Known to many people as the birthplace of democracy and to others as the home of iconic landmarks such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon, Athens is anything but anonymous. This great European capital boasts an array of fascinating attractions both old and new, as well as easy access to some of the best beaches and coastline on the Mediterranean.
To add to its worldwide attraction, Athens is also known for the warm welcome that it offers to visitors no matter where they come from. If you also consider the superb climate, extensive cultural highlights, and the countless outdoor cafes, restaurants and taverns serving authentic Greek dishes, then it is easy to see why the city maintains its wide popularity year after year.
Many course trainees take the opportunity to visit one or more of the region’s stunning islands during their stay. The beautiful islands of Santorini and Mykonos can be reached via a 30 minute flight from the capital, while Hydra and Spetses are a two hour cruise away by hydrofoil.Apply now & get certified to teach english abroad!
The Athens training center could not be better situated as it is right in the midst of the downtown area. Getting around is easy as we have many transport options right on our doorstep. Buses, trolley-buses, and the Metro are all easily accessible for exploring all parts of the city. Our central location is certainly convenient, but it doesn’t mean it is noisy or congested. In fact, the local area is home to several of the city’s more peaceful landmarks including the House of Parliament, the National Library and the Academy of Letters.
For over 30 years the center has been training new teachers. At the last count it had graduated in excess of 3000 trainees who have gone on to teach in classrooms all over the world. Our popularity is due to the following commitments:
- High quality tutoring and extensive support during and after your course
- An outstanding track record of results
- A strong social media presence which is used for the benefit of our trainees and alumni
- Our international PLN (Personal Learning Network), a resource that is available to our alumni for life
- Our experience working with thousands of teachers from around the globe
The Athens center is happy to offer great value accommodation to all trainees in the form of a private room in an apartment shared with fellow course participants. If you prefer a bit more privacy or you are travelling with a family or other groups, then we can also organise single occupancy or multi-room apartments to suit your plans. If you prefer hotels to apartments, we can recommend several good options locally that provide our trainees with special rates.
Please note: prices will generally be lower in the winter (low season) and a little higher in the summer season.
Prices per 4-week course:
Furnished room in shared apartment – 350 euro plus 50 euro guarantee*
Furnished apartment for two-four people – 650 euro plus 100 euro guarantee*
Studio apartment for one-two people – 450 euro plus 100 euro guarantee*
* guarantees are held in case of damages or excessively high electricity bills.
Above prices include electricity, water, building common charges and Wi-Fi.
- 2 March 2020 - 30 March
- 4 May 2020 - 29 May
- 1 June 2020 - 26 June
- 6 July 2020 - 31 July
- 3 August 2020 - 28 August
- 31 August 2020 - 25 September
We are presently in the process of establishing a new course in Athens and therefore there are currently no dates available for this location. We anticipate that the course should be running here within the next 6-8 months. If you would like to attend a course at this location, please let us know and we will send you full information as soon as the course dates are finalized.
Please check out our other course locations if you wish to attend a course before this one becomes available...
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are my payment options?Close
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer.
For intensive courses, tuition fees must be paid no later than 3 weeks before a course start date, and in some cases, if for example the candidate needs a visa to enter the country, at least 6 weeks in advance or more, to give the candidate enough time for the visa application and processing.
Once the course deposit has been made, you will receive a welcome package with full information on the course requirements, a booklet of pre-course tasks and study which must be undertaken before the course starts (and submitted to the course tutors either handwritten or in digital format).
The balance of course fees is payable to the centre via bank transfer, paypal or Western Union. You can also pay via credit card which allows you a number of installments on part time courses.
Tuition fees do not include Cambridge assessment costs which vary, depending on the course type you opt for:
On site courses cost an additions 160 euros
Online, blended CELTA course cost an additional 250 euros
What are my accommodation options?Close
Candidates are free to find their own accommodation in Athens through services such as AirBnB or a student accommodation service which we will connect them to.
We have a small number of furnished flats which we make available to our trainees on a first come fist served basis.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Close
You will need your centre report which you can use in lieu of your CELTA Certification which is sent to the centre approximately six weeks after the end of a course. The Certificate is awarded by Cambridge and is then posted to the successful candidates at no extra cost, unless they wish to have it couriered, in which case they must cover the extra costs involved or pay on delivery.
A CV is usually required by prospective employers and a testimonial letter or two by previous employers or professors. A passport or other form of identification is also necessary.
The centre publishes the many requests for work received in a closed platform dedicated to the centre alumni where jobs are posted regularly – the testimonials received by the centre about the high quality of candidates produced by our centre means that most trainees can find employment easily.
Non-EU residents may need a special invitation and process to be employed in the EU. Non-native non-EU candidates have more difficulties in the EU but there are numerous job opportunities for EFL teachers opening up in China, Japan, Asia as well as via online outfits. Strong candidates with a high level of competence in English and a very good accent usually have less trouble finding work.
What is the course schedule?Close
A typical day will begin with Teaching Practice during which you will either be the teacher or an observer of your Teaching Practice Group/Team. Each trainee must teach a minimum of 8 lessons which will be assessed and more which will be unassessed, in order to get to know the learners.
After teaching practice, there will be a short break followed by peer and tutor feedback to the teachers, a lunch break in the common room or in a nearby café or restaurant
The afternoon is dedicated to input sessions, seminars and workshops on the different topics in the syllabus and an hour of help with lesson planning for subsequent teaching practices.
It’s a longish day but there are good breaks, time to relax and socialize or read in the library, a nearby small garden to have a break from the lessons and some excellent places for lunch or coffee!
What can I expect during teaching practice?Close
Our learners are both local people, adults who are either unemployed at the moment or retired and wanting to learn something new. We also have many immigrants and refugees from a variety of countries, so we provide a truly multinational and multicultural teaching environment for our trainees, a great advantage for most teaching positions nowadays.
Teaching practice feedback is collaborative and supportive and it both oral and written based on the criteria as set out by Cambridge
Each lesson evaluation by the tutor is accompanied by a reflection written by the trainee who taught and an action plan laying down the course for improvement in the next lesson(s)
The process is formative and has great results in producing teachers who are both reflective as well as highly accomplished in a wide range of methods and techniques.
Who usually attends the course?Close
Our course participants are a mixture of novice teacher or teachers with little experience as well as teachers who have considerable experience but have never attended a formal training programme and are interested in their professional development.
The mix works well; the different skills and abilities make the course interesting and the sharing of ideas and inspiration fantastic!
Both native and non-native speaking teachers with a high level of proficiency can attend the course which is in accordance with our equal opportunities philosophy and policies.
Is there a dress code?Close
All information regarding the school dress code will be forwarded in the information package to candidates but, in general, it’s a course in a school attended by adults who dress in city casuals.
During teaching practice, trainees are expected to dress with the decorum and professionalism expected of teachers in the particular locale; this means no shorts or low cut tops or tank tops with midriffs showing – bearing in mind that we also have many refugee students who come from Muslim countries and the sight of a teacher attired in this way may not be the best course of action to maintain our student numbers!!!!
What should I bring for course studies?Close
Notepaper and pen or a tablet, laptop or similar device for taking notes are desirable.
You will be given a folder for your portfolio in which all coursework will be placed and left at the centre at all times.
Candidates should bring their own ring binders in which they can organize handouts and sample materials but the overall attempt is to make use of less paper for environmental reasons.
There is free wi-fi at the centrem a common room for breaks and lunches, snacks and a library for quiet time and study.
What’s the climate like? What kind of clothing will I need to bring?Close
The climate in Athens is temperate with winter temperatures rarely under 9 or 10 degrees Centigrade and hot summers without humidity however – the school is airconditioned and is quite cool in the summer and warm in the winter so dress comfortably and not heavily.