Kavafis), whose intellectual heritage forms an integral part of European culture.

The curriculum of study programme also contains several specialized courses supplementing and developing students’ language skills, especially courses focused on modern Greek life and customs and modern Greek literature, culture, and history. The study programme as a whole aims at providing comprehensive knowledge of Modern Greek and the culture and history of Greece.

The Bachelor study programme in minor study plan is intended mainly for the students of the study programmes related to the area of the Balkan Peninsula or more generally to the Mediterranean (e.g. Balkan Languages and Literatures, Classical Archaeology, Ancient Greek Language and Literature) or, for the students occupying themselves with the area of Greece within their field of study (e.g. History, Ethnology). The aim of the minor study plan is the acquisition of Modern Greek as a source language or as means of communication (at B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The study of Modern Greek in major study plan or as a single-subject study (completus) leads the students to acquiring deeper knowledge and skills in Modern Greek language (B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), literature and history including fundamental knowledge of older stages of Greek and its cultural and historical development (Classical and Byzantine literature, basic knowledge of Ancient Greek).

Because of international cooperation with almost all universities in Greece and Cyprus, the students of all study plans may improve and apply their knowledge of the language, life, and institutions in Greece (via summer language and educational courses, Erasmus+ mobilities) during their studies. These study stays prepare students for the active use of language and lead them to independent creative activities. They also enable students to gain contacts with their future employers.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study bachelor's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction czech
Results of entrance exams from previous years here

Graduate destination

The graduates of this Bachelor’s study programme can use their skills in many careers and job roles. They are properly qualified to work in tourism and commerce where a good command of Modern Greek is necessary (travel agencies, guiding, commercial sector, banking sector), in both Greece and the Czech Republic. Besides, they can work for language and translation agencies, non-profit organizations active in Greece within international aid (Charity, Czech Red Cross), participate in organising of cultural and promotional events related to Greece (concerts, folklore festivals, fairs) and work in institutions arranging international contacts (embassies, consulates, chamber of commerce, etc.).

Since the study programme focuses on the acquisition of language skills, the graduates are also eligible for careers in a wide range of professions within the cultural and media sector. The graduates are also qualified for professions requiring general knowledge, independence, critical thinking skills, and a good command of foreign languages.

Graduates can increase their career opportunities by graduating from additional study programmes.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Further studies

After completion of the Bachelor’s studies, it is possible to continue further studies in any Master’s degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements).

At the Department of Classical Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University students can apply for admission to a follow-up Master’s degree in Modern Greek Language and Literature (Single subject study plan, Major, Minor). If students successfully pass the final Bachelor’s state examination, they may not be obliged to take the entrance examination.

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